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Don’t Forget I’m Human Too

As I pull into the parking lot at my place of employment, I take a deep breath, mentally preparing myself for the night. After a long day of college classes, running around, and trying to squeeze in some homework between the two hours I have once I get out of class and by the time I must be at work, I think to myself, “How am I going to survive this night?”  Dismissing these thoughts, I walk in greeting my bosses and coworkers with a smile, I hear “Hey Jedi!” coming from around the corner and I laugh at this nickname as I clock in. Thinking to myself, “Everyone is happy, laughing and joking. This is going to be a good night. Good nights mean good tips.” For a full time, college student, these nights are heavenly.

I walk to the back and start my evening prep work, usually making 20+ dinner salads and wrapping them so we can just grab a salad and go if we get busy, I hear “Jade, table eight.” I walk out to my table feeling my apron, making sure I have plenty of straws. I get my notepad and pen out before I even reach the table. Smiling I say “Hey guys! How ar—-” “Water, a sweet tea for him. Light ice. No lemon.” Before I could even finish my sentence, I could tell what kind of table this would be. They would be rude, think that they are my only responsibility and assume I am just standing around waiting on their food and watching their cups to see when they need a refill. Little do they know, I have salads half made in the back that I need to finish, we probably need to refill the “to-go” cups, boxes and napkins. We need to bring up the clean cups and make sure the tea is fresh and the ice chest is full. Their order would be complicated and have many special requests. I would get their food out on time, make sure they never had empty drinks, ask how their meal is and how everything is tasting. I would return with the third stack of napkins, the extra dressing or whatever they needed in a timely manner and refill drinks, take orders and run my food to my other tables. Their bill was $70+. As they leave I take the check book and put it into my apron, I start cleaning off the plates and cups as soon as I can so the familiar faces of a sweet older couple, could enjoy their weekly date. I open the check book and I see “3.76” written on the tip line.

Fifteen to 20 percent is to appropriate amount to tip a server. $3.76 is just a little more than 5 percent. Waitressing (or serving) is one of the most stressful jobs and can even lead to some major stress issues. For such a busy work-loading job, servers don’t really make a lot of money, most only make a little more than $8,000.

Working your way through college is tough. Working your way through college as a server is even tougher. You have the stresses of school, which always comes first, but you also have a job, a duty. You need the money, you can’t go without a job. Coming home at the end of the night I try to leave the stresses of work at work. I try to not worry about the rude comments or looks I’ve gotten. When people see a server, sometimes I think they forget that we actually have lives, our own ups and downs that we are trying to get through. Sometimes the things people say, I carry with me well after I have clocked out for the night.

But to the customers that see I’m busy and trying to do the very best I can, that leave the good tips, that laugh with me, that ask what my name is, or what I’m going to college for; thank you. You are one of the reasons I love my job. You make it worthwhile.  Next time you go out for dinner, remember that your server is human too.

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/06/14/much-tip-depends/71137254/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11931692/The-most-stressful-job-Waitressing-say-scientists.html

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RR4

“Are we using 1,000 words where a picture should be” I feel like this was a great way to start off the reading. I instantly started thinking about all the powerful pictures I’ve seen and how I would describe what was going on to match the powerful message of the picture. True is, Briggs is right. It would take 1,000 words. Its all about getting lucky and being in the right spot at the same time. Photos capture the raw emotions, expressions, reactions, that we just simply can’t get across in words. This world is surrounded with tools and items to create a perfect photo, we just have to know how to use them the right way.

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“Are we using 1,000 words where a picture should be” I feel like this was a great way to start off the reading. I instantly started thinking about all the powerful pictures I’ve seen and how I would describe what was going on to match the powerful message of the picture. True is, Briggs is right. It would take 1,000 words. Its all about getting lucky and being in the right spot at the same time. Photos capture the raw emotions, expressions, reactions, that we just simply can’t get across in words. This world is surrounded with tools and items to create a perfect photo, we just have to know how to use them the right way.

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Chapter 3 talks about how failure to put the best typed message forward will lead to big problems for everyone involved. We need to write with solid nouns and powerful verbs in our sentences and use simple things to get our word across. Over complicated things can confuse the readers and not get the point you needed across. Reading our work aloud will help with this. We will be able to hear our mistakes better than just reading it silently in our minds. Own od the most powerful things that spoke out to me was “When in doubt, look it up. If you still don’t know, don’t couch it with vague notions and weak qualifiers.”

