July 15, 2008

A matter of shelter

I didn't think a job could have more perks than the one I had at the library. Quiet. Free reading material. Time to do homework.

But I think I found one that can top even those.

And I'm happy -- so incredibly happy -- to say that it is my new position.

I am the newest operations assistant at New York University. What does this euphemistic job title entail?

Well, it's going to have its moments of madness, I'm sure. But currently, it's giving out mail, directing students to their rooms, checking them in and out of their apartments, generally watching the building's lobby and answering the phones.

The position sounds like it entails a lot of duties, and I'm sure it is a pretty big deal in some other NYU dorms, but for me, in a Brooklyn dorm with a limited number of summer residents, it's a perfect situation.


I didn't know where I was going to live after August 2. I played with the idea of looking on Craigslist for a room. A friend of mine even offered a space for me in her apartment in Jersey City. But nothing was looking concrete. The date hung, suspended in my mind, and I tried not to be too concerned.

I did receive a space for the fall, but I have no idea where yet, but I knew I had a place to live. But what about my living situation from August 2 through August 24? Would I put everything into storage and live in a hostel?

In my building's elevator one day not too long ago, a sheet hung precariously on the wall, looking like it was shut a couple of times in the sliding doors. The ad was about the position and the urgency for interested applicants. And a remuneration package was mentioned...

After a little research and asking around, I discovered that the position not only included pay, but also board and a room until the end of summer. I was more than a little excited about the prospect.

A couple of interviews and a little scheduling craziness and I have my job, my new room and an interesting new meal plan that I'm not sure what to do with because all of the dining halls are in Manhattan...

But it's great. And I'm not homeless. Dreams really can come true.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at July 15, 2008 9:28 AM | TrackBack

It's amazing how opportunities present themselves, isn't it? Congrats. I'd love to hear more about your internship, if you get the chance.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at July 17, 2008 11:23 PM
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