By Fabián Molina
My name is Fabian Molina. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Mass communications and Journalism at Miami Dade College. I was born in the country where there is one the best coffees in the world, Colombia. One of my dreams it’s to buy a house for my parents and to have a good job in where I can show my passion, journalism. I see journalism not only as a job but as a way of life. This field is not exclusively to report on the latest developments but it is also a tool to give a voice to those who are under the shadows. Sometimes we believe our dreams are dashed, but remember: life is not always rosy; sometimes shows its dark side. We can walk through the darkness or light up a candle and continue our journey.
Most of us (college students) have a part time job because we need to cover our own expenses or because our check is part of the monthly budget of the house.
Whatever the reason is, our parents should understand that this lifestyle is not as simple as it sounds or seems.
If your parents can’t understand and you fail to express the feelings when you are tired from a long day of being working and studying please show them this, because I’m sure I feel the same as you when those kinds of days hit us.
To parents: Believe it or not college life is hard and if you add the pressure of a job and a manager you dislike you'll probably get a negative number.
I know as a parent you want your son/daughter to be responsible and that is the main reason why you ask them to get a job in the first place. But you got to understand that sometimes our job sucks and most of the time we have to stay with it because no one really gives us the opportunity to show our skills.
Our job is also like our second home. The majority of us have experience with retail stores or restaurants where you have to interact with people.
Dealing with public is like a lottery; sometimes you can win a car (great and polite customers) or sometimes you can get a tricycle (I think you know what I mean) but either you like your prize or you don't, you still have to accept it.
That's what sometimes parents don't understand, besides of being stuck with a manager we don't like, we have to deal with people who treat us as their slaves.
The stress we suffer throughout the whole semester is something incredible. The tons of homework that we have and the presentations we need to do make our semester unreal…oh and what about finals? That is the cherry on top of the semester.
The sleepless nights in where no one can see our frustrations and the hard time we are having by trying to understand a term or an equation, we keep it to ourselves. On those nights we fight against our own body, which invites us to go to sleep, but at the same time the brain is trying to process the information of six chapters for our test in the morning…amazing right?
Having the experience of being working and studying at the same time may lead us to a different path in where we appreciate the value of things, for example a $45 pair of jeans is almost like a work shift… crazy.
But getting to a more serious point, we know that by doing this it makes us strong and a more responsible person, but sometimes we need you (our parents) to understand that the combination of this two (college and work) is not as easy as you think and that our days off we prefer to sleep until 12.