Advertisement

What These Celebrities and CEOs Learned From Their Summer Jobs

What These Celebrities and CEOs Learned From Their Summer Jobs
From TIME - June 29, 2017

The best and hardest of my teenage jobs (and I had plenty) was the summer I worked for the Youth Conservation Corps at the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge near my hometown of McGregor, Minn. I dont recall my job title, but laborer sums it up. It was hard. On day one, I was issued a pair of steel-toed boots, work gloves and a helmet Id seldom remove. In the sun and the rain and always swarmed by black flies and mosquitos, I and my teenage co-workers did whatever the adults instructed us to do. With handsaws we cut a path through the forest wide enough for a fire truck, and with nets we caught bullheads and flung them onto the ponds shore. We waded into a bog to find and remove decades-old barbed wire and scraped old paint from the refuges outbuildings. We scrubbed public pit toilets and scythed chest-high weeds from ditches. We did what my mother called honest work. And she was right. It was honest. By days end I was so dirty and tired and blinded by my own sweat, I couldnt anymore pretend who Id been pretending to be. Someone weaker. That job obliterated her.

Strayed, a writer and advice columnist, is the author of Wild

Advertisement

Continue reading at TIME »