Josh had his last day of work on Friday, the 25th of May, and it has been hot here in Indiana lately. School is officially out and summer has begun!
We have lots of things we are looking forward to doing like camping, swimming, biking, walking, dates, temple trips, dieting, and more. We are still working on finalizing some goals and things we would like to do.
And what about the upcoming school year, you ask (per this post)? Well, we still have some things we need to figure out, but here’s the great news: Josh was accepted into Purdue University’s Graduate Math Education program at IUPUI!!
He starts in the fall, but we hope he can take two classes second summer block, which begins June 25. He met with his adviser on Friday and we are very excited about the program and hope to get it done as quickly as possible.
As for employment in the fall, there is still some debate and decisions to be made. Scecina High School, the school Josh currently works at, has offered him a part-time position, working in the mornings teaching Geometry. The plus sides of this is that Josh really enjoys teaching geometry, and has a whole year’s worth of Powerpoints now ready for that class, which means it wouldn’t take as much prep time this next year. Working in the mornings also works well, since the two classes he wants to take in the fall are in the afternoons M/W. But, we don’t know yet how much income this will garner, and there are still things that we don’t love about working at this school.
Right now we are looking into the possibility of Josh working as an Instructor at IUPUI, teaching lower division math classes, or as a math grader, or something else in the Math Department on campus. He still needs to talk to a lady on campus about these things, however. While he missed the deadline to apply for an assistantship (aka free tuition and other perks), they apparently mostly go to PhD students first anyways. And obviously we don’t know how much these jobs on campus might pay.
And as me for me? Well, I have been looking for a (summer) job as well. I recently interviewed and got a job with Christina’s Complete Clean up in Carmel/Fishers area (aka the rich part of the city) of Indianapolis, cleaning residential homes. I haven’t started yet. My first day is Wednesday. But, we’re not sure if this is the right job for us, because the commute to work is 24 miles, or about 33 minutes, one-way. Plus, I have to travel from job to job. That’s a lot of miles on a car that we want to have for a long time, as well as a lot of money to spend on gas since our vehicle isn’t super fuel efficient. They will pay for travel time, but not for gas expenses. But, as an independent contractor (a title full of its own complications) I would be able to claim that expense on my taxes. The job pays pretty well, especially after the first 30 days and I like the company, but we just aren’t sure this is the best, but money is money, so we’ll see what I end up deciding. Right now I’m leaning towards not taking the job.
Josh and I have been trying to find a way to make some extra cash for the next few months as we still haven’t reached a settlement from our car accident and are in need of some extra money to keep paying the bills each month.
So, Josh and I have a lot of exciting things going on in our lives and still have a lot of figuring out to do. In fact, we’re working on coming up with a 3-year plan. We are excited about figuring it out and enjoying the warm weather in the mean-time!
Have a great summer everyone!!