A Thank You Note to My First Job

A Thank You Note to My First Job

A thank you note for all the lessons being a barista has taught me

Dear Incredible First Job,

Thank you for the opportunity to be a barista in the first- job life chapter. Many life lessons were learned from spilling drinks, to making wrong orders, to interacting with customers, and finding a love for coffee.

All the spilt coffee and milk allowed me to learn it is okay to make mistakes. No one is perfect. A person does not always have to be perfect even under pressure. I applied lessons learned during military drills, a high pressure situation, to that of handling the rush of customers in the coffee shop. I fell in love with the adrenaline rush and fast pace of the shop

I also fell in love with the sounds of tapping espresso out of handles. I fell in love with sounds of grinding espresso and of ice being scooped. You also gave me a muscular right arm from scooping ice hard gelato. My left arm was puny, in comparison.

I appreciate you for bringing incredible people into my life and for learning a skill I wasn't sure I was going to be able to handle. This job allowed me to find a community of friends and customers in my small town where I never felt 100% a part of.

You gave me the confidence to start conversations with customers who I did not know. I learned to be nosy to a certain extent. Also, a smile does truly go a long way. You also never know when a "how are you" or "hope you have a great day" will make a person's day.

DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS!!! They are always extremely important in any job - pouring the right amount of milk in the drink, making sure the milk is not too hot so it won't burn, and making sure the chocolate syrups are poured into the drink. My military college experience has taught me to pay attention to details, but I did not have real world application until I had a chance to work here.

I was lucky to have stumbled upon you and to have you take a chance on a girl who was an avid Starbucks drinker. Now, it is hard to go to Starbucks without without thinking of you. You make me stop in every little coffee shop along the way. I am now a picky coffee drinker - the espresso must taste just right.

Thank you for teaching me to have fun and to be myself in a work environment. I will never forget the memories we share. I won't forget mixing decaffeinated espresso with regular. I will never forget the laughs, the rock out sessions, the theme nights, or the morning lunges behind the counter.

Thank you for giving me a great start into the real world. Thank you for taking a chance on a college girl with no work experience.

Always grateful.


A girl with real life experience

Cover Image Credit: School Grounds Coffee and Gelato Bar

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

Cover Image Credit: Amy Aroune

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Studying the LSAT and Working Full Time

How to make room for advancing your future while maintaining the present.


Working full time and studying for the LSAT proves a delicate tightrope that many people grapple to tread. If you find yourself in such a situation, then some good news is on the horizon as many have juggled the requirements of both aspects seamlessly in the past. Today we take a look at what these individuals did and how you too can effectively balance the scales without leaning too much to one side or the other.

Starting early

Having a full-time job leaves little morsels of time to work with and often the best approach entails beginning early so that the collective total makes up constructive study hours in the long run. As a general rule of thumb for the working class, start a minimum of 4 but preferably 6 months to the date of the test. Science dictates that there are half a dozen intellectual and quality hours per day and with a demanding job breathing down your neck, you can only set aside about a third of that for productive LSAT test prep. With 3 months being the measure of ideal study time for a full-time student, you'll need double that period to be sufficiently up to par.

Maximizing your mornings

Studying in the evenings after a grueling and intellectually draining day at work is as good as reading blank textbooks. It's highly unlikely you'll be able to grasp complex concepts at this time, so start your mornings early so that you can devote this extra time when you are at your mental pinnacle to unraveling especially challenging topics. Evening study times should only be for refresher LSAT prep or going through light subject matters requiring little intellectual initiative. For those who hit their stride at night, take some time to unwind and complete your chores before getting down to business well before bedtime.

Taking some time off

All work and no play does indeed make Jack a dull boy and going back and forth between work and study is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. So take some time off of work every now and then, preferably during weekdays- you can ask for a day off every fortnight or so- as weekends are a prime study period free of work obligations. Such breaks reduce fatigue, better study performance and increase the capacity for information retention.

Prioritizing study

Given the scarce oasis of free time in your busy schedule, you cannot afford to miss even a single session and this commitment is important in spreading out the burden so that it is not overwhelming as you approach the finish line. Be sure to have a clear schedule in place and even set reminders/alarms to help enforce your timetable. If it's unavoidable to miss a single session, set aside a makeup as soon as possible.

Last but not least, have a strong finish. Once you are approaching the home run i.e. about 2 or 3 weeks to the test, take this time off to shift your focus solely to the test. The last month can make or break your LSAT test prep and it'll be hard to concentrate on working whilst focusing completely on the test.

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