A new job is a scary time. How will I adapt? Will I make friends easily? How will I perform?
But...a first job is even scarier.
Jobs are essential in our economy, and most people have one. What makes a job truly enjoyable though, is the people you work with.
When you're young, a first job can teach you many things. But more importantly, it can bring you amazing friends.
Co-workers are much more than the people you work with. They eventually become family. They make work bearable. They make the time go by faster. They're there for you when customers are at their worst, and when your managers make you want to cry.
If you are blessed enough to have met good friends at work, keep them around. Keep them around long after you all stop working at the place and continue hanging out with them. If they're with you at your worst, then the time you spend together at your best gets even better.
If you're half as lucky as I've been you'll find people that make life ten times better. You'll have people to take trips with, party with and share all your school gossip with. They don't judge you for the things you do at work because chances are they've done them too.
I've started to realize that work friends become your best friends pretty quickly. No matter the distance between you, or the different jobs you take, you remain, friends, because you've shared an experience together.
So don't take for granted those minimum wage jobs you get when you're in high school. They teach you a lot of things, including friendship. Hold on tight to your friends because people make life worth living.