Chapter 4 we learn about the killer “Be’s”, which are, be right, be tight, be clear, be active, be smooth, and be quick.  We need these to make our stories great and enjoyable to read. This chapter seems to tell us the rights from wrongs in writing.

Chapter 8 taught me that for all types of events need preparing. Such as breaking news, speeches, meetings, and news conferences. Knowing how to cover an event will help you with the preparing process. This was probably my favorite chapter to read because it broke down how to cover events to get the best possible outcome. It tells about localizations, obituaries and profile writing. I found it interesting that the first step for these stores were not all the same and that is what I like about writing. Its always something new.

Hi, I’m Jade!

This is my sophomore year at Piedmont College and I am absolutely in love with this small school in this small town. I could not wait to move back here and continue my journey.
I was in a wreck over the summer where my car was totaled. Everyone walked away with minor injuries but considering it was my first accident, it scared me to death. I walked away with a new perspective on life. Iv always heard the saying “live everyday like its your last” but I never really understood it until that day. Since then I try to make everyday as productive as it possible can. Whether it’s working, hanging out with friends, or doing a few chores; I try to do more than just sit and roam all my diVAnfferent social media apps. Doing this I found a new love for hiking and going on adventures, so if anyone ever needs a hiking buddy, you know where to find one!
If you want to get me to talk about something, ask me about my 6-month-old nephew, Van! Just look at how precious he looks! I can sit all day and tell you about what makes him laugh or what little weird quirks he has. If you want I can shows you videos and picture that has completely filled all my storage on my phone but it’s totally worth it.
Oh and by the way, I work at Chicago’s Pizza right down the road for the school, we have really good food so everyone should come in sometime to see me. 😊

Call me by my middle name

Since the first day of kindergarten, I can remember the teachers going through the attendance and calling out “Emma.” Quite, shy little me did not correct the teacher when she said it. Instead, I went to her desk after class days later, to tell her I webest aunt evernt by Jade. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I dreaded correcting the teacher with my name. Luckily, my last name starts with a V so my name was lower on the attendance roll and I had some time to prepare how I was going to say “I go by Jade.”

I have always been the extremely shy, quite and reserved person in a group of people that I did not know; that’s why it was so hard for me tell a teacher my name because I would have to say it in front of all my classmates. Scary, right? In school, I never really found anything that I really enjoyed or fit into. I was never into sports or anything like that. One thing that I did enjoy was technology. i knew that for sure.

In high school, I was placed in my first video production class (by accident) and by the end of the semester, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Filming and creating videos was my passion and still is. I found my self constantly talking about my film projects to anyone who would listen, usually my mom. I had a hard time convicting my mom that this was a good career for me until she learned that video production was Georgia’s leading industry. She stop complaining then and actually listened to me talking about my film projects. In ninth and tenth grade, I filmed some dance recitals and meetings that my Coach asked me too along with all the class projects. In eleventh grade, most of his film crew graduated so it was time to hire a new crew. That’s when he asked me if I would like to film some football games. Of course I couldn’t deny the offer. So during football season, I filmed all the games with the rest of the crew and I was even more certain this was exactly what I wanted to do. My senior year was my time to shine. I filmed everything I could get my hands on between filming football, being a head producer for soccer games, and live streaming baseball games, to live streaming students on collage signing days, to news shows, and highlight videos. I feel like I just feel like I did it all and I’m proud of myself for that. I worked many late nights filming games and when I wasn’t filming I was a part time waitress at Pizza Hut.

My film coach became one of my best friends throughout my high school years and he also pushed my past my limits to ensure that I was doing the best I could. He gave many opportunities to go tour news stations, film competitions, he took me and 13 other film students for STN (Student Television Network) in California! He is also one of the main reasons I am here a Piedmont. He told me just to apply and see where that lead me. I actually got the call saying I had been accepted while I was in California. I couldn’t stop thanking him and on graduation night a few tears where shed as I said goodbye to someone who had such a big impact on my life.

That’s has been my journey so far and I can not wait to see where Piedmont takes me.

“Its Jade!”