I had two part time jobs equaling a 40 hour work week. Every morning, I went to Children’s Aid Society as a STEM Program Assistant Facilitator for kids that are 14-15 years old, and every afternoon, I spent my lunch hour commuting to my research internship at Bellevue Hospital. I think it’s safe to say I didn’t expect my summer to be so busy, but I also didn’t expect to enjoy both environments as much as I do!
I enjoyed working both jobs, even if I had to commute during lunch. Every morning, I would be making an impression on youth in the Bronx and Harlem and helping to show them what it’s like to have an actual job. The kids got paid, so they learned about budgeting to meet financial goals and we told them what to do when communicating with us since we were their supervisors.
Every afternoon, I would be working at the hospital, but I would either be working with data, transcribing videos, or even assisting the research assistants with assessments. I loved this job so much (and I think they liked my performance as well) that we were mutually interested in extending my internship in the fall. So, every Friday, I will be continuing my work at Bellevue!
Last summer, I remember being so antsy that I would spend days on end looking for a job. This summer, while I was more busy than I anticipated, I felt so much more productive. While I do not endorse working or lounging during the summer (I believe everyone should do them), this summer was one that suited me most, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
-- Ricardo Canelo