Meet Kalinda Kolek '17

Kalinda Kolek

Major: Management

Work Study Position: Student Manager in the Cafeteria

As a student manager, Kalinda makes sure that all of the student workers know how to perform the work needed at the station where they are scheduled. Her primary role is to oversee the lines in the cafeteria, verify the amount of food, and determine that the areas are clean, staffed, and operating smoothly. If anything goes wrong during the shift, it’s Kalinda’s job is to resolve the situation in the most efficient manner.

How did you get the job?

I was assigned to the cafeteria as my work study position during my first year here at Luther. At the end of spring semester, there was an opening for a student manager. My manager suggested I apply. I applied, had an interview, and was hired for the position.

What have you learned about yourself in this role?

I’ve discovered that I’m a good leader. It's sometimes difficult to lead and manage your peers. It takes confidence and leadership skills to do it well.

What has the job taught you?  

I’ve learned how to work with many different types of people. I've also discovered when and how to speak my mind and be more comfortable talking in front of groups.

Have you found anything surprising about the job?

What’s great is that I had no idea I’d develop so many friendships through this work-study position.

How do you see this experience affecting your future?

I believe it will help me be a better manager in my career. Plus, the experience of leading people is a great resume builder. I’ll also have more respect for any managers I report to in the future.  

What type of person do you feel is suited best for your type of work study position?

It’s important to work in the cafeteria for at least a semester so they would know how the kitchen operates. But, any person with a great attitude and who doesn't mind spending time in the cafeteria is perfect for the job!

What do you like best about the position?

I enjoy getting to meet new people and it happens almost every day at this job. And, as a student manager, you are adopted into a little “Caf” family with all the other student managers and dining services staff.