One of my best friends sent me a text message a few minutes ago asking me what I plan to do after my expected graduation in May. I told her I don’t know. Unfortunately, this is more true than I’d like to admit.
I could go to grad school. I could get my teacher certification and get a job. I could, as my mom suggested a few days ago, go to law school. (This would alleviate my need to marry a lawyer to ever see an income.) Unfortunately, I have no idea how I’ll pay for any form of post-graduate education, and getting a job just sounds too much like real life to me. So I really, truly, have no idea what I’m going to do after May.
I don’t think this is an uncommon problem. Actually I suspect it’s a very common feeling to have entering senior year of college. Fortunately, I’ve recently been presented with a way to delay graduation by a semester. (This is also the reason my mom was suggesting law school.)
I spent Labor Day weekend in Colorado with my parents visiting my brother at the Air Force Academy. My mom remembered that she had some mail for me. One piece of mail was my first ever summons for jury duty. The more interesting piece of mail was from the university offering me the opportunity to apply for an intership with the Arizona State Legislature. I believe this basically amounts to living in Phoenix for a few months and pretending to be a politician. It looks really interesting, so I’m going to apply. The application is due at the end of the month, and two interviews follow that. I’ll know if I’ve been selected for the internship in November.
If selected, I would spend 18 weeks doing things like writing speeches, researching issues, summarizing bills, and attending meetings. Not only does this look like an interesting opportunity, it would give me 12 upper-division units, which would greatly help my graduation status. As it stands, I’m going to be four short. They will waive tuition for the semester, and pay $4200.
I’m very interested in doing this, so we’ll see what happens. The hardest part of the application is going to be writing a 300-word essay and finding two people to write letters of recommendation for me. Neither of those is really very hard. I’ll keep updating.