Life Update, October 2016

I’m pretty sure most of my friends and family are now aware that I am flying back to the States in December, so I figured it was time to post a little life update. I also though it would be convenient and slightly hilarious (if only for me) if I did this post in the form of a FAQ list.

Frequently Asked Questions about Erica’s life right now:

Q: You’re coming home in December, does that mean you’re moving back to the States?
A: I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not!

Q: Are you going back to England in January/next year/ever?
A: I don’t know. I hope so, but the Home Office generally frowns upon illegal immigration.

Q: Where do you want to live?
A: I don’t know. England is cool and I have a good support system here. America is slightly less cool I mean, something about freedom and baseball, but I have a good support system there as well.

Q: Do you have a job lined up yet?
A: No. If I did, questions one through three would have very different answers.

Q: But what about (insert name of one of the few men I’ve spent any amount of time with under both romantic and non-romantic pretenses)?
A: We’re not having this conversation, are we?

Okay, general sass and sarcasm aside, here is a slightly more detailed version of this life update. I completed my master’s course in September. I’m still waiting for official marks on my dissertation, but my preliminary marks all point toward a very good outcome (yay!).

So now I’m just spending my time working part time at the university, working on my own research, taking a few online courses, and applying for full-time work. I’ve applied to many jobs, both in the UK and the US, and so far I’ve only gotten rejection letters and silence. Friends and mentors tell me to have patience and to keep applying, and so I am trying to listen to their kind words and advice.

At the end of the day, I know a few things. I know that I am flying home for practical reasons at the start of December. I know that unless I have a job lined up I will not be returning to England, at least not right away.

Beyond that, everything is kind of up in the air. It’s not something that I particularly enjoy, but I am trying my best to be happy and live well despite not knowing where my home will be come January. And to be honest, I don’t think there’s really much else I can do for now, and that’s okay.


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