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Houkie
14 November 2013 @ 03:45 pm
It is becoming increasingly evident to me that I should probably quit my job.

First and foremost, over the time I've been employed there, my hours have slowly but surely crept up from ~25/week to almost 40. My original intent with this job was to work part-time to help fill in some of the gaps in our budget and have a little extra spending money (plus get me the fuck out of the house). But this...this is becoming too much.

I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. last night working on homework, and I'm going to have to stay up until 4:30 a.m. EVERY night for the next two weeks to just scratch the surface of the amount of work I'm behind on in my online biology class. I finished my Biology I class last month with a fucking 78 simply because there was no possible way for me to finish all of the work before the class ended. I can't let that happen again with this class (Biology II). I've also got two other classes on top of these bio classes to worry about, but they're a lot less demanding at least.

Next semester's going to be even harder. It may be my hardest semester in college ever. And if I'm having this much trouble keeping up now, with only ONE demanding class......

Plus, there are just some things this place is doing that piss me off and make me feel used and taken advantage of. From now until after the new year, they are not granting ANY requests for time off "due to projected sales" during a "busy holiday season". In other words, "we're not letting you go see your family for the holidays because we want to make as much money off of you as we can". I've never in my life worked for a place that put ALL of its workers on lockdown during the ENTIRE holiday season. I asked for three days off the weekend of the 23rd of this month so I could go with my mom to our extended family's Thanksgiving gathering in Georgia. I haven't been to a family Thanksgiving get-together in probably 15 years. That's not even the fucking week of Thanksgiving. It's the weekend before. THREE DAYS is all I asked for. And I got denied.

To add insult to injury, on Thanksgiving Day, I have to go in at like 7:45 p.m. and work ALL NIGHT LONG for their stupid fucking Black Friday sale. One of my coworkers, Dylan, told me that last year, during the Black Friday sale, for the entire night there were like 60+ drinks on the line waiting to be made, and 100+ people standing in line waiting to order a drink. The line snaked all through the store and out the door. People were waiting two hours to get a drink. It was complete and total madness. I'm going to have to endure this bullshit, working through the night without sleep (AND COMING BACK THE FOLLOWING DAY AFTER ONLY A FEW HOURS OFF FOR ANOTHER EIGHT HOUR SHIFT)....and I couldn't even get a pissy little 3 days off.

(Side thought: Who the fuck in their right mind stands around waiting two hours in the middle of the night for a fucking cup of coffee?!?)

Here's the real kicker: I'm going to Kodiak next month. My Pell Grant refund check from my college should be arriving in the mail any day now and as soon as that gets here, I'm buying plane tickets. It's my Christmas present to my sister, who hasn't seen me in two years, and it's also my Christmas present to myself. She has no idea. I've gotten her husband in on it and we're planning to surprise the absolute shit out of her. I want to show up, knock on the door, and watch her shit herself when she answers it and I'm standing there grinning at her. I wasn't able to make it up there this past summer because bullshit got in the way. I'll be god-damned if I'm going to let bullshit get in the way of this. I'd like to fly out of Charlotte on December 25 and return January 10, and I know there's no way in hell Target will grant me time off for that duration (hell, I couldn't even get three days off...forget two weeks). So I'm thinking I'll have to quit. I really, really hate to lose the income (I pull in a little over $700/month after taxes, and the extra wiggle room in our finances is NICE), but even if the money and the time-off issues I have weren't a factor, college is still a priority and I've noticed a decrease in my grades since I started working. I can't have that, since college is the #1 reason I'm even here at all.

On a non-work-related note, I'm going to Alaska in the middle of fucking winter. I haven't experienced an Alaskan winter since 2005. Hnnnggghh. @____@