My Part-Time Job Saved My Life

My Part-Time Job Made Me Realize I Can Do Anything

I would have never imagined that I'd love working so much, but here I am.

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A little over a year ago, my mom told me I had a job interview at a restaurant in the town right over from mine. I had told her I had intentions of working elsewhere, but I just went with it.

I was returning home from my first year of college. A solid $10 in my bank account. We all know the struggle.

I remember being really annoyed about my mom setting up an interview without even asking me.

Prior to this, I was employed at a grocery store as a cashier since my sophomore year of high school. But the last thing I wanted to do was return to that place.

I remember feeling completely "whatever" about getting this job or not. I was never really someone who enjoyed working that much. But I did take the interview seriously.

I waited for about 45 minutes before a worker came up to me and asked me what I was waiting for. He then told me that my best bet was to just come back the next day. Annoying already.

I went back the next day and had my interview. It went well. I answered questions honestly and applied as a hostess. Within a week I was employed at Old Glory.

Fast forward a year later. I would have never imagined that I'd love working so much, but here I am. Almost looking for shifts on the reg.

Before returning to school at the end of last summer, my boss promised me a serving position for the next summer. I made it a point to work whenever I could to prove myself capable. But it wasn't easy working long hours as a food runner.

Today, I am a server. I have just worked my first shift on Mothers' Day and walked away with $200 in my hands. I never could have imagined making that kind of money in a single shift. Ever.

But there is so much more I have gained from this restaurant than just good money. And I know this is going to sound corny, but I have proved to myself that if I really want something, I will not give up.

My first shift was nerve-wracking. I felt my manager's eyes on me, and if you know me, I kind of struggle under pressure. But the most important piece of advice I learned from my coworker was to just be confident. And I followed that.

I have also gained a ton of relationships from my job. I think that it is important to create friendships everywhere in life, especially in a work environment. It just makes work more do-able.

By being myself, confident, and just working hard, I have proved to both my boss and myself that I am fully capable of and deserving of this promotion.

I advise anyone unsure of themselves to just go for it. Fuck it. Take advantage of opportunities and try to be the best version of yourself, not anyone else. If you spend your life comparing yourself to others, are you really living for yourself?

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7 Ways Work Friends Are Different From Regular Friends

Works friends are different than your other friends, don't @ me.

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Work friends are seriously a special type of friend. You hang out with them every shift and you're forced to suffer through the painful parts of your job together. No doubt, that creates a bond.

1. Your work friends know exactly what you go through with customers.

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You can attempt to explain why the curly headed blonde girl is the worst to your regular friends, but they will just never understand.

2. Your work friends give you advice on your personal life without even knowing any of the people that you're talking about.

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Half of the text messages sent from my phone are composed by my coworker and I when it's dead at work.

3. They basically can't cancel plans to hang out with you, because it's their job to come to work.

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You know you'll get to catch up on everything when you get scheduled together again.

4. They understand your work struggles.

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They 100% understand why you cried when the cash register paper messed up AGAIN.

5. They understand why you hate some of your coworkers, and more than likely, they hate them too.

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It's nice to have an ally that agrees that coworker is literally unbearable.

6. You have secrets with them that no one else would understand

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Work secrets are literally pinky promise worthy.

7. They become your friend in real life on top of being a work friend, so they know literally everything about you.

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Being able to talk to someone about work and have them understand is such a perk.

Work friends share a bond with you that no one else can. They understand your daily struggles in life, and sometimes find their way into becoming one of your best friends.

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The New Beginning I Earned, My Summer Internship

I start my new internship in a new state tomorrow and I have tons of mixed feelings about it, here's the truth.

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I start my new internship in a new state tomorrow and I have tons of mixed feelings about it. I am nervous, scared, excited, and ready for this new experience. It will be nothing that I have gone through such as being in a new place and working in big business. I am excited to see where this will take me in the future. It is exciting because I could potentially have a job similar to what I am doing in the internship and that is crazy. It is all so new and it scares me but I know this will be such a great opportunity for me. It will be a great location because it is Northern California and it is warm every day so that will make the weekends enjoyable.

As this is my last summer before I graduate. I want to learn more about the business world and see what interests me and what doesn't. It is interesting to see what I will like about big business or if I want to be at a smaller business. The number of changes that will occur in my life is going to move rapidly which is kind of nerve-racking. Yet the best feeling is the factor of shock when something great happens that I would have never expected.

It's exciting to see that my future is unfolding in front of me and all of my hard work is paying off and it feels great. It feels surreal that this all happening so fast and soon I will be having my own job after college. This is something that I couldn't have even imagined myself thinking about 3 years ago, and it's actually really exciting. There are so many things I haven't been able to do yet, and now I'm presented with so many opportunities.

I'm so thankful for those who encourage me on a daily basis and all of the support my parents have shown me. I truly couldn't have done it without them. They have been there for me through it all and I couldn't ask for anything more. They have challenged me and I am forever grateful for that. There are many new difficulties that I have yet to overcome, but I know that each of these obstacles will create new knowledge that will put me in a positive direction.

I couldn't imagine getting to where I am today without the people who love me the most. I don't think I would have gotten through it. They pushed me to get to where I am today and have always taught me to never give up. Although it's difficult right now and everything is far from perfect, I have confidence in my future due to what I've been through already. Everything that has happened in my life has led me to this point, and I'm ready for the next adventure. It can be scary but it has taught me that it will all be worth it in the end and I can't wait to look back on it and tell everyone how much of an adventure it has been.

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