Ruminations upon a magazine job ending

Well, my job at the magazine is officially ending in a little more than a week. They have not offered me any prospects of continuing to write. Certainly a full-time position is not in order, but things have went well over the past three months and I hope to continue writing here part-time if nothing else. Whenever someone on staff here finds out that I’m finished in a week, he usually gets a shocked look on his face and says “Oh my god! What are you going to do?” I am always amused by this reaction. They are absolutely horrified that I have not planned out every second of my life through eternity. I happen to know what I’m good at, what I enjoy, and that God has a plan for me. So I make small plans and try not to worry about the rest.
I can understand why some people here would worry. Their livelihood depends on the magazine. They pay the bills with what they do here. Tim and I pay our bills completely based on his income, and any money I make goes into our savings account. Or maybe people wonder how I will occupy my time if I’m not working here. I do have an idea for that, and it’s one I’ve been quietly working on for the past few months.
On August 26, I will begin attending classes at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program is a 21-hour certificate program for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is a year long program with a combination of courses in education, cultural communication, linguistics, and English. Since we do not believe we will be leaving until sometime next summer, I will be able to finish the certificate by next May. I am also planning to volunteer at a local refugee center. I think classes, studying, and volunteering should keep me pretty busy. Tim and I try to carve out time together to exercise, hang out, and eat dinner each night. So I don’t want that to be compromised. But if I can write a few articles for the magazine each month, I will be happy with that also. Maybe doing all of these things on their own is not huge, but I think piecing them together makes a beautiful mosaic of a life.
Our Peace Corps service has already opened several doors for us. The certificate is somewhere between a bachelor’s and a masters. You have to have a bachelor’s degree to enter, and if you extend the program by another year you complete your masters. Another year would not work for me because of our anticipated Peace Corps timeline, but I feel this will prepare me well for my time in the Peace Corps. And because they know we are interested in teaching and international travel, Tim’s uncle brought a program to our attention that he runs. Each year he takes several native English speakers to Thailand to help university students refine their English skills. We have enough in our savings to do this program, and so we think we will travel to Thailand with the program for two weeks next May. We don’t feel like this will intrude on our Peace Corps plan because our recruiter has told us he does not expect us to leave until July, August, or September of next year. So we really want to go!
Oh, and if I decide to get my masters in TESOL, there are many programs that count my Peace Corps time as up to 10 credits. They also reimburse me for the tuition I would pay for those ten credits. That’s like three courses. I love it. It might feel like applying is putting our lives on hold sometimes, but PC is already opening so many doors for us!
Anyway, that’s what is going on with us. Tim continues to love his job. We recently moved into a new apartment and signed a lease for a year. This is certainly not what Tim and I envisioned our lives being like after college, but I have a feeling this might be better. You know what they say: If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.

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Author: Bre

I am in motion and in transition right now. I married Tim Knoll less than a year ago, and we recently applied to The Peace Corps. I work as a freelance journalist.

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