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Learning Essay

  • Submitted by: ngkhfhat50
  • on November 20, 2009
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 481 words

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Each step I take is heavy; I look only at the ground. All I can think is that I am an amateur, I am way too young, and everyone knows I cannot do this. I find the closest table and put the menus down. I then take the extra silverware, smile at the couple, and walk away very, very quickly. As I walk away, I take my first breath in what seems like hours. I go towards the girl who is training me. I see a wide smile on her face, she is laughing at me and I know it. I can feel my face turning red and I am ashamed. When I get closer, she giggles while I stare at my feet. “Now,” she says, “That wasn’t so hard, was it?”
The week I began my sophomore year, I began hosting at a small steakhouse named RJ’s. I was fifteen, and had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I did not realize that I had to address every single party that walked into the restaurant, let alone actually converse with them. My stomach dropped inches from the ground, and this was just before my trainer asked me if I wanted to go ahead and seat a table. I refused. She ignored my protests and then informed a couple that I would be the one taking them to their table. The first one was absolutely terrible; the second was also. I soon realized that most people who came in were pleasant, and they did not mind if I forgot what table to go to, or didn’t know the miniscule details about our menu. Yet despite the politeness of the customers, I could not muster up enough courage to do anything that involved words. I was too afraid of what everyone thought of me. That night I came home disconsolate. I stood in the mirror and stared at myself for a long while. I wanted to quit. Bu I promised myself that I would not give up, that I would not be concerned with what people think of me. The next day I had a new perspective: I could do this, and I did.
About six months later, the managers promoted me. One told me that she was proud of how much effort I put into each customer. And today, I am first in line...

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