In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"I graduated from Fisher with B.A.’s in Religious Studies and Sociology. After graduating from Fisher I had planned on attending Buffalo State College for graduate school but changed my mind that summer. I ended up staying in Rochester for a few months and looking around for a job (I must admit, however, I did not put much effort into this.) That fall I decided to move back to my hometown to see if I could find a job in or around the NYC area. Unable to find my ideal job, I ended up working in retail management for a little while. Once again, I applied to graduate school (this time in New York City) and right before classes started, I changed my mind about attending. I wasn't really quite sure of what I wanted for a career and didn't want to spend all that money on graduate school for something I might not end up really wanting to do. After that, I worked for a few months for a family friend. During the next few months I made up my mind as to what I really wanted to do, which was to work in a college or university. I couldn't find many jobs available to someone without a master's degree in a given field and so when I was offered a position in the office of an electrical contracting company, I decided to take that in the meantime. I worked for a very generous and fun boss and loved the people I worked with but did not want to stick with a job that I had no real passion for. I worked in this job for about a year, at which point I finally found a job in higher education institution (Purchase College, NY). This college job has made me realize that this is what I want to do, that this is the field I want to work in. I also found it evident that, in order to be more knowledgeable and advance within this field, I definitely need and want to get my master's degree. I am hoping to get into graduate school next Fall (2007) so that I can achieve this goal."
"The "Life & Miracles" of St. John Fisher College alumna,"
Verbum: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol4/iss1/3