5 Things I've Realized After Returning To My High School For Work

5 Things I've Realized After Returning To My High School For Work

Musings of returning to an old job

For the past week, I’ve been working as a caller for Lakeside School’s phone-a-thon, my alma mater. The job entails updating alumni’s information and bonding with them through what’s going on within the school, and then raising money so that Lakeside continues with its mélange of activities, ranging from financial aid to arts and athletics.

As somebody who hasn’t set foot on campus for a year, let alone seen some of my classmates, it was interesting to reconnect with them again through what remained of our common bond and the fragile present goal. Some observations I’ve made while working here again include:

1. The people and atmosphere have changed.

Apart from one other person, I didn’t recognize anyone else who worked as a caller with me in the week before graduation. That was for only one day; two were from my grade and I thought I didn’t recognize one of them at first. Naturally, most of the callers came from either rising upperclassmen or recent graduates from the school. I reconnected with one of them who was in my Chinese class, who was now about to go to college. We chatted a little bit on how the school was going on, which leads to…

2. Naturally, school life goes on since graduation.

Two more classes, with fewer people I’ve known from them, have graduated since I left. Several notable members of the faculty and staff, including the Director of the Upper School, made their leave, a failed schedule change was implemented with the intent to go back next year, questions on social justice especially after the election, and many more things I will not experience. The only thing which remains of me is a brick which is not in the room in which I work, but rather in the gymnasium. And I assume people may rarely come and see it.

3. The romance of working at your first job ends.

When I first applied for a caller job before I graduated, I was excited about getting a job, to finally make my own money, and to talk to alumni at the same time. In addition, I felt like I did a service to the school—through giving the school money, more students could partake in the opportunities I’ve had.Two years later, this mission also drove me to come back, along with the opportunity to call my fellow classmates and talk about our experiences. Those times were few and far in between; getting money from everyone else was even more complicated. I find myself getting bored with the constant calling, along with personal frustration.

4. What do I want to do with my life?

Previously, I’ve talked about how I have questions with what to do with my life, such as finding a job or what to do with my time. With everything available on the table, or on the screen, it gets overwhelming. But as I work my job and hear different stories, I want to tell those same things on the other side of the line. I want to offer advice for younger students and hope they’re inspired by my successes, rather than simply hear them.

5. There are small but beautiful moments in life!

Even though life is boring, I’ve noticed a different viewpoint could bring a little joy in life. I’ve talked to people, both on the phone and in person, and that means something to me. During the calling sessions, some of the supervisors organized games of Hangman on the board; when in the middle of dialing, some of us would guess a letter. They were funny, especially when the results end up not being what we would’ve expected.The ideal is that we would find occupations which we both love and make money out of. But even when the times are boring, one must remember to look at the rest of the world around them.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.


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