Student Employment: Not all that Bad

1.     Eliminate the pains of transportation

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A brisk 6-minute walk eliminates the need
for me to drive.  Which means that
I don’t have to frantically beg one of my housemates to back out so that I can. It also eliminates the following worst-case
scenario:

None of my housemates are home and I am
forced to back the obstructive vehicle out into a neighboring driveway.  Leave said vehicle running, hustle
to Bonnie and back her out into another available driveway. Leave her running, and pull in the
first vehicle. Walk across the
street back to Bonnie, hop in, and now I’m on my way.

Obviously any chance to cut down on gas
expenses is welcome.  [Insert political statement here].  Working on-campus is a sure way to do
so.

2.     Work alongside fellow students

I’d reckon to guess that working as
a student employee offers a far greater probability of working with
friends. Take for instance, how I
went about obtaining my job at the Kletz.  My good friend Nico Kolschowsky,
knowing that I was cash-strapped after my adventures in Europe, advised me that
the Kletz was hiring. He also explained that he had enjoyed
working there and would love to have me as a co-worker. So, he passed along the email address
of Aimee Molitor, his boss; and I
sent her an email expressing my interest. His recommendation scored me an interview, and before I knew it, I was
being trained to take orders from our
boss.

Keep in mind that Cool Beans is located just across the
dining area from the Kletz. In the rare instance that you end up on
a shift without a friendly face, it’s awfully feasible to wander over to Cool Beans to briefly convene with the
two student baristas.  In fact, my
dear friend Cody Brant (and fellow blogger) works an overlapping shift on Tuesday evenings. Not that I can ever spare even a moment
to socialize with the gentleman (who scored me this gig) during my labor-intensive
shifts…

3.     Differentiation

Currently, I am trained on three different positions; dishwashing, stocking, and pizza. All of which have their respective perks and pitfalls. Dishwashing affords one solitude and time to clear your head in extremely humid conditions. Stocking is more mobile and allows for one-line socializing with hungry friends. Pizza allows me more interaction with fellow co-workers whilst crafting delicious pizzas from scratch with tasty topping combinations. 

The next week will see me being trained on fryer duty—which will no doubt serve to separate me from my appetite for fried food by periodically dunking chicken and tater wedges in boiling grease. Oh the joys of the food industry: lowering cholesterol since fast foods’ inception.

4.     Schedule flexibility

Shifts only last between 4 and 5 hours. Employees can work as little as one shift a week if they choose. They are scheduled based on availability that they submit to Aimee each semester. If a situation arises that conflicts with a shift, they can request off or ask a co-worker to cover their shift via the email chain. Often times, picking up a shift is rewarded with a food item from the grateful employee. Awfully convenient system if you ask me! 

5.     Break

Every shift over 4 hours warrants a 15-minute break. Big deal. But there’s a catch: anything you can prepare yourself, you can eat. Which means access to every food product in stock, and plenty of experimentation on the grill—resulting in unique meal combinations that the average Hope student will never have the opportunity to sample. Take for example, what I ate during my last break: sautéed vegetables in a spicy chicken quesadilla with a hearty portion of three-cheese French fries. Paired with chocolate milk, I left work with a full stomach, heavy eyelids, and plenty of yawns.

6.     Employee Discount

As an upperclassman, the Kletz is included on my meal plan. However, the average underclassman’s
account is billed for eating at the Kletz. That bill can add up fast when student
life requires eating at odd times throughout the week. As a Kletz employee, I have a 10% discount on all items, which really
only benefits me when I purchase items not included on meal plan. Had I worked at the Kletz as an underclassman, I would
really be taking advantage!

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Until next time!

-Steven

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