Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Official: More Waiting

Just got a phone call from my Placement Specialist. He said the Placement Office is doing somewhat of an internal audit. Basically, he said that this means I most likely won't hear anything regarding an invitation until early January. This really spoils my holiday season. I was really looking forward to being able to tell family and friends about where I'd be going to in March. So much for that. I really just don't like having my life dangle on a string held by the PC. It's so annoying. January isn't too far away, though, and my holidays are relatively planned out anyways. It's just annoying. Ha, at least they didn't tell me I suck and that I'm never getting an invite.

Monday, December 13, 2010


I was supposed to talk to my Placement Specialist on Friday. Left messages, emails..still didn't hear back. I called the main desk and left a message today. Got a call back from Imani...ha. She put me on hold to go talk to my Placement Specialist real quick. Basically, she told me that he said he hasn't heard anything from the country yet so that's why he hasn't been in contact. So now I'm just waiting. Yay... I'm okay with that for now, I guess. No matter how much anxiety I may get from this lovely waiting game, a phrase from a manga/anime that means a lot to me keeps coming up in my head: you can give up on me giving up! That's basically where I stand with that now. Good luck, applicants! Keep up that PMA and things will start working out! BELIEVE IT!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

In-Class Phone Call

I was sitting in ethics class when my phone rang with the 202 number (I had been waiting on this all day). I literally ran out to answer. It was my Placement Officer. He decided that he wanted to have a final interview with me. :D :D :D

The interview was about an hour and a half of intense conversation..mainly about my tattoos. Long and incredibly scary story short, he said that I was a special case, as they've never had anyone apply with as many tattoos as me. Ha, he also asked about my hand and neck tattoos. I said "I have black X's on my hands, a blue bull (like Paul Bunyan) on my left neck, a gryphon on my right neck, and a cartoon symbol behind my left ear." When he asked what the symbol was, I bashfully said it was the Hidden Leaf Village symbol from the anime Naruto. FYI guys, I'm a huge nerd. Haha. He also decided that he didn't like the program I was originally nominated for since my skills weren't so great for Community Development with a focus in Environmental Education (found this out the day before via email with him). Instead, he finds me much more suited for a Youth Development project with a focus in At-Risk Youth. This is perfect for me. He said he needs to contact a few countries to see if they want me even though I'm covered in tattoos. He said he was pushing my file foward for an invitation based on my skills and experience. He said if I don't hear back from him by next Thursday to call him on Friday. I believe next week I will be told whether I'll be getting an invite (or not) and to where it may (or may not) be.

Overall, great conversation. Very informative. So I guess now I have a week to do more research and spaz out. Keep up the PMA everyone! It's working well. BELIEVE IT!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dining Hall Phone Call

Today was the day I was expecting an above average phone call (in terms of positivity) from the Placement Office. I ran outside to answer the 202 phone call, possibly looking like a lunatic to everyone else eating there. It was from my lovely Placement Assistant, Imani. Yes, I've resorted to sarcasm folks. We discussed the message I left on her phone last week. I mentioned the email I sent to her over the weekend to which she responded "I was out of the office." Well, yeah, I get that, but do people not check their emails?? She works in an office..come on. She said my nomination is for early March. Yet again, I get that. I've been told this for a long time now. Let us note this, though: TOMORROW STARTS DECEMBER!! 8-week rule? Psh. She said "We're working on applications leaving in December, January, and February." 8 week rule? I tried to explain to her that I graduate in less than 3 weeks. I said "You must understand the situation I'm in." She didn't really seem to get where I was coming from. However, I am still optimistic about this week. Many of you reading this entry may see everything above and question that, but here are my reasons why that's the case. The first reason is that I have decided I'm not going to deal with Imani anymore. I never seem to get anywhere with her. The main office was more helpful than she has been. The second reason is that I will be calling my actual Placement Office, Jason, on Friday if I don't hear anything else from the Placement Office this week. One good thing that actually did come out of this phone call is that Imani is marking on my application that I can leave earlier than March. Why? BECAUSE I GRADUATE IN LESS THAN 3 WEEKS. I still have my sanity and my optimism about this week. Nothing is going to get me down.


