Finished

So that was working for my first real job ever. I do not know if I will work again before I leave in 24, ups sorry it’s already Friday, in 23 days. That is so weird I still cannot realise it properly although the pleasant anticipation changes into fear and furry that I wanted to leave in the first place. Everything is fine here! At the moment I get along very well with my family, I have a job which makes fun(most of the time). Okay, I may be alone but I think that is just how I am. I am so scared that I won’t find friends in the US. I see it at work. Everybody ignores me although we have worked together for a week now! Sigh! I am just bad at making friends… 

Working was fun today. Luckily. Although I had to work for the impolite car company. First I was in the part of the people who were responsible for laying the table. It was very fun because this time the tasks were exactly categorized. I had to place the white wine glasses onto the tables with the help of a very nice boy. We had to wear gloves and everything had to be exactly like on the pictures. Ridiculous. While we prepared the tables, the other part served the aperitif. Then we had to go to our areas in which we were divided earlier. There we knew precisely what we had to do too. My task was to serve the drinks but after a few rounds during which I did not drop anything but the people were not very eager to take something as well I started cleaning up where I was busier and people ordered even more drinks when I cleaned up than when I walked around serving drinks. The boy who helped me with the white wine glasses and I talked now and then and he opened the door for me every time. I do not know what was going on today because another boy tried to do everything for me, he tried to take away all the dishes I collected because he thought I could not carry them, he came every time he saw me doing something and wanted to do it for me. That was a really nice thought but it was very annoying eventually. All in all it was fun today. I got along with my colleagues very well this time, we were even allowed to eat some of the leftovers, which were disgusting btw, the German band Münchner Freiheit  was there and even performed their big hit “Ohne dich” which is I admit, older than I but one song I know by heart because my best friend during primary school and I used to sing it when we sang karaoke. 

Moreover, we were allowed to leave earlier than planned. Originally my shift ended at 2am because the event should be over at 1am but at 12am almost nobody was there anymore and we waiters and waitresses had cleaned up almost everything already so when we had to bring down the leftover deserts I just checked out, yes without permission, but almost everyone went home and I am not in the mood to spend my night at the train station again so I went home too. I amam in the train now and looking forward to lay in my bed and sleep. 

Xoxo and good night! Becca

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A night at the train station

Hi guys,

I had my first job on the IAA today, okay actually yesterday. It’s 3:41 am right now and I am standing at the Central Station in Frankfurt, waiting for a train, the first one comes in 1 hour and I am so tired. I am scared a bit to be alone here at night. 

I left although my shift was not over but I wanted to catch the last train. Unfortunately, I remembered the departure times wrongly so I missed it by just a few minutes. Almost two hours are already over. 

The job was very exhausting, we had to be there at 2pm although they picked us apart at 3pm. Then there was a short briefing, we got Make-up and were divided into groups. For the aperitif there were drink-waiters, food-waiters and cleaners. I was a food waiter and had to memorize the food and carry very heavy tablet. The first one did not seem so heavy but after the second one my arm already hurt. In the end I had to clean up. I was just happy that I did not have to carry the drinks because I haven’t done it before and was very scared to drop it. Some people really dropped it. 

During the press conference was our second briefing. This time I was a cleaner but was assigned to being a drink-waitress before we even had to work because they noticed that they haven’t got enough drink-waiters. Damn it. Luckily I changed my task after waitressing only once because there were a lot of plates and glasses already so until I finished my shift half an hour too early I cleaned up everything. Okay we were 60 waiters so not I alone cleaned up everything. I had to walk a lot because the room was huge and in the end my arm was numb because the plates and bowls were out of very thick porcelain and with that very heavy. Not only that I had to memorize the menu in German, I had to know the dishes in English so I even had talk a lot of English because there was a lot of international press and two of them made even pictures of me so it could be that you can see me on an image in a report bout the IAA, so keep you eyes open, I am the beautiful waitress! Unfortunately, like it is common with fine cuisine and expecting rich and powerful guests there was a lot of weird food: an example, carrot and ginger lollies with pink ginger gel and chili-pepper-basil pesto. It looked very tasty and smelled delicious. Unfortunately the staff did not get food, they rather three it away and I was to scared to try it secretly. Obviously I was very glad when I was able to leave because I am very exhausted and my arm is shaking. Eventually I almost dropped a few tablets because I haven’t got a lot arm muscles. I was certain that I would catch the last train but when I arrived here, I noticed I missed it. 

