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