If you told me two years ago that I would be scooping custard the summer after my freshman year of college and living in a space smaller than my freshman dorm room, I would have said, "you're absolutely out of your mind." There's no way I would believe it! After all, Ashley Romasko thought she was "too good to work in a restaurant."
This summer I moved out and went three hours north with my best friend, Elsa. We thought we'd get up to Door County, work 60-80 hours a week at the restaurant we originally committed to, and learn how to waitress. We did learn how to waitress, (and that job is a life lesson on its own) but shortly after arriving in Door County we sought out to find a second job. Walking into town one night we saw a "help wanted" sign at a custard place right down the street. We walked in, talked to the owner and got a job on the spot. "Wear closed toed shoes, and pants you don't care about, you'll get custard on everything."
All I could do was look at the situation as a whole and laugh to myself. Anybody that knows me knows that I don't like a mess. I don't like being dirty. I don't like dressing down everyday, and I'm kind of a (not so secret?) diva about a lot of things. Prior to my first day I was stuck in a negativity; why was I spending my summer scooping custard rather than doing something related to fashion? I went to work my first day with a positive attitude and I learned the job in about two days. I met some amazing friends and I realized after the first week that this was the most fun job I've ever had. I was shocked that the owners cared for us like their own children... and my coworkers are actually friendly? I've never been at a place where I can be myself 110% of the time and always leave with a smile on my face. These people are making my summer so much fun; this job has taught how to "take a break."
Since I started working at 16 years old I've had jobs that correlated with my career; this was the first time that I was committing to learn skills that had absolutely no use to me after this summer. Waitressing I will use again, and it will pay off- that's something everybody should try so they can see how hard it is. But, scooping custard...? Throughout the school year I'm constantly working on fashion- doing what I know and love. I've never found time to not do fashion. Life is fashion, life is work, life is school. While I'm still sketching and flipping through the style.com app too many times a day, I've allowed myself to take a spontaneous job and embrace the break time. A time when Ashley Romasko does not commit herself to doing things that will be useful in the future. And I actually love it.
This part of the summer adventure was surely unplanned. It's taught me that we're not too good for anything. No job is above us, no job is below us. Sometimes the best adventures are unexpected, unplanned and surprisingly impactful. Scooping custard at, "Not Licked Yet" will forever have me feeling optimistic about jobs I don't expect to enjoy.
Here's to a summer of scooping.