The shrill sound of the fryer buzzer quickly shattered my fitful rest and brought me back to my soapy, wet reality. As I drowsily looked up from the dish-filled sink, I grabbed a towel to dry my soaked hands, inevitably knocking over a stack of clean plates. Too tired to care, I ignored the mess and lumbered over to the grease fryer. Nights like these at K-Hill's catfish restaurant took an especially heavy toll on my body; sometimes, in my dreary state of mind, I had even considered quitting. That night though, I tried to keep myself awake by contemplating the benefits of my job. Because of the long, hectic work schedule, I had to find a balance between my work as a fry cook and my academics. It took some time and effort, but soon I could switch seamlessly between calculus and catfish. In addition to this stronger sense of responsibility, I had also developed a better sense of patience through my interactions with customers. By handling customers' frustration with aplomb, I both pleased them and kept the tremulous situation under control. Most importantly, though, the chaotic restaurant atmosphere taught me how to work under pressure. This newly acquired equanimity will undoubtedly be useful in my future medical career, but for now, I would be extremely grateful just to finish this single night shift.
This is my submission for the extracurriculars or work experience essay. The limit is 1000 characters, and I may have gone over that a little because I'm nervous about giving such a short statement about myself.
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