It would help if you posted details about the symlink not working, for help with figuring out why it does not work, because if you do it correctly, it should work just fine.
You might want to create other folders that sticks can mount on, as in:
And then mount your stick from commandline to one of the above.
mount /dev/sda1 /media/memorystick
It might prompt for filetype, if you left it the way it came from factory, following should work
mount /dev/sda1 -t vfat /media/CRUZER
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