What You See Is Not Always What You Get

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Mariel Carrero
ENG 101 (30)
Mr. Clifford
20 March 2013

What You See, Is Not Always What You Get

When you hear the word janitor, obviously nothing glamorous comes to mind. All we think about is scrubbing toilets or mopping floors, basically cleaning up after other people who most of the time show no appreciation. When asked what comes to mind when you hear the word janitor, some people would say someone who is poor and not well educated. Not very many people believe that a person who works as a janitor could actually like their job. Mr. Julio Machicote is a perfect example of someone who does.

Julio is 32 years old and has been a janitor at Lehman College for the last 5 years. He is a five foot ten inch Puerto Rican man who has a huge smile on his face at all times. Julio has big brown eyes, a small gap in between his two front teeth and has lots of black curly hair. He has been married for four years and, when he is not working, he loves spending time with his friends and family at home. Every time you see Julio in the hall, you can’t get away without him making you laugh with one of his clever jokes. When I asked Julio if I could interview him about his job via telephone I am sure his smile got even bigger. Although I would never want the job of a janitor, Julio couldn’t be any happier with it. As he laughed he began to tell me about the passion he has for the work that he does. Julio began to explain his typical day to me. As he started describing his job to me, I realized how much he really did love his job. When asked to describe a typical day this is what Julio said, “We arrive at work at 7:45 a.m., but we don’t clock in until 8:00 a.m. The reason why we get there early is so we can socialize. I have to say what’s up to everyone! That starts my morning off perfectly.” After leaving the room where he clocks in, Julio makes his way to his building, Davis Hall. Next, Julio begins his tasks that...
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