Hometown: Richmond, CA
Program Position: Cashier, AS Dining Services
How did you first get connected with AS Dining Services?
I had a couple of friends who worked in the Marketplace, and they let me know when there were openings. I used to go by there all the time so the staff would recognize me. My friends told me about an open interview, so I went and was hired that day. I started working as a custodian, and then I went on to making sandwiches in the deli, and now I’m a cashier.
How would you describe your position with AS Dining Services?
As a cashier I’m responsible for a large amount of money. I do credit and debit transactions, put meal points on student cards, count out the drawers, and deposit money bags in the safe. When it’s time to close, I clean up the register area, clean coffee machines, and whatever needs to be done. There are usually about three cashiers working per shift and I work about 12 hours per week.
What does working with AS Dining do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I’ve gotten great customer service skills and teamwork skills. I knew two people when I came to work here, and now I know everyone. My co-workers are my friends. I see them all over campus. I’ve connected with all these people, made friends and have a study partner. I’ve met people who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. We’re all relaxed and friendly and have great teamwork. We need to work together when there’s a problem or when things get hectic. I’ve learned to be flexible and have filled in for other areas like catering when they need help.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position with AS Dining Services?
I’m friendly and I’m always laughing. My supervisor said I knew everybody and was always smiling, so he wanted me out front on the register. My deli supervisor says, “Bree is compassionate and understanding, honest and headstrong. Her great sense of humor and positive attitude are two of her great attributes.”
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
After graduation I’d like to work with Teach for America for a couple of years and then find something where I can apply my major – maybe local politics like a city council. Then I’d like to get my master’s degree. Maybe I’ll end up in education.