I work at Potbelly Sandwiches in downtown Clayton. I was so excited when the company finally expanded to St. Louis. Their food is DELICIOUS! But it comes with a price. Don’t ever work at your favorite restaurant, because you will get so tired of the food. And unfortunately, that has happened to me. And as a college student in an apartment, naturally making minimum wage isn’t quite cutting it. So. I am becoming a Certified Trainer, which will give me about a dollar raise, and from there I will become a Shift Lead making $11+ per hour. But there is one thing still on my mind: my job has absolutely nothing to do with my major. Even a job in retail would be more relevant to Advertising than food service is. And it’s not like I absolutely LOVE my job, so should I consider switching to something else? My dream job (for right now, until graduation) is to work at Crate and Barrel. And I think I am going to look into that. I guarantee I’d make more than minimum wage, and I’d be doing something I actually love: displays and looking at furniture all day. I haven’t been with Potbelly for too long, but what’s the harm in finding something better?
As a first semester Freshman, I was so excited to get to have an opportunity for an internship. Yes, it was unpaid, but I figured it would really add to my resume. And I needed more things besides Taco Bell and Racanelli’s Pizzia. I needed something that actually applied to my degree, and this company wanted me to do some flyers and redesign their menu. That’s a big job, considering I am just an intern, one with little to no experience at that. So I emailed the company. No response. They took about 4 weeks to eventually get back to me. At that point, I had basically forgotten about the whole thing. But I was happy to hear from them. And we set up a meeting. It went very well, I said I’d love to join their team, and they seemed happy to have me. I told them I’d talk to my job and see when I could next be available, and I’d email them my schedule. And I did. That was about 2 weeks ago and I haven’t heard back. I got my excitement up too early, seeing that they wouldn’t even respond after meeting and bringing me on to join them. But, who knows. Maybe I’ll hear from them in a few weeks. To say the least, internships and the corporate world are tough. And maybe I’m still too young to be out there. I am only 18, and I have plenty of time to enjoy myself. All I did in high school was work, maybe I should look back and try not to do that to myself again in college. Free time or job experience? It’s a toss up.
This is my second to last semester as a grad student. Next semester I will be doing my student teaching. I quit my 9-5 job to focus on school. I thought now that I am not working I would have all the free time in the world. This is not true! I have learned that for me being on a schedule is a good thing. Having large blocks of unfilled time during my day started off as procrastination time.
What this semester has taught me the most is balance your time. Prioritize. Before I quit work, my schedule was created by many other factors. Now it is my choice to create and adhere to my schedule. Change can start off to be rocky but can be a wonderful learning experience in the end.
My name is Erica Van Buren and I’m currently a senior here at Fontbonne University. For me, 24 hours is not enough time to juggle work, school and family. I’m majoring in English, and I’ve recently decided that my part time job gives me lots of writing material. At the moment I’m employed part time with the Transportation Security Administration and working at the airport — you see and hear some really interesting things. After graduating, I’m hoping to be able to dedicate myself completely to my notebook of weird and crazy things via the airport. I would love to get it published. Stay Tuned…