For the interview assignment, I chose to interview my older brother, Zac. He has always suffered from severe anxiety.
He always found it difficult to focus in school, and throughout much of middle and high school, he was unable to concentrate on his studies.
“There were several teachers in high school who said I wouldn’t graduate,” Zac said.
He failed most of his classed over a span of two years, and near the end of junior year, he began to realize that he had to dig himself out of a hole.
“I got something like 2 credits my junior year,” Zac said.
After his junior year, he knew that he was in danger of not graduating on time, and many teachers doubted if he would at all.
Determined to finish high school and find a job, he signed up for a charter school, where he focused on his work and managed to make up a year and a half of failed credits, as well as completing credits for senior year, all in one school years’ time.
After graduation, he decided to move out and get a job to support himself. He’s always been very independent, and only asks for help if he really needs it.
“I hadn’t had very good experiences in middle or high school, so going on to college was daunting at the time,” Zac said.
He found work at Taco Bell first. His boss liked his work ethics, and the two began to get along very well.
“My boss said that the work ethic I brought to the table had impressed him,” Zac said.
After 3 months as a crew member, he began to really look into applying for a management promotion.
During his training, the standards for management were to be made more restrictive by the corporative level, so he didn’t have much time to get promoted, otherwise he wouldn’t be at all.
“Corporate was trying to tighten its standards for management at the time, and it looked like I was going to pushed out of the running,” Zac said.
The new upcoming requirements included a new rule of having to be an employee for at least two years and being able to take a timed test and score 100% on the menu and service policies.
He and his boss started to focus very hard on the promotion, and they would meet up after work to study up and train constantly while at work.
Not long after, Zac applied officially for the positon, had the interview with corporate, and he was promoted.
“Watching mom struggle to complete more schooling in order to get a better job in teaching while working, and with dad struggling with unemployment during the recession, it helped me stayed on track and focus on why my job mattered,” Zac said.
Often times he would eat only once a day, and it was always cheap food. At one point, a nest of bed bugs had infested his roommate’s bed, and the bugs spread throughout the apartment, and every piece of furniture ended up having to be thrown out, even the beds.
“I was working full time and living in poverty. I didn’t have a car, I walked to work, I had no bed, my roommate could hardly pay his rent, so most of my money went towards the rent, then the rest was for food, and maybe a movie or some soda if I could afford it. I was dirt poor,” Zac said.
Eventually, he decided that he’d had enough, and my parents gladly let him move back in for a little while.
That’s when he decided that he wanted to go on to college and find a job in which he won’t be scraping by just to pay bills and live in poverty.
Right now, he’s planning finish up his work in management and go back to school full time in September to pursue a career.