My name is DeSean Carter. I’m a 17-year-old Rahway High School class of 2017 graduate, currently employed with the Teenworks program here in Rahway. An artist of many mediums: I make music, write poetry, and sketch a few pictures here and there. Also, I skateboard, play video games, and read self-help books in my spare time.

For the past week, the Teenworks program has allowed me to work in City Hall as a temporary secretary for the administration department. It’s been an interesting change from the day-to-day hands-on experience I get with the department of public works. On a typical day at the office, I'll answer calls from Rahway residents, input purchase orders, take my lunch break then head back to the Cherry Pit for the remaining two hours of the Teenworks program.

As easy as it sounds on paper, the first day was nerve-wracking. I had so much new information to take in at once: "If the phone rings say this, transfer here if a caller asks for this person, for the copy machine press this." It was like missing a whole week of classes only to come back on the day of reviewing for the test. However, I'm good at working under pressure (and the administration department here at City Hall trained me well), so remembering the majority of the directions was easier than I thought.

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It is really nice being in the administration office because I get to learn more about the work environment, and it was interesting seeing how the different departments of the city function together to keep Rahway fully operational. Of special note, I was working right next door to the mayor, one of the most impactful people in the city. The office also had air conditioning, so that was another perk.

Overall, I enjoy the fact that the Teenworks program gives me the opportunity to work here at City Hall. Who knows, maybe one day I'll have the opportunity to be back in the office.