Sunday, May 29, 2005

Turning lemons into lemonade...or something.

I'll be updating my resume today for a summer job I plan to apply for: a counselor at a camp for individuals with physical disabilities. Although I have some reservations (let's face it: I'm not exactly the poster girl for physical fitness; while I don't know the exact requirements of the position, I'm pretty sure that I could barely get MYSELF through a ropes course, let alone an adult male in a wheelchair--and yes, there actually is a modified, handicapped-accessible ropes course), this job would also be beneficial in a number of ways.

- The position includes room and board, so I would have a place to stay for the summer that doesn't involve my mother and I living under the same roof for 8 weeks.

- It would provide me with great fodder for my resume (not the most altruistic reason, perhaps, but still a motivating factor).

- One would think that, with all the physical exertion, outdoor activities and (I assume) relatively healthy food, I could actually get myself into shape.

And, most importantly:

- I can spend my Summer of Angst and Heartbreak (good thing that I'm not too dramatic or anything) doing something worthwhile and meaningful. Spending time with those who are physically challenged should help to put my own "problems" into perspective for me; really, all things considered, I'm still pretty damn lucky.

For more information on the camp, go here:

http://www2.gvsu.edu/~lukek/schedule.htm

19 comments:

Jen said...

However, some negatives:

-This will severely limit my ability to sleep in
-I don't know how much "free time" I'll have. When am I officially off duty? Do I have evenings to myself? Will I be allowed to come and go during that time (to visit family, etc.)?

Nik said...

Sounds like a really awesome, if not relatively challenging, experience! I hope things work out for you and this definitely sounds like something you'll never forget. I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya!

P.S. Answer your phone every now and then, beeotch!

keesh said...

I think it would be a really life changing experience you could use a lot for future reference when you are a teacher and throughout other experiences in your life.

LocuTus of Borg said...

Usually those type of events bring a lot to a person. But, would you have access to a computer? We would miss your postings ... :|

Renee said...

It sounds AWESOME! Another camp to think about (if they need help; I have no idea) is Camp O'Malley. It's near GR, though I'm not sure exactly what city it's in... I could find out. But we volunteer there every year to clean it up and stuff before kids come. It's a camp for... at risk youth, to sum it up. It's a great program too. But whatever happens, YOU STILL HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COME TO THE BLOG PARTY!

Jen said...

Borg, I don't know about access to a computer. Yeah, that would suck. I'd have to send Renee "posts" to put up for me. =-)

Renee, I realized that about the blog party last night.

Let's wait and see if they call first.

Renee said...

Okay. Cuz that's NOT one of the "chill time" days. So I'm panicking ;-)

Jen said...

If you look at the dates, "chill time" seems to be like one night off, cuz one session ends that same day and another one starts the next day.

I'm thinking, though, that we have to have more than like 1 night off every few weeks and then that 4 day staff break or whatever it is. Wouldn't you think? Maybe the staff alternates or something. And if I go into it telling htem that I already had something planned for that one weekend, they might be able to help me out.

Again, let's see if they call even.

Renee said...

Yeah, good points. Okay, we'll wait and see :-)

Jen said...

Speaking of the blog party, Rob has requested that we all reenact the Paris/ carwash commercial and capture it on videotape, which he has graciously hold for safe keeping

Rob said...

Or even better, you can all recreate Renee's "Let me show my in-laws how much I love them" home movie and send that to me. It'd make a nice screensaver. :)

Renee said...

LOLOLOL! Want me to see if they still have it? It's way hotter than the Paris video. I was actually pretty cute back then before pregnancy ruined me for life :-)

Ooh! I've got it: we'll start out with the recreation of the Paris commercial and we'll be so hot from that, we'll graduate to the "let me show my in-laws how much I love them" activities, thereby killing two birds with one stone. Or one sudsy sponge ;-)

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Rob said...

i'm all about two birds with one stone.. that's why nik was supposed to hit up Boston.

Jen said...
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Renee said...

LOL. Yeah, I know :-)

Anna said...

Oh my God Renee, you shared about "the Tape"?
I still can't comprehend that story- it's too hilarious and terrible all at the same time!
I can't even begin to imagine if that had happened to me- Oh the Horror!

Rob said...

She didn't share Anna.. that's the beauty of a thing called 'Archives'

Anna said...

That is THE FUNNIEST, MOST TERRIBLE story I've ever heard. I love it!