BY JAMES HOWELTT
The economy is not as solid as it has been in the past, but according to Jason Smith, a senior at MSUM, the recovery is definitely building.
So why the optimism? Smith, a mass communications major, just landed a job.
â€œI feel really bad for my friends that graduated last year,â€ Smith said. â€œThe economy was so bad, a lot of them still donâ€™t have jobs. I really got lucky with the timing of my graduation.â€
Smith was well known in his department for his work ethic, way with people and photogenic complexion.
â€œJason earned his job,â€ professor Weston Honkomp said. â€œI want everyone to remember that. No one worked as hard as Jason. He was always in the computer labs, transcribing interviews and rewriting his ledes. Weâ€™ll miss him. I hope Taco Bell knows what they have.â€
According to Wredgy Madison, manager of the Taco Bell on 8th street in Moorhead, Smith was the perfect candidate.
â€œIt was hard to make the decision,â€ Madison said. â€œThere were so many applicants. We were looking for someone with a background in interpersonal communication. Someone who can ask, â€˜what can I get for you today?â€™ and look like he really means it. After the first interview, it was clear that Jason was that guy.â€
It is true that the economy has not fully recovered but Jason Smith wants other students to be encouraged.
â€œItâ€™s still a tough job market,â€ Smith said. â€œBut if you work hard and really put in the time, you can achieve success. I mean, just look at me, I could make it to shift manager in less than five years. I mean, that gig has benefits.â€