Quitting Reflection: Fernando Cuj-Hernandez ’20

Quitting is often seen as an inherently negative action. Quitting or giving up on something or someone is associated with cowardice or losing the will to move forward. However, quitting doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

I experienced this during my freshman year when I decided to resign from my job at a small pizza restaurant named Italian Touch. I had decided to work as a busboy as soon as the opportunity arose. I quickly looked at the positive side. I’d be a 14-year-old boy receiving a weekly income, and getting real work experience. Unfortunately, my schedule became extremely congested, especially on the weekends.

My shift started every Friday at 4 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m. I would work all weekend, and as the school year progressed, I needed time for studying, projects, and the usual homework.

 My parents weren’t very happy either about how time-consuming my job was. They wanted me to spend more time with the family —  sometimes my aunts and uncles would come over,  but I would not have time to see them.

I cared more about excelling in school than earning a few dollars over the weekend, despite the fact that the amount felt like a fortune to me as a high schooler. So, I decided to quit my job toward the end of my freshman year. Despite losing my weekly income, I did take couple more things with me than just the money: responsibility and experience in a real-world job.

Quitting, in this case, helped me learn from my mistake and gave me more experience for future opportunities that fit with my schedule.

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