When I was a first-year, most of us were assigned to either Dining Services or Custodial. I was assigned to work in the Caf, and I remember my first shift in the dishroom. It was a new, different experience since I had never worked in dining before. Working in Dining Services taught me a lot, especially when it comes to cooperation and humility. I cherish the experience I had in Dining Services, although one year is enough for all of that. This isn't because Dining Services do not provide a good working environment, but because I saw myself doing other jobs on campus which I believe would be more helpful for my future ambitions.
Two of my main jobs on campus are in College Ministries and the Welcome Center. These two are those which I work the most hours throughout the week. In College Ministries, I work as th Publicity Assistant and the Outreach Assistant. I mostly design posters requested by College Ministries and put them up around campus, design the bulletin boards of College Ministries every month, and occasionally I would work with social media too. I also help out with the procedures of Outreach outings to different churches in College Ministries. What I love about this position is that it almost doesn't feel like a job at all. I've always loved indulging myself in art once in awhile, be it drawing or graphic designing. This job makes it possible for me to express myself while contributing to the school. I especially love the company of my colleagues and supervisors as well. It's really neat coming to work with warm, welcoming smiles every time.
As for the Welcome Center, I've only started working with them this semester. It turns out the job isn't as easy as everyone thinks it is. It's important that as a receptionist, I have to be alert at all times and I would have to get to know what's happening in Luther because we often get a lot of questions from students, parents, alums, and outsiders. The job can also get quite lonely sometimes since you would be the only one working there. Although a lot of times some of my friends would stay for a bit with me to chit-chat, which I appreciate. Other times I'm happy about the 'loneliness' of the job because I can work on my assignments without anyone interrupting me. It's beginning to become my favorite study place too, oddly enough. The Welcome Center is also positioned in front of the Union's big window, and it's nice to be able to look outside once in awhile because the scenery is just amazing. Another thing that I enjoy about this job is that it allows me to watch people. Now it isn't suppose to sound that creepy, but hear me out. Over the semester, we had all kinds of admissions and alum events. It's a bliss to be able to watch the alumni hug each other like they haven't seen each other in years, and prospective students and their families getting fascinated with the surroundings of campus. Such views don't happen everyday, but when they do, I just can't help admiring how beautiful they are.
My two other jobs are with Admissions. About once a month, I give tours to prospective students and their families around campus. I applied for this position because I felt like it would be a good platform for me to learn how to enhance my soft skills with people. So far, I've only given a tour to two prospective students and their families. From what I've learned, giving a tour is not as easy as "just talking about Luther". It is important for us ambassadors to make the prospective students feel as warm and as welcomed as possible, since we could be the ones who make or break the deal for them. My other job with Admissions is student blogging (yes, this one!) which almost does not feel like a job as well. Blogging about life at Luther is lots of fun, especially when you can look back at how much you've changed over time and how much Luther has impacted your life.
Do I like having so many jobs?
Yes, I do! Although I'm not going to lie, scheduling can be a burden at the beginning but over time it's not hard to get used to. I appreciate the fact that I have a variety of working environment like my own room, an office, and even the entire campus! It gives me the chance to meet all kinds of people and learn different skills from these places which I'm certain is going to be helpful for me in the future.
Until next time,