The Memoirist
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The Memoirist

My First Paid Job & A Lesson In Privilege

How one day can change your outlook on life

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, my friend and I wanted to go to the county fair every single day, but we had a problem. Neither of our parents would pay the five dollar daily entry fee or for really expensive rides, which was what we lived for that summer. We were 14. They told us to get a job.

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Alayne Unterberger

@Dralayne is a medical anthropologist, nonprofit executive, adjunct faculty and researcher focusing on work, gender and migration. writes fiction, mental health