Every Waiter(ess) Will Relate To These Life Lessons
Start writing a post

Anyone In The Food Service Industry Will Relate To These Life Lessons I Learned As A Waitress

Being a waitress taught me so many life lessons.

Anyone In The Food Service Industry Will Relate To These Life Lessons I Learned As A Waitress

If you are looking for a sign to become a waitress for part-time or even full-time, here it is. Although many people look at waitressing as a simple job, I can tell you up front that it most definitely is not.

Working as a waitress has its ups and downs, but there are many lessons a person learns while waitressing at a restaurant. I've worked at my local pizzeria for four years now and it's been my favorite job I've ever had. Some of my co-workers have become my closest friends and we always know how to have a little fun in-between the busy times at work.

Waitressing has taught me many useful lessons that I use in my everyday life, and I can definitely say that I would not be the person I am today if I didn't learn things I did while being a waitress.

The first thing that has been useful to my everyday life is learning is patience. The pizzeria I work at has been open for more than twenty years and never switched their phone so they still use a landline with a spiral cord and it can be a nuisance most of the time.

And by that I mean it can be difficult to hear people sometimes when they are trying to place an order, so it's always important to have patience when the customer keeps breaking up or one person can't hear the other. The patience also comes into play when customers can take a while to order.

Another thing I've learned about is customer service.

You know that saying "the customer is always right," well, that's correct to an extent. I say this because sometimes, when a customer is ordering, they think they are ordering one thing, but they actually want another. As long as I know what the customer actually means, I don't have to point out the mistake and can let them think that they're right.

Another component of learning about customer service is how to deal with customers. There will always be people who complain and argue, and it's a waitress's job to deal with these people. It can be rough sometimes and I have some crazy stories, but dealing with these certain people has taught me how to think on my feet.

Quick thinking is required if you become a waitress.

When it's the pizzeria's busiest hour, I barely have time to stop and take a break so my mind is always going.

Along with thinking on my feet, I have also become a great multi-tasker. A large portion of being a waitress is remembering things- people's orders, the names that go along with the orders, the specific way the people want their food made, when the food is done, etc.

My multitasking skills as well as my memorization skills have gone up ever since I became a waitress because there is so much that I have to think about all at once. When the pizzeria is going through dinner or lunch time and there are multiple people waiting to be seated or just waiting for their pick-up, things run more smoothly when I remember everyone's names and orders.

Being a waitress is fun and I've learned many lifelong lessons.

It can be difficult at times but once I got the hang of it, taking orders and bussing tables became easy.

Being a waitress allowed me to become more extroverted since I deal with people all day. I've come to know people just by what they order and this always puts a smile on the customer's face. The times when the local customers walk through the door and greet me by my name always makes up for the times when it's rough being a waitress.

The free pizza helps too!

Report this Content
Student Life

150 Words For Anyone Who Loves Football Games

Why I love high school football games, even though I don't like football.

Dallas News

When most think of high school they think of friend drama, parties, getting your drivers license, and best of all foot ball games.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Greatest Speeches In Modern American History

The United States is a relatively infantile nation, but its legacy of spoken rhetoric is one of the richest in the world.


Rhetoric, in all its forms, arrives under the scrutiny of historians both for its historical impact and literary value. Dozens of speeches have either rallied the nation together or driven it drastically apart –– the impact of speeches in politics, social movements, and wars is undeniable.

Keep Reading... Show less

What If The U.N. Actually United The Nations?

This is me taking a break from being cynical and imagining how the world could be one day.


By now, people are probably sick of hearing me talk about myself, so I’m changing it up this week. In keeping with the subject of my J-Term class, I’m asking myself a political what-if question. What if we could create a sovereign global government firmly grounded in justice that could actually adjudicate Earth’s many disparate nation-states into one unified world government?

Keep Reading... Show less

100 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study

Procrastination Nation, unite.

Panda Whale
Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

    The Basics Of The United Nations

    As the General Assembly convenes, here is the United Nations 101


    For an organization that literally unites the nations, it amazes me how little is taught about the United Nations in schools, or at least where I went to school. It wasn't until I went to college and got a higher education that I learned the basics of the United Nations. I believe that every American should know at least the basics of what the United Nations does, especially since our country is one of the 5 permanent members. So here are the main "organs" of the United Nations.

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Subscribe to Our Newsletter

    Facebook Comments