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Busy Bruins clock in over the summer

Rising Senior Tyler Schaap has spent his time this summer working at Holiday Market. Photo by Maya Bussinger

Many students have filled their summer by working and earning money in various ways. The motivation to work stems from different viewpoints.

Rising senior Ana Hamilton, who works at Auburn Gymnastics Center, explained her incentive to work there.

“I work because I grew up at the gym that I now coach at,” she said. “Leaving the gym would be like leaving my home. When I’m there, I’m surrounded by such a positive and uplifting environment. The kids are adorable and I love being able to pass my knowledge along to the next generation of little gymnasts.”

Hamilton also showed gratitude towards her boss.

“My boss is amazing and she was my coach when I was a gymnast so I have a lot of respect for her,” said Hamilton. “She not only focuses on teaching kids the sport of gymnastics, but life lessons such as kindness and grit as they grow up.”

Rising Junior Bee Chavez described where they worked and the incentive for taking the job.

“I work at Atria Senior living as wait staff,” Chavez said. “I work so I have something to do and for money. They are very understanding and give me time off when needed.”

Rising senior Julia Pisenti conveyed a different form of summer work.

“I house sit for many of my neighbors over summer while they go on trips,” she said. “So I normally help take care of pets and plants as well as do some yard work for them.”

Pisenti explained the upsides of a more flexible job, which gave her more time to schedule around being a busy athlete.

“I like doing this sort of work because I can do everything on my own schedule,” said Pisenti. “It’s hard to get a real 9-5 type job because of all my summer practices so this type of stuff is nice to help me save money while also having free time for other things.”

Rising junior Austin Phipps expressed the process he went through in order to get his job at the SPD grocery store in Grass Valley.

“I got the job at SPD through my older brother, who has been working there for almost a year now,” Phipps said. “I told my older brother that I would like a job at SPD for the summer and he scheduled an appointment with his boss for me to have a small interview and hand in my resume. After that interview I was hired a couple days later.”

Phipps described his schedule and tasks working at SPD.

“I’m working 4-5 times a week at SPD for 8 hour shifts,” he said. “With this schedule, I don’t have too much extra free time to do that much, but I still have enough time after my shift is done to watch a show or play a game until I need to sleep. At the moment I only do bagging and a few other small chores, such as sweeping and gathering carts from outside. Since my time at SPD will likely only last during the summer since school and sports will keep me busy during the school year, I don’t think I will be trained to do anything else or be given any larger responsibilities.”

Rising senior Jake Vogt, a barista at Starbucks expressed satisfaction with the job.

“I love meeting a variety of people, but I especially love my coworkers,” said Vogt. “They’re such a funky group of people and it makes for quite the entertaining shift.”

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Busy Bruins clock in over the summer