5 Reasons Why I Am A Server

5 Reasons Why I Am A Server

*gets home* "I forgot table 5's ketchup."

Waiting tables is not an easy job. Some may make it look easy or you may think you could do a better job than us but the truth is, it takes a lot of time and experience to become a proficient waiter or waitress. You're basically going up to strangers and trying to get them to like you enough to give you as much money as possible, but you only have about a 45-minute time frame. When people say first impressions never go away, they aren't kidding. Especially in this world. So what would make someone want to work for about $2.83 an hour, run around like a crazy person, get food spilled on them, get yelled at for the way the food tastes (even though we don't cook it) and get out late at night only to get up the next day to do it all over again?

Here are some reasons that I think that it's worth it.

1. Cash Literally All the Time

A server's tips are usually all in cash, except for the occasional credit card tips, which most businesses tip you out of the drawer at the end of the night. This means that every time you work, you get to come home with money, rather than waiting 2 weeks for another paycheck. Granted, the paychecks aren't really anything worth waiting for considering your hourly wage, but at least you're making money that you can immediately use or save. I only allow myself to spend my cash and put all of my checks into the bank. This helps me to use my money wisely, since I don't take anything out of the bank and only have so much cash at a time which is super helpful, especially for a college student.

2. Constantly Staying Active

Remember the "running around like a crazy person" thing I mentioned earlier? It's true. If there's a rush for dinner or lunch, you may not stop moving for 3 hours straight, depending on how many tables you have and how close together they come in or even how many people there are at each table. If you think about it, we go to and from just one table at least 8-9 times, usually more. Then add on however many other tables we have and then the side work in the kitchen that has to be completed before we leave for the night and those steps sure do add up. You get your exercise when you serve, I will say that.

3. Being Around People

This could be a positive or a negative aspect depending on the person or your mood to be honest. However, I personally enjoy being around (most) people. I have so many good stories from nights and days that I have served that I will personally never forget. There may be some not-so-nice customers that come in, but in all honesty, the good customers make up tenfold for the bad ones. There have been nights where I have not been myself because of something going on in my life and even though I tried not to let it show through, it did. I can't tell you how many customers truly took time out of their day to try and brighten mine up. People are not all inherently evil and this job just shows you that.

4. Being Able to Switch Shifts

If something comes up and I can't make it to my shift that night or I have plans that came up when I'm scheduled, there's always someone that you can ask to take your shift, which is awesome. Not a lot of jobs out there allow you the ability to call someone else to come in and work for you and it not be a problem. It helps that most people out there that serve would gladly take your shift (probably because it means more money for them). It's super convenient and helpful being able to be replaced sometimes.

5. You Learn How to be Part of a Team

Serving requires a lot of teamwork. Whether it be between you and the other servers, the kitchen staff, the bussers, and even the dishwashers. You're all a big, happy, sometimes dysfunctional team. You rely on others to do the job well so that you can do your job well and at first it's a culture shock. Working in a kitchen is very different from a lot of other jobs and you will quickly learn that. This is an enormous skill to have because, for one, it builds character. Sometimes a member of your team may not be pulling their weight, but instead of getting upset and angry, you pick up the slack and let it roll off your back. That's character. It will also prepare you for a future job, if that's what you're working towards, such as a job in an office, or a trade, or a factory. All of these jobs require you to be a part of a team as well and what better place to learn than somewhere that literally depends on it.

So overall, I will never regret my decision to become a server. I have learned things that will greatly benefit me later on in life and I couldn't be happier with what I do.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...


In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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