I like talking about my job as a waitress, not necessarily because I like it, but because I’ve learned so much from it.  We have this phrase in the restaurant world to describe really chaotic, stressful situations in which you just can’t handle doing anything else.  The phrase = “in the weeds.”  I liken this phrase to finals week, or the week before finals week, when every day you have a paper or a test and you feel like you are just going to explode.  As an expert college student, i.e. graduating senior, I’d like to offer my advice about being in the weeds via some restaurant symbolism.

So, if you are in the weeds:

1. Get into survival mood.

Stop for a second.  Assess the situation and prioritize.  What absolutely has to get done this second?  Focus on the most urgent of tasks.  Don’t distract yourself from writing the paper that is due tomorrow by stressing out over the final next week.  Focus. Focus. Focus.

2. Get some help from friends.

If you were in a restaurant, you’d have someone bring your fifth table bread or crayons or beer or something.  If you’re in college, you have someone listen to you whine about lazy group project members, proof-read your papers, help you with your research, or grab a beer with you or something.

Happy Finals Week!

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3 Comments on Are You In The Weeds?

  1. Tom Proietti
    April 28, 2009 at 1:45 am (9 years ago)

    Janet, I grew up in the restaurant business and remember being “in the weeds” so often. Same for life. Great advice!

  2. Nidhi Makhija
    April 28, 2009 at 2:20 am (9 years ago)

    Hahaha, I like that you took time away from studying to write this post 🙂 Good luck with stuff and let me know when you’re moving to Boston!

    p.s. I’m on #2 duty, proof reading party tomorrow night.

  3. Dad
    May 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Ok, I’m not supposed to blog but….

    I was quite taken by your advise to all and the loving insights given to your friends as you all go on to your next path in life.

    Janet, just as you reflect, I do also. I remember your first giant smile (I think it was when you peed on mom and I). I remember your never ending quest for that perfect “10” …no matter if it was writing a diary, a floor routine, synchro, swimming that “50” or even choosing those forgettable roommates. Now, I have to say you
    have grown with a love for life that makes everyone smile more….You leave a place and people better with your caring, enthusiasm, effort, ideas, and plain ‘ol love.

    We also smile as we reflect on those simple changes (Kent, your roommates, Naz, and of course SJF…couldn’t they even pronounce your name correctly one time?).

    By the way, let’s not forget those now funny moments of the past four years…
    locking the car door 2x without keys in 2 hours
    Almost “burning down” Kent
    “Losing your passport”
    Getting lost in the Bahamas
    On & on….

    I’m going now to get a handerchief and wipe my tears of happiness for you as you get ready for Boston.

    I love you lots XXooXXooXXooXX


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