Nothing quite rivals the meaningless feeling that accompanies several part-time jobs. My first was at a grocery store in my home town, where I spent hours on end pressing buttons and filing sweaty money from agitated locals. College came to be like an angel in the night, and no longer would I have to settle for a job anyone could do. For I was a student now, someone who napped by day and studied a specialty by night in order to graduate and do the job I was to put on this Earth to do…until I went broke, approximately my second week here. As a solution to this pressing but common issue, I looked into obtaining Work Study, which is an excellent program that I was genuinely excited about.
I landed at another local establishment that had me shredding paper for hours a time. One way to look at this is with a “Somebody’s gotta do it!” attitude. I, on the other hand, have an immediate struggle with doing something which I feel hardly make a difference. That being said, I politely left my position in favor of several new ones; the first is as a staff addition here, at the Edge. As a journalism communications major with my own website, I find myself consistently writing every day in order to further my skills and voice. This gives me a chance to actually accomplish that for a “living”, for lack of a better term. My other new job is as Gannon Guide, providing tours to prospective students, which I feel covers the ‘communications’ half of ‘journalism communications.
My position as a Gannon Guide is a wonderful addition to my student life as it affirms my longing to do something that makes a difference. If I’m not mistaking, the statistic is that 60% of students admit that their tour made or broke their decision to go to a specific school, and if I can be that reason through communication and conversation, I want to take every chance I have to represent the school I love. While it may feel meaningless for a bit of time, just hang in there and remember to find your niche; things are consistently busy and ever-changing in the life of Aaron Mook, but I also somehow continue to find myself taking the next step towards success. Generally speaking, it’s usually closer than our stressed-out minds would like to admit.