My first year working on my Master of Public Health is done.
I’m doing a summer internship at Franklin County Health Department. It’s a great place to work, and I’m really enjoying it. Right now I’m analyzing the data from a project on infant mortality in Ohio. My supervisor has also arranged for me to go on some inspection tours, once he learned I wanted to be a registered sanitarian.
I’ve actually been working at this internship since May. This little personal update is almost two months late.
…I don’t know about you, but I almost go insane.
Ever since Tuesday night, I’ve been having panic attacks, breaking down in tears, and feeling ready to vomit. I’m sure for lots of people, Tuesday’s election turned about to be the greatest national tragedy since 9/11. I understand completely how they feel.
I’m white and from a Judeo-Christian background, so I’m luckier than a lot of other people. At the same time, I’m almost completely helpless. Without any income or independence, I can’t do much.
And if that man causes another recession and rolls back environmental protection laws, where will I be? My chosen career path will become all but obsolete.
And if that happens, I can look forward not only to a life of extreme poverty, but smug, self-satisfied Trump supporters telling me I’m just lazy, I should work harder, I expect handouts from the government, etc., etc.
Needless to say, I’m not happy.
I haven’t been updating this blog, but I’ve been doing fine this summer. Unfortunately, the temp job has ended for good, but I’m going to get a Master of Public Health from Ohio State, starting this fall, and I’m excited about that.
I also have a link to an article at the Food Revolution Network:
In the years since I’ve become an environmentalist, I’ve hated lawns. This article confirms that the problems with growing lawns far outweigh the benefits.
I’ve been away for a long time–a long, awful time. I was fired from Silliker at the beginning of December and was unemployed until recently. I’ve been struggling with depression, misanthropy, and physical sickness, including terrible migraines. My grandparents have been very sick, and my grandfather died on the Tuesday after Easter (thankfully, I got to see him on Easter Sunday). I don’t want to go into details about any of this, but things seem to be changing at last. I have a data entry position with Nesco resources, and, even better, I’ve gotten into a Master of Public Health program at Ohio State University. I want to try to change both my life and my attitude in the future.
So it’s happened. After waiting for over a year to get a job, especially a job in my field, I’ve finally got one!
I am now a microbiological technician for Lab Support, signed on for a six-month contract with Silliker, Inc., a food safety company right here in Columbus. Although I’m not working closely with any bacteria yet, I’m enjoying the work enough that I hope Silliker hires me at the end of the six months.
To close this update, I have a word of advice for anyone who’s struggling to find jobs by online search engines. Try looking for jobs the old-fashioned way, using employment agencies, and if you can, try contacting those employment agencies the old-fashioned way, using your phone. Because that’s how I found my new job, when I was about ready to give up on Monster and Indeed.com.
Well, the interview with Battelle is over. I think I did pretty well, although it wasn’t set up like how I expected. I was interviewed by four people, but instead of all asking me questions one at a time, they interviewed me one by one. They really encouraged me to ask questions; I just hope I asked enough. What’s really nice is I only stammered once, and that was when I was asked a totally unexpected question. So I’m pleased with myself and hoping for the best.
My interview with Battelle is today at 2. I’ll let you know how it went later.