I loved every bit of my time at Greenville College. Even the parts that I hated, I loved. It feels like just yesterday that I was staying up until 3 AM for no good reason and then skipping my morning classes... Kidding, of course! I was always the model student. Just ask Deloy Cole, he’ll vouch for me. I know, it's really only just begun, but life after college has been a crazy ride so far with plenty of highs and lows. As stressful as the ride is, it’s all been worth it in the end (you know...so far).
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I haven’t even been out of college for a year. Twelve months ago, I was stressing about essays and balancing good grades, sleep, and a social life. Now, I feel as though all I do is sleep, work, stalk Facebook, and repeat. I think part of my frustration comes from the fact that I went through several huge life changes all at once, and now everyday life feels sort of—well, mundane and monotonous.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Illinois’ is $8.25 an hour, which is higher than higher than a lot of the states, but Washington is ahead, the minimum wage being $9.19 an hour! Of course it would be great to get paid almost $10 an hour, but I honestly feel that Illinois’ minimum wage is not bad at all, not saying it is great and should never consider changing. But after looking at Wyoming’s minimum wage, $5.15 an hour, Illinois does not seem so bad! And most of the states have similar minimum wages.
Being an intern isn’t easy, I’m sure! No, I’ve never been one before, but I would feel if I’m highly qualified to do work and if there’s a lot demanded of me, it’s considered a job. People who have jobs/careers should get paid for the work they do, so that means interns should be given money. It’s unfortunate that many American corporations don’t pay their interns for all their hard work, so yes they are taking advantage of them! (See: Unpaid Interns) Of course, just the experience of working with these companies can be great, but let’s face it, money and experience would be better!