EIA Program Assistant | International Students and Programs Office
Fourth Year | Revelle College | Public Health major w/ Ethnic Studies minor
What do you do at the International Students and Programs Office?
I help the program director with the day to day operations of the English-in-Action program. I set up meetings with prospective participants and interview them, answer emails, update our database, recruit participants and conversation leaders by tabling and posting on social media platforms, as well as helping with mixers and orientations. My favorite part is interviewing students and getting to know the person behind the application. I can relate because I’m not a native English speaker and I know the difficulty of trying to learn a new language. I understand what they’re going through, and being able to give back to others who are in a position that I used to be in is so rewarding.
What are your long-term career goals? Is your current job in line with them?
I hope to have a career in the healthcare field someday. From my major and minor classes I have learned that it is important to be a well-rounded individual. Being able to interact with different kinds of people and make meaningful connections will help me in life and my future career. I hope to work with underrepresented and under-served populations, therefore, I need to be able to interact and communicate with people from different cultures who have different perspectives on life. I believe that I am learning these valuable skills through my work at ISPO because I interact with people from a variety of countries and backgrounds.
How did you find out about your current job?
I was a volunteer for the program before applying to be an assistant. I received an email from the person who is now my boss about the position being available. I was really enjoying meeting with my conversation partner and I felt that I was making a difference in my partner’s English learning process. I decided to apply so that I could contribute more to the function of the program.
Have you ever struggled with being a student worker?
My freshmen year I was working at a dining hall and I was really struggling balancing school and work because everything was so new to me. It was my first job and I was having a difficult time with the quarter system. Unfortunately I had to leave that position because it was starting to affect my grades, however it taught me the importance of knowing my limits, not spreading myself too thin, and managing my time well. When I later got a job my third year, I was far more ready for the workload and I made sure to manage my time well by creating a great organizational system that worked for me.
Do you have any advice for students?
I would say to everyone that it is possible to be a student and a worker and it can be really rewarding. Even if a job isn’t in line with your future career goals, there is so much to learn about the workforce and how to be a great employee. You gain so many important skills like time management, behaving in a professional manner, working in a team as well as working without supervision, and so much more. On top of that, on-campus jobs are so great because employers are understanding of your student schedule but will also help you grow as an employee.