Over the past eighteen years, there have been countless experiences that have shaped who I am. The most recent experience was last summer, when I worked as a manager at 32 degree froyo. My job as a manager included training new staff, overseeing and delegating tasks to my co-workers, along with refilling yogurt toppings and ringing up customers at the cash register. By no means was working at this froyo lounge my first job, however, it was here where I developed my values in hard work and the benefits that stem from it- my paycheck at the end of my 32 hour work weeks were proof that the fruits of my labor had paid off! After getting off at 12:30 am four times a week (it was a 3:30pm -12:15am work shift), I arrived home with not just sore legs and throbbing feet, but also a sense of accomplishment and pride that I had worked and done my best. Working at the 32 degrees froyo also helped me learn the value of patience especially when dealing with difficult customers. Being that the froyo lounge had just opened up, and it was new to our tight knit, small jewish community in Great Neck, many customers had questions about which yogurts and toppings were kosher. With that being said, many customers were quite rude and angry to us workers when they found out that not everything in the store was kosher. This definitely taught me patience and endurance because I learned that I must always be cordial to customers no matter how badly they treat me.
Being a freshman at Baruch College is definitely daunting but exciting. I am looking forward to so many new experiences that are ahead of me- such as landing my first real internship with a major company, acing that impossible test that I studied hours for, and meeting new people from different diverse backgrounds. I am very hopeful that I will do my best academically. I am concerned that I will not be able to keep up with the high speed pace of our school work.