Student Thank-You Letter

The following is a thank-you letter from a JA student. The student shared the letter with Junior Achievement of Western New York.

On Jan. 16, 2015, the Academy of Finance students at Hamburg High School were given the opportunity to complete a job shadow at the Microsoft Office store in the Galleria Mall. I was fortunate in being able to attend this event. When we first came in everyone introduced themselves, employees and students, and each person said what their favorite cartoon, car and cereal was.

"At first, I was hesitant to speak in front of all of the employees and classmates but after I was proud that I was able to do that. They told us that they do team building activities every morning before the store opens. One of the employees that was in charge of the job shadow told us his journey of how he became the general manager of the store. His story inspired me to make sure I go to college for something that I want for a career in the future, or I will be wasting time and money.

"The employees at Microsoft were lively and passionate about their company; they kept us engaged the entire time and provided activities in the store. The work environment was very positive and it showed me that your work environment affects your willingness to do a good job. One product that I was interested in was the Surface Pro. I was also very impressed with this product and its functions, and I am looking into buying it in the future.

"I learned a lot about the Microsoft Company and how they compare with their competitor Apple. I was shown the difference between the iPhone and the Windows cell phone. I learned that the staff frequently volunteers in our community. I also learned what major you had to acquire in college in order to obtain a job at Microsoft.

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