Being a gymnast in the US isn’t quite the same as being a Major League Baseball player or a pro basketballer. Although we get some funding if we are on the national team, it’s not quite enough to cover the entire cost of living. A lot of us who are out of college either have to work while training or find other ways to support ourselves. Over the years, I’ve picked up several jobs to support myself. Some of these jobs include being a tutor and working at a start-up company.
A couple of months ago I started working for Google as a part-time employee! My main work is doing quality checks and ensuring the validity of Japanese ads that pop up on Google Japan. Sadly, as a part-time employee I don’t get the perks that a full-time employee would get. However, my friend that works there on a full-time basis invited me to lunch the other day. Pretty crazy that it was my first time visiting the Google campus given that I’ve lived in this area for a super long time. As for food, it was delicious and the campus has several full-blown cafeterias. It’s kind of like visiting a Las Vegas buffet. The perks you get as a Googler is pretty ridiculous. No wonder so many people want to work there!
Even got myself a to-go box for dinner afterwards