Monday, November 29, 2010

"Early" Phone Call.

So I was in bed. Asleep. It was 11:06am. I'm a college student...deal with it. I didn't sleep very well last night so when I heard my phone make noise, I assumed it was my alarm clock. I reached over to turn it off only to realize that it wasn't my alarm going off. It was ringing...WITH A 202 AREA CODE! I jumped out of bed, cleared my throat, and hoped I didn't sound like a buffoon to the person on the other end. It was the Placement Office returning my call from last week (they moved). She gave me some information about what was up and I asked her some questions, too. Ha, she was very polite. Um, basically she said the person I thought was my Placement Officer is just a Placement Assistant, I guess. This isn't the first time something like this has happened to me so I just kind of brushed it off. She did tell me that she believes my file is in the Final Review stage of things because 1. it's not infront of her and 2. because I've already been in contact with a Placement Assistant. The nice lady on the phone also gave me the extension of the person that is actually my Placement Officer so I plan on contacting him at the end of the week to discuss things (mainly that I'm graduating in three weeks and I have no invite and no job and will be unemployed for awhile and...many things relating to that).

HOWEVER, fellow applicants (especially those nominated for January, February, and March), I feel that this week is going to be a good week for all of us. I don't know why, but I just feel really good about this week. Positive Mental Attitude!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

More waiting?

After sitting around all day hoping to get an email, I finally got one. This came as a surprise to me since it was sent at 5:08pm. So this email was from my placement officer. It was finally a relatively in-depth email regarding placement. However, as in-depth/lengthy as it may have been, it was also very vague and ambigious, like a template. One part of the email said how placement is working on nominations that have immediate departures i.e. programs set to leave in January. Since my program is set for early March, she said that she anticipates that my file will likely be reviewed in December. This email also said that I will hear from my placement specialist no later than the last week of January if I am going to be invited to the program which I was originally nominated for. Based on invites sent out for Sub-Saharan Africa, this email was a load of crap. To my knowledge, there aren't any Sub-Saharan Africa programs set to leave in March. Meaning I would have to leave before or after. March is still part of the first quarter so I hope that my program can be included into the January/February category. This is all pretty disheartening. I would hope to be contacted soon regarding an invitation. I feel like communication is key in these sorts of things. Maybe I'm just not getting the communication that I want. Then again, I guess that would prepare future volunteers for living in seclusion. I'm just going to try and stay positive about all this. An email, though vague, is better than nothing at all. Good luck, everyone/self.

Also, for all of those wondering, the email that was sent to me said the cut-off dates are EIGHT (8) weeks, not six.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Next week (five days to be exact) will be the one month anniversary of me being contacted by my placement officer. Funny story: haven't heard from her since. Well, until today that, is. I emailed my old recruiter in hopes of getting some help. Typically..actually..every time I have emailed my recruiter about updates, something happens. So this time when I emailed her, lo and behold, I received an email from my placement officer. This is the email:

Hi Josh,

I’ve received your updated resume; thanks!


Make note, my name is JOEY. JOEY!!! J-O-E-Y! So with that, I wonder what's worse: receiving an email being called someone else or not receiving an email at all. I would really like things to just move along. Seriously. Oh, also the email she responded to was the 3rd email I have sent to my recruiter. I understand that these people are busy, but really?? Ha, little disappointments going on right now. I would just like to see some good things come my way. Geesh.

