Monday, July 7, 2008

I'm the new financial aid specialist.

Today is my first day as a full-time with benefits employee for the University of Utah in the office of financial aid and scholarships. I interviewed a week and a half ago for the position, which I was invited to apply for by my boss in the temp position, the director of financial aid. I interviewed and was told I'd hear about the position early in the following week. That was last week. Monday passed. Nothing. Tuesday and Wednesday came and passed. Nothing. Thursday was the last day of the work week since Friday was the Fourth of July and by three o'clock I still hadn't been informed on a decision. Four o'clock comes and the manager that interviewed me asked if I had a moment. Finally! He sits me down and offers me the job! They offered me more than the maximum per hour than they'd posted on the job description. I signed the official acceptance letter and jumped for joy. Literally. We brought the acceptance letter to the director, my temp boss, he's kind of a goof, so I jumped in the air and flailed my arms about when he saw they'd offered me the job. It was hilarious really.

My pay increase started July 1st, so it will reflect on the next pay check for all my hours. Yay! I am so thrilled to have found a full time job at the University. Not only do I have a stable job with 40 hours a week now, I also have the benefit of working for the U and taking advantage of half price tuition in six months and fantastic health benefits. The ultimate bonus is that the people I work with are great people. The administration is fun and has really achieved a balance of hard work and fun. The team I will be working directly with are all people under 30. Ahh, it's like a breath of fresh air. I haven't worked with people in my age range since high school. How refreshing!

Now that I have a job that has consistent hours that I can count on I am finally able to move on and focus my energy toward more important things in life than how I'm going to pay the bills. I'm eager to begin school in August and explore the opportunities that lie in higher education. I'm interested in several major areas of concentration for my course work but I'm not going to settle down on one until I've fully researched each one. Right now I am focusing on educating myself and enjoying the experience. When I am ready I'll know which major to choose. In my experience, I've placed to much emphasis on choosing a major and have overlooked the point of going to college, and that is to get educated! Go Maggie!

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