Sometimes You Just Have to Quit, & That's Ok
By Isabella Rolz
It happened to me, it happens to everyone. Sometimes we’re too scared to quit something that we started with lots of love and passion…but it is necessary. As cliché as it might sound, if it doesn’t make you happy, QUIT!
I was very excited when I was offered my first paid job. I was very young, so it felt like a huge thing to finally get a check every two weeks. Immediately after finishing the phone interview with the company, I went online and looked at all the stuff I could now get with my own money – this felt like a big deal.
I was hired as a communications and writing specialist, with tasks such as composing emails and helping the company expand towards the Latin American market. On top of that, the job was supposed to be part-time, since I was still a student.
None of this happened. I was required to work full-time and I had to turn in ridiculous amounts of work each day. Every day except for Saturday and Sunday, I worked from 9:15 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, my boss was rude and always moody, he looked at me with contempt. Not to mention that my daily tasks required lots of engineering, programming and coding knowledge and of course as a Political Science student, I was an expert on these topics.
I started to get very sick. I always had headaches, my anxiety and depression levels were high, I was not eating and had I huge eye bags. After a couple of weeks with these symptoms, my mom approached me and said this was not a healthy lifestyle and that it was great I wanted to build on my academic career, but this was not the appropriate job for me.
I agreed. So I decided to first talk with my boss about my concerns, and depending on his response, I would decide if quitting was the correct decision. My boss responded that it was impossible to change the working hours or the assignments, because it was what the company demanded.
After thinking about it for several hours, I decided to quit. I was so disappointed that I had quit to my first formal job. But it was the right decision. I was not happy at all; I was turning into a completely different person. Since then, I’ve learned that no matter what the benefit is, if it doesn’t make you happy, QUIT and move on to what does bring you fulfillment!