The Soultown! Volume III: Issue 10 OCTOBER 2019 - Page 8

FEATURE East High Grad Flies High in the Friendly Skies LAS VEGAS, NV - So here I am, a candidate to be a flight attendant for an airline. Even though I had been at this for a while, I didn’t know that it would happen. I had no clue what to expect, I just knew that my life was changing and that I needed to get prepared. I graduated from East High School in 2006 and dreamed of being a flight attendant. After informing everyone I had made it past the interview stage, we were all so excited. I was bombarded with questions, in which I had no answers and wanted to know what were the next steps. The next step was training. I waited a month for the airline to let me know if I cleared the background as well as the drug test. I wasn’t nervous, but I wanted a time line. Finally, this journey would take 3.5-weeks -- training. I had questions. Who was I going to train with? Will it be hard? Had I saved enough money? What I would miss leaving home? I was overwhelmed with emotions, but I had to keep my head in the game. I worked. I saved, and I studied. The study guide consisted of airline/aircraft Courtesy Photo Gabrielle proudly displays her certificate of completion. abbreviations, more than 100 airport codes, military time, and the safety passages. My time was limited. I am good at memorizing, so I learned the airport codes first, then packed. I double check to make sure I had everything I needed. Must have items included: a working watch, black slacks, white oxford shirts, black heels, a tote bag, school supplies, passport, and a host of other things. The day came. It was time for me to leave the state of Iowa. I had everything I needed and I was excited. I made it to Denver nine hours before I had to start training. I met a fellow trainee on the elevator. She wished me good luck! I This was going to be a piece of cake if I could get to my room and go over the safety passage I had procrastinated on learning. We all met in the breakfast seating area in the hotel. Awaiting the shuttle, we introduced ourselves to one another. We were a group of 15. On the shuttle, we all sat in silence not knowing what to expect. The rules were solidified before we entered the building. “Leave absolutely nothing in the testing room when you are done, you “... Immediately, I went back to the hotel at the end of the day, shut off my phone and studied that safety passage until my eyes burned. I had one more time to mess up on a verbal. I had to understand it and recite it verbatim, otherwise, I would have failed.” Oct. 2019 • The Soultown International Magazine • Celebrating 2 years • Connecting Our Cultures to Our Cyber & Conscious Communities • 8 Photo by j on Unsplash