I’m Ashley Fahey and I’m a May 2010 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences/College of Education where I majored in secondary education and broad field science with a chemistry emphasis. I student taught in Fall 2009 at Wauwatosa East High School in physics and chemistry and I also held TA positions in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. I’m currently employed as a 9th grade Physical Science teacher at Prairie Point Middle School & 9th Grade Academy in Cedar Rapids, IA.
After completing my student teaching, I decided to return to Marquette. I was petrified of not finding a job in the middle of the school year and a national recession. I also really wanted (read: needed) health insurance and going back to school was the best and cheapest option for me. I took “fun” classes, raised my GPA, and was able to fully enjoy my last semester in college. That is, until I realized I needed to find employment.
My story is a little different and a lot fabulous.
I knew that I was moving with my boyfriend wherever he went to graduate school, and he applied to seven programs. In the end, two schools gave him a substantial amount of funding – Georgetown and the University of Iowa. In March, he visited both schools and I told him I wasn’t applying anywhere until he told me where he was going – thus buying myself more time to procrastinate on the application process. I had started some applications, but hadn’t written essays or personal statements. I had really just filled out the personal information portions (i.e.: my name). On April 1st, I got the call that we were moving to Iowa and I had better start applying for jobs. Continue reading ‘Step One: Remember to Breathe’