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By day, Christie Maliyackel works for a health care consulting firm. By night, she's writing a novel called Lucyland. Listen to Christie's perspective on balancing full time work and creative side projects.
This is my first in-person interview in quite some time—pardon the background noise from the coffee shop we were in.
Update: Christie has been kind enough to share an excerpt of Lucyland with us. Check it out below.
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I looked back down at my resume, trying to recall the details behind my Ohio State mentoring program. It was one of my favorite activities under the “leadership positions” portion of my resume and it clearly showed- I’d been involved with the program all four-
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This was getting awkward. I looked up, ready to console this poor man who apparently couldn’t stop re-living his past-
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“That’s right, young lady. We’re actually going to be getting a lot closer to the bridge as we head downtown. In fact, our exit is coming up here in a few minutes.” Spencer started humming along to whatever radio song was playing as I continued to plaster my face against the cab window. Bactrim ds tablets, Of course, the one minute that Spencer finally quieted down, I couldn’t even concentrate on my interview preparation.
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“Oh. I’m actually interviewing for a job just a block away. I’m not even from the area.” I responded
“Not even from the area. Whereabouts are you from?” God, even the Starbucks baristas here were like your BFF.
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“Triton Consulting Group,” I replied, lilting my voice so that it sounded more like a question than a strongly defined statement. I hate it when I do that.
“Triton, bactrim ds tablets. Hmm. Don’t think I’ve heard of that one before,” he said, flashing me another charming grin, Bactrim for pneumonia, pearly whites and all. “Well, good luck to you. What’s your name?”
“Lucy,” I said, simply. Bactrim ds tablets, “Lucy. Well, Lucy, my name is Chad. Hopefully we’ll see you in the Bay Area soon. Good luck today.”
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Wow, bactrim ds tablets. Is this what people outside of the East Coast act like. Like civilized, heaven forbid, friendly, individuals. I headed to an outdoor table to relax for a few minutes and gather as much composure as is possible for me before the start of the big interview day.
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Ahh. All in a day’s work, I know.
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I am sorry, but in my defense, it turns out that Autumn just happens to be my favorite season of the year. Who knew it would only get better on the West Coast. I hadn’t experienced such warmth in over a month and I just wanted to be enveloped in all the wonders and glories of Mother Nature’s pure sunshine. California’s supposed to be all into the environment, right, bactrim ds tablets. I was just doing my part. Septra ds bactrim, Appreciating nature, if you will.
God, this is heaven. I thought, as I literally just basked in the warmth of the sunshine, cozily sipping my chai. Bactrim ds tablets, Apparently, this Embarcadero something or other was a hotspot for people-watching. You had joggers darting between businesspeople purposefully striding to work amidst stay-at-home moms taking their children and pups for early morning walks…
Twenty minutes later, I believe I was a shade darker (under my foundation, of course), a stomach fuller… and not a smatter more prepared for my interview. Oh well.
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“Oh, f!” I interrupted my own moment of zen (my very first genuine moment of zen, I swear!). After shifting my watch and admiring the watch tan I had already acquired, I realized that I better get scooting if I wanted to be ‘professionally early’- self-defined as ten to fifteen minutes early; any earlier and you’ll look too desperate, any later and you’ll obviously look unprepared. (I swear, once interview season is done, I think I’m going to write a book. Bactrim cream, A how-to, if you will, on the tricks and trades of interviewing in the big bad world of business. Bactrim ds tablets, One, research your company prior to the interview… oh. Right. Oh well. Just because I jot it down in a book doesn’t necessarily mean I have to practice it. It’s not a memoir, for heaven’s sake. Ah, for another time.)
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Okay. Let’s not get carried away, here.
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