Originally I wanted to spend the whole time in McDonald’s but it closed at 3am and opens again in one hour. So in this hour I walk through the train station hall and wait for McDonald’s to open again so I can buy a coffee and sit there for the remaining time. I even walked through the city for 15 minutes but I was very scared so I came back because the train station is open 24/7. 

I am so tired and time does not want to go by so I am very eager to see my bed! It is the first night I put an all-nighter and it is probably not the last while working on the IAA. My mum asked if she should come and pick me up in case you wonder if my parents do not care about me but I refused because I do not want to bother them. I wanted to work so I have to bare the consequences. 

Somehow I guess something like this would happen because I was so lucky this evening: I didn’t had to carry the drinks and I didn’t drop something and had nice colleagues, that’s too much luck! 

When I got here at 1am, a lot of hoboes walked and slept here but by now there are a lot of travellers too. The whole time security is here (one argument I used to convince my mum to leave me here) and I got molested only twice. I feel more comfortable now but it is weird to see the train station so empty! 

I do not know if I have told you already but I am so tired!

Xoxo Becca

P.S. please excuse all spelling and grammar mistakes my brain is out of service.

Could we erase that please?

Hey!

Yesterday was awful. First, okay there was the first football game of the season but the Pats lost! Probably because Julian Edelman is injured… (Okay probably not but let me believe it please). 

I got my shifts for working on the IAA in Frankfurt yesterday. I thought I would work everyday but in the end I only work five days! Great, I almost earn nothing. But first of all, I have a class how to behave and what to do then today to which I am on my way right now. It takes seven hours, seven hours of my precious Saturday! The worst is that I have to go to a briefing tomorrow regarding my first shift on Monday. I work for the customer only on Monday and have to spend my Sunday there exactly like the other ones who are working there the whole two weeks, I mean I have to travel there every time and pay my ticket! It would not be so bad if I had to work there all 5 days but just for this one time is a waste of my time and the briefing takes place during the first football game on Sunday! Argh! My mum says I should not go but then I cannot work on Monday and have only four days left. I do not know what to do!

Xoxox Becca

My first job

Hey folks,

I am on my way home from work. I worked at the stadium today during the soccer game VFL Wolfsburg at Eintracht Frankfurt. I did not know at what position I had to work until I arrived there this morning. I got up at 9am because I had to leave at 10:30am if I wanted to be there on time at 12 pm. At the meeting point everyone from the agency met and we got a sheet of paper with all the important information like where and as what we would have to work. I got to know a girl who did it the first time too. She was very nice. Unfortunately we did not work together. We went to the stadium then and through the security control. After that we had to get our working clothes (just a shirt, a hat and a apron because we had to wear a black pants, black socks and black shoes already) and locker key. After that we had to get dressed and to our working place. The girl and I went searching together because at this time we thought we would work together. We got lost but nice security people helped us finding our kiosk. I was lucky, I worked at a little one with just three registersregisterswhich which just sold drinks while she worked in a big one with 6 registers and food and drinks. When I arrived the only one there was my boss. He is a very nice guy who is just one year older than me. We talked a bit about ourselves until the others came bit by bit. My task was to organize the drinks that means that I had to transfer the drinks from the bottle into cups and to tap beer and Apple wine. Fortunately there was a men with the same task because I would not have made it alone especially 45 minutes to kick-off and shortly before and during the halftime break. We sold water, coke, coke zero and light, Apple spritzer, Fanta, Sprite, alcohol-free and beer with alcohol, shandy and ice tea. Wow, you cannot imagine how much the people wantwho to drink. After the game we had to note all the things which were left and clean up. I started working at 1pm and was finish at 7:45pm but it was fun and during my two breaks I was even able to watch the game! Unfortunately Frankfurt lost.

