May 26, 2009

It’s only funny now that 6 months has passed

Filed under: Uncategorized — irenejk @ 11:55 am

Remember how I made fun of Teach for America because I thought I was too good for it? Well maybe you do, maybe you don’t, but that’s what happened.  Then I erased the post because I ended up applying for it and got scared they would google my name and my chances would be ruined and they’d be all, Uh, why are you applying for this when you hate america? And i’d be all, uh hello, haven’t you been keeping up? The land of guns and endless diet coke?? please.  These kids will learn so much from me. And so they gave me a phone interview and then DIDN’T give me a second interview and I was shocked.  I know right?? Really?? No second interview?  I am a college graduate with no marketable degree, skills or foreseeable future… i am not your target audience? And then i realized oh, during my phone interview I only talked about how I wanted to become a teacher the easiest way possible, and said nothing about how I care about the welfare of kids who suffer from the education gap, because maybe that’s a sign that I don’t actually care – in theory yes, but 2-year-commitment-care?  …They made the right choice.  Plus, I was really awkward on the phone, like i had no social skills and couldn’t make anything i said sound like a normal human. They asked how I organize my day, so of course i tell them about lists that I keep and cross off, based on time and priority and then i thought i was funny (but actually on the phone, to be funny is just weird when you cant see faces) and i said something about how I am really good at remembering birthdays… like, what?? Really?? It was embarrassing and i shudder to think of the very forced courtesy laugh the lady gave me after that comment.  Anyway, it’s funny now to think I wanted to help children, even though I was just using them to get myself a teaching degree.  It’s just good that I was rejected.



  1. This part made me laugh:

    I am a college graduate with no marketable degree, skills or foreseeable future… i am not your target audience?

    But seriously, I think Teach for America is awesome! I think it is the best way to get a Master’s Degree in education.

    Comment by Rich — May 26, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

  2. Irene,

    You’re right, we do google our applicants. We kept your file and decided to do a re-screen for the new corps year. I am glad I found your posting. While your honesty is refreshing, it will save us a lot of time. Thank you. TFA

    Comment by Teach For America — May 26, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  3. Real funny michelle!

    Comment by irenejk — May 26, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

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