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Working Part Time

Christos Yiatrou C'22

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Welcome back Mounties! Over the past week I’ve been struggling to come up with a topic for this week's blog. While at work over the weekend it dawned on me, why not write about that?  

For the past year and half, I’ve spent a good majority of my weekends working at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, just down the road from the main campus in Thurmont, MD. Ideally, this was a perfect part-time job because I would be working mostly on the weekends and it is under ten minutes from where I live, which made it even more convenient. The best part was that majority of the staff are Mount students or alumni, so the networking opportunities were endless. 

Working a part-time job while being full-time student can be a lot of extra weight on our shoulders. College students don’t get paid to study, and there are many of us who must find ways to pay for our textbooks, groceries, and clothes somehow. Being able to balance work, school, and a social life can be difficult, that’s why it’s so important to manage your time well. I especially found it hard at first to create time for assignments that I would usually get done over the weekend. Since I was working weekends, I had no other options besides getting them completed early. It didn’t take long until it became a weekly routine. I was forcing myself to get work done early just so I wouldn't have to worry about it at work. Trust me, after working a ten-hour shift the last thing you want to do is homework. 

While time management tends to be a beneficial motive, there are so many other benefits that I've realized have shaped my work ethic. Speaking about the job itself, I work as a tasting room consultant. It sounds cooler than it really is, but I just sell customers wine and give tastings. The majority of the work I do is talking to people: it's about 85% of the job. It can be exhausting at times but also rewarding if the right people walk in.  

As a communication major, I couldn't have asked for a better suited part-time job. I’ve been able to utilize my social skills as well as create a better understanding of reading the room. Learning to read people's faces and turn someone's frown into a smile has made a real difference. I've also been able to implement material from class into real work. I had the opportunity to present some ideas to my boss and while majority of them were turned down, a few worked out. 

Since I've started working, I've noticed that it has become a useful mental break from school. When I go into work on the weekend my focus is completely shifted for several hours on something that isn't school related. I find it refreshing, and in many ways, work has been a form of stress relief, especially after a rough week.  

Its now that point in my senior year where I'm looking to take some time off from work and spend more time with my friends. Working in college has taught me a lot of things but I’ve also missed out on a lot too. I sacrificed a large part of my social life to work and the fear of missing out is something I don’t want. I’ve come to realize that as much as I love to make money, I'm only 22 years old and have my whole life to work. These years in college is a time we never get back and it would be a shame if we missed the memories that we should be making.  

This has been one of my favorite blogs to write about and I hope you all enjoy it! Thanks for tuning in, see you all next week.  

Christos Yiatrou C'22