Brian Culley

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Redding, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Lead Student, Common Grounds

How did you first get connected with AS Dining Services?
As a transfer student, I visited the student services counter and inquired about on-campus jobs that would be flexible with school hours. I was referred to the AS website where I conducted a job search of available positions. I found a barista position that I thought I would love, and I jumped at the opportunity to pursue this line of work along with my studies.

How would you describe your current role as a barista in Common Grounds?
I kick start the day of my fellow students and faculty by brewing them a special cup of coffee to fuel their goals, studies, and innovation. I also form friendships and connections with faculty and students who come in seeking a refreshing break from their busy lives. As a lead student at Common Grounds, I also act as a resource for my fellow baristas who need help or mentorship to improve their skills as a barista.

What does working at Common Grounds do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
As a nursing major, I am trusted to care for the physical, emotional, and mental needs of patients during the most fragile times of their lives. Working at Common Grounds helps me to connect with those in the community and foster a caring and patient personality to those who need help fueling their busy schedules. Nursing also entails performing complex protocols and procedures with precision. Working as a barista at Common Grounds gives me practice of consistently following recipes, multi-tasking, and communicating with co-workers and customers in a concise, efficient, and professional manner. Nursing is a profession where errors can cause catastrophic consequences, and working as a lead student for Common Grounds helps me appreciate the importance of working smoothly and effectively with a team and contributing to its smooth operation.

What do YOU bring to the table in your job as a barista at Common Grounds?
I bring a desire for excellence, leadership, and a touch of artistic inspiration to my position of barista. I always strive to bring a smile to those who come to Common Grounds by making them a unique drink and having a friendly conversation. I love when regular customers come in to see me and share their positive conversations with me which helps me pass on positive energy to the next customers who stop by for their favorite beverage.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I plan to work in a hospital setting as a nurse who brings professional, quality, and evidence-based practice to patients who are in need of medical help. As a nurse, there are many opportunities and departments that provide fulfilling roles for patient care. I have yet to set my heart on one department, but I am very interested in emergency room or operating room nursing care. I enjoy these departments because they meet my personality by offering challenging situations and experiences that require quick action. I feel that my job as a lead student at Common Grounds will help me to effectively develop my communication skills when accuracy and detail are crucial to a patient’s wellness. It will help me to take the lead in fast paced situations and manage the actions of others when the need for accuracy is at its highest level.