Pre-Physical Therapy, Student Life

Thanks McDonald’s

One thing I want my blog to be is a place where I feel free to tell my story and I am practicing that more and more lately.

I even got a little personal recently with My Mom a Heart Health Hero >>>here.

Sometimes I hesitate to share too much here because I am naturally a very private person. I mean, my personal facebook account has had the same profile photo for like 3 years now if that puts anything into perspective…

However, I am learning that it’s important for people to share their stories because we can all learn something from each other. Or at least connect on some level.

Through blogging I’ve been so lucky to ‘meet’ people ( not even just people interested in physical therapy! ) and I want to keep being open and practicing sharing my own story.

Well, my story over the years has taken place in a lot of customer service jobs…I learned a lot, but some of them weren’t.. um.. ideal.

Basically, my first job – besides babysitting – was at McDonald’s. I was stressed! There’s just SO much going on at McDonald’s, you guys. Every single day was a mess, ESPECIALLY where I worked in the drive-thru.

I always felt gross there – like I was constantly covered in French fry oil. I also worked off of sugary caramel sundaes because I was honestly terrified out of eating anything after working there.

But I was 16 and it was my first job so I took it very seriously. I tried to look as good and presentable as I possibly could being a petite, strictly sized XS high school girl in the baggy tent uniform they made me wear. 

I also smiled and enthusiastically greeted every customer. Like every.single.one. That’s a big deal because it was crazy busy all the time. I’m not sure if it was how I was raised, or if it’s just in my DNA, but I find it easy to be welcoming and hospitable with people most of the time. So that helped me a lot at McDonald’s.

And I think it will help me in my future physical therapy career.

How many times have you heard someone say they hate going to the hospital / dentist / gyno / whatever healthcare provider?

I hope to one day be the kind of PT that makes patients feel comfortable + safe. And I think it can start off with a warm, welcoming smile. 

In the past people have told me that just by smiling and saying hello, I have brightened their day. I feel the same way when someone unexpectedly smiles and greets me too!

Even though McDonald’s was no where near my dream job, it taught me a lot about myself, customer service, and people in general, so I’m thankful to have experienced it. 

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By the way, it’s like 11:55 PM right now and I am just about to be riiiight on time for my creativity challenge deadline of a post-a-day for 3 weeks!

So weird how much more creative I feel at night than during the day..

Anyway, I’m off to bed because I’m supposed to be getting up early and working out in the morning. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

See you real soon for 5-Points Friday!

-jess

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