A Future Unknown … Deferred.
August 28, 2010
The last few days have been quite the whirlwind. I don’t really want to get into all the little details, but I thought an update was necessary.
It seems as though the delays last week, regardless of what my Placement Assistant told me, were not because the offices were slammed but rather that I just wasn’t invited to my program. The funny thing is, placement hasn’t really even told me that yet.
Here’s what happened.
Earlier this week I decided to get some voluntary bloodwork done. I stress that it was completely voluntary, nothing wrong with me, totally just for my knowledge. Well, I felt the need to let PC know and my medical assistant freaked out. I woke up the next morning (Friday) to a Hold on my medical. Great.
I called my medical assistant again on Friday and asked what the deal was. I wanted to make sure that if I was receiving an invite soon that the hold wouldn’t affect it. She told me that it definitely wouldn’t affect my invite because I wasn’t getting one. She told me prior to placing the hold she had called placement and they informed them that my current nomination was closed, I wasn’t invited, and I was now being considered for a program next quarter – December through February. She told me she really shouldn’t have told me about it, and that was that.
(Ps. My tests came back normal as expected so the hold will be lifted on Monday).
So, placement has really yet to contact me. This is a bit frustrating to say the least. I think its just as important for those rejected to find out their status as those who were accepted … especially in the education field when we have to sign contracts and such.
But anyway, I’m in a difficult situation. I have been deferred (I’m fine with that, it happens). What I’m not fine with is that I jumped in with both feet and quit my job. I know they tell you not to, but as an educator, I had to pick one or the other. And I picked Peace Corps. And it fell through.
So what does that mean now? I’m in job that pays okay but not nearly enough to continue for another four to six months. Yet, teaching jobs are hard to come by and school starts in a week. What am I going to do? Looks like I have some decisions to make.
What I’m hoping is that Peace Corps finds a place for me and offers it early as an invite. The fact that I have my medical and dental finished and I’ve met all the other clearances means if they find a place for me they should be able to offer it … right?
I guess we’ll see …
Bottom line, I’m disappointed, and I’m questioning my decision to join. I need some stability. I need to be making progress forward in my life. Can I really continue to live month to month as I wait for PC? Or, do I focus on other things to keep moving forward and potentially set aside my goal of serving abroad?
Only time will tell.