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12 Life Lessons We Learned From Our Summer Jobs

If you're grinding your way through a miserable summer job, cheer up! You might be getting more out of it than you realize. This summer, reward your hard work with a Starbucks Frappuccino®.

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3. Lifeguarding taught us how to look cool in the face of stress.


The constant possibility of having to save someone's life is seriously nerve-wracking business, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the tan and fit gods who calmly watch over us all summer.

5. Being a camp counselor taught us how to withstand awful karaoke.


Singing the same terrible camp songs all summer wasn't easy, but it hardened our ears to our friends' screaming karaoke medleys. Search "Boom Chicka Boom" on YouTube for some cringe-inducing camp memories.

7. Being a hotel bellman taught us how far we can get with just a smile.


Insider tip: Bellmen have the cushiest jobs of all the service positions. You get to hang out and chat with the other bellmen until someone gives you $5 for taking a couple bags to a room.

9. Working at a movie theater taught us that all free movies are good movies.


There was something magical about getting in to work early and sitting in an empty, air-conditioned theater to watch Austin Powers: Goldmember. The perks of working at a movie theater also make it super painful to shell out $15 for bad movies today.

10. Signature gathering for political causes taught us not to be afraid of "no" for an answer.

Korean Resource Center 민족학교 / Via Flickr: krcla

If you can overcome the intense awkwardness of approaching complete strangers to ask for signatures, you can definitely ask your boss for a raise or ask a stranger out on a date.

13. Working as an office assistant taught us that cubicles can kill your soul.


Avoid office work as long as you can! Unless it's something that will make a major impact on your career, it's always better to work at a fun, active job either outdoors or with a lot of personal interaction.