In about seven weeks after spring break, I will be wrapping up my first-year at Luther already. I’m excited to begin my journey as a sophomore and start figuring out what I’d like to do as a future career after graduating—but don't let me not get ahead of myself first! Around this time of the year is when first-year students look for new jobs and housing for their second year. My friends and I have been applying for all kinds of openings on campus, going in for interviews, and waiting anxiously to receive the results of our applications.
Many first-year students submit work-study applications in order to broaden their learning environment and to be able to connect and work right alongside Luther College faculty and staff members. Having these work-study positions varies job experience and helps in resume building. These jobs also help students with their studies, seeing how the labor isn’t too demanding, students aren't feeling worn out by the end of their shifts. There were plenty of work-study positions announced for the coming school year around campus—such as admissions, the library, Ticket Office, Diversity Center, Resident Assistants (RAs), and student managers in dining and custodial services. This year, I decided to apply for Admissions, Ticket Office, and College Ministries. Applications for summer housing were also available.
Usually, students receive a call for an interview after the potential employeer has reviewed his or her submitted application. The first job opportunity I inquired was the publicity assistant position at College Ministries. I heard of the opening from a friend, so I decided to apply. I was briefed about the position after I inquired about its tasks and responsibilities, and was then given an application sheet to complete by the College Ministries student worker supervisor. To my surprise, I got hired right on the spot! I was so grateful for this opportunity, and Daniel (my supervisor) told me that I would begin training the following week with a senior currently occupying my new position. The next job I applied for was at the Ticket Office. I attended the interview session held in the CFL; it was conducted by three experienced student Ticket Office workers. The interview went well and I wasn’t even that nervous once I got engaged into the interview. Sadly, though, a week later I received an email saying that I did not get the job. I was glad nevertheless, because I already had a position secured in College Ministries. My friends were also experiencing the same thing, they got some jobs, and not others. Their job applications, however, were even more complex than mine because they had to go through two rounds of interviews. They were elated at first because they got call backs for the second round of interviews for the RA and summer housing positions. Even though they did not get those jobs in the end, they were happy that they managed to secure a spot in the Ticket Office. I was happy for all of us having these opportunities.
Today, I actually just got back from the Admissions interview. The way the interview was conducted was different from any of my other previous interviews. It was set up as a group of us students being interviewed by the Admissions coordinators. We were each given a word like “campus tour”, “diversity”, “Decorah”, “cafeteria”, “sustainability”, etc and then the person given the word had to describe its definition in their own words and how it related to Luther College. Other participants in the interview were also welcomed to chime in any of their own ideas even if it wasn't their turn. It was an interesting experience seeing how it was so different from a typcial interview. I’m hoping for the best once the results come out after spring break.
For now, I’m just going to enjoy my training for the semester before I take up the position as Publicity Assistant in College Ministries!