Officially Unemployed

My coworker, Dan, with a Skyrim dragon on his head. Get to work, Dan!

Monday was my last day on the job as a Senior Game Advisor at GameStop. It feels so strange to be unemployed after always working at least two jobs. Looking back, it was a pretty fun time. I met a ton of people (some who will certainly be reading this). I’m so glad GameStop decided to hire me on that job hunt than Kay Jewelers or Chik-Fil-A. Not that those are terrible companies, I just love video games. The discount was minimal at GameStop, and most of my paycheck went to the purchase of games, but I always had  a fun time talking to customers about games and being silly at work. Gamers like having fun, and I’m sure it showed if you ever waltzed into our store.

Part of me wishes I would have gone higher in the 4.5 years I worked for that company, and another part of me realizes that I was too busy for that to happen. If being a game developer doesn’t work out, and then I fail at game journalism, I’m definitely going to shoot for working at GameStop corporate. (It’s plan C!) Also, the free games that come with that job are nothing shy of awesome.

I was really hoping I would be able to have this modest paragraph in this post drenched in excitement about my recent news regarding placement. However, as you’ve surely guessed by now, still no word on placement. We are ever inching closer to 10 days past the mark indicating when to panic. I’m trying to keep my head on in this week preceding my departure but I might need a hinge added pretty soon or it’s going to fall off. There is so much to do, and no time to do it! Thankfully, I’ve got some awesome friends and family who have been helping me knock out my to-do list. It is pretty lengthy.

On that note, I was thrown a Going Away party on Friday! I have such awesome friends! It started out with me teaching my sister, her friends, and my parents how to play drinking games. Of course, most of them were drinking coke, but I was drinking hard cider. Needless to say, after about 3 games, I was getting pretty goofy. Of course, my ability to play pool improved. Then my friends started to arrive with Lemon Drop shots and all manner of drinks, each encouraging me to drink more. I had to decline most of those advances otherwise I wouldn’t remember my own party. It was so awesome to see everyone one last time before leaving. I think it was a pretty fun party. Not the rowdiest I’ve ever had, but still fun.

On the bright side…. I’m now the proud owner of Star Wars: The Old Republic! That said, good bye!

Just kidding, but seriously. Great game. I get one week with it, haha. Better than nothing. I’m starting to get really excited about GDC and San Francisco. I love that city and I can’t wait to see all my friends, new and old!

Now if I could just get myself to do anything other than stress about everything I need to do, while never doing any of it. (Has that ever happened to you?) C’est la vie.

Wish me luck in my final Florida days!


2 thoughts on “Officially Unemployed

  1. Tara says:

    Oh man, Jess. I’m glad I met you during my brief time at Altamonte GameStop. You’re an awesome lady. And I’m really looking forward to reading about your time in Japan. Keep the posts coming!

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