Working in admissions has allowed me to be a huge part of the planning and behind-the-scene work that goes into making each perspective student’s experience a unique and memorable one. When I applied to be a student ambassador for this school year, I don’t think I realized how much I was going to wind up loving my job. My student ambassador role includes giving tours, working the reception area/taking calls, and help with anything that needs to be done on big admitted student days.
I love the fact that I am one of the very first faces that a person gets to know when they step foot on our campus (and for some, this the very first time ever). It can be a challenge to reach people and have them truly open up to me, but I love forcing myself to get out of my comfort zone and to figure out what it is they’re looking for here. Once I get to know a perspective student, I enjoy making their tour specific and unique to them.
To do this, I need to know more than just what they’re looking to study. Although a person’s potential major can tell a lot about a person, I also believe I need to dig deeper and find out the roots of their passions in life. If they are into theatre, I will go out of my way to talk about theatre. If they are into sports, I will talk a ton about our different sports teams. No matter who they are or what they love, I like to find their niche and show them why Concordia might be a perfect fit for them.
So classes started January 23rd, after a nice long winter break if you did not take a Winterim course, but I came back on the 14th because I had job training for the week before classes started. It was nice to have an excuse to come back a week early, plus I was happy to have an on-campus job (other than this wonderful job of student blogger) to get some more money. When you are in college you understand the constant need to make money, it’s inevitable at this point in life to low on cash. I got my job in the library which, despite the days of training it required, is a pretty simple job. more “On-Campus Job”
Coming into college it seemed that all of my conversations had a parent or teacher telling me how different college would be. And not to be rude, but I already knew that. I knew that life would be different away from home. I knew that my mom wasn’t going to be making dinner for me anymore. I knew that classes were going to be a little harder, but I don’t think I prepared myself for the workload. more “THE GRIND”
For those of you who don’t know already, being a CNA stands for being a Certified Nursing Assistant. Working in a nursing home as this kind of position is very difficult and not one that everyone can handle well.
A few years ago, as I was unhappily unloading trucks and facing shelves while working at a local Shopko store, I started thinking about what I could do that would make more of a difference. I despised opening boxes and delivering furniture to the front of the store. I tried my hardest to have a positive attitude and to make the best out of the job, but with poor management and very little pay, I knew I needed something new. And this time, I wanted to know that I was making a difference in the lives of people. more “The Work of a CNA”