Work doesn’t have to be a drag; some enjoy their jobs

Work doesnt have to be a drag; some enjoy their jobs

Senior Liz Mercer says she enjoys working at Tropical Smoothie in Oakwood.

Picture yourself at work: it’s packed, crazy and there’s an ongoing line of customers waiting to be helped. The only thing you can think is, “When is my shift over?” That’s the stereotype for many teen workers, at least.

It’s no secret that some people may dislike their jobs, but for many Fairmont students, that simply isn’t the case. Senior Liz Mercer has been working at the Tropical Smoothie in Oakwood for more than a year and loves it.

“I enjoy everyone I work with. There’s honestly not one day I come in and say, ‘Oh gosh, I’m working with them?’ No, I love them all,” said Mercer. “I especially love James and Seth, who go to Sinclair and Oakwood. They always make my weekend shifts hilarious.”

Mercer isn’t the only one who loves their job, either. Junior Katie Jones works at dog kennel and immensely enjoys what she does as well. “I love it. I’ve been working there for a little over a year,” said Jones. “I love seeing the dogs and getting the chance to play with them.”

Senior Jesse Graves has also made his way into the workforce, working as a bagger at Kroger Fresh Fare. He’s only been there a short period of time, but it didn’t take long for him to figure out that he truly enjoys it. “I really like the new and old friends that I have there,” said Graves. “And getting to talk with customers and hear what they have to say is nice.”

Although there are perks to a friendly work environment, no job will ever be perfect. Even though she truly enjoys working at Tropical Smoothie, Mercer does have at least some complaints. “I hate when we have slow periods of time. Since it’s a restaurant, we get rushes followed by periods of slowness. I hate the slow periods because all I can think about is how bad my feet hurt. I’ll do anything except wash dishes,” said Mercer.

Another Fairmont student who enjoys her work is junior Catharine Hedges, who has been working as an activities director at Twin Tower retirement home for six months. “My job is basically talking to the residents as well as helping with needs and coordinating various activities to stimulate their minds and keep their bodies active.”

Like Mercer, though, Hedges does note some negative aspects to her job. “I love my job, but I hate it when I come in and hear that a resident that I was very attached to has passed away, or had to go to the hospital due to a fall or illness,” she said.

But Hedges clearly sees that she makes a difference in the residents’ lives, and she wishes everyone understood how important that human contact is for the elderly. “If I had to change something about my job, it would be having the nurses sitting and talking to the residents more. Some of the nurses only do their job; they don’t really sit with the people and get to know them.”

At the end of the day, the jobs that teenagers acquire in high school are preparing them for working throughout adulthood. Hedges feels her job at the retirement home will and set her on a good course for her career objective.

“This job helps me because I want to go to UD to get my doctorate in music therapy,” said Hedges, explaining that music therapy involves using music to bring back forgotten or repressed memories or feelings.

“I want to use music therapy to help people with memory loss,” Hedges said. “Working at a nursing home is great preparation for that.”