So, the interview went very well yesterday and they scheduled me for a second interview, but here's the thing: Eventually, for this position, I would need to be 'board certified' which also means I'd have to take 5 more classes and complete a 3rd internship. Geeeeeeezzzzz, as I just typed that it caused me to gulp. I for real do not believe I have it in me to take 5 more classes AND complete another internship (although it would be a PAID internship) which would surely make it a whole lot better. So...I have a few weeks until the 2nd interview during which I will continue to ponder this decision. I'm going to check into the classes and see exactly what they entail, and the opportunities that come with being board certified. It does appear that there is a terrible shortage of these folks around and it would also be a 'consultant' type position I could add to my private practice. So...I guess I'll keep an open mind and see what comes of this opportunity.
But HEY!!!! GUESS WHAT?!?! When I was in Chicago yesterday working on a research project, I got written in as a research assistant. Do you know what that means? Of course you don't! What that means is...if we get this grant money, then part of my current internship would be a paid position. (Insert big smiles here) -- I mean for real, I love Social Work, but I am a bit tired of working for free. Being salaried the past 15 years has taught me to not appreciate working for free...since being salaried involves quite a bit of that. One year ago tomorrow I started my last internship. I figure if I would have made the minimum amount, you know, minimum wage...that I haven't made since I was 17...that I would have been paid well over $6000 for the hours I've put in. Now....stop for a moment and imagine the beautiful trip to beach I could get for that! And, I still have 7 more months to continue working for free. Oh wait...did I mention I pay tuition to work for free? So add another $4000 to that price tag. Crazy isn't it?!? So now you see my excitement at the possibility of getting paid...even a little!
Ok, on to a little more lightheartedness. Yesterday in Chicago we ate at the most amazing restaurant in Greek Town...and I just instantly forgot the name! Anyway I had the most amazing meal...grilled shrimp....big shrimp atop lemon and garlic butter angel hair pasta and spinach. It was so delicious. I think I might smell like garlic for days though! The dish also came with pine nuts which I ordered on the side and promptly gave away...ewwwww. The restaurant was so quaint and quiet in the middle of bustling Chicago. It was definitely a very nice ending to a very long day!
Until next time...