Xoxo Becca

Job Interviews part 2

I think I have a new hobby: job interviews.

This one was the second this week and the fourth during this month. And it was very exciting and by far the most thrilling and fun! I applied at the airport but not for now but for next year when I return. 

First, I had some problems finding the place (I mean Frankfurt Airport is the biggest in Germany) but I arrived just in time). We were approximately 20 , applicants, the most were dressed very  VERY formal, I felt slightly underdressed, and we had to take a test. The test was about logic e.g. complete numerical series, match fitting words and an English grammar test. I finish first and completed all exercises although the women said that one usually cannot complete all in the given time. Ups. Then I had to talk to the women again about how much I want to work and when I want to start. When they got the test results they either told you you did not pass or they invited to a personal talk which took about 15 minutes and was partly in English. After that I had to wait again. When they think you would fit in you are invited to a 30 minute long talk with a psychologist who evaluates if the job is the right thing for you. I get the result of the last talk within the next two weeks. That was real fun but I was overwhelmed by the last conversation. I think I screwed it up because I did not know what to answer…

Well, let’s see… 

Jobs

So hey,

I had almost a job at a gas station but my mom said either I work there or I have to pay the AuPair programme fee all by myself. So I chose the second option. 

I have a job interview again now for a job as a hostess. I am not nervous because either I get the job (what would be awesome) or I do not get it which would not be the world’s end. It probably won’t work out anyway because I think I am too young and nobody want to hire me for just 2 months. *Sigh* I suppose that I will stay the next 68 days at home but I have still a lot to do, e.g. a lot of doctor visits the work agency and another job interview tomorrow. My mom says I do not need a job because I am so busy. She just does not want me to work but I do not know why. 

Wish me luck! Becca

2/3 

English: done

German: done

The only subject left is history and I have still 6 days until it. I am ONE of the people who write during the longest time. 

The suggestions in German were excellent. The first one was about the poem “Notturno” written by Max Herrmann-Neiße in 1914. Task 1 was to interpret it. The second one was to compare it to the poem “Erwartung” by Joseph von Eichendorff, published 1826? (I am not sure anymore) and to relate it to the historical background. Discussing if lyric is a suitable medium to express human feelings. 

Suggestion B’s first task was to Reader the excerpt of Max Frisch’s novel Stiller and to point out what his situation is. Second, one had to compare the expectations on him to the one on Johanna from  “Die Heilige Jungfrau von Orleans” and how they deal with it. Third, one should compare the relationship of Goethes’s Gretchen and Faust to the quote by Max Frisch  

“Auch sind wir die Verfasser der anderen; wir sind auf eine heimliche und unentrinnbare Weise verantwortlich für das Gesicht, das sie uns zeigen, verantwortlich nicht für ihre Anlage, aber für die Ausschöpfung dieser Anlage.” – Erstes Tagebuch

It means something like we are the authors of other people, too. We are responsible for them in a inescapable way and responsible for the side of them they show us. Not responsible for their aptitude but what they make of it.

Suggestion C was an excerpt of “Die Blechtrommel” by  Task 1) was to summarize it and outline the stylistic and narrative perspective. 2) was to compare the view of the main character and the circumstances of his birth to Grenouille from “The Perfume” by Patrick Süskind. Last, one had to argue why the quote (I do not remember how it goes exactly) that Kafka is afraid of the world because he is not very experienced and that this is a spiral that never stops fits to Kafka’s protagonist K from “The process”.
Of course I picked A without further thinking but for a short time I thought about picking B. I wanted a comparison of poems. But I think I screwed it up. I was not sure what the last stanza of “Notturno” means so after I realised it was written in 1914 I thought that – perhaps – it deals with World War I, too. So I compare the last one to the brutality of War and that it sound more coherent I added this aspect to the analysis of the other stanzas. It seemed so logical because expressionistic poems are often ambiguous. I could have googled if it is right what I wrote but I am afraid that it is wrong so I do not. I am so glad, that I did not have to write maths yesterday😆