December 18, 2003

When 35 hours is more important than 4 years?

It's kind of fun putting together a resume for something in which you have no useful experience. It means whoever's reading it will be bored to tears by a detailed description of your duties as a library employee, so you take out your nice formatted bullet-point list and replace it with "occasional patron assistance, sorting and reshelving books, receiving and processing daily shipments, updating library records, and general problem-solving".

I'm loathe to give up my eloquent and somewhat defensive paragraph under the heading of "education", explaining my incredible breadth and dedication as a student at UC Berkeley and the tragic, tragic financial and administrative woes that have forced my withdrawal from classes at this time HOWEVER! I remain dedicated to the pursuit of my degree and the education it signifies and I may be withdrawn, but madam, I am not beaten.

But given that it comes immediately after "35-hour intensive practical training including drink recipes, pouring techniques, operating cash registers and point-of-sale systems, customer service and server etiquette, and general knowledge of liquor and spirits".... it perhaps may not be the most relevant thing on the page, nor the foremost concern in the mind of the reader. I suppose the time has come for it to step aside and be replaced by "4 years undergraduate education in a variety of subjects; currently withdrawn for financial reasons".

But by god I'm still going to tell them about that gold star I got in third grade. Some things are important.

Posted by dianna at December 18, 2003 11:07 AM

dianna, i didn't realize you had to leave school. that makes me sad. i love school. when can you go back?

Posted by: didofoot at December 19, 2003 08:25 AM

Well, I did and didn't have to. I could have stayed, but it would have actually hurt my case for changing majors because it would put me farther over the arbitrary we're-not-letting-you-change-things-after-this-long unit limit. Speaking of which, I need to get cracking on that major-changing rigamarole because the next period for turning in the paperwork is coming up. In any case, the other reason I'm not in school is that I considered the ramifications of taking time off for unit-limit reasons and realized that when you got right down to it, I didn't want to be in school anymore any more than I wanted a nice swift kick in the arse.

So I can go back when I get my major stuff worked out, or any time thereafter when I damn well feel like it.

Posted by: dianna at December 19, 2003 04:08 PM