So I am no longer a college student. The past 8 years has been great, and sheltered in the safety bubble called college. In college you always have a place to go next fall, you always get student discounts. I am in a student discount free zone now.
It may take a few posts to completely update what I have been up and express my future plans, but I am finally sitting down to do it.
It’s difficult to write about because I don’t know what I will be doing or living a month from now, so I will just begin with the past two months.
After I graduated with my Master’s in Fine Arts I traveled to North Dakota, my home state. I was planning on just working for the summer and looking for teaching jobs at colleges all over the state and just work when I was free. After an interview and a 2nd interview I was informed the position was no longer a position at that school. They could have, however, informed me of that right away instead of leaving me hanging for 2 months. So, I have been working for Jerry’s Services, spraying weeds for the oil fields. It’s my 4th summer, but this year I don’t have a plan, so now I am currently looking for jobs. I think job hunting would be fun, if I was a graphic designer! There aren’t very many jobs a painting or printmaker can apply for, that I have found anyway. So right now I am looking for marketing jobs. I have a business degree that I can rely on, but the past 3 years of grad school and teaching has provided me more than enough experience to fit right into many jobs. Denver Colorado is the place I am looking, but I am keeping my options open at the same time. It’s a very sobering feeling to be jobless and homeless, but I guess that’s what transition is all about.
I have plenty of opportunity to work in North Dakota and I am very thankful for those people offering me the chance, but I don’t think this place is for me. I grew up here and I love it, but I have changed and so has my hometown. I don’t think it’s a place where I can be completely happy after spending the past 8 years away and seeing the world. There aren’t coffee shops, the towns aren’t planned to walk from point A to point B. I hate to say it, but its too conservative for me, and I may be naive about it, but even though there is plenty of money in the area, its not a place to sell art, especially art that I want to be making. Living here even for the summer gives me a sense of entrapment, and i need my freedom.
So I guess that’s it. I went to a few bachelor parties and weddings, but other than that I have been working and job searching. North Dakota will always be my home and I love the people here, my family and friends, but this is a declaration to get out of here.