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*enter generic intro title here* [Jun. 2nd, 2005|09:16 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis


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Hello everyone. This seems like an interesting community. As I'm not having a SEVERE quarter life crisis, I thought I'd join since I may be having a 'minor' one. I graduated from Grad school last month with an MA in Music History and I've applied for my DMA (Dr of Musical Arts) for the fall. I want to be a college professor of Music History. In the midst of the DMA application process I randomly decided to look for any adjunct openings in the area colleges & universities for my field. I actually got turned down from my own dept (Long Island Univ- CW Post) and by Hofstra U (They're just not hiring). Other schools have confirmed they've received my info and told me they will know over the summer if they need what I have to offer. One school even said the END OF AUGUST. But the semester begins around Labor Day...that's not much time to prepare a course if I'm at all hired. This is the only thing in my life right now (besides my debt!) that's haunting me. I'm 25 with a Masters degree and I'm stuck working at an Eckerd Photo Lab (for those who don't have Eckerd, it's a drug store!). All my customers have congratulated me I've been there for almost 9 yrs (Since I was 16. It's my first and only on the books job!) I feel that I'm going nowhere. I was a Graduate Assistant in my 3 semesters of Grad school and I loved it. Now I'm just back and forth from home to Eckerd 4-5 days a week. It sucks.

I've finally got a bf that's my best friend in the entire world and he supports me thru my tangents of "I want a job now". So he's the light of my day and what keeps me going.

I'm on eggshells over here waiting. *fingers crossed*!

Thanks for hearing me vent!

[User Picture]From: satinelune
2005-06-02 07:41 pm (UTC)
welcome here!
and don't worry, you're not alone.
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[User Picture]From: lindsey_rae
2005-06-02 09:30 pm (UTC)
not alone at all- I also just got my masters (although I have no idea what I want to do next or at all) and am 25- and currently unemployed, though I believe I was sort of hired by the cafe at Barnes and Noble today.

maybe it would be good to prepare a course (or the first few lectures of a course and then a syllabus) for a just in case scenario- that definitely couldn't hurt you in a doctoral program or if you ever ended up teaching at a university not as an adjunct, seems like a safe bet, especially something that might be an intro/overview course.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: j9luvsmozart
2005-06-02 10:06 pm (UTC)
That's a really great idea. Why didn't I think of that? hahaha. I'm actually currently reading a book (actually it's a 'guide') on the first year of college/university teaching. It's not a thick book, but I'm halfway thru it. I would think normally one would have to do a demo class (my friends who are applying to teach in public schools have to do them, and I KNOW that professors must. I've be exposed to demo courses before).

Now I've got something I can do for the summer...little by little! Thanks! I've got incentive now! yay! Good luck with the Borders job! :o)

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