October 10, 2001    





What is the most important thing you do at work or school?

Learn things that apply to my major.

Angela, 17
Bella Vista

Although I think NOTHING I do at work is important, I guess everything is. The place I work is like a giant assembly line and everyone performs one little piece of the work. Mine is one of those pieces and if I didn't do it, everything else would back up. (Even the filing the Legendary Big Guy in the file room does is important. If it wasn't done, you wouldn't be able to WALK in here for all the applications. And then I'D have to do it.)

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

I'm an activist. "Never let education get in the way of your learning." - my buddy Abe.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

in the grand scheme of things, I don't do anything important whatsoever.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

Reunite people with their lost photos (memories). I work at the second largest mail order photo processing lab in the country. My job, for the most part, is to correct shipping errors or labeling errors - after the fact. People are amazingly grateful to learn that their missing orders have been located and are on their way back to them. In the grand scheme, we process an average of 15,000 rolls per day and of those, only about 10 orders per day are mis-mailed or incorrectly labeled. Not bad at all when you look at it in the proper perspective.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

Play Minesweeper. Well, actually I work in the automotive industry.  My facility builds safety cables that are used in the cruise control, park lock, and accelerator systems on vehicles manufactured by the top five car makers. I am responsible for the Pre-Production Approval Process which basically mean it is my duty to review all new products to ensure quality parts. I never thought much about the importance of my job until a bad part was sent out of our facility last year. It was an accelerator cable. When it made it to the destination and was installed on the vehicle, the car immediately went from 0 mph to 60 mph and shot off the end of the assembly line. One worker was seriously injured, but we had to be thankful the part immediately failed instead of working until the vehicle was sold.


I think most the work that I do is important. It's hard for me to answer. I work for Habitat for Humanity International and spend most of my time facilitating the work of the local HFH affiliates. I consult with the local boards of directors, committees and volunteers. I conduct internal reviews to make sure they remain in compliance with their charter and state and federal laws. All that is important stuff. I guess, overall, helping HFH volunteers stay happy and use their time efficiently is the most things that I do.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I'm sure I don't know.

Karen, 22

Pay attention? Unfortunatly that doesn't always happen.

Dianne, 17

School-show up to class
Work-resist the urge to walk out

Jennifer, 19

Provide my clients with solutions to their problems.

Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR   USA

Hmmm . . . That is all kind of fuzzy right now. I suppose try to funnel resources to others as best I know how . . . Occasionally I help someone learn something new and I try to share my experience with others who involved in similar activities as myself. Of late . . I feel like I am doing a lot of controlling my own anger and frustration.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Pay attention. If I didn't pay attention to what my teachers said, nothing else would be accomplished.

Johanna, 18

Shape the lives of children.

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

I work as a therapist for pre-school-age children who have been diagnosed with disabilities. Most of my work is with kids who have autism-spectrum disorders, but I have also worked with kids with many other diagnosis. My work involves paperwork, preparation, clean-up, meetings, etc, etc - but the most important time I spend is the time with the kids and/or their families. It is a very difficult but rewarding job.


What is the most important thing you do at work? Are you kidding? I am the most insignificant speck of dirt at work...I don't do anything important...unless you consider the inhalation and expulsion of oxygen and carbon dioxide an important thing I do at work....

age unknown, parts unknown

Remembering that I do eventually get to go home.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

at work, umm... i help the good people of weymouth pay for their groceries quickly efficently and without any problems. and at school, i dont do anything.

Karen2, 15
, MA   USA

show up


I don't feel like right now I am doing anything important at work. I am there just to get paid at this point. I feel this way because I just recently had a baby and I would rather be with him than at work but financially that doesn't work right now.

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs

Trying to let my light shine. So that everyone I come in contact with will be able to sense something different in me. A spirit of peace that comes with knowing God.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

I don't really have one. When I'm in a bad mood, I'm in a bad mood. Period.

Kristin, 20

Yesterday / Tomorrow