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May 6, 2005 at 3:40 am #833
First off, thanks to everyone who’s posted info about getting jobs on the ice! 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 I’m feeling pretty optimistic about a fuels GA position (if you know Scott with fuels, tell him Ian’s cool and I’ll give you a cookie 😉 )
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 it’ll be a mainbody position. How would something like that work out? Thanks!May 6, 2005 at 6:40 pm #8115SciencetechKeymaster
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 it’ll be a mainbody position. How would something like that work out?
Your girlfriend will probably have a roommate when she arrives, and so will you. In a perfect station you’d immediately be roomies when you arrive, but it doesn’t always work that quickly. Let them know what you want, but be prepared to wait a little… They’re dealing with a massive influx of people and it can take a while to sort it all out.
Good luck! The fuelies are a good group.
gMay 7, 2005 at 9:12 pm #8116thepooles98Keymaster
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 weren’t 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. It’s just a matter of logistics. Usually the wait would be less than a week or two.
Mike in McMurdo.May 11, 2005 at 1:54 am #8117
Thanks for the informative replies! I spoke with RPSC again today and got the offer! Now, I had my terminology a little off in that first post, the girl actually got her offer letter and drug test. Unfortunately, she’s 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. That’s not a problem for me as I’m into long distance backpacking and do that sort of thing occasionally, but she’s never even been out of the country so this is a big step. Any ideas, inspirational thoughts, anecdotes?May 11, 2005 at 2:54 am #8118
I would remind her of what a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity this is!!May 11, 2005 at 4:30 am #8119
if thats the best question you got -you got it made.May 11, 2005 at 3:47 pm #8120SciencetechKeymaster
6 months is nothing. Seriously, time is on a different scale here. It goes by so fast it’ll be over before she blinks twice.
But that’s hard to explain to people who haven’t done it before. Just let her know that she’ll have a whole bunch of new friends almost immediately!May 11, 2005 at 7:54 pm #8121thepooles98Keymaster
Like you this wasn’t my first excursion out of the country, but still coming here will change your life. 6 months will go by so fast you won’t 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 don’t, 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 doesn’t do it, then there are phone calls as well. In the summer it’s 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 don’t, but even so, I’ve never heard of anyone who regretted coming down their first year.June 29, 2005 at 2:34 am #8122
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 that!) 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.
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