Meet Rachel Aune '15

Rachel Aune Work Study photo

Major: Psychology

Work Study Position: Recreational Services Student Supervisor and Official

With more than 60 percent of Luther's student body participating in intramural sports, Rachel enjoys that her work-study position gives her the opportunity to meet new people on a daily basis. As an official, she helps students have fun, be active, and take a break from the daily stressors that sometimes accompany college life.

What are your primary duties in this role?

My primary duties consist of organizing the monthly work schedule for the officials, officiating and providing scorekeeping at a variety of intramural sports and activities, and assisting and communicating with the coordinator of recreational services about concerns or potential improvements.

How did you get the job?

I started as the student captain of an intramural basketball team participating in a January Term basketball tournament. When the recreational services coordinator contacted the team captains expressing a need for officials, I said I was interested in the opportunity and was hired as an official. After demonstrating competent officiating skills and building a reputation as a reliable, responsible employee for two years, I was promoted to the position of recreational services student supervisor.     

What have you discovered about yourself?

I’ve grown a lot in my role as the recreational services student supervisor and as an official. I have learned that I can remain firm in my convictions but take responsibility for my mistakes, in addition to learning the importance of finding a balance between work, school, and extracurricular activities.

What new skills have you learned on the job?

In addition to learning the rules for a variety of intramural sports, this job has also taught me a fair amount about conflict resolution. Sometimes players have disagreements with the officials or with one another, but I have learned how to handle those situations in a calm, professional, and fair manner.

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

Fair! They should also be reliable, organized, self-confident, assertive, responsible, and have good communication skills.