21 January 2013
My Favorite Subject
I've been employed in some form or another since the age of fourteen. I lasted two weeks interning at an entertainment PR firm in the city. I've prepared sandwiches at a bagel shop, taught six-year-olds how to swim, perfected my tan (burn) on the lifeguard stand, and sat behind a desk bored out of my mind filing administrative paperwork on work study. There was the summer I co-managed a team of 150+ undergrads while serving as the new student orientation coordinator at my college. I was a nanny extraordinaire (just call me Kayla Poppins). I've worked at an after-school program in Manhattan and as a summer camp counselor. I cried every night for a year while teaching middle schoolers in Washington heights as a twenty-two-year-old idealist straight out of college with absolutely no clue about anything (in retrospect).
And now? I'm five years into my early childhood teaching career, barely a few months past the launch of my photography business, and the whole tangled web feels like it's finally beginning to smooth itself out.
All this to say, while I may not have aced chemistry, I sure as hell can appreciate the science behind an excellent cup of coffee.