I had a chat with my mother regarding my loans and she's agreed to help me out with them until I have some sort of income. I could always defer them, but we both want them to be paid off sooner rather than later. I'm ridiculously relieved and grateful.
I'm going to apply to the Peace Corps. The only thing I have left to fill out for the application are the two essays and the references. I'm fairly certain my volunteer reference will be from Prof. B (if she agrees), an academic/professional reference will be from Dr. J (if she agrees), and a "personal" reference will come from a friend. I, um, haven't actually chosen a friend yet. I have someone in mind though.
After applying to the Peace Corps (and hopefully being accepted), I'll start looking for a job around here. Nothing fantastic, just something to bring in a bit of money. I'll also do some volunteering; there's a ESL program at Oakton that I'm looking into, and a literacy program in Arlington Heights/Mount Prospect that looks good.
I also intend to study for, and take, the GRE. Possibly also the LSAT and maybe the PRAXIS. Hopefully a few more years will help me figure out what the hell I want to do with my life.
I'm still open to South Korea, but honestly, I'm fed up and sick of this bullshit. I don't know what I did wrong, but obviously I've screwed up somewhere. I just don't care anymore. At least the Peace Corps judges you based on what you can bring to the table, as opposed to schools in Korea, who don't look past your picture. Whatever. I'm through.
Finally, I highly recommend that y'all read my new post on The Useless Critic: Songs To Do Drag To. I'm rather pleased with it. And while you're at it, read the rest of the shit up on that blog. Good times await!