Sport or Not: Working at a Restaurant


This semester has been my first semester working a part-time job while also having a full set of classes. Because of my busy schedule, I have not had time to go to the gym or work out in other ways. However, the physical exhaustion I have after each shift has convinced me that that is okay, because I feel as though I am still getting some sort of athletic gain from it. 

When you work at a restaurant job, you have a set of rules to memorize. How drinks are made, how the equipment works and certain ways to set up sides or pack takeout are all things I’ve had to learn, similar to how athletes have to learn the rules of the game. 

From 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. two days a week I am on my feet, having to walk at a fast pace most of the time to attend to hungry customers. Carrying heavy boxes of food, balancing hot bowls and plates and constantly doing a zig-zag run from table to table to keep everyone satisfied are just three examples of responsibilities that leave me sore in the legs when I get home. Not to mention, I’ve gained leadership skills from telling customers where to sit and having to kick people out when they try to come in after closing.  

I definitely feel like I’m getting my steps in and staying in shape by working a job that requires constant movement, so I declare that working as a server in a restaurant is a sport… at least in my book.

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Allison (Alli) Dempsey (she/her) is a fourth-year journalism major and communications minor from Staten Island, NY. This is her fourth semester on the Oracle, and third as Arts Editor. She is also a member of the WFNP Radio E-board staff, president of the New Paltz Music Collective and manages her own music blog, Twilight Collective. You can reach her by emailing