By: Tyler Burlingame, Minot High School Senior
Tyler Burlingame is a senior at Minot High School located in Minot, North Dakota and participates in the BEYOND program at Independence, Inc.
working life began as a 14-year-old who had just gotten out of middle school
and was ready to jump feet first into the working world. My first job was as a
courtesy clerk at a grocery store, and honestly, it was not all that great. I
was only paid minimum wage, and my passion wasn’t bagging groceries for people.
However, I was the first in my group of friends to get a job, so I was proud.
grew out of that job and followed my passion for cooking. Currently, I am a
17-year-old nighttime cook and crew member at the 4th Ave Dairy Queen. With the
experience I'm getting from this job, I am joining Family, Career and Community
Leaders of America and I am going to compete in culinary contests.
does my disability affect this? Well, sometimes I have trouble counting change
or I cook more or less than the number of burgers I need. It is not a large
impact but it can definitely affect my work. How do I get past it? I work as
hard as I can, re-counting everything and making sure I grill burgers to order.
Overall, even though my disability affects me, I don't let it control my life
and I combat it every way I can.