As a high school student, your options for income are limited to meanial jobs like babysitting, waiting/hosting in local restaurants, tutoring, retail, or fast-food. I chose the fast-food route with a nice family run company. Everyone is hired based off of their welcoming, positive spirit. I can honestly say that my coworkers are some of the best people I’ve ever met. My first few days were terrifying in that high speed whirlwind of cooks, servers, order-takers, costumers, and a chaotic jumble of voices. Now, I’ve been working here for a few months and I no longer am lost in that chaotic jumble. Instead, I’m part of it. I’ll be honest, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Every work shift had been long and drawn out that week. I wasn’t mentally prepared to spend six hours at work, knowing it would feel like twelve hours. There are multiple ways I could be useful at work but the bosses had me working the same position all week. I clocked in and like a robot I returned to the position I’d been working all week. It was a rough start. I was up to my neck in dishes, the cooks needed me to grab water for them, and every costumer had an add-on or a change in their order. Adam came back to wash my dishes so I focused on only the costumers. Sorry, cooks. The cars weren’t moving fast enough. Drivers kept being distracted by their phones; one lady completely passed me. I was working the pay window. I was pounding my fists on the window, complaining under my breath, and turning around to growl at Adam in frustration.
And then something magical happened. I wasn’t mad anymore. My attitude changed and my positivity was through the roof. It was amazing! After my break, I was moved to a different position surrounded by some of my favorite people. We joked and laughed about things on we’d understand. My boss called for me to clock-out and I called back saying “But I want to stay!” As I left, my coworkers joked saying that I couldn’t leave because we were having too much fun. It was a corny TV movie moment where everything really is sunshine and rainbows. I didn’t just walk out of work; I danced and sang my way into my car while wishing every person I knew goodwill over text and in person.
I can say that I love my job.