Incomplete picture of us all after work. Missing in picture: Audrey, Wendy, Angie, Denise, & to the rest who weren’t assigned near to the bookstore area.
My summer job started at May 9 and ended at May 17. It was pretty exciting and quite a rush since the start was 2 days after I got back from Hong Kong. I actually always wanted to try to work in this area, the bookstore, because I saw my friends working in the previous years and it made me think that it would be fun to work and be with friends too at the same time. I was assigned to the Grade 7 books and supplies with a partner (who is my classmate) and it wasn’t that stressing since there were only 7 books (and those working in lower levels have around 14 to 17 books). The only thing I would consider as a con in this job is that there was no air conditioning in the rooms so we were all sweating while working. In this kind of season (summer), I’d prefer to be lounging in a breezy place but then it’s not like I could do something about having no air-con.
A few things that I missed about this job would be one, signing papers everyday (I’ve signed around 400+ papers in total, counting the copy & original) and talking to my partner whenever there would be no clients. They say that there’s a 15 minute break both for morning and in the afternoon, but in the end no one takes it because there are usually not that much clients per hour. For how many times already, I’ve kind of messed up on ticking the boxes or circling because it was OVERLOAD. Two, advising parents or the student about what’s in store for Grade 7. We encountered 1 client who asked us about what kind of school bag would be recommended for her daughter. Another would be if the student would memorize the whole Constitution (and believe me, when we were grade 7, we only memorized the 1st page!). Three, going to school everyday BUT in civilian and we can eat anytime we want and use the speakers in the classrooms. Four, eating with a circle of friends and talk about anything that comes into your mind. Lastly, Frappucino Happy Hour (after work on a Monday) & making pabili food from any of our co-workers who can buy for us! Glad I was able to experience drinking Starbucks for half the price!
So, what made me work again instead of being a lazy bum at home? I needed to earn money and save it up to either buy something I’ve wanted for a long time, or put it in the bank so that I can use it when I grow up. I actually used only a part of my salary, on paying for my expenses in Fully Booked (I think) and for the repair of 12 of my outfits because they were too big on me (I still bought them because I know I can just adjust it and it’ll look perfect on me right after). This was the busiest summer I’ve ever had, but I can’t really say if this was the best or not.
Next year, despite having to have a review schedule for the CETs, I still hope that I’ll be able to work & earn some money!