For a long time, I was really against getting a job. Why, you ask? 1. I didn't want to have a job while I was in school because school eats my life during the semester, and 2. I heard that if you get a Social Security check (which I do), any money that you earn gets taken out of it. Is that actually true? I'm not entirely sure. If it is, it seems like you wouldn't be getting paid at all. Because of those two things and the fact that I never really had a reason to have money before, I didn't feel that it was necessary to get a job. I did have a job twice during the summer in high school, but they just weren't for me. They were specifically designed for people with various disabilities, but the jobs assigned to me seemed like busywork. I gave up on finding a job after that.
However, lately I've been trying to figure out different things to do when I finish school. I still have at least three more years, but it's good to have a plan. I've also been going places more this summer, which is weird for me because I typically stay home for most of the summer. It's been really fun, but it's also a little expensive. My major is art, so I would like to eventually do something with that, but I've also realized recently that I want to help students be more successful in school. If you know me, you know that I'm a very good student. I get A's in all of my classes, except Geology; I barely got an A-. (I kind of hate science). Because I'm so good at school, I thought it would be fun to spread that to other students who are struggling with it. I actually thought I wanted to be an online teacher a few years ago, but that requires a Bachelor's Degree, which would take me AT LEAST ten more years of school. I knew I could tutor though.
Originally, I was searching for summer volunteer tutor positions, but I found a website called WyzAnt.com that actually pays independent tutors on their site. I applied to be a tutor for them, got accepted, passed all of the proficiency tests, and got approved to tutor reading, writing, proofreading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, study skills, and logic. That was the easy part. After that, you have to try and get students. I wasn't sure if anyone would want a tutor who is in a wheelchair and uses a communication device to speak, but I thought maybe if they read my profile, they'll see that I'm a good writer and that I'm qualified to be a tutor. I've applied for about eight of the jobs listed on the job board so far and haven't gotten any responses yet. I did have one inquiry a few weeks ago, and we had a tutoring session scheduled, but she texted me later apologizing because her dad had found her a different tutor. Oh well. I was still excited that I almost had a student. I'll keep trying though. I was thinking of referring people I know to the website, so I can tutor them or their family members, and then I'll have some experience. Maybe that will get me more students.
I've been on that site for a month now, but I'm the type of person who likes instant results. I then did a search for other jobs, like blogging, freelance writing, or different art jobs on the Springboard for the Arts website (if you're from MN, and you want an art job, go there). Then I found this! Rolling Without Limits is such a cool website, and everyone on here is so nice. I blog anyway, so this is a perfect job for me, and I'm so excited I found it
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