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Can You Pick The Right Summer Job?
You had an awesome time being a camp counselor for the past two summers, but when you return for some more fun in the sun this time around, you find out there have been massive cuts to the camp's funding. Instead of the fun canoe excursions, archery, swimming lessons, and arts and crafts activities galore you had grown accustomed to, the camp has been stripped to a bare-bones mess. To top it all off, the campers who used to think of you as the coolest counselor on the planet a few years ago are now in their final summer at camp and won't even deign to hang out with you at lunch.
When you applied for a job at this hip, downtown clothing store, you didn't realize what you were getting yourself into. You thought you'd just have to ring people up at the register and fold some clothes, right? No big deal. Wrong! The store's manager, Cynthia (who, coincidentally, looks a LOT like the Cynthia doll from Rugrats), is all over the place! She gave you a schedule when you first started working there, but now she keeps calling you to ask if you're coming in on your days off. There's another employee who legitimately will NOT stop staring at you, and the other day, a customer asked you to help them try on underwear! Nope, nope, nope!
You initially felt optimistic about applying to a job at one of the restaurants in town — after all, you'd eaten there many times and love their food. Since you started, however, your outlook has changed drastically. The restaurant is short-staffed, you're barely paid minimum wage, and your boss is a nightmare person who refuses to answer your questions once you've stepped foot inside "his" kitchen. On a typical night, he will frantically direct you to be in five places at once — most of those places beyond your duties as a dishwasher. After being yelled at for doing exactly what you were told to do in the first place (for the third time), you resolve that you will spend no more summers here — if you can bear to part from the one silver lining you can find in this dump: the free cheese fries.
Who doesn't love being around fun, excitement, and happy people all day? It sounded like a dream summer job when you saw the opening, so you applied as soon as you could. You had a great first week; you and your fellow newcomers were allowed to go on every ride and play every game for free before the park opened. Awesome! Well... it was, until the people came — the never-ending, apocalyptic hoard of people. They come in droves every day, they bring their children, they leave garbage everywhere and anywhere, and they will NOT stop screaming, even when they aren't on rides! Your breaks are short, and your lunch usually consists of fried dough and soda, which was awesome the first time around, but now feels utterly wretched. Once a week, you're put on bathroom-cleaning duties, which you wouldn't wish on anyone. Honestly, though, what did you expect? Yesterday you asked your buddies at the food stands if their jobs were any easier, but they sadly shook their heads. Well... back to the prize booth!
You're a talented musician and you're confident in your abilities, so sharing your gift with children (and profiting from it) felt like a given. You put up flyers around town and waited for the calls to come in, and they did! Business started out slow, but you had some pretty cool pupils at first, so you didn't mind. Last Thursday, though, you squeezed a bathroom break into your afternoon lesson and came back to find your favorite acoustic guitar completely smashed. You were astounded. Your 11-year-old student, the only person in the room at the time, confessed right away, and with pride, claiming she wanted to "prank" you.
You thought you'd be the ultimate badass as a lifeguard for the summer at the country club pool, judging from every coming-of-age film you've ever seen. To prepare for the the job, you even bought a hot new swimsuit and got a spray tan. But your dreams were promptly crushed; you found out at the last second the pool was going to be renovated, and since you already got the lifeguard certification, you decided to work at the lake instead. It's been a total bust since day one! The water is DISGUSTING, and you're too grossed out to actually touch the bottom with your bare feet, so you have to wear ugly water shoes. Not to mention, hardly anyone even swims at this lake, so you usually just sit around, bored out of your mind, playing Words With Friends.
You were actually pretty unsure about this babysitting gig you happened upon a few weeks ago. A family approached you when they found out you were still on the lookout for a summer job, and you figured you'd give it a shot. If it was really terrible after a while, maybe you could back out. Lucky for you, though, you ended up being pleasantly surprised! You're really enjoying babysitting these three kids and learning all about their favorite activities, especially a card game you learned growing up but had forgotten about until they refreshed your memory a few days ago! Their parents are actually really cool too. They pay you well, and buy whatever food you want on days that you're babysitting. You may even do this again next summer!
You waited for weeks to find out if the ice cream stand down the street from you was hiring, and finally got the sweet news — just in time for the summer to start. What no one told you, though, was that this would go on record as one of the hottest summers in years, and that "quaint" little ice cream shack has had a broken air conditioner for years (OK, it never had an air conditioner). You work all day in the sweltering heat, trying to cool yourself down by eating way too much ice cream, but managing only to get horrible brain freeze before the heat becomes unbearable again. If there's one thing in Game of Thrones that's true in real life, you hope it's that "winter is coming."
You have a few friends who worked at the local movie theater last summer, so you decided to give it a go as well. It started out the same as any other summer job, but you're now at the point where you've realized this isn't the job for you. Your duties include cleaning up spills in the theaters, cleaning the bathrooms (and it's clear as day to you now that EVERYBODY uses the bathroom immediately after seeing a movie), and constantly fixing the ancient nacho cheese machine. You thought you'd at least be able to see free movies, but so far you've seen only about one-quarter of The Angry Birds Movie while you were mopping up a child's puke.