Morning shift suits nighthawk just fine

There’s nothing like a morning shift if you’re a night person at heart, says hotel front desk assistant Kristie Buekert.

Kristie Buekert works at the reception desk during her shift at the Holiday Inn North

Kristie Buekert works at the reception desk during her shift at the Holiday Inn North

There’s nothing like a morning shift if you’re a night person at heart, says hotel front desk assistant Kristie Buekert.

Of the two shifts she works, either 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., the early shift is definitely the one she prefers. She says it’s much healthier for her social life.

“The only reason I would ever want to work mornings is because I don’t want to work in the evenings. If you work at three, all my friends work until five, so you can’t do anything.”

Buekert, 18, gets up at 5:30 a.m. when she’s on the morning shift, primarily because she likes to relax and take her time getting ready for work at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street. It’s important, she says, to be cheery and alert to assist hotel guests, including a large number of regular customers who stay at the hotel during their business trips.

“The work is easy in the morning. You just get it done and then you have the rest of the day to do stuff.”

The hotel job, says Buekert, is a step toward her dream of opening her own photography studio.

As good as they are for her social life, the early morning shifts also make it possible for her to attend evening classes at Red Deer College, where she is honing her skills with plans that her future will be spent taking portraits and photographing important events, like weddings and graduations.

Despite her preference for the morning shift, Buekert considers herself to be a night person.

“I really like staying up late, even if I’m just at home. If I work at 7, I probably go to bed at 12:30 (a.m.). But if I work ’til 11 and I work at 3 the next day, I probably stay up ’til 3. I like the night, even if I’m just at home.”

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