My student position in the University Library's Pacific Collection these past 2+ years was coming to an end, and I had nothing lined up. Then luckily, through a random series of events, I found myself in a part-time position as the new Development and Digital Projects Specialist at the UH Press, just days before graduation. (For other graduates out there still looking, don't forget to look at HirenetHawaii.com for casual hire positions.) I'm enjoying the people and the atmosphere at the Press and find all of it highly interesting. Katherine, who I'm replacing, is someone I highly respect (and also graduated with this semester). She's been making the transition a lot easier by showing
me the essentials. It's a part-time, casual hire position--which means no health insurance or other benefits, and I cannot exceed 20 hours in a work week. I really wanted this position because it involves grant writing. I need to find a second part-time gig in order to pay the bills, but am thankful to have this opportunity.
On May 13th, I marched in the UH Mānoa commencement ceremony and was awarded my MLISc. Our speaker was the 19th Surgeon General of the U.S., Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, who was fired on April 21st, 2017 by Trump. He gave a really nice speech about love, being political, and taking the time to pause and reflect.
I'm very fortunate to have found a position so close to graduation, and am feeling really happy about the future. I have an application in with the Library of Congress, and don't really expect to hear back from them, (though it would be quite amazing if I did).
Through it all, I really have to thank my family, friends, mentors, peers, professors, adjuncts, supervisors... and especially my mom and dad who made it all possible and were with me in spirit the whole time.
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