I graduated college with a degree in Broadcasting, where I learned two things:
*I had a great face for radio.
*My voice was perfect for print media.
I moved back in with my parents after college and got a soul-crushing office job. Like so many other 20-somethings, I love *The Office * and *Office Space * because I can relate so much. I saved every penny I made, and after about 9 months of that, I moved back to my college town…
And went to law school. Did I desperately want to be a lawyer? NO. In fact, I never really saw myself practicing law. But it seemed like a practical, pragmatic thing to do with one’s life, and it got me out of Miami (which I was hating) and out of my parents’ house.
I did not like law school. I didn’t fit in with most of the people. Sadly, most of the stereotypes proved themselves true early on – my classmates were spoiled, self-interested rich kids who would happily screw each other and anyone else over; young Republicans with no creativity, imagination, or social conscience; lots of hard partying, indiscriminate hooking up, HEAVY drug use (lots of coke), and brutal gossip. Plus I found the Socratic Method of teaching stressful and ultimately useless, the class material didn’t excite me, and the professors were going through the motions. All in all, it was the biggest mistake of my life, but I didn’t dare drop out because I didn’t know what else to do. I finished in a record 2 1/2 years with mediocre grades and no job to show for it. Moved back home. I don’t recommend this to anyone.
After temping for a while, I finally got an attorney job in another city, which I happily moved to. It was a good job, my boss was patient, and my co-workers were great. But after 11 months, I realized I wasn’t a good fit for it (or vice versa), and I knew I wouldn’t last any longer. So I resigned, much to the surprise of family, friends, co-workers, and especially the few classmates I had stayed in touch with. Luckily, I had lived simply and saved everything I could while I was making decent (though never GREAT) money.
Finally, I had a flash of inspiration. I love pointing people in the right direction, helping them find what they need and enabling them to learn. I like research, I like organization, I like quiet, and I like books and collections very much. After five miserable years of missteps and mistakes, I enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida, so I’m on my way to earning my Master of Arts degree in Library Science. I’m going to be a kickass librarian one day, and I think I’ve finally found the right path for myself. I’m currently working a part-time job AND a paid summer internship as I speed through this Masters program as quickly as possible – my goal is to finish the whole thing in two years, in December 2007. Then I’ll only need to choose between public or law libraries, but I think I’ll fit in and thrive in either environment. It took me long enough, but I’m actually almost content!