Among my better decisions since coming to college: joining pep band, being a part of AAIV, deciding to be a ChemE, and joining the workforce of America. There are kind of interesting stories about both my first and second jobs.
I did not get the first job I applied for. When I submitted the application, I knew that I’d only be contacted if they were interested in hiring me, so I waited about a week. When I did not hear back from them, I figured I should start looking at other job listings to see if there was anything I was interested in. I didn’t particularly want an administrative position; I only know the answers to obscure questions like “Which two countries have an x in their name?” and never anything obvious like “Where is the library?” Plus, the only reason I can alphabetize anything is that I keep my pep band music in alphabetical order.
I had a mostly filled out application for Cornell Dining, but it was for the dining hall on North Campus that I rarely went to. So I was going through job listings and was going to ask about jobs at the dining hall the next time I was there, but then the following happened. I think it was a Saturday morning and I was going through emails in my inbox when I opened an email from Denice Cassaro. Emails from Denice Cassaro are sent out to North Campus residents, summarize events happening at the service centers on North Campus, and make overwhelming use of comic sans and colors like fuchsia and periwinkle-turquoise green. People go to great lengths to unsubscribe to these emails.
Personally, I’d scan through the emails to see if there were any events going on that I happened to be interested in (the answer was either no or I had a prelim during the event). And in this particular email I found a job listing for Cornell Productions. They explained that they were a student-run group that set up sound and lights for events around campus. No experience necessary. I was interested, and I had no experience, so I applied. And got a job.
After working for Cornell Productions for a couple months or so, I was on the Cornell Life on the Hill page for some reason and noticed they were taking applications for student bloggers for the fall semester. I’d been writing a blog for a few months at that point so I looked into applying to blog for Cornell. I mean, it was something I was already doing for fun, so why not see if I could get paid for it too?
The application had me write some sample blog posts and answer a few questions about blogging in general. I’m not a very fast writer, so the night before the application was due, I was still working on it (homework may have had a hand in that as well). I tried to finish it that night, but it was getting late and the deadline was technically the next morning. So I went to bed and finished the application in the morning. I actually kind of forgot about the application until I got an email congratulating me on being chosen as a blogger. I guess my blog posts must be better than my essays.
Anyway, the post I meant to write was about some of my recent work for Cornell Productions, but it turned out to be able how I got hired, so tune in sometime in the near future to hear about what I’ve been doing at my other job.
Finally, the two countries with an x in their names are Mexico and Luxembourg.