Archive for the ‘Graduate School Woes…’ Category

Do you all remember the movie “…but I’m a cheerleader?” starring Natasha Lyonne and Michelle Williams (not the one off of Dawson’s Creek… but The Faculty with Usher?) That movie about the cheerleader who has the football jock boyfriend, the rich suburban parents, affluent neighborhood, and the list goes on and on and on…? Well the main character, Natasha Lyonne’s, character was having dreams about females and decided to go to a “Gay Camp” to make her become an acceptable person in society. Although the movie did a horrible job in the entertainment business, I thought he movie was amazing in reference to daily cultural constraints. So, you maybe wondering what the heck I am getting at here… let me bring you forward into my excellent cross referencing skills for spell:

  • In the movie the characters attend a camp where the campus director developed a private-for-profit facility specifically designed to turn gay kids straight through active role-playing techniques, dances, and character development. Isn’t that similar to a job market? Because of my current unemployment status and the referral (or lackthereof) of job agencies, I find this scenario similar to my job search. We all attend some sort of training to enhance our skills that are marketable in a diversifying yet discriminative society and as time drags along… we fall into the “average American” force-field of career aspirations. I am debating whether it is necessary for me to attend such a “facility” to become a more marketable young scholar… but wait I already think I am that so this is unneccessary?…
  • Secondly, during the opening of the movie, the monochromatic character decides that her thoughts about herself are misleading but steadfast in the possible success rate of college applications, marriage, and howdy-doody living. She begins to question her sanity because  she is not achieving or modeling the behavior that is normal. Well, in my job search I have felt the same way. My skills that I have are definitely approachable and interdisciplinary, and yet I am still unemployed. I hate to say it but in reference to myself… “but I am a college graduate…?”

When we first went to college or had dreams about attending college after high school, we all heard the statement “People go to college to make more money…” what young person wouldn’t hop on the opportunity to make money that is there own? Money that they do not have to worry about being “taxed” by their parents in the course of household chores, babysitting, or just for being their spawn… So, I went to college to do so but in the pursuit of my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in General Psychology and Social Work… I found that I don’t care for the money. College has a weird way of making you feel as though the money is second to making a definite career decision… but there there young grasshopper it is. If you have an amazing college experience, such as my own as a Fighting Koala of Columbia College, than you will realize the passion for the degree outweighs the financial dependence. Even though I am unemployed at the current time, I would give all this up to go back to school and obtain another degree. I am in pursuit of attending the University of South Carolina to obtain my Master’s in Social Work degree and Public Health next fall… and yet I still do not have a job. But I do need to be real here, I can’t survive off my passion. This world is not that holistic to do so… but take advice from a young lady who basically has nothing, sleeps on the floor, scarce amount of food, dependence on an already low salary, limited clothes, and is plus sized… I will do it all again if God allowed me to. I shall end with this lovely quote about resilience.

There is no way to re-enchant our lives in a disenchanted culture except by becoming renegades from that culture and planting the seeds for a new one. – Thomas Moore


I want to thank the 50 visitors that I have had to my blog in the last couple days. that’s a big step for a new blogger especially in only three days. You guys are awesome. So, again thank you and refer my to your friends!

Well, the day at the unemployment office didn’t go so well as planned. They told me that I had to reapply on November 1st, and then go through the process all over gain. I wanted to have an out-of-mind moment and slap him in the face for that crock of bull, but I decided to play the sweetheart role as I usually do. I don’t understand the process of unemployment insurance anyway. Let’s see if I can use my critical thinking skills to decipher and make due with this chained process. Okay, so you register on an employment website to possibly obtain a job in states that have approximately 8-15% unemployment rates and then you must file every sunday or monday depending on the last number in your social security number and possibly go in for an eligibility review. But until you receive a plausible amount for your benefits, you are stuck in purgatory like I am at the moment. How is it possible that I was eligible for benefits since October of last year and they are just sending me a letter saying my benefits expire on Halloween. I feel an ounce of error or illiteracy in these unemployment offices, but how can I respond when they are the ones doing the job for those that are unemployed? Woe is me, my friends… woe is freaking me.

