Oct. 12th, 2009

**This should accomplish two objectives - my first foray into [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol, and I have some new LJ friends, so they will benefit from an intro post**

Tell me about yourself - this statement can trip people up at job interviews, first day of any class from elementary school right up to college/any other time when it is necessary! It is so important to make a good first impression, and it can be stressful. What if I don't say enough? What if I say too much? What would someone be interested in hearing about? I don't want to drive people away from me. I am a very self-conscious person, so I tend to worry more than I should about these things.

Anyway, on with the show.

I used to say that I was the reason why "Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?" is a ridiculous job interview question. You see, about 2001-2002, I had this lovely idea that I was going to get my MA and PhD in Spanish (I idolized one of my professors who saved me from continuing down a destructive path (needless to say, she was not the person I thought she was), and most importantly, I love reading, researching, and learning). However, due to financial, family, and confidence issues, I am still parked with my BA in Spanish (I also have a BA in Sociology) that I graduated with in 2004. Instead of spending tons of money and time indulging my love of reading, researching, and learning, I am spending 40 hours a week "babysitting" about 3,000 distance learning students and navigating the world of office politics as an administrative assistant at our tech college. Definitely not where I pictured myself, that's for sure.

In an effort to be less self-conscious and be more "out there", I have decided to join Toastmasters (I have been attending meetings as a guest for about two weeks now). Not an easy step for a person who has always been "the quiet one". I have taken that step, as I want to be more than "the quiet one". I want to be more confident, more social, more out of my shell. I want to eventually make friends as easy in real life as I do online. I want to silence that nagging voice inside that tells me that I'm worthless, that nobody cares about what I have to say.

In some respects, this is what I hope to gain from LJ Idol. I want to be a better writer so I can write great speeches for Toastmasters. I want to become more open on LiveJournal and step out of my online shell.

I will wind up with the basic/boring/ stuff:

-I am a 31 year old single female living in western Canada

-I am happy with being single - why should I settle? I have tried to dabble in online dating, but I have slacked majorly in that department, and I am taking that as a sign that I am not interested in that at this point.

-I don't have any human children, but I am owned by an almost 5 year old grey kitty cat

-I am not a hot coffee drinker, but I do like iced coffees (I like to make my own iced mochas in the summertime!)

-I hope to buy a condo sometime in 2010

-I want to learn more about photography - pictures hold so many memories and so much meaning in them

-Likes: reading, listening to music, watching movies, learning about things, shopping, baking, cooking, summer

-Dislikes: drama, liars, winter, getting up early (especially in the wintertime!)

Nice to meet everyone, and best of luck to you all :)

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