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Femion » 2007 » July » 9

On my own in Antigonowhere Part 1: new job

July 9th, 2007

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This picture was taken at the Coady Welcoming Social on Thursday. It’s one of my favourites out of the batch. It started with me taking the picture of one person in the group and having another participant push themselves into frame. After that people just kept adding to the pose, which attracted more cameras. Half the people in the photo are looking in the lens of another camera, and some don’t even seem to realize that their photo is being taken. I like it because it sort of represents my life right now: spontaneous and chaotic but going well, feeling like an outsider in the midst of strangers.
How did I get there? Let’s just say that Atlantic Superstore and I parted ways. It was a very crappy job for a very crappy amount of money. Next year I am so planning my summer job ahead of time before wasting another two months of my life to a miserable part-time minimum-wage job. At the end of June, dad forwarded me a faculty e-mail about an internship at the Coady. I was the first to apply and miraculously happened to be the best qualified.
They were looking for a communications intern, someone who could edit, produce brochures, set up interviews with local media. They also wanted experience with Adobe Photoshop and Indesign. Although I frequently play around with Photoshop for the graphics on my websites, I’m no where near a professional (look at above header graphic for Chere Milankie for a prime example of my shoddy workwomanship) and I have no experience in PR or business. But I told them about my work at the Community Science Journal and they were impressed.
I’ve been at the Coady for one whole week. To clarify, the Coady is an International Institute branched off of St.FX founded by Reverend Moses Coady that brings in students from around the world (mostly from third world countries) to teach them about International Development stuff like microfinance and fostering democracy. So far I’ve only seen them play cards, musical chairs, and sit around talk about their lives in classroom, but it’s their version of Frosh Week.
The Coady was founded by a priest, maintained by nuns and many of the students, or ‘participants’ as they are called, are Fathers or declare themselves as ‘married to the church’. I know it seems like a strange environment for me, but it’s really not uncomfortable. They’re surprisingly tolerant of different beliefs. In fact, Subha Gora, the Indian woman chosen as the Coady class of ’07’s representative, comes from the charity and disaster relief branch of India’s Atheist Center. She was going to give a talk at the Welcoming Social about what atheism and development to her, but they told her to cut it out of her speech because it wouldn’t be well received by the 99% Catholic Antigonish population.

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