Total loan: $2,500
Lyons, IL, United States / Services
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29 years ago, at 14 years old, I got my first job as a server in a small cafe in my hometown just outside of Chicago. Since then, I have worked many jobs in the hospitality industry, but the position that influenced me the most was when I started bartending at 21. As a single mom, I have always appreciated the way bartending allowed me to spend more time with my kids while still being able to provide for them. It is a great job for those that can handle it, but many people do not realize just how much responsibility falls on a bartenders’ shoulders. Some people think it’s just about pouring drinks and counting money, but there is so much more to it. Serving alcohol responsibly is a challenge for some bartenders, and many do not take that responsibility seriously. In 2017, I became a manager and instructor at a bartending school. Part of my job was teaching the state mandated responsible alcohol serving program known as B.A.S.S.E.T. (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training). Looking back, I did not expect it to fuel such a passion in me, but now I am immensely proud to be able to teach it. Many alcohol servers (including myself at one point) go for the low-cost online version of the training when they need to get certified, but those tend to be rather tiresome and unengaging, and the information is easily forgotten as soon as it is over. When I sat through my first in-person B.A.S.S.E.T. class, I learned so much more than I ever learned from the online courses and I was able to actually retain the knowledge because of the hands-on experience. Every single piece of information taught in this class is extremely important. It goes over the physical properties of alcohol, signs of intoxication, how and when to cut off a customer, stopping underage sales, DUI's, dram shop laws and victims’ rights. Teaching it made me strive to make it captivating so the important information can actually be retained by each and every participant. I like to think I am doing everything I can to help stop drunk driving before it happens. I feel with every class, the roads become a little bit safer for everyone.