Meet Derah Egbuna '16

Derah Egbuna at her work study position in the Luther Diversity Center.

Majors: Chemistry, Biology

Work-Study Position: Publications Assistant, Luther Diversity Center

Derah’s work-study role has a broad reach on the Luther campus. She’s in charge of helping maintain Luther’s Diversity Center website, newsletter, and social media sites.

What have you learned about yourself in this role?

This job has helped me come out of my shell. I’ve always been a shy person but the job requires me to meet with new people all the time and reach out to them for information and interviews. It’s been a great opportunity to connect with people I ordinarily would not have had the chance to meet.

What makes your job interesting?

Honestly, every month is a new adventure. I think for me the most surprising thing that’s happened is having my name mentioned in the school's newspaper. It makes me feel proud and truly honored.

How do you see your work study experience affecting your future?

Although I’m very science oriented, the skills I’ve acquired through this job will be impressive to share when looking for my first job and will be useful in any position.

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

In my opinion, your major doesn't matter. What matters is your personality and your attitude. If you’re happy and willing to try things, want to learn and reach out to people, this job is definitely for you. It’s also important to be patient and organized.

What do you like best about the position?

I like the fact that this position allows me to interact and meet people of all types at Luther. I’ve met so many people, from students to faculty and staff members, all of which I may never have met and never had the chance to learn about their incredible story.