The most annoying thing about my morning part-time job: People think that I’m just another student.
I work part-time in a fairly new college as an assistant in the guidance/discipline office. I love the job because there’s less stress compared to the call center jobs I had for 1.5 years. The thing is, nobody believes that I’m an employee. Everybody says that I look like a student. The students say that I don’t look like an employee. I can’t blame them. Yeah, I’m 20. I’m not done studying yet. I still have about 2-3 years left before I graduate from college as a Psychology student (yeah, I took a break from studying). I have always thought that I look older than my age but apparently, I’m wrong.
Guard: “Miss, san ka pupunta? Bakit hindi ka naka-uniform?” (Miss, where are you going? Why aren’t you wearing your uniform?)
Me: “Kuya, hindi po ako estudyante.” (I’m not a student.)
Guard: *looks at me from head to toe” “Narinig ko na yung palusot na yan. Asan ID mo, kung empleyado ka?” (I’ve heard that excuse before. Where’s your ID if you’re really an employee?)
Me: “Kuya, gusto mo tumawag ka pa sa office. Assistant ako ni Sir Harold. Wala pa akong ID kasi bago pa nga lang ako, ibibigay pa lang yung ID ko.” (You can call the office if you want. I’m Sir Harold’s assistant. I don’t have an ID yet because I’m just a new employee, they haven’t given me my ID yet.)
Guard: *calls office* “Wala pang sumasagot. Hindi kita papapasukin, hintayin mo si Ma’am Charity para malaman ko kung nagsasabi ka ng totoo. Palusot mo bulok.” (No one’s answering. I won’t let you in, let’s wait for Ma’am Charity to confirm if you’re really telling the truth. Your excuse sucks.)
10 minutes later, he finally let me in after getting confirmation from the office.
Student: *knock* Ate, asan si Sir Harold? (Where’s Sir Harold?)
Me: 9AM pa siya dadating. (He’ll arrive at 9AM.)
Student: Ate anong ginagawa mo dito? (What are you doing here?)
Me: Bakit? (Why do you ask?)
Student: Kung 9AM pa dadating si Sir Harold, bakit nasa office ka nya? (If he won’t be here until 9AM, what are you doing in his office?)
Me: Assistant ako dito :) (I’m an assistant)
Student: Umm.. Working student?
Me: Hindi. (No.)
Student: Umm.. estudyante ka ni Sir Harold? (Are you Sir Harold’s student?)
Me: Hindi rin. (No.)
Student: Eh ano? (What, then?)
Me: Assistant nga! (Assistant)
Student: Employee ka? (you’re an employee?)
Me: Oo. (Yes.)
Student: … ows? (.. really?)
A lot of people get confused with my age. Oh, that reminds me, I lied about my age in my previous jobs. Of course I wrote my REAL age and birthday on official documents but when a co-worker casually asks me about my age, I add 2-3 years. Haha. Reason? I’m always the youngest! I don’t like that! And I hate explaining why I’m working instead of studying (It’s a loooooong story).
Co-worker: Hannah, ilang taon ka na? (Hannah, how old are you?)
Me: Umm.. 22.
Co-worker: Ah talaga, magkasng-age pala tayo! Anong birthday mo? (Really? We’re the same age! When is your birthday?)
Me: January 16.
Co-worker: Anong year? (What year?)
Me: Uhh.. 19.. Uh 1989, no, 198.. Uh.. Teka may call ako! *takas sa usapan* “Thank you for calling Xbox support, may I have your name please?” (Uhh.. 19.. Uh 1989, no, 198.. Uh.. Hold on, I have a call! *avoids conversation* “Thank you for calling Xbox support, may I have your name please?” )