Working In A Restaurant Can Help You Later In Life

Working In A Restaurant Can Help You Later In Life

Don't downplay your Summer job.

Many young adults put themselves through college by waiting tables. Some may frown upon this saying it's wasted time, but I think working in a restaurant can be very beneficial, especially at a young age. Both of my parents worked in a restaurant as they were growing up and I have now worked in one this past summer. When I come home from work after a hard day, my parents can still relate to my struggles because not much has changed.

Working in a restaurant opens your eyes to the world of customer service. Regardless of your role, your ultimate goal as part of the staff is to ensure the customer has a satisfying experience. Furthermore, you want their experience to be so good that they become loyal customers. This type of work can help you decide if a career in customer service is something that you would enjoy. If you like the idea of working alongside many people all day long, then you may want to look for careers where this type of busy, open communication environment is mimicked.

Being part of a restaurant staff also teaches you many great qualities that you can highlight on resumes, and job interviews. From my experience over the summer, I became a better team player, a great communicator with fellow employees and managers. I became a quick learner as I was trained in many different positions right away. I improved my leadership skills and became comfortable working under a fast paced and stressful environment. All of these characteristics are excellent to areas to be confident in and are often what companies look for in new hires. Starting off as an intern, employers want you to be quick on your feet, skilled at multi-tasking and often has strong communications skills.

In my recent interview, I was able to talk about all of these qualities that I improved upon while working at a restaurant over the summer. While I talked about my experience there, one of the employers I was meeting with remarked that she too had worked in a restaurant when she was my age and agreed on the importance of having such experience. This opened up a whole conversation between her and I, and helped me to connect with her and even make my interview stand out in her mind.

Finally, working in a restaurant helps you to understand how a restaurant works and gives you perspective on just how hard this type of work is. Being on your feet all day is incredibly tiring. You will also have so much more patience when you go out to eat and there is a wait because even if there are open tables, they are on a wait for a reason. You will understand how important a gracious tip is, why your server looks stressed or isn't able to be at your table as much as you would like (maybe they have a huge party to take care of). You will understand that if your food is cooked incorrectly, it is unlikely that it is your server's fault.

So, if you're on the hunt for a job to help earn you a few extra dollars for the school year or are already thinking ahead to the summer make sure you put in your application at some of your favorite local restaurants.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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