Malgai Mendez is More than a Cashier – Photo Story


Most people have specific dreams that want to achieve in life. And some of these dreams seem not at all hard to accomplish if you work hard to achieve them. However, not everyone is fortunate, for some people these dreams don’t happen even though they work hard to reach them. Magali Mendez, who is working as a cashier at Breslin Kiosk at Hofstra University, came to America at the age of sixteen. Malgai continued her education and went to school in NY.  She certainly had a different plan than becoming a cashier. Though, sometimes, not accomplishing your dreams, does not stop you from finding an alternative. Life must go on and you should do the best to continue. And that’s exactly what Malgai has done.

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Every morning at seven o’clock, Malgai Mendez arrives to work  at Breslin Kiosk in the   Breslin bulding at Hofstra University.

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Working as a cashier for more than seven years, Malgai enjoys her job especially that she gets to work by herself. “I like working here alone because no one bothers me,” she said. “I don’t have a boss to tell me what to do.”
Malgai said that the students are usually nice and kind to her. She also said that  it’s not always busy at work “the food is expansive here.”


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Malgai, who is 27 years old, is married and also a mother to her one year old daughter named Amily. She arrived to the U.S. from Peru when she was sixteen years old. She said: “I came here with my father and sister 10 years ago. My mom and brother stayed in my country, but I still go visit sometimes.”


After arriving to NY, Malgai went to North high school in Franklin Square.”I went to high school for two years and it was fun,” she said. “There was so many Spanish students in the school.”


Becoming a cashier is not the dream job for Malgai. “I studied for two years after high school and became a medical assistant in 2010,” Malgai said. “But I couldn’t find a job because they ask for experience and I don’t have experience.”

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Malgai is contented with this job. It would be wonderful if I could find a job as a medical assistant but “I’m happy now,” Malgai said. “I started with minimum wadges but I got raised, and I get health benefit and the company pay for holidays and vacation.”
Time goes fast for Malgai when it gets busy. She said: “I like it when it’s busy time goes fast.”
Malgai is thankful that she gets to work and have family support with raising her daughter.”My sister lives with me and she watches my daughter,” she said.
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“Now, I’m happy with my job.” but in the future Malgai  wants to stop working and wants to enjoy life. She said:”When I get older, maybe after retiring, I would like to go back to my country and enjoy life.”





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