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Member Spotlight - Jennifer Schellenberg

By Amira Ansari posted 04-05-2019 11:01

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                                                                               USBG Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter, 18 years in the industry

Nicknames: Jenn

Professional Stats & Vitals: Bartender, Server, President of Restaurant Workers of America

First job: Dishwashing/serving in my small town Chinese restaurant

Why this business? This industry has been my home and my family since I was 13. I can’t imagine leaving it behind

Childhood ambition: To be a part of something that positively impacts people in need

Best part of job: Some days it’s like getting paid to hang with friends :)

Stress relievers: Yoga, Jameson, Dogs

Favorite quote: “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” - John Lennon

If you won the lottery tomorrow: I’d realize that lots of people manage to overspend it and ruin their lives so i would spend a lot of time panicking about that

Pet peeve: People that blow their nose or snort their snot at the bar/table... the bathroom is to the right, bruh

Advice you could offer to others: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We all had to learn how to make simple syrup at one point, and guests are forgiving when they see that you care enough to get the right answer

Best advice you ever got: Bartending isn’t hard because you have to multitask, it’s hard because you have to keep 30 people happy while doing it. (AKA turn on the charm kid and it’ll all be fine)

Best compliment anyone could give you: I’ve had guests tell me that I’m very graceful when busy, which is a nice compliment because I feel like I look like “Animal” from the muppets

Riskiest thing you've ever done: Bought a house with $300 in my bank account

Personal heroes: David Bowie, Angela Davis, Shaun King

Is there something about you that would surprise people? I’ve had less than 20 hamburgers in the last 20 years

How do you turn around a lousy day? Rick & Morty, dogs, sushi

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Most interesting place traveled & why: Honduras- I went for a humanitarian trip, and it was my first time traveling somewhere where we had to filter the water ourselves and had less access to modern day amenities

What's the simplest thing you've never mastered? How to spin a shaker tin in my hand! I’ve tried. It’s pitiful

Favorite part of I’ve made valuable networking connections, and also close friends that I otherwise may not have met

Sports team: 
Jan Michael Vincent

Joke: Woman walks into a bar. She asks the bartender for a double entendre. He gives it to her. (Buh dum bum CHHH)

Word: Tite

If you could change jobs with anyone for a day, who would it be? Parks & Rec officer in Hawaii

What other profession would you never try? Retail looks atrocious. If you’re reading this and you’ve ever worked in it, I feel for you

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Wubba Lubba Dub Dub

Are you planning to attend one of the 2019 Regional Conferences? Yes