About Me

I graduated from Skidmore College in May of 2009 with a degree in Business Management and a minor in English. I have spent the past year living in Saratoga Springs, NY working a few jobs, including as a business development assistant for a multimillion dollar corporation, bartender for a chicken shack, and even delivery boy for my favorite sandwich shop. I have road-tripped cross country, camping the entire way, and traveled to Spain during the volcanic ash storm. Started learning both the banjo and ukulele and even ran a charity 5k race (I previously hated running).

Needless to say, it has been an odd year for me that is culminating with my acceptance into the Peace Corps. Since joining, I have received a surprising spectrum of reactions from those I’m close to as well as complete strangers. I have been told “I’m disappointed in you” by my grandmother and “why don’t you just get a job and start your life” by my father on one end of the spectrum. On the other, support and excitement from my mother, relatives,  and an amazing number of people who I am close with. It is truly shocking the number of people who have said to me “I wish I had done that when I was younger, but just never did.”

So, why? The biggest question I have received. For 6 months, I worked a 9-5 job doing business development. I realized that sitting in an office with no windows for 8 hours,  staring at a computer screen, and fielding requests from a total of 5 (I kid you not) bosses was, and should not be my goal in life. There was a higher calling somewhere out there that didn’t involve fluorescent lighting or whitewashed office walls. So I turned down the job offer with benefits (along with a total of 7 other similar offers) and started drifting through life. Then, one day I looked into the Peace Corps and found that it provides what I had been searching for. Furthermore, it appeals to my appetite for travel, excitement, and urge to try something new. That I get to work with people is the most rewarding part of it all. And in a nutshell, that is the why.

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  1. I graduated in January and immediately (as in 9 days later) took off for 3 months of unpaid life in Madrid, 2 weeks of traveling on my credit card, and then home with no job offers yet on my plate.

    A friend of mine took a year off after graduation and moved to France to teach English for less than 20 hours a week at poverty-level paychecks.

    Yet another friend worked for a year and just this past week quit his two well-paid jobs and left his apartment to head out on a 5 months road trip across the Western USA, mostly to find himself and get away from the city.

    We all got a lot of crap for it. Get a job, how can you afford this, aren’t you nervous that you won’t have a job waiting for you when you come back? But if we don’t do it now, when will we? Others’ll be 45, sitting in an office, wondering what another part of the world is like.

    Not us. Not you. You’ll have experienced something at the best time in your life. Something completely different and life changing.

    Congrats, Jake! I’ll be here, keeping tabs on you. 🙂 You’ll have fun, and who knows who you might meet on some random pub crawl you never expected to go on. Take care!

  2. i’ve gotten the machine to work. i will be keeping an eye on your great works,perchance to send a response.


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