It’s been a mostly quiet weekend, but I did get to go out for a few beers with some friends last night. I actually made a new contact and friend who I hope to see again soon. Tomorrow will be one of my longer days at the internship. I have a meeting with my project manager to go over what I’ve been doing, and I want to make sure that I present all my data to him in a nice concise manner. I’ll go in a little earlier than I would have planned otherwise just to write that all up for him. I also need to add a bit more information that I got late on Friday to the flow that I am making. Hopefully it’ll all look okay.
Hope everyone had a good weekend, I’ll be sure to post more later this week.
This has been one heck of a weekend. Friday night was spent with some of my oldest friends. We hung out and listened to some good music and talked about current politics. One of my friends has rather sharply contrasting views to myself, but we always have really interesting talks. I wish this was the case for everyone who has different opinions from one another. He’s one of my best friends, but we’ll likely never vote for the same person or policy ever. That’s perfectly fine, and I always look forward to hearing his opinions and using them to challenge my own thoughts. I’d like to think that he views my opinions similarly.
On Saturday, some friends of mine from undergrad came up to the city and we had a few beers, played Mario Tennis and Rock Band, then we went to a karaoke bar and sang our hearts out. It was a really fun time. Earlier today I met up with a friend and her boyfriend that I was very close within my Department. We got to geek out about anthropology over lunch (I got French Toast), and just catch up since I had not seen her since I left for the UK over a year and a half ago. Tonight, I’m off to play a little bit of pool with another one of my friends. He and I have tried to hang out for literal weeks and something else has always gotten in the way. Then tomorrow I go into my part time gig and start knuckling down on the project they’ll give me. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I began my internship in Product Design and UX, I’m really rather excited to get some good experience in the field. It’ll be challenging, but hopefully will be fruitful and rewarding. I recently took a slow-mo video of my electric kettle and figured it might be worth sharing on here. It’s dumb, but a good demonstration of the Google Pixel’s video and slow-mo. Enjoy, I guess haha.
What a week so far. At the beginning of last week The job I interviewed for in NYC got back to me saying that they were still considering the role and filling it, but that they would still let me know either way. This is somewhat frustrating, but I do understand that things take time. While I was out with my friend this weekend, he told me that my old company may be looking for someone to fill a UX researcher/designer type role in the company and that it might be worth emailing the old CEO. Luckily I’ve maintained a rather good professional relationship with the CEO and he put me in contact with the VP of marketing who said they may have some part time work in the very near future I could do for them. While part time work is less than ideal, the VP did tell me that while I had a strong academic background, I was lacking in the professional research experience area. Apparently translating academic research is rather challenging in résumé format. So if offered the position, I may take it even if it just is part time. I like the idea of adding that kind of experience to bolster my professional résumé.
I also heard back from an employment agency which may have found a position is HR for me with a rather well known hedge fund management company. I’ve sent some follow up questions about compensation and so forth, but would also consider this if I don’t hear back from the aforementioned position. Income wouldn’t be a bad thing, you know.
A friend of mine and I also are half jokingly looking at teaching English in Costa Rica. This would not really work for me though, considering how poorly compensated those teachers are and the fact that I still need to pay my student loans off.
I want to get back to my book, but figured I needed to post on this blog more frequently. Cheers.
I realize that I’ve been a slacking a little bit on my daily writing, but I do promise that even though I have not been writing on this blog daily that I have been writing in my journal and for this other blog at least daily. So I’ve kind of kept my promise to myself, but not to you. Sorry about that.
It’s warming up in Chicago, a bit quicker than I’m used to honestly. It’s nice, but it makes me worry for the state of what our summer will be like. I’m considering looking into mining (or at least acquiring) this new cryptocurrency called PascalCoin. It’s somewhat revolutionary in so far as it does not require a blockchain, but it still is as secure as one. Instead of having each wallet have a public ledger, it seems to store this information elsewhere. It also has a much simpler UI which may finally catapult cryptocurrency into the modern age. Now it won’t be reserved to FinTech people and technophiles.
I was offered a position today, but ultimately I turned it down. Unfortunately the amount of money that they were willing to offer for the position was well under the industry average (by about $24,000 a year) and they did not appear willing to negotiate on the number at all. I can respect this, but also decline taking the position. So for me, the search continues. Though receiving an offer has boosted my confidence in this job hunt.
I am still waiting to hear back from the position in NYC that I interviewed for almost a month ago. I would really enjoy working with them, I hope I hear back soon. Last we spoke they said they were still deliberating between a few candidates. Presumably I was in the pool, otherwise they would have told me then and there that I was not selected.
I really adore my friends. I have another one reading through my most recent revision of my article I hope to get published. I need to get her a drink sometime. Or maybe just send her some Dogecoin, since she’s in the UK.
We all need a day off every now and then. Today was pretty lazy for me. At the height of my productivity today I did my language lessons and listened to a podcast while treating myself to a little coffee. I have a gift card to starbucks that has a value of 2 cents left on it. I’m excited for the next time I go and demand that they run that. I’ll feel foolish, but what’s truly foolish is leaving money on a card, no matter the value. Frugality is practical, I think, especially when lacking full time employment.
I may end up meeting up with a friend for a cocktail, though I’m unsure if it’ll actually happen. I’ll share a photo from a tiki place I was at last week. Cheers everyone.