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“Any questions or concerns”–Really, any?

So, I’ve been a bit delinquent in updating this, about which I shall talk later. However, to brass tacks, with some math (fair warning: I’m an English major).

March 17: Received the e-mail from the Education Placement Desk congratulating me on medical clearance, and explaining the process. In that e-mail it said they will review my file in 4-6 weeks. They also said to e-mail an updated resume if I had one. I do (go me!), so on April 1st, I e-mailed that with a quick note expressing my continuing interest in PC.

A couple of days later I received a response from someone in Education Placement, thanking me for the information. She signed the e-mail with this cruel phrase:

“Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.”

Wanting to keep myself on her radar, later that week I e-mailed asking if she would now be my primary PC contact if I had any questions. She said yes, direct any questions to her. And, yet again:

“If you have any questions feel free to call or e-mail me.”

SO. I don’t think that she means any questions. Cause we all know what the main question I have is: WHEN?

I should be glad I have a contact in placement who seems cordial. My continuing strategy will be to keep myself on their radar by asking questions, questions that make me look like such an excellent applicant. But. So. To the math.

As previously discussed, the most likely country I would be placed in is Cambodia, staging July 19. Yes, I’m aware that can change, but for the point of this exercise let’s go with this.

March 17+6 weeks= April 28 Yes, I counted on my fingers so you can trust me.

Now, all those PC applicants out there know that at minimum (barring exceptional circumstances) you are  invited at minimum 8 weeks before your staging date.

July 19-8 weeks= May 24. That would be the latest I could be invited to serve in Cambodia. Now, let’s put this together.

May 24-April 28= 3 weeks, 5 days. That’s 3 weeks and 5 days buffer time. If the PC takes the full 6 weeks to get to my file to review for placement, that’s 3 weeks and 5 days to review it and invite me.

Yes, I’m scared the program for which I’ve been nominated has been filled and I will be delayed. This is a more reasonable fear than that they’ll laugh in my face and decide they don’t want me anymore, but it’s still pretty scary.

So, back to the point: Placement Desk employee. When you tell me to contact you if I have any questions or concerns, I don’t think you REALLY mean it. If you did, I would call you and ask when I will know, where I’m going. But that’s not what you meant. So don’t taunt the poor applicants.



About ItsTheClaire

College student, potential Peace Corps Volunteer.

3 responses »

  1. Notice: If you are about to comment and tell me not to be so hard on the PC employee or something along those lines, please understand that last paragraph was humor. I am very grateful to have a contact, and someone who is polite and clearly doing their job well. I am not actually bitter about it.

  2. Hahaha I did the same kind of math but didn’t want to admit it on my blog. In the end I don’t think it’s that useful to do a ton of guessing about where you might go, because it’s so easy to be pushed back.

    If it helps — they said they’d review my file in 4-5 weeks, but looked at it less than a week after I sent it in.

    Also, if they told me to ask “any questions” they would promptly get some kind of ridiculous word-vomit back.

  3. Oh my that is exciting! I hope the review mine that soon. It has been so hard not just asking my poor placement assistant WHENWHEREWHENWHEREWHEN.

    Thanks for the comment 🙂


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