Monday, June 20, 2011

Hey Budget Cuts... I Don't Like You. (Interview)

So the interview. I freaked out about what to wear but ended up wearing a simple button up and a pair of dress pants with some flats. I thought that I would be nervous about the interview but I was more excited than anything else. I needed to take nyquil to fall asleep because of the excitement and I woke up at like 6:30 this morning. I got off the metro at 10:45 and was way early since the interview was at 12. I just hung out and had some breakfast.

Waiting for Interview
The interview went well... for the most part. I had no reason to be nervous, it was like talking to a friend. My recruiter, who we will refer to as "B", is really nice. He said that he liked me, my head is in the right place and that I had a great attitude and personality! Which makes me hopeful. Unfortunately due to budget cuts PC has become a lot more competitive. He told me "If you had applied a year ago, I would be ready to nominate you." While these are encouraging words they also sting a bit. Stupid budget cuts. He said that I am great in person and need to work on looking better on paper. He said that he was willing to fight for me and I need to get some more experience in environmental teaching. He wants to nominate me for either environmental awareness and education or community development. I also asked about forestry as I am very close to fitting the requirements for that. And he send me a skill addendum so that I can state all the experience that I have. But lets focus on the positives, B liked me and we talked about nomination options.

So I'm still in it. Waiting. Working on being better on paper and getting as much stuff done as I can. BRING IT. I am in this for the long haul.


  1. It appears the Recruiter sees your potential...this is great news! Sounds as though you have a bit of a challenge ahead of worries! If you want this, it is yours. Make it happen!!!!

  2. You're so adorbs. I was freaking out what to wear cause today was my first day at my internship too. And I got there and everyone was in like jeans and casual clothes, so I was freaking out for nothing. Hahaha. I couldn't sleep much either last night.

    Good to hear your interview went well! Despite budget cuts, if you're willing to do what it takes and if he said he would nominate you if it wasn't for the budget cuts... that sounds pretty damn good. You got this Bridgey Barn. :) Let me know when we can start our routine so I can SEE YOU! :)

  3. Barnacle Brain,

    I am soooooo proud of you. You are so amazing and dedicated when it comes to something you are truly passionate about. I'm glad B was able to see that you are one of those people that will make planet Earth a little more tolerable place to exist <3

  4. Love you all! And I truly appreciate your support <3

  5. Keep going girl! You've come so far already. I can't wait till the day I see the "I'm in!" post. What an amazing experience you're going through, I admire you so much! Just think about how much closer you are to getting it than millions of other people. (alot closer).
    love you!

  6. Heyy, I just came across this from Peace Corps Journals... I am applying for Peace Corps right now too to start around June 2012 (I have my interview next week!) and I'm actually just a couple miles from George Mason so I figured we were really similar applicants at the moment. After reading this I'm super nervous I'm going to be told in my interview that I'm underqualified! Any insights on what your interviewer was looking for specifically? Good luck with the rest of the application process!!

  7. Simplyariel.... Plan on not actually starting June 2012. From what I read and from what my recruiter told me because of budget cuts people who were nominated this time last year and being pushed back... a lot. Because if this there are not almost 0 spots open :(

    Basically my recruiter told me that I need to look better on paper so that when/if he nominates me I will be placed and I will become a PVC. Basically he was just looking for more experience. Don't sweat it. I'm not. I'm just taking it in stride and realizing that it is going to take longer than I want to. If you want it listen to your recruiter and do everything you can to be better. Check out for volunteer opportunities!

    Don't worry about the interview it was fun! And thanks for the luck, I'm sending some to you as well :)