Can Having your First Job as a Teenager Really Change your Life?

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“Playing college basketball requires a lot of hard-work. Having the opportunity to play college basketball isn’t given to you in your hands; it’s given to you by your performance on the court” says Sue Wicks, a WNBA Hall-Of-Fame from the New York Liberty. As a member of my high school girls’ varsity basketball team, this quote truly inspired me because I wanted to become just like her; playing college basketball after high school, volunteering my time working with kids and being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I had the opportunity to work with her at the Generation Fitness Center in the Newark Museum. Without having my first job at the Newark Museum, I would have never met Sue Wicks nor had one the best moments of my life. The best memories and experiences come with having your first job especially as a teenager. Imagine yourself as a teenager: how would it feel to have your first job? For me, having a job means you have transitioned from childhood to adulthood. It means that you have a sense of independence and do not have to rely entirely on your family or friends for money. The feeling of independence is inspiring because you are matured enough to do what they want responsibly. Getting my paycheck every two weeks felt so rewarding because I was making money on my own. However, keeping a job can be one of the most challenging parts of any teenager’s life, especially while being in school. In the beginning of my sophomore year of high school, I started working as a paid-intern at the Newark Museum. My main duties are to scan papers and library books, post upcoming events on the Newark Museum’s website, give tours throughout the main exhibits of the museum itself, and participate in events held at the Newark Museum,... ... middle of paper ... me to strive for bigger accomplishments in the future and to become adaptable to work-related situations in the near future. Right now, I am volunteering my time at the University Hospital in Newark, NJ, expecting to complete two-hundred hours of community service before I graduate high school. In the near future, one of my career goals is to become a Nurse Anesthetist. Being as young as I was, I wanted to take an early head start towards my first success in life. Through my work experience I have gained adversity, integrity, and success. These special feelings have allowed me to truly appreciate life and the service I have done for the community. Because I want to give back to the community through my service and I prove the characteristics of being independent and a team player, I am willing to explore life more and strive to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

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