Posts Tagged ‘work’

Now What?

As I prepare to graduate, I realise I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around ideas of being a graduate. (more…)


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The face of an exhausted shiftworker is not unfamiliar to most: the half-opened eyes of a 7-11 employee, who drawls, “Good morning,” as they slowly move their sleepy arm to scan items. For many working class individuals, managing to secure 7-8 hours of sleep nightly is a constant struggle. Sleep deprivation and insomnia have a pervasive impact on those of lower socioeconomic status, resulting in numerous mental/physiological health risks and poor work performance. Sleep deprivation could be a potential factor that accounts for the near impossibility of escaping poverty. (more…)

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The New and Improved Racism!

Let me start this off with I like to joke that my skin is so white that it glows in the dark.  I used to work at a jewelry store at the airport.  One of the things about working retail at an airport is that you meet a lot of different kinds of people, some of them great, some of them awful.  Here’s my witness of new racism. (more…)

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Man staring nervously at piles of folders

Well, here we are again. It’s the day that an assignment is due and you’re still working on it. (more…)

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My dad used to work in the coal mines of West Virginia. This was before I was born and right around the time my parents got married. His father and uncles were coal miners as well and my grandfather wished for my dad to work anywhere but the mines. (more…)

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Going forward I will keep in mind what working in retail has taught me about my own body. My limits are often defined by what it is expected that I do at my job. Yes, this is where I work, and yes I will do what is asked of me. But it might be time to take a closer look at what all of this work is really doing to my body. (more…)

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my dog after a hard day's work

my dog after a hard day’s work

Working most minimum wage jobs requires a lot of changes to your behavior while you’re working, but it also puts constraints on your body. (more…)

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