“Surprise! We’re going out for dinner!”

This past week has been a stressful one.  I had to complete an economics assignment, participate in online discussion groups for a class I’ve never been to, complete a critical essay and readings I’ve never done, run around the city looking at places to rent, all while at the same time I had to manage to be a human being.

On a Friday after I had come home from an apartment viewing, I was getting ready to climb into bed and get ready for a night of bingeing on Netflix when I got a text from my friend that said, “I’m picking you up at 7:15, be ready.”

Me not being a huge fan of surprises began to panic because aforementioned, I was broke and I had about $22 to my name in the bank, so where could we possibly be going on a Friday night?

The club?

Dinner?

Casino???

I was apprehensive in agreeing to this mysterious outing, but I had not seen these specific friends in a while so I agreed.

Low and behold it was dinner.

We went to this restaurant called LOCAL and immediately I started looking at the menu so I can see what I can get for under twenty dollars without letting myself starve because I hadn’t been eating well ever since I had gone broke.

I got the appetizer size quesadilla and an ice tea, I was anticipating to pay at least $16 because I had gotten at least three refills because I was super thirsty that day and I thought you had to pay for refills.

To my surprise I paid $13.

I won this battle…for now.

“Internships are jobs…but you don’t get paid.”

If you haven't already heard or read by now, I've never been employed.

Okay, scratch that.

I've been employed twice, but I've never worked a day in my life.  You may be asking yourself "how does that even work?"  Well, I'll tell you.  Firstly, you get hired at these super sketchy companies (one pushing sales for these "state-of-the-art" knives, the other going door-to-door begging unsuspecting homeowners to sign up to donate a part of their income to reputable charities).  Don't get me wrong, I respect those who actually do that for a living, but you know, it's just not for me.

Though, I have never worked a day in my short life, I will say that I do have an impressive résumé on LinkedIn, with relatively good experience in my field and a research position with a professor at my university.

Despite my pretty good credentials, I've never made any money.

"You know, S, when you actually get a job that makes you money, I'll be very proud."  I would like to quote my father on that.  Gee thanks, dad.

I've had internship after internship, but no money.  But in order to get a job you need experience and I am gaining experience.  So at least I am doing something right.

But hey, at least I signed up for LinkedIn Premium!

(How am I supposed to afford that if I have no money?)