Throughout your off day, during the morning

Throughout life, there’s days which turn
out to be good or bad days. It could happen at work, on your off day, during
the morning or night and sadly, most of the bad days are unpredictable. Not
much you could do to prevent. On the other hand, there are days where you can
set goals to make sure it turns out to be a positive, productive day once it’s
over. There also are days which can be life-changing, eye-opening or days you
see the world differently than you have pictured or imagined before. It’s sort
of like a reality check. The day it occurs happens to all of us. This is how we
learn and become better versions of ourselves. No way for us to become better
as a person if there’s not days you encounter where you have to grind out the
struggle or get through something which turned out completely different than
planned/pictured your whole life. If someone said they never had this day
happen, that person would be lying. I highly doubt someone never went through
this event in their life and I’m sure you, the reader, can gladly agree with
me. Some of us went through it at a young age, some middle aged and others later
in life. You’ll never know when it will occur until it happens during your
life. The day in my life which changed the way I saw the world was when I was applying
for my first summer job.  

It all started on a bright, summer
morning of last year. It was warm as the desert and I just completed my freshman
year of college. I just woke up and could smell my mom making breakfast along
with hearing my horse and chickens eating as well. My brother and father were
outside checking on them while I heard my mom talking to my grandparents on the
phone while making us breakfast. Turned out my grandparents were on the way
over to come eat breakfast with us. When I was eating lucky charms, my parents
told me how they didn’t want me be home all day or go another summer without
making money. So I agreed with my parents I would drive around my hometown of
Arroyo Grande, California, plus go online and look for job openings knowing it
would be nice to have extra money on the side I could save or spend. The second
week following school being out is when I had the reality check and saw the
world differently. I was looking everywhere within a 20 minute radius of my
house to see who was hiring. I didn’t have a preference of where or what I
wanted to do so I looked into anywhere such as retail positions, fast food
restaurants, moving companies, UBER etc. This is how I pictured the world was.

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I saw the world as getting a job sounds pretty easy and that I just need to go
to school along with do well in all my classes. If I do this, I’m guaranteed a
job somewhere. Nope! After finding 5 companies that were looking for summer
time applicants, I came to the realization of noticing job applications are
long and really break down who you are along with how you could stand out
versus the competition in forms of questionnaire. Seeing how long it took me to
complete one application changed my view of the work force and of the world.

Nothing is easy and free in the world today. Depending on your career, you
might have to go through more years of college because it’s what the company
requires or because it can really put you ahead of the other applicants for the
job position.

The company which hired me for the summer
was Nike and they had a retail store 10 minutes from my house. What I had to do
was go online to Nike.com/jobapplications and fill out the application. I
thought it was going to be quick and easy but once the page loaded, it was
divided into 10 parts. I was shocked and asked my parents if this was normal.

They both said yes and laughed. I still remember telling me “Welcome to the
real world”. My parents helped me complete it which took a little over an hour
to complete. I had no idea they wanted to know so much about me. I saw job
applications as like a one-page information worksheet and then the company
would call to schedule an interview. It took me a week later once I submitted
the application to receive the call on a bright, warm Saturday early afternoon from
one of the managers who said, “On behalf of Nike, we would like to continue the
process with you by scheduling an interview along with a background check as
well”. I was excited as a little kid opening up presents on Christmas to
receive the call. Once the conversation with the manager was over, I quickly
saved the date of the interview into my phone and set multiple reminders
knowing I can’t screw this opportunity up by missing it. After I saved the
date, I called all of my family to spread the good news. Everyone was so
excited and thrilled for me. To celebrate this, my family took me out to eat at
one of my favorite restaurants, Olive Garden. This event will always be
memorable for me not just because it was my first ever job, but because it made
me feel like a full time working adult. With having gone through this step in
my life, I’m more ready for what the real world is like and ready to face the
obstacles that are going to come with. There was no way I could be ready for
life after college if I didn’t go through this process. Working has made me a
better all around person by being able to talk to anyone, any age. It also
allowed me to get my feet wet in a potential real-life situation because I’m
now aware of what I’m going to have to do once I graduate. It would be
terrifying applying for jobs on my own without a clue of how and what to do on
the application. This experience also has me more driven to succeed and get the
job of my dreams once I graduate. Therefore, I’m very grateful for my parents
pushing me to apply for summer jobs because I know it’s going to benefit me
down the road and I know they are doing it to see me succeed. Without them, I
couldn’t be who I am today.

I chose this example as the one day in my
life when I changed the way I saw the world because it had the biggest impact I
thought on me. The day I chose was the day I received a call at home on my
mobile phone from a manager at a Nike retail store 10 minutes away from my
house. This day really opened up my eyes and encouraged me to keep working hard
in college because I came to the conclusion the better you do in school, the
better outcome for jobs in your career will be. Everything in this world comes
with a price and you can’t take anything for granted. 

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