Applicant #20: Alissa Dow

Alissa Dow is a 24-year-old from Old Town.

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Alissa's current situation:

I am currently working at the only Red Sox bar in Washington D.C. (Score!) As reference, this bar also happens to be next door to a certain cupcake shop that is the subject of a TLC reality show. (For the record, I don't particularly like that show. I do like cupcakes. Especially free cupcakes.)

So how did I get here?

Last fall I was still looking for a new, post-college job, and living with my roommates Mom and Dad. (Like many post-graduate job seekers.) That's when the stars aligned. I received a call from a friend who was opening a bar in D.C. She invited me to come live with her and help her as a bartender. I said, "I'll see you next week."

Since then I've been trying my hand as a city girl. Although, to be fair, I live in a very residential part of D.C. next to a forest, so as a Maine girl this is the perfect balance. I've been having a great time here, but, shocking, it's hard to save money in a city. I plan to make my triumphant return to Maine this summer and I can hardly wait. Camping, kayaking, a hike up Mt. Kahtadin, a family skydiving trip, and visiting the ocean as much possible are all on my summer to do list.

Alissa's blog post:

Summer is almost upon us, and for most of my peers this means finding the all important summer job. To all of you young hopefuls who have yet to find work, I have a suggestion: camp.

A couple of years ago I worked at a summer camp, and it was one of the best summers of my life. If you've never been to, or worked at a summer camp, uh, well, you should. You really, really should.

I had been dreading spending another summer stuck inside working retail, so I looked around for some alternatives. I decided that a summer camp was a great way to get paid to have fun in the sun. After doing some research I found Buck's Rock, a creative and performing arts camp in Connecticut. It was like a lightning bolt of excitement to the brain. The camp had every artsy field covered, from glass blowing, to ceramics, to sculpture, to filmmaking, music, theater, nightly sports... it was my dream camp. I wanted to work there with all of my art-nerd heart. I applied, got the job, did my happy (and not at all embarrassing) dance, and set off for the best summer EVER.

I worked every day doing graphic design for the performance playbills and the camp yearbook, and I had a daily afternoon siesta to lounge in the sun. Every night there would be fun activities for the camp (which my current roommate was in charge of), such as softball, scavenger hunts, or 80's dance parties, to name a few.

Not only was the camp a great place to work, but the people I worked with were equally amazing. Most camps hire international staff, so I made friends from all over the world. (My roommate was from New Zealand!) I had awesome adventures, and made lasting friendships.

The pay at summer camps varies, but free room and board helps save money. Plus, the chance to travel, meet new people, and spend every day doing an activity you enjoy is unbeatable. Whatever your interest- guitar, soccer, horseback riding, surfing... there is probably a camp somewhere that needs you. Even if you don't have a specific skill to teach, there are plenty of different jobs at summer camps. Some camps even offer college credit, and the right type of job could be very beneficial to your resume. Search throughout the country, even the world. (A friend of mine teaches sailing in the Caribbean every summer. So cool!)

Take a break from a boring job this summer and try a summer camp. Travel somewhere new, share your passion with kids, and act like a big kid yourself!