5 Reasons To Get a Summer Job

5 Reasons To Get a Summer Job

Summer jobs can be great, and you get to make some $$$!

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You're home from college, you're constantly looking for something to do, and you need more money. A summer job could be your answer. Working over the summer is a great way to fill up some of your time, plus you'll have some money in your account! We could all use some more money during college.

1. Money

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We could all use some more money during the summer. Whether you're saving up to pay bills or you want some extra spending money, a summer job will help you earn some cash.

2. New friends

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At a summer job, you'll have coworkers, and many of them are probably around your age. You'll spend a bit of your time working with them, so why not make some new friends at your job? It'll also make working more fun! (or at least bearable...)

3. Customer Service and Work Experience

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You'll gain some new skills and learn new things, as well as getting customer service and work experience. This is a great thing to have when applying for other jobs. Even if you're not planning on going into a career related to your summer job, customer service is an important skill to have. It shows you know how to work with others, problem-solve, and manage your time.

4. Employee discounts

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Many summer jobs come with an employee discount, and what's not to love about getting free or discounted stuff? You could get discounts on clothes or food for the summer!

5. It fills up your extra time

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If you're constantly bored and looking for something to do, a summer job can help fill some of your free time. You'll still have time for your social life and other things, but instead of sitting around all the time, you can be productive by working and making money!

There are plenty of reasons to get a summer job. If you haven't already, consider applying to a few places so you can work while you're home!

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Finding The Right Best Friend Is Never Easy... Luckily, I Have You!

and the best part is... we're more than best friends, we're family! (therefore, you aren't going nowhere)

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Growing up in a family where my grandmother has more than 100 grand kids... you seem to have lots and lots of cousins to play with at every get together. Unfortunately for me, everyone was either too old or too young for me. That means there are many times where I would hang with family and because they are so much older, I don't fit in just as best as everyone else does. There's only one cousin that is around my age.. and luckily, she's turned out to be my best-est friend since we were little!

As corny as it sounds, I am so grateful and thankful that we got so close throughout our entire lives and when we needed it most. As individuals, we have grown SO much within the past years! It's so crazy to watch each other grow and develop and make new opportunities happen for us both and still be by each other's side every step of the way.

Thank you for always being there when I need you. Thank you for trying out what it's like to join the Disney side and be a passholder with me. Thank you for dealing with all of my crazy and loud moments. Lastly, thank you for being like a sister to me.

I am so excited for all of the adventures and future goals we have and are waiting to accomplish. I wish us both the best and hope to make all of our dreams and goals come true.

Xoxo,

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10 Organ and Blood Donation Myths Debunked

Save a life and donate!

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Now that summer is almost in full swing, this means the need for blood and organ donations are at an all-time high. In the summer, people do many more reckless things and wind up in the hospital/emergency room. Blood banks are starting to become low on supply, and millions of people are on the waiting list for organ donations. Here are some common myths about organ and blood donations that I will debunk.

1. "My religion doesn't allow donations"

Many religions including Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Presbyterian and the Lutheran Church all support donation of any kind and they consider it a selfless and loving act.

2. "They won't try and save my life if they see I am a donor"

No way do professional doctors and nurses actually do this. Every person within the medical field tries their absolute hardest to save each and every life, even donors'.

3. "I have a medical condition"

The donation and transplant teams decide whether or not you will be able to donate- regardless of your medical history/illness. Anyone can sign up to be a donor.

4. "My family/I will have to pay for it"

There is absolutely no cost to the individual or family to donate organs or blood. If your bone marrow is needed, all travel expenses are reimbursed.

5. "People in the LGBT community can't donate"

There is not a federal law excluding a member of the LGBT community to donate blood. The health of the organs is what matters during donation, so certain processes may apply depending on a person's sexual history.

6. "They take them while I am living"

Unless you voluntarily sign up to be a blood donor or bone marrow donor, they do not take your necessary organs while you are living.

7. "I have to be related to the person that receives my donation"

Although common ancestry is used initially when looking for donors, most people only share a common ethnicity to their donor. These ethnics groups are very needed: Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, or Multiracial. It helps to have the same ethnic group to increase the diversity within the donation pool.

8. "I have a common blood type"

Even common blood types like O-positive and A-positive need donors too.

9. "I have tattoos/piercings"

Most of the time, people just getting piercings or tattoos need to wait just a month before they donate blood. This is just to ensure that there is no infection from the needles used. Also, new needles are used for each person during donations, so there is no need to worry about getting a disease from donation.

10. "I'm a vegan/vegetarian and I don't have enough iron"

As long as you eat plant-based foods high in Vitamin C and iron before donation, you should be fine! Vitamin C helps with iron absorption and iron helps regenerate the red blood cells that are taken during a donation. The person in charge of taking your blood will walk through your health and decide if you will be healthy enough to donate blood.

Donation is super important to me because my grandpa was diagnosed with Leukemia 2 years ago and needed a donation. Even with a simple donation of blood, you can save many lives. Blood only lives for 42 days, which means that there is a need for regular donors. The bone marrow registry is a voluntary registry that needs a few cheek swabs in order to match a donor with a recipient. Organ donations only occur if you are a donor on your licence and once you are pronounced dead, unless you voluntarily decided that you want to be matched for a kidney or liver transplant.

Donation of any kind is a very selfless way to use your health to benefit others. If you still feel nervous or uneducated on donation of any kind, do your research to decide if this is something that you want to participate in. Here are some links on websites for blood, organ and bone marrow donation:

https://www.organdonor.gov/index.html

https://bethematch.org/

https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Your-Blood/10-myths-about-blood-donation-debunked-20180612

https://www.redcrossblood.org/

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