On Saturday my father and I drove from Richlands, VA to Washington, DC. It’s about a 7 hour drive. Along the way we stopped in Harrisonburg, VA. It has a small picturesque downtown. On the west side of the main square there is a restaurant called Cally’s. We stopped in to eat.
I decided to give my $10 to Robin, she was our waitress there.
Robin is 21 and studies Cultural Communications at nearby James Madison University. As she prepares to leave the security of the university setting in May she ponders where she will go. I was interested in her perspective on the economy and the job landscape from the eyes of a graduating college senior.
“I am not really worried about landing the perfect job right now. I hope to move to the beach…maybe Florida…and take a bit of a break for a while and get a job…not necessarily something in my field of study, but just something to pay the bills for a while.” I asked her if she thought her feelings were representative of the perspective that her classmates had. “Probably not, some of my friends are really worried.”
Robin deserves a break after four years of studies while often working two part-time jobs to make ends meet.
Cally’s as it turns out is a brew pub…so my father and I decided to get a sampler of their beers. They give you six small tastes which my dad and I split. Robin said she liked the Downtown Amber. I really liked the pungent Smokin’ Scottish Ale while my dad preferred the smooth velvety Kolsch.
The Fredericksburg, VA native said she would use my $10 to put toward her final months of rent.
After four years at JMU, I asked Robin to reflect a little on her time there. I asked her what the best part of being a JMU student was. She shot us a smile and said, “Leaving!”
Good luck on your graduation Robin!