Friday, October 15, 2010


I have finally been contacted by the Placement Office! I have been thinking about this everyday for the past month. Finally! Finally!!! My Placement Officer requested that I send in an updated resume and final transcript. Resume will be done this weekend, however, I don't graduate until December, meaning that is when I'll be sending in my final transcript. My Placement Officer said this should not slow down the process, though. My file will continue to go through. WOOT! WIN FOR ME!!!!! Pushing foward, kids. LET'S DO THIS!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Small Update/FUN!

I got my offical Peace Corps medical clearance letter in the mail on Monday. Now I'm just kind of waiting around. Almost constantly keeping an eye on my phone waiting for a call from a Placement Officer. Hey, my name is Joey. CALL ME!

Got an idea from another applicant...let's talk on Skype! Social networks and social support are great! ESPECIALLY for this kind of thing. So let's get talking, guys and gals! Skype: kangaroozer510

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Medically Cleared!

After a week and a half of emailing various PC personel (which I do believe helped move the process along), I woke up to an unexpected email from the PC this morning. Account was updated. Got super excited, checked the main page immediately, and boom....MEDICAL COMPLETE! YAY!!!!! I then proceeded to contact my best friends..after jumping around the room cheering, and laughing, and almost crying. Ha. Now I'm waiting for my letter in the mail and then on to placement. Medical has taked four months to clear. Most difficult wait EVER! Onward!!!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Still Waiting

My dental forms clearned in about two days after sending in all of my paperwork. However, medical is a little different. It is taking VERY long for that paperwork to clear. I remember reading that they focus more on applicants that are leaving sooner rather than later, and since I'm leaving in March..well..it might be awhile. In the mean time I've been keeping myself occupied with reading lots and lots of journals of other applicants. Let's note that doing so definitely does not help with my excitement level, which is still very very high.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Medical and Dental Forms Sent!

I finished up the last of my dental work last week. I overnighted all of my forms, x-rays, and photographs yesterday. Hopefully neither my doctor, my dentist, my oral surgeon, nor myself missed anything on those forms. If everything is correct on my forms, then I just have to wait until I get an invitation in the mail. LET'S DO THIS!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sigh. Delay.

I had my dental exam yesterday. I have four cavities that I need to get filled. I also have two wisdom teeth that need to get pulled. Basically, I have dental appointments almost weekly started, well, this week, all the way until the first week of May. That means that May will be the earliest that I will get my medical and dental forms in. I'll definitely be staying on top of this stuff. Hopefully when I get my bloodwork done, the doctor won't say I have cancer or something...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa!

Monday of this past week I received a call from my recruiter saying that I'll be going to Sub-Saharan Africa next March! What an exciting phone call!! When I got back from my Spring Break Service Work trip I had the medical forms in the mail. I got both my dental and medical appoints set, both of which are in the following two weeks. My recruiter also asked me to start doing some environmental activities for my application. I just spent a week doing Hurricane Ike relief down in Texas, which helped, but I'm also going to join the Natural Resources Club on campus, and also possibly do some volunteer work at a local park. That's all for now!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Update: Long Overdue

I apologize for not keeping up with my blog here (this semester has been brutal). In Decemeber, when programs were to open up, my recruiter could not find a program for me. She said I should try and get more things put on to my application and wait until March when more programs open up. I decided against trying to qualify for another program and to wait it out until March. Well, it's March now. I got an update last weekend in my email so I checked out the main Peace Corps site. My application on there was finally fully up-to-date. After that I emailed my recruiter to remind her that I was still interested in a program. I got an email response saying she was out of the office and would respond back to emails by March 12th. Needless to say I was a bit saddened by that. However, almost immediately following that my recruiter emailed me saying that she'll try and find a program for me and that she'll be in contact with me over the next few weeks. I went to my second class today and checked my email (this is a normal thing). I had another update email. So I checked the main site again and it said that I was nominated for a program!!! I was/still am super excited and super happy to have read that! However, my recruiter is still out of the office for the week so I don't know where I could possibly be going yet. Haha. Kind of funny. Patience is key here. I'll just wait it out until my recruiter contacts me, I suppose.