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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Service Jobs Serve Students

Summer employment teaches patience, empathy
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Gabi Marmet
Capistrant checks out a customer. Regarding his job, he states, “I think it’s getting yourself out there, especially when you’re a teenager. It’s good to get some experience working for like college, and future jobs, it’s just nice to be able to have that past experience.”

“I have learned that sometimes you’re going to have to work with hard people, especially in customer service,” reflects Mara Noel ‘24. She worked as both a lifeguard at a Richfield public pool, and a certified nursing assistant over the summer. On balancing the two jobs, Noel says, “I was really intentional before the summer started…I talked to my employer and asked what would be the best way to achieve my goal of working three days a week at one job and one day at the other. They were really helpful in figuring that out.” 

Taara Verma ‘24 worked as a waitress at a local Edina nursing home. She states, “There is truly something to learn from every day and every person that I interact with…Both from my co-workers and the people that I serve. It teaches me something about their own lives and from the way that they interact with me.” 

Kai Capistrant ‘25 was a cashier at Lunds and Byerly’s in Saint Louis Park, a job that he began during the school year and continues to work at today. While working, he learned how to manage his time better while participating in two sports, better preparing himself for the upcoming school year. Capistrant learned to “take your time, especially when you’re kinda stressed out… because, it’s better to take your time and not mess up than try and go super fast and get everything done and then mess up horribly,” a lesson he said he can apply to school.

Working at Lifetime Eden Prairie for around 15 hours a week, Molly Anderson ‘25 spent her summer as a lifeguard. Her job instructed a new definition and understanding of guarding. Prior to her job she believed that staying focused while guarding would prove a challenge. However, her love of kids and increased experience has made guarding far easier.

Many of Anderson’s co-workers were in college or had recently graduated, so she was able to meet and learn about people in “all different stages of their lives.” She believes that summer jobs are very beneficial because they “add some schedule to your summer.” Anderson comments, “You have to learn about keeping your mind open to being focused on one thing.” Lessons from her summer job have also instructed her for future employment. 

All four of the students emphasize that the value in a summer job is in the experience and lessons learned. Noel adds, “I do think that it has taught me a lot about financial responsibility…I think I got myself prepared for college and after.” Verma states, “I think that [a summer job] is a really valuable experience. There’s obviously other things that people think are better for college or a better use of their time, but I think doing a regular teenaged job teaches you so much more about how the real world works and what people’s lives are like for the majority of Americans.”

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Gabi Marmet, Managing Editor
Hi! My name is Gabriella, or Gabi, and I am a Junior. This will be my third year in writing for the paper and my third semester on the Spectrum editorial team. This semester I am the Managing Editor and editing the In-Depth pages. In the past, I was an editor for Arts and Culture as well as Food. I am so excited to be a Co-Managing Editor and can't wait to improve my journalism skills! I am a competitive dancer and play ultimate frisbee, tennis, and soccer. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also have a dog named Lila who is an Australian Labradoodle!
Sofia Perlman, Editor Emerita
My name is Sofia and I am a senior this year! I have been a writer and editor for Spectrum since my freshman year, and I previously served on the Spectrum Staff Team as Copy Editor and Student Spotlight page editor. Previously I have edited the In-Depth, Sci-Tech, Perspectives, and News pages. My favorite thing about Spectrum is the collaboration across all different grade levels. I love having the opportunity to work with people I would otherwise not know. Outside of school, I am a year-round student at Minnesota Dance Theatre and a member of MDT's Second Company. I love to travel, read, and spend time with friends and family.

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