Karissa Kennedy

Karissa Kennedy

Major: English
Hometown: Paradise, CA
Class: Graduate Student
Program Position: Student Assistant | Human Resources

How did you first get connected with the Associated Students?
When I transferred from Butte College, I was looking for a new job on Chico’s campus. I had a couple of interviews, but I knew AS Human Resources was the perfect fit. I love working in a busy environment, constantly being challenged, and learning new things. Also in my first semester at Chico, I had the opportunity to work with CAVE in the America Reads program tutoring elementary students. Not only did the volunteer experience change me, but I gained an overall perspective of what the AS is all about.

How would you describe your current role with Human Resources?
Working in Human Resources means I get to serve many of the AS employees on a daily basis. As a front desk assistant, I greet and assist anyone who walks into our office. Besides all of the normal office duties, I process new-hire paperwork, assist applicants when necessary, and conduct payroll audit reports. There’s always something new, so my job is always interesting.

What does working for the AS do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
While I get a lot of book information and theory in the classroom, I get hands-on, real world experience working in Human Resources. It rounds out my learning experience in college. I’ve developed my interpersonal skills, improved my communication, and learned how to handle different situations professionally.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position with Human Resources?
I am committed to the success of students and the AS. I love my job and work hard at it every day. I am always willing to help customers and am happy to interact with employees and the general public. Ultimately, I bring a positive, friendly attitude and an attention to detail that is essential to Human Resources.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I know I want to work in higher education. I tutor and lead English 30 workshops, so that provides me an opportunity to explore teaching. But working for the AS gives me perspective on a different part of higher education that I might be interested in. Ultimately, I want my career to be working with students, but I’m not sure exactly what that will look like.