I’m writing this on a Sunday and kind of feeling the Sunday night blues. So I decided to make a list of things I actually like about my summer job as a research assistant.
The people I work with are bright, curious, and passionate about science. We spend our lunch hours talking about cool biology stuff and looking at the bugs and birds that swoop by. I actually feel like I fit in with the group, even though I’m the newest hire.
When I tell people about my job, they think it is cool. It may be nerdy but it’s undeniably more glamorous than last summer’s job (wrangling kids and cleaning toilets at a campground).
I get paid to go to seminars – more cool bio stuff – and sometimes there are swanky events with appetizers.
I’m learning a lot of stuff that might actually help me out in my classes this fall.
It’s so white collar that I don’t have to punch a time card.
There is air conditioning. I’ve never lived in a house with AC, so I don’t take it for granted.
My boss is the sweetest woman alive, and she’s patient with me despite my awkwardness and clumsiness.
I can listen to music all day.
I’ll be glad to get back to school where I can be my own boss and do my work at midnight and snack on marmite toast whenever, but there are definitely worse jobs out there.