Monday, January 14, 2008

Update on my life

Well, a lot has happened since I returned to Corvallis. I returned knowing that I would not have any funding for the winter term so I've decided to take a brief leave of absence until I find funding and switch departments from Oceanography in COAS to Geography in Geosciences. I was lucky enough to find a brilliant and very personable advisor, Anne Nolin who seems very excited to take me on as a graduate student next fall. We talked about skiing, mountaineering and her extensive research on glaciers and debris flows with aerial photography and satellite imagery. She has promised me 2 years of TA position funding when I come into the geography program next fall and I'm very excited to begin working with her extensively on my Masters.
The other good news of the week is that I've had several job interviews and have started working at Ruby Tuesday's as a server to bring in some extra cash. At first I'll be waiting tables at lunch but hopefully by next fall I'll have some dinner shifts and will be able to use the job as a great supplement to my TA position income. I've also interviewed at a place called Watershed Sciences downtown to look at LiDAR data that Anne Nolin will be using next year. I'm not sure if I'll get that job because the owner may be too hesitant about hiring on someone who will be leaving them next fall after being trained. So, I'm not keeping my hopes up for that one. I did get to interview with FEMA in Salem for a GIS position there working on the massive flooding that devastated Northern Oregon a month ago. It pays $18 and hour with time and a half overtime. It's a temporary position from 3 to 6 months long but would be great pay if I get the job.
So a lot of good things have happened for me this past week and I feel a lot better about my future out here. Hopefully by the end of the month I'll know exactly what I'm doing for work.

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