Just got back from the Chicago-land area. I had intended to to take a train up Tuesday, stay with Liz, have a few interviews, and make my way back Wednesday night.
But then my new school called and requested an interview for an assistantship I’d applied for. Interview on Friday. I ended up staying from Tuesday night through Friday. Thank goodness I have a job that will allow for such (thanks Barb!)
Liz and I made our way from Pilsen to the loop on Wednesday morning. My first meeting was with the head librarian of a place I’m really interested in. Although they don’t have any employment, I was really interested in the collection and his job so I went by to chat. He was very helpful. Made my way over to my second meeting–an interview for a grant for school. It was a panel of six people, which, could have been nerve-wracking, but I rattled off answers as fast as they could throw the questions at me. When I left I called my mom to tell her I “rocked the house” and even if I don’t get it, I was so impressed with my mad skillz as a result of all the prepartion I’d done for the interview.
Liz and I had a wonderful lunch on Printer’s Row, walked back to Pilsen, ran a few miles around the neighborhood, made dinner, and watched a movie in eachother’s company. It was so needed.
Spent the evening with Ashley and Ruth last night, after a long day of reviewing for Friday’s interview. The food and company were also wonderful. And the interview went well–although I kept wondering why they didn’t ask me more questions. Are you sure you don’t want me to tell you why I think academic librarianship is important? Don’t you want to hear about the problems facing libraries? No, really, I REALLY do want to explain why I’d be an asset to your team.
Spent the lunch-hour with my dear friend Tracy, who gave me the grand tour of my soon-to-be neighboorhood.
I’m exhausted. But it was quite productive.