Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve (Ice Cream)

While many St. Luke’s students spend their summers traveling the world with student groups, volunteering, and fervently avoiding their summer math packets, others go forth to serve.
Henry Seth spent his days as a waiter at Wychmere Beach Club in Harwichport, Massachusetts. Despite the grueling thirteen hour days, he loved making friends with the other staff, becoming acquainted with club members, as well as learning the ins and outs of the fine dining business. A typical day on the job consisted of opening and cleaning the restaurant in the morning, serving the lunchtime crowds, and serving drinks at the beachfront tiki bar. His most notable customer request was that a meal be delivered to a private yacht.

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Back on the Hilltop, Will Bralower and Henry and Bailey Vehslage worked in the Tech department here at St. Luke’s. Alongside Mr. Clark and alumnus Tyler Gabriel, they spent their days setting up iPads for the One-Plus-One program. Henry said that the best part of the job was the hours and consistency of the job, but his least favorite part was the monotony.
Kelly Adams was a nanny for children, ages five, seven, and nine, from eight in the morning until five in the evening. She says the highlight was bringing the kids to swim practice and sitting by the pool, and the lowlight was watching (and rewatching) the Minions movie and managing countless lemonade stands at which more lemonade was drunk than sold.
Madeline Tillemans worked at the upscale Mitchell’s clothing store in Westport. One of her colorful anecdotes from the job involved an older man storming into the store and demanding his newly hemmed pants. Maddie offered him tea or a latte while she went to retrieve the garment. He barked, “Does that mean they’re not ready?” and took off on an aggressive rant. After receiving the pants he left the store, forgetting his credit card at the counter, where Maddie had left it. Moments later, he stormed back into the store and accused Maddie of trying to steal his card. After the belligerent customer left, Maddie looked him up on the store’s database and saw he was none other than an ordained reverend. Despite having to deal with discourteous customers, Maddie appreciated that the job “opened [her] eyes to people” – even those who don’t practice what they preach.
I spent much of my summer with ice cream and hot fudge striped up and down my arms, scooping ice cream at Sundae School Ice Cream Parlor in Massachusetts. Although it took me a few shifts to memorize the list of 35 flavors, and to retrain myself to say “jimmies” and “frappes” rather than sprinkles and milkshakes, I couldn’t have been happier working with a lively gang of twenty teenagers every shift. Between the bizarre requests for “a hot fudge sundae on a cone” and the throngs of Friday night crowds, I shared countless laughs and conversations with my coworkers – going forth to serve ice cream proved to be a far more fruitful experience than avoiding my math packet, albeit both were done with the same degree of fervor.

–Grace O’Halloran, Staff Writer

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