Retail Workers Are People TOO!

As the holiday season comes to a close, all the gifts have been unwrapped, all the family dinners have been eaten and all the Christmas Carols have been sung. It is official:

I have survived my second Christmas Shopping Season at a retail jewelry store. However, I feel as if I am worse for ware.

This shopping marathon from November 1 until now has literally been the most exhausting time of my life. As a retail worker I see the other side of Christmas.

The dark one.

I get the brunt end of everyone’s Christmas cheer. I get the crazed mother, frantic father, and the cheap grandparents waiting impatiently in line or even at the gate before we open.

As it draws to a close and all returns/exchanges pour in, I have a few thoughts to share with you. Please remember this the next time you are shopping during the holidays.

1. We are only doing this job to make money. Please do not come in and waste our time with indecisiveness and abrasiveness. Believe it or not, my life’s goal is not to sell retail. This is only temporary (I hope). Retail workers are there to help, not be servants.

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2. Inventory has its limits. Don’t expect us to have everything in stock the few days leading up to Christmas. You being upset with me is not going help you in any shape or form. We can only sell what we have. Don’t wait until the last minute.

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3. Ordering takes time. Ordering a certain product is more difficult for  some retail stores then others. There are some retail stores who have no control of what shipments they get in.

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4. Everything doesn’t need to be wrapped. For some smaller retail stores during the bulk of the holiday shopping madness, it is almost impossible to walk around the store, let alone wrap a present for you. If the store is insanely busy, please don’t ask for your items to be wrapped, especially if it is offered free of charge. This is not only out of respect for the retail worker who you are holding up from getting another sale but also your fellow shopping patrons waiting in line.

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5. Retail workers are people too. If an employee is working 9+ hours, please do not make them feel bad for taking a break or leaving for the day. Those sad puppy dog eyes and under-the-breath comments while I’m doing either, are some of the reasons why I dislike customers by the end of the holidays. I would much rather be at home with my family than staying an extra 2 hours past my shift, so you can get a last minute Secret Santa Gift.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed to have any sort of job in this economy. I am not trying to be a brat. Myself and fellow retail workers have been worked to the brink of insanity for the past 2 months. Honey will get you a lot farther than vinegar ya’ll.

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Please remember that during the next Holiday Season. Happy New Year, God Bless.

I did it!

I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in public relations and a minor in business!

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Can’t believe my time at the University of Tennessee is over. I have been blessed over the past 4 1/2 years to wear the orange and white and to call Knoxville my home. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. Thank you to all my friends and family who have made this day possible. I would not be the woman I am today without the influence that every single one of you has had in my life. I love you all. Go Vols!

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My mom and me after commencement

Now comes the answer to EVERYONE’S question (“What are you going to do now?”)… I DON’T KNOW! As much as this question drives me crazy, not having an answer to this question is even worse. I don’t have a plan as of right now, but I think that is also fine. I am young and have the world at my fingertips. I can’t wait to see where the road leads me, one thing is for sure, I am going to enjoy the ride and blog about it as I go. Buckle up, this is going to be a fun ride.

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The Last Of My 1840 Collegian Adventures

Last night I attended my last Alpha Gamma Rho Christmas Party. There was Christmas music, Norman’s cooking, lights, toasts, presents and friends. As I took all of it in, I couldn’t help but think of how blessed my life is to have known these friends around me.

I have had so many unforgettable experiences at 1840 Fraternity Park and last night was no exception. It is much more than a fraternity, it is a brotherhood of southern gentlemen I am proud to call my friends. Each one has impacted my life one way or another. I have grown up so much in the 4 and 1/2 years I have been at UT. I am so thankful to have these men (especially Will Batey) by my side the whole way. I love you all, thanks for the memories.

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Will and I at our first and last AGR Christmas Party

Going Greek: Best Decision I Have Made

Fall 2010 I made one of best decisions I have ever made, I joined Delta Gamma at the University of Tennessee. I joined as a sophomore, because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and get involved on campus.

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Pledge Class sisters at our first Water Wars

Coming into the chapter a sophomore, it was hard breaking my independent habits, I had picked up my first year at UT.

I wasn’t as dependent on my new member class so I didn’t feel that instant sisterly connection.

One of my pledge class members and I actually bonded over not being our pledge class click; which helped us create our own (haha). Then it was Lip Sync time, the crucial time in the new member process.

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Lip Sync 2010 with the sign my Big made me

Lip Sync is a competition put on by Junior Panhellenic every Fall where the new members classes of all of the sororities perform.

It allowed my pledge class to bond as a whole. Lip Syncing to the lyrics of Beyoncé’s greatest hits, I began to fully enjoy being a new member.

Then came my first Anchor Splash. Anchor Splash is the Philanthropy Event put on by DG every fall. It is a time for the DG members new and old to get to know each other better, as well as introducing them to the new members of the participating fraternities and sororities.

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Anchor Splash 2011 with my Alpha Gamma Rho babies

I feel in love with it! I helped coach the new guys of Alpha Gamma Rho for 3 years and am blessed to have gotten to know such amazing guys.  Love my babies!

Teaching the guys the routines and coaching them throughout the week was such a blast. Definitely some of my best memories as a Delta Gamma collegian.

After being in the chapter a year, I was honored to be elected as the Vice President of Social Standards for DG.

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Delta Gamma Region 2 Conference Gamma Alpha Represenatives

I was overwhelmed with the love and support my chapter showed to me. Being a VP showed me a whole new side to DG. The position was a difficult one but helped me grow as person and leader.

As Standards I was able to attend the 2012 DG Regional Conference. The Conference gave me so much pride in not just my chapter at Tennessee but also my sorority internationally. I joined to be a part of something and I received exactly that. That was my epiphany. This conference solidified to me why I love DG. It is not for just 4 years, it is for life. I could not be prouder.

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Gamma Chi Reveal 2013

A year later, I blessed with the opportunity of representing DG in the Gamma Chi program. As a recruitment counselor, I gained a whole new kind of love for my chapter. I learned all about the other Panhellenic sororities and gave my letters for 2 and 1/2 months so that someone else could find theirs. It made me realize how much DG had become a big part of my life. Not being able to wear my letters, talk to chapter members, or even say I was a Delta Gamma; gave me an appreciation for the blessing, that is DG, in my life. Absence definitely made the heart grow fonder.

This week I yet again experienced a whole new side of DG. In a bridging ceremony, I became an alumnae of Delta Gamma. As I was reading my Senior Will to the chapter, I couldn’t help but think of all the things that had made up my DG experience. I could have been up their reading for hours. As a DG collegian I have been involved, did philanthropy, and gotten leadership experience. I can’t thank my sisters or DG enough my impacting my life, I can’t wait to see what this next chapter holds for me. I don’t know where life will lead me, but one thing is for sure DG and my sisters will be a part of it.561885_3433595532329_1967645485_n

For Hope. For Strength. For Life,