Dear friends and anyone else who reads this,
I have just applied for two open zookeeper positions at the Minnesota Zoo (one in Northern Trail and one in Tropics/MN Trail). I really really really really really really really want to obtain one of these positions. According to the job postings, I completely meet both the minimum and the preferred qualifications, so if there's any fairness in this world, they ought to contact me for an interview. I've also sent an email to the supervisor of my internship in the Tropics Mammals/MN Trails Department there, asking her to put in a good word for me if she can. If I could get into that department again, this time as a keeper, life would be perfect. She had written me a wonderful letter of recommendation and was very supportive when I was searching for jobs a year ago, and I have no reason to doubt that she will help me now if she can.
I've enjoyed [most of] my time as a keeper here at the Utica Zoo, and I've learned so much here and gained great experience. Even so, I'm ready to move on. I want to go home. Real home. Where my family and most of my friends are. And let's face it - the Minnesota Zoo is so much better than the Utica Zoo in so many ways. I could start ranting about all the things wrong with the Utica Zoo and everything fantastic about MN, but I'll spare you that. I will say, though, that the MN Zoo is like a home to me in itself. Ever since I was a small child, my parents have taken me to that zoo, most years purchasing a family membership and visiting quite often. The first word I learned to read was "zoo", because of the "zoo" signs we would watch for on the way there. It was my internship there that led me to realize my calling to be a zookeeper. It has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, and there are few things in life that I desire more than to return and work there.
And now the main point of this journal entry, my plea - please pray for me. Pray that I can have one of these jobs. Since the beginning of July as soon as my family left from their visit here, my life has been full of stress and various causes of unhappiness. I've been combating the depression and anxiety as best I can, but it would be so much easier if I could be among those who love me and at the zoo that I actually want to be at.