Sharp Edges and Narrow Bridges
- Class: Today's Careers Hexter 4
- Educator: Kelly Logan
- Home Base: Merlo Station High School
I mashed up my Interests to direct me down my own road. Take the Roadmap quiz for yourself!
Being Physically Acive
Environment & Nature
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Life sucks and then you die -- those are the only truths. I believe that humans are inherently bad. I fear leaving the house every day, I fear walking past most people. Grown men scare me the most, and old people glares make me sad. Humans are the cause for war and poverty. Right now we believe that guns will save us even though they're what's killing us, but teenagers don't matter even though "we're the future". There are a lot of homeless people that I see every single day and it makes me have almost no hope for the future, especially with our current president. I'm a female-to-male transgender, pansexual person. I'm a feminist and I consider myself an activist. I don't believe true happiness exists and it's not just because of my mental illnesses. The only reason I'd get a job is because that's what our society requires for survival. Because we don't think someone deserves to live if they don't work, we believe that people don't deserve to eat or have shelter or basic hygiene. I grew up really low class and my parents worked us up to lower-middle. I don't fear anymore of where my next meal will come from or if we'll have to suddenly move from apartment to apartment. I do have other fears though. Like, will my birth control be taken away? I have endometriosis, so that is a serious question to my health. Will my dad have another health problem and will we be able to afford the hospital bills? Will I be murdered just for leaving the house? Things are scary. Life is scary and we're not making it any better for anyone.
Sue Anderson and comments from Meghan Anderson
Co-owner of small store in Beaverton, OR. Called "The Vault".
Co-owner of The Vault. Buys and sells vintage dresses, prices them, deals with the finances, deal with website and online buyers, and helps customers.
What type of route did this leader take?
"It was straightforward."
"It took a while to figure out."
"I tried everything."
Leader's Work Life
15 customers daily, usually young adults or teens. Pull a lot of dresses out, put a lot back. Good sales. She loves it though.
A lot of the things that held back Sue had to do with her times. She grew up in the 50's and 60's, so she had to deal with the sexism. Sue had a mother telling her that she shouldn't go to school because she was a woman, that women didn't get higher educations. Another thing was that she married young and really regretted it. Sue didn't say so, but I got from her body language when she mentioned the man she married that she was not happy in the marriage. He didn't sound like a good man. He was in the military, so they had to move around a lot, which just made it harder for her to have a job. What really got her along were her two kids, one boy and one girl. Sue also had her kids very young, but she didn't regret them. Her daughter is what gets her through.
Advice from my Leader
Advice for starting a small business? "Don't" laughed Sue's daughter, Meghan. To which Sue responded with telling me that it's really hard work and that you have to be very committed. Advice for life? "Don't get married" laughed Sue. "Mom, you can't say that! It's for a school project!" Exclaimed Meghan. Then Sue proceeded to tell me that she wasn't serious but she did think that it's smarter to get married later in life, "after you've lived and experienced it more". She also said you should save money and go to school, have a secure future. Always the joker though, she ended with telling me to "have 2.3 kids" when I'm older because having kids too young is another thing she regrets.
The most important thing I learned from making my Cold-Calls was that there is no use in being nervous, it'll only ruin your chances. Seriously, like this is someone you don't know and that's frightening, but since it's someone you don't know it doesn't matter if they don't like you because if they don't then you never have to see them or speak with them again. And if it goes well then BAM! you have your interview and maybe a new mentor/role-model.
Before and After
I think that my leader interview was a success because I got to learn these cool things about a sweet old woman, but I didn't get to the things that I would have liked to. I wanted to ask more, but the times when she made jokes were usually when she looked like she was about to cry. And I really didn't want to make her cry, so I kept it on the surface. This whole experience feels like a thing that I'm really glad I did, I feel like I learned some interesting things and although they might not be what I needed for this project, it felt like things that I should hear from someone older. "Sage advice", I guess.