For a Reason

Call me naive. Call it blind faith. Call it a scapegoat. I believe everything happens for a reason.

I believe I was wait-listed when I applied to Uganda and had to wait a semester...for a reason.
I believe I got offered an AmeriCorps position in that little Ohio town...for a reason.
I believe I got into the Food Studies program at Chatham University...for a reason.
I believe that in the midst of this job vs. school dilemma, I'll remain in school...for a reason.

Allow me to explain.
Prior to starting my first semester at Chatham, I applied for a position at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. I kind of forgot about it as the weeks passed until about 2 months later, I received an e-mail requesting an interview. The morning of, my suit was laid out, my hair straightened and I was ready to go! I typed the address into my phone and was on my way. 45 minutes later...I was lost. I usually make a habit of scoping out the locations of my job interviews beforehand just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately, I had just returned to Pittsburgh after a week spent in Ohio for a friend's funeral and frankly did not have the time. I realized my error and called the Food Bank immediately to explain the situation and re-schedule.

The Food Bank was kind enough to re-schedule and 2 weeks later I was in a conference room surrounded by potential supervisors profusely apologizing for my prior absence. I rocked the interview and was soon called back for a second.

After a long game of phone tag with the HR stand-in, my interview was scheduled for this morning, Wednesday, October 26th at 9:00 AM. I had my outfit planned out and was ready to go. This morning I woke up to the sound of my alarm and mentally prepared myself to get out of bed and score myself a job! The time read 10:00 AM. You do the math.

I wasn't upset. I wasn't angry. I just was. This job had never felt like mine to begin with. For the last several weeks I've been contemplating whether I made the right decision in entering grad school. It's expensive, there's no guarantee that I'll be better off career-wise and I want to help people (not sit in a classroom and learn how to help). But on the other side, it's an amazing opportunity, would give me credibility and could help me continue to improve my writing. I was as on-the-fence as a person can be and have prayed continuously that God might help me to make the right decision and understand His plan for me.

Today, that prayer was answered. Sure, you could say that all the obstacles I encountered were just me being absent-minded. (Which could be the case, but I'd also like to say that I take my career very seriously). Or maybe just an example of Murphy's Law. But for me...

I believe my grad school career has only just begun...for a reason.


  1. I love this! and I think you're absolutely right. Knowing that things happen or don't happen for a reason makes it so much easier to let go of feeling angsty about stuff.

    (and THANK YOU for your sweet comment yesterday! That seriously made my day!)

  2. I definitely think like this, too. I've had a lot of craziness in my life over the years, but I think all of it has lead me to where I am.

    Though I still spaz if I'm late for something. That's the Marine in me.

    I'm excited you found me, too! Loving your blog so far. And where on FTLOBs did you find the button making tutorial? I made my own buttong, but forgot how, and I need to make a new one.

  3. Thanks Colleen!

    Here's the link to the button tutorial: http://forblogs.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-make-blog-button-with-boxed-code.html