Chapter One

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I hear my alarm blare into my ear and it reads 6:30 as I wake up with a smile on my face. I stretch my arms and sit up in my bed. Today is my first day working in marketing at Smith Medicine. I have always dreamed of working in the marketing department of a major company, so being hired is a dream come true.

I climb out of bed and walk over to my closet and remove a ruffled white top and a short black pencil skirt from the closet. I lay them on my bed along with short black heels before I run into the bathroom to take a shower.

Returning from the shower, I put on my clothes for the day and return to the bathroom once again. I then apply a light amount of makeup along with one small line of black eyeliner. I put my hair into a tight bun atop my head and tuck the extra strands of hair behind my ears.

I look into the mirror at myself. I feel great. I am ready for my first day. But why do I feel so nervous?

Luckily, since I don't have a roommate, I don't have to worry about bothering another person with my early wake up time. I worked long, hard hours in high school at my local pizza parlor to be able to afford my own apartment near the University of Chicago, so I am happy.

Only being a sophomore in college and being hired as an employee at Smith Marketing is incredibly remarkable, at least that's what I've been told. I'm only working part time becuase of school starting again in a few days, but it is still worth it. On Saturdays and Sundays I work almost all day but on school days I only work after school. Today is Saturday and school begins Monday. My heart begins to race at the thought of going back to school. I love school but it's just the other students can be so intimidating.

I go into my kitchen and grab a bagel and a cup of orange juice for breakfast. My chest begins to swell with nervousness as I eat due to my thoughts wandering about what today will be like. Why do I have to be so nervous about everything?

I grab my small briefcase, my purse, and the keys to my small Toyota sedan and leave my apartment. I walk down the hallway and notice my neighbor, Mrs. Xavier walking towards her room.

"Good morning, Mrs. Xavier! How are you today?" I say to her trying not to show how nervous I am.

"Good morning Emily! Things are going well. Where are you going this early in the morning? Shouldn't you be catchin up on sleep before school starts?"

"Today is the first day of my new job at Smith Medicine!"

"Wow that is incredible! At such a young age of 20! You really are a smart girl."

"Thank you so much, I have to be there at 8 so I'll see you later!"

I wave goodbye to Mrs. Xavier and walk towards the elevator. I leave the apartment building and go to my car. The drive to Smith Marketing is about 15 minutes from my apartment which is a reasonable distance but it still seems very far. Maybe it's just because of how nervous I am.

Nervous thoughts continue to replay in my head incessantly. What if I mess up an assignment from my boss? What if I ask the wrong questions? What if I can't grasp the concepts?

All these questions are playing in my head until I reach the beautiful headquarters of Smith Marketing. The building is impeccable. It is an all glass building surrounded by gardens, fountains, tables, chairs, sidewalks, everything that you would think a major company would have at it's headquarters.

I continue to stare at the building as I make my way down the sidewalk towards the entrance. I'm not looking where I am going and the next thing I know I crash into someone walking the opposite direction and I am picking up everything that fell out of my briefcase. I keep my eyes on my materials to avoid confrontation with whoever I just came into contact with.

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