What Are You Doing This Summer?
At the end of each school year the student body is abuzz with the question: what are you doing this summer? The lucky ones mention family reunions, or relaxing weeks at their lakeside cabins. The even luckier ones brag about trips with their friends to exotic locations in Europe or South America. For the vast majority though, summer means work. We trade in our collared shirts and blazers for corny Thriftys ties or Jugo Juice visors (which, I am sorry, no one can pull off). Instead of hauling our bodies out of bed to make morning classes, we schlep to our job and make money to pay for the fun we hope to have in the fall.
Parents relish pushing their children into the workforce for the brief Brentwood summers. They love to instill a sense of responsibility and make their children realize the true value of the money they spend. Kids, on the other hand, are so exhausted from the demands of a Brentwood school year that they would rather hibernate in their cozy beds and recharge for a new year. The reality of the situation is that we must appease the parents, and this ultimately results in a variety of minimum wage, odd jobs.
The opportunities range from hair sweepers at local salons to cashiers at the general store. Martina E of Allard house, for example, worked last summer in a salon washing hair and sweeping up after the stylists, and described her experience as "really fun and rewarding. My hands were always soft from the conditioner and talking to the clients made the hours go by quite quickly". Some jobs are grander in scale, and require more commitment than nine to five work. Max E of Privett House plans to be a cook on a tall ship for one hundred days. He is very excited about this prospective experience, and is excited to "pretend to be a pirate and eat the leftovers".
Good luck to all those with summer jobs on their horizons, and, for those who get to relax poolside, just know you will have many laborers lusting after your freedom, so enjoy!
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