- Posted October 13, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Public Service Wanted
I applied to several federal jobs, as I have always been interested in public service. However, when I found out that several Peace Corps regional offices were hiring recruiters, I applied. Peace Corps always has had a place in my heart and the opportunity to inspire other people to join was an opportunity I could not miss. I had worked as a campus recruiter for the University of Georgia to pay my way through my studies, and I knew it was something I could devote my passion to. I was hired for a recruiter position in Dallas, and soon after began my background security check which took some time. I began training in Dallas on September 23rd. The more I learned about my job, the more excited I was to inspire others and to serve my country the best way I knew how. I even had some applicants ready to interview for service by the end of my first week, and I'd begun to make travel plans to visit campuses. And then came the news. Government shutdown.
We locked up the office and I went home to my apartment. I was alone in a place where I barely knew anybody. I was anxiously reading the news every few minutes, hoping that something had been worked out. After a few days, I decided to hop a plane to my parents house for a few days to visit, as staying in my apartment was too lonely. I went on a camping trip with some friends over the weekend to try to forget my worries. Now I continue to watch the news, and I try to figure out how I will pay my bills: car payments, utilities, apartment, and more. I've lost friends over this, as their viewpoints have often been harsh and uninformed. Many belittle me as having a nice paid vacation. This does not feel like a vacation. Others have told me my job must not have been important enough since I wasn't an "essential" employee and was furloughed. The things I have read on the internet further decrease my morale. I've written Congressmen on both sides, and tweeted my anger to the public. I've considered unemployment benefits, but I haven't yet received a full paycheck for my job. I am afraid to get another job for the interim because I may be called back at any time. I've been appalled by the public's opinion of federal workers. We are being used as political pawns and the scapegoats of the government and America. I just want to go back and do my job, but the situation is out of my control. I'm mostly frustrated with the GOP because I don't understand what a law that has already been implemented should have to do with the budget being passed. I personally feel the shutdown is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer dollars and the effects are just beginning to be felt.