Reflections and Expectations: The Little Things

People often say the little things in life are what keeps people going each and every day.

For the month of May, no major events or developments occurred that remarkably defined how the month went. However, it is those aforementioned little things that made May a relatively peaceful but a good month.

That being said, how did May play out and what can I expect for June?


Informational Interview #2 – I had my second informational interview on May 13, this one with a contact who works at Parsons Brinckerhoff and someone I’ve known for a few years. Much like the first informational interview I had with DelDOT back in February, there was much to learn from that session and much to look forward to in the future as my current job search progresses.

Job Hunt – It was a pretty sleepy month. Other than applying for additional jobs, not a single job interview has been scheduled yet. I have a more proactive strategy this time around compared to last year. The key is to not panic.

Us-passportPassport – After much thought, I decided to apply for a U.S. Passport. I previously had one as a baby when I moved to the United States from South Korea — where I was born — but that’s been long gone. I submitted my application at a U.S. Post Office location in Philadelphia last week. This all comes as I’m tinkering with the possibility of traveling to South Korea within the next few years.

House of Cards – I started watching this show on Netflix in late April while I was at home, recovering from a migrane headache. I finished watching the first season a few weeks ago. As a political junkie, I enjoyed this show for its fine storytelling and gripping storyline. Also, the fact that this show takes place in Washington, D.C. further makes me want to move to the city later this year.

Arrested Development – I started watching this on Netflix as well due to the hype surrounding the revival of the series. Why didn’t I get around to watching this show sooner?


Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti speaking to Prof. Raphael Sonenshein’s (rear, in green shirt) class during the Oct. 26, 2010 field trip to City Hall.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti– Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti was elected mayor of Los Angeles on May 21. He beat out Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel 54 to 46 percent.

As an L.A. native now living in Philadelphia, I paid close attention to the mayoral race to see how it played out and because I personally supported Garcetti in his bid to become the city’s new chief executive.

It was during a field trip to Los Angeles City Hall in October 2010 that I personally met Garcetti, who hosted the tour thanks to my then-professor Raphael Sonenshein’s previous ties with the late Tom Bradley mayoral administration and his ongoing involvement with city politics.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with students from Prof. Sonenshein's political science class at Cal State Fullerton.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with students from Prof. Sonenshein’s political science class at Cal State Fullerton. You know where you can find me.

During that tour, I also met the current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. I had a great deal of interaction with both men at the time about issues concerning the city. I have the distinction of having met the current mayor-elect, current mayor and his direct predecessor, James Hahn, over the last several years.

I wish I still lived in Los Angeles so I could have voted for Garcetti but I know he will serve the city well for the next four years. Best wishes to him.


  • Informational interview #3 – My third informational interview is coming up in mid-June, this one with a contact at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Job hunt – Need I say more? I sure hope this ends soon.
  • Penultimate month of AmeriCorps – June will be the month when things begin to wind down for the 2012-2013 service year ending Aug. 1.
  • Community Manager Meetup in New York City – Postponed for a later date, probably sometime in June. Still looking forward to it, if it is still happening.

This is the song I’ve designated as the celebratory song when the job hunt is finally over. It’s the equivalent of popping off a champagne bottle since I don’t like champagne.


4 thoughts on “Reflections and Expectations: The Little Things

  1. Good luck with the job hunt, Simon!

  2. Sounds like you have some awesome things lined up for June! How goes the search? It sounds like you’re doing all the right things!

    • Finally making some progress. All I can say at the moment is that next month is a make-or-break moment. I’m firmly focused on doing everything necessary to be triumphant in my efforts.

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