As a member of MasterCard’s 2013 Summer Intern class, going cashless is now a habit of mine. Prior to working here, I often found myself without cash and was scolded by my parents for it. Thankfully, none of my coworkers at MasterCard consider the lack of cash in my wallet problematic. In fact, I get praised for going cashless here in Purchase. Prior to my internship, the blame for my lack of cash fell upon my laziness and my fashionable, but impractical-sized purses. Now, I have concrete reasons for carrying a card instead of cash. Cards provide me with much broader versatility, the ability to track my purchases, protection and rewards.
When presented with the prompt “where do you find it difficult to pay with cash?”, I immediately thought about my days in the cafeteria in high school where I spent five minutes trying to flatten out the crumpled dollar bills in my wallet so that the vending machine would actually release those Swedish fish that I’d been craving so badly. While I made a lot of friends standing by the vending machine, I am happy those days are behind me.