Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I have thought about the Peace Corps for many, many years. Ever since back in college but I never thought I would ever be able to be that selfless. I do like the comforts of home, not gonna lie. But I never wanted to get too comfortable. I knew for quite some time that I wasn't cut out for Corporate America, but I never had too much motivation to do something about it. Funny thing about losing 3 people in a year that really lights a fire under your ass. So I put my nose to the grindstone and started to figure out where to go next. At that point that I knew I wanted to work for a non-profit organization or do something better in the world that sit on my ass all day and crunch numbers for people I had no respect for. I began looking into volunteering and really got into the feel of it. I volunteered first by taking photographs at the MS walk in Pasadena. It was pretty cool. My next venture was signing up for free tutoring at the local library. This involved a 6 hour training, which was tedious, and a few random calls over a bunch of weeks with prospective students but nothing ever panned out. I stumbled across the Peace Corps and just became obsessed with learning everything about it. I read people's blogs, I read the entire website, learned what had to be done, learned what the application entailed, bought a book on one man's experience, just immersed myself into it. I was really intrigued. I'm in my mid-late 30's, i have no commitments, I'm not happy in my job, what the hell am I waiting for? I had a long talk with KT about it as she's one of the most pragmatic people I know, but being the philanthropist that she is, she probably was a little biased. But one of the best things about her is that she can be biased without swaying you one way or the other. Hard to explain but it's amazing. So I began the application. The application was LONG and it took so much effort to get through everything. It's very easy to see how they ween people out just in this process alone. The first thing was to get 3 people to write me great references; a friend, a colleague and a volunteer supervisor. Friend part was easy, KT was a fantastic writer. She was in. Volunteer supervisor, easy, Paul Larson. He had been in charge at the theatre for many years and always raved about my contributions there. He was in. A colleague...that one was tougher. I really didn't want to involve anyone at work since my employers were so damn suspicious of everything I did anyway, I didn't want to put anyone in a compromising position. So I thought of Sabrina. She didn't work there anymore but she did adore me and I knew she would know exactly what to say. The plan was in motion. Next road block...transcripts. I thought it would be as simple as filling out some forms and faxing them in, nope. Turns out I had some long overdue loans due to both of my colleges. Thankfully, I could submit the application without having transcripts in hand. After 6 weeks, yes 6, I finally hit the submit button and now the wait had begun.