Future Plans

by Tabitha Kidwell

People keep asking me what I am doing next year. The answer… not much of anything. Well, that’s not exactly true. I’m hoping to start grad school for my Ph.D. in applied linguistics in 2014, so I’m going to spend most of August and September visiting schools and applying. I guess I’d better take the GRE, too. And then I might go to India. Or work at starbucks. And I’m definitely going to live in my grandmother’s basement and spend a lot of time watching Jeopardy with her. So I’ll be pretty busy, actually.

The truth is, I applied to a couple of jobs that I thought I was PERFECT for, and I was a little worried I would get both… but I in the end I got neither. That was a bit of a blow to my ego, but a necessary reality check. For the past two years, I’ve been doing a lot of work that, frankly, would be beyond my qualifications in the states. With just a master’s degree and an American passport, I was asked to teach undergraduate methods classes and give keynote speeches at international conferences. I got a lot of really good experience, but in the end, I still am not quite qualified to do that kind of work at home. Not getting these jobs is a good reminder that I am not (to borrow a phrase from the late 90s) all that. This is probably something I need to hear this week, when I have been the guest of honor at no less than 5 going away events featuring speeches about how awesome I am (Miss Tabitha has a very beautiful face; Miss Tabitha has shown us that it is possible to come to class on time; Miss Tabitha teach us English so well) and given me more presents than I can possible carry home. During the past two years, I have actually been given trophies for doing such a good job! Being rejected from a couple of jobs is a good reminder that that will probably not happen in the future. Except maybe as starbucks employee of the month November 2013!

This doesn't happen in America?

This doesn’t happen in America?

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