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The Life and Opinions of Dimanche0829, Shandyist

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Nice to meet you!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to all of you, and hope that I don't bore you too much; if nothing else, you can use my blog as a sleep aid!

My story: I'll be graduating from Rutgers in December with a BA in English, but I actually started my college career as an Anthropology/Sociology/Psychology major in 2003. Everything was going great until one of my siblings took a turn toward "scary psychotic" in 2006, at which point I very reluctantly withdrew from courses to focus on regaining emotional balance. I entered the corporate world in 2007, where I spent the next three years traveling around the country to fire people who violated policies and procedures--then clean up the messes they'd made. In case you're wondering, it's nothing like Up in the Air. I hated corporate life - I hated being away from my partner for weeks and months at a time; I hated that my entire life revolved around my work e-mail; I hated that I was responsible for more than 200 employees; and I hated that I wasn't doing something I loved. But above all else, I hated that I had to stay there because other companies wouldn't hire me without a degree. And the few who did couldn't come close to matching my pay. I couldn't afford to take a lower-paying job, though, because my student loan payments pushed my expenses to the extreme. *Shudder.*

My Mom's body decided to wage war with itself in 2010, which gave me the big wakeup call I needed to apply for readmission to Rutgers. (This sounds so cliche, but life really is too short to be miserable.) Two weeks later, I woke up to my acceptance e-mail, and here I am! Literature was really a major component of helping me to preserve the little bit of sanity I hadn't yet lost to psycho-sibling and awful job, so I decided to change majors when I returned to school. Best. Decision. Ever. My professors have been amazing both in and out of the classrooms and have been instrumental in helping me cultivate and nurture my passion.

I'm applying to PhD programs in Literature with a focus on the rise of the novel and Laurence Sterne/Tristram Shandy. I am both excited and terrified, just like all of you. But the support I've received thus far on this forum has been amazing and I am happy that I don't have to go through this process alone.

Anyway, I'm always looking for new ways to procrastinate, so please feel free to message me on here. I leave you now with a quote from my man, Laurence Sterne:

"So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy—and ... to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil."

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