You Won't Forget Your First Job Because It's Everyone's First Real Step Into Adulthood

You Won't Forget Your First Job Because It's Everyone's First Real Step Into Adulthood

That first paycheck opens up a whole realm of possibilities that you'd only dreamed of before.


That first paycheck opens up a whole realm of possibilities that you'd only dreamed of before. Before that check, it was always someone else's money - your parents, grandparents, a sibling in exchange for a favor. But that first slip of paper or electric deposit in your bank account...that is your money. It's proof of the work that you did to earn it, and it's yours to do with what you please. Of course, the reason you got that minimum-wage job was the money. But if you're lucky, the job becomes something you enjoy. And if you're not lucky...well, you'll still remember the experience.

You'll remember the people you worked with, if not by name then by characteristics. You'll remember that couple that you didn't know was a couple until after you've left, and wonder how you didn't put it together in the first place. The man bordering on elderly that definitely didn't look like he belonged at a movie theater? You'll remember him too, especially how irritated he made you feel when he was giving you advice about how to do your job. Seriously dude - you're the old man working a minimum-wage job with a bunch of teenagers and people in their early twenties. Oh yes, and you will definitely remember the guy that got hired with you that you already knew had issues. You'll sort of wish you were there to witness it when he got fired and apparently threw a fit in the parking lot, except that you were already really uncomfortable having had to speak privately to your manager about him...or maybe that's just me.

You'll remember how you got the job in the first place. Whether it was an online application that you didn't really expect to hear anything about or a friend who recommended you. The interview that felt like forever but was only ten minutes long, or the interview that took literally a minute for them to say, "You're hired!" and you thought to yourself that they must either be really trusting, or really desperate for workers. (It was probably the latter if the previously mentioned incident was any indication.)

You'll remember cleaning the bathrooms. If you lucked out, you never had to worry about explosive diarrhea that came out of the kid who had too much popcorn. If you lucked out, the bathroom wasn't actually the grossest thing you had to clean up. The grossest thing you had to clean up, in fact, was what was underneath the popcorn machine that had a broken oil valve. No one had cleaned underneath it in almost a month. Unpleasant was such a vast understatement, and you couldn't come up with a better adjective because you were so busy trying not to throw up and add to the mess.

You'll remember that the broken oil valve was just the beginning and that the entire popcorn machine shut down shortly thereafter. The shift you had where you had to tell customers that there was no popcorn? Well, you finally understood the stories on the internet about rude customers. The next day, enormous bags of popcorn were driven in from a town over an hour away, but it wasn't the same as the nice machine popcorn, and you weren't allowed to eat it because of the limited supply. But that's okay - if a pretzel was broken in the package, it couldn't be given to a customer. Instead, you got to eat it for free. ;)

You'll remember a million little things about your first job. The first time you worked the cash register, the first rush of people, the first time you were allowed to do inventory, and a dozen other experiences that built up that time in your life. It's one of the best things to carry with you as you grow.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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