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June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #973
hey everyoneǃ first off, thanks to everyone whoʹs posted info about getting jobs on the iceǃ after a fun little trip over to the job fair in centennial last month, my girlfriend is going through the pq process to be a da at mcmurdo and iʹm feeling pretty optimistic about a fuels ga position (if you know scott with fuels, tell him ianʹs cool and iʹll give you a cookie <ǃ-- s:wink: --><ǃ-- s:wink: --> ) i understand that the housing situation is dorm style at mcmurdo and that often couples can get put in the same room on request. interestingly though, it sounds like my gf will be going down with winfly, and if i get the job itʹll be a mainbody position. how would something like that work outʔ thanksǃJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8828
being a female in mcmurdo, i know what she must be thinking. it is a bit daunting when you first get here, especially coming in at winfly as a da. (been there and done thatǃ) it some ways it may be better that she gets here first. it will give her a chance to meet people and adjust to the community before you arrive. if she wants to hang out with the girls just tell her to head over to the belly dance class. we always welcome a new face.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8829
thanks for the informative repliesǃ i spoke with rpsc again today and got the offerǃ now, i had my terminology a little off in that first post, the girl actually got her offer letter and drug test. unfortunately, sheʹs kind of getting cold feet (tehehe) and is thinking about declining. the idea of being away from everyone for 6 months seems to be part of the issue. thatʹs not a problem for me as iʹm into long distance backpacking and do that sort of thing occasionally, but sheʹs never even been out of the country so this is a big step. any ideas, inspirational thoughts, anecdotesʔJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8830
i would remind her of what a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity this isǃǃJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8831
if thats the best question you got -you got it made.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8832
6 months is nothing. seriously, time is on a different scale here. it goes by so fast itʹll be over before she blinks twice.but thatʹs hard to explain to people who havenʹt done it before. just let her know that sheʹll have a whole bunch of new friends almost immediatelyǃJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8833
like you this wasnʹt my first excursion out of the country, but still coming here will change your life. 6 months will go by so fast you wonʹt believe it. tell your girlfriend that in some ways you are more connected with family then back home. there are computers everywhere, so you can get online and do emails on a daily basis. half the population has a digital camera, so even if you donʹt, you will have photos to send home. her family and friends will be awed that she came down here and her family will more than likely think of her as some kind of hero. the neices and nephews will go to school and brag about how great their aunt is. if she really wants to feel in touch back home, tell her to go the local school and offer to write letters. yeah, the last thing she will feel is being out of touch. in the event email doesnʹt do it, then there are phone calls as well. in the summer itʹs a little hard sometimes getting a open line, but sooner or later you can always get through. go to costo or walmart and buy a rechargeable phone card. for 50 dollars you can talk for over 1000 minutes. you guys may or may not want to make a career of coming down here. many donʹt, but even so, iʹve never heard of anyone who regretted coming down their first year.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8834
my wife and i were in the same boat this year. i came down at winfly. she came down at mainbody. i had a roomate for winfly. as glenn said they try hard to adjust to your wishes, but sometime it takes time. in my case i worked with the housing people right off and had the new room the day before she got there. others werenʹt quite so lucky. often times your summer room is still occupied by a winterover at that time of year. you have to wait for the room to empty before you can move in. itʹs just a matter of logistics. usually the wait would be less than a week or two. mike in mcmurdo.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8835
i understand that the housing situation is dorm style at mcmurdo and that often couples can get put in the same room on request. interestingly though, it sounds like my gf will be going down with winfly, and if i get the job itʹll be a mainbody position. how would something like that work outʔ
your girlfriend will probably have a roommate when she arrives, and so will you. in a perfect station youʹd immediately be roomies when you arrive, but it doesnʹt always work that quickly. let them know what you want, but be prepared to wait a little… theyʹre dealing with a massive influx of people and it can take a while to sort it all out.good luckǃ the fuelies are a good group.g
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