Realizing that his parents were constantly struggling to make it to the end of the month, Walter decided to start looking for a job as soon as he entered high school. He knew it had to be something that allowed him to work the afternoon shifts and on weekends since he couldn’t miss school.
This meant that he would go to school in the mornings, rush back home at noon, and then barely have time to shower and eat something before dashing out to work again. It also meant most of his homework was done late at night after work. But Walter kept going through high school and managed to keep his grades up and make some money to help his family.
The first day at a new job is always hard, even with the best boss and colleagues. You still don’t know your way around, and the first few hours, if not days, are mostly a learning period. Now imagine that on top of the regular awkwardness and nerves of starting something new, something unexpected happens at the last minute – you spill coffee on your only clean suit, or your car suddenly stops working.
Most people freak out and call into work with a million apologies. But Walter Carr didn’t. Keep reading to learn about Carr’s amazing first day at work and how it changed his whole life. Life has surprises for us all, and we might know how a day begins but we never know how it will end.
Ever since he was a young boy, Walter Carr had a strong familial support system, but life wasn’t without difficulties. His family’s economic situation wasn’t easy, and his parents often worked double shifts at several different jobs to make ends meet. However, there was never a moment when they weren’t united and had a positive attitude toward life.
Food was always on the table, and the importance of education and hard work was always the priority. His parents’ hard work kept Walter in a good school since he was a little kid, but when he reached high school, he knew the time had come to help around the house.
On the flip side, working so hard meant there was barely any time left for extracurricular activities like sports and hanging out with friends. While other teens were partying and enjoying their weekends, Walter often worked long days. But his hope that it would someday pay off kept him going.
He firmly believed that as long as he kept his grades up, he could start applying for a scholarship to any university in the country and hope for the best. If his grades were good enough, he at least had a chance. Getting a scholarship could turn his life around and, therefore, his family’s.
No Free Ride
When high school was nearly over, Walter started preparing dozens of applications to several colleges to increase his scholarship chances. He had a solid plan to go to a good university, excel in his degree, and be able to finally get a decent-paying job that could better his life and allow him to help his family properly.
He sent out the applications and waited patiently for the replies to come. After a few weeks of anxiously checking the mailbox, he started getting reply letters from every single college. Walter collected all the letters and stared at them in his bed with fear.