On a good note, halloween is coming in two days. Can we say whatever? I have learned to grow out of the halloween festitivities unless I am taking my niece and nephew trick-o-treating. I remember a couple years ago we had an activity at my university where the faculty’s children will go around to the residence halls and go trick-o-treating. My roommate and I dressed up in tall sheets with black eyes and played scary halloween music and was like… having so much fun. I remember it because the kids loved my laptop stand most of all besides the candy. Anyway, we are going to a masquerade party which is the equivalence to the adults’ version of a Halloween spooktacular and I am still without an outfit. I have a black shirt and some leggings but I don’t wanna be too basic. I wanted a dress. My brother stated that he may come and give me some money so I can purchase a dress, but I will see it when it happens. I am going because my best friend of NINE years turns 23 this monday and we always celebrate her birthday as the big event… So, I will post pictures when the time comes.

On another another note, I have been watching Daria episodes all week during breakfast and I really miss that show. It would serve young adults proficiently if Daria was allowed back on air because I think the tramps of Degrassi are getting a little out of hand. BTW, does anyone remember when Aubrey Graham aka “DRAKE” played Jimmy on Degrassi like a few years ago and know he is a big rap star.? Talk about small world… how can an avid degrassi fan who went from acting like a straight but cute lame become an aspiring rapper? I guess it doesn’t take much. Now don’t get me wrong, Drake is definitely a virtuoso… he has talents in every area possible but it’s hard to take him out of the role we both grew up viewing him on. I try to sometimes, but it’s a little more difficult than I imagine.

And lastly, I decided to get a couple Associate Degrees possibly in Accounting and Early Care and Education because I know I am not ready to transfer to another state for grad school yet. When I am ready, I will make that leap of faith but until then I will get more adept at the skills that are quite marketable do my current state. I also received a call from a location that wants to give me a CNA training job. Things are looking fantastic for me, maybe I wouldn’t even need that unemployment. We will see my friends, we will see. Well, I have to go and cry because the Sims 3 is taking forever to download… my parents needs to turn the internet back on cause this wireless connection in our apartment complex is quite dull… but as Dora the Explorer and Diego says “Hasta Luego…”

BUT WAIT… remember to add me on twitter @virgough !

Currently listening to: “I Love Her” by Raphael Saadiq

Les Virgough
My muse.

I woke up this morning with an unusual feeling of achievements… I was anxious to continue on my search for grad school, send out some letters of recommendations for said grad school to my noteworthy professors at COLUMBIA COLLEGE, and enjoy some company at my apartment. And then I woke up. I realized that my cellphone was off for the morning, my back ached with some pains, I am broke as a joke, and I have no job. So, you can just imagine what I am sorta going through at the moment, but who cares about that stuff right? I am alive… so one would think. I am terribly behind in the world due to my lack of networking. I feel this is only temporary though, I just will go nuts without my phone. My mother and me made an agreement that until I get a job, she will furnish my cellphone bill…. yeah. I am disconnected now. I can’t be upset though, it is my fault I am without a job or whatever.

So, let’s get back to this blog here. I am very excited to be creating this blog because I am tired of writing in my journal. I need to implement and enhance my 75 WPM and keep my fingers moving at all times. This blog will secretly reveal my current woes and joes, some fashion finds and deals, picture blogging, graduate school tips and tricks (GRE INCLUDED), sims 3 updates, etc… it’s basically an all-around blog for an all-around virgo. I haven’t decided whether I want to keep “Virgough” as my main title or make it “Virgo-UGH!” which is a little more bloggy type. I am a virgo by default and I love love love love LOVE my sign with all my heart. So, that will come later, but for now I have to get some friends on my blogroll and enjoy wordpress once again for all that it is worth. But first, I shall go and make some pancakes and continue watching “She’s out of my league”. Good day all.