Hometown: Half Moon Bay, CA
Program Position: Front Desk Assistant | CAVE
How did you first get connected with Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)?
I needed a job and looked online, and I saw an open position at CAVE. I had heard of CAVE, but didn’t have time to volunteer previously because of my class schedule. I was hired for the job, and then immediately signed up to volunteer in the Adopted Grandparents Program. And now I’m hooked on volunteering and giving back to the community!
How would you describe your current role with CAVE?
My role at the front desk is one that allows me to be involved in the recruiting of volunteers for all CAVE programs. I do application intake for students and review all paperwork to be sure it’s complete. I help guide students to find the right fit if they don’t know which program to participate in. I also do all typical reception work: answering phones, updating calendars, filing, etc. We have to be very knowledgeable and organized to provide great customer service to every single person walking in. We often make the first impression someone has of CAVE, so I want students to feel welcomed.
What does working for CAVE do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working at the front desk has allowed me to grow in my interactions with professional staff on campus. It gives me the opportunity to reach out to mentors like my supervisor, Elisa, because she guides me so well. CAVE opens doors for me that I may not know are out there. Overall, I have gained leadership qualities, public speaking skills, and much more confidence in myself. It has really helped me step out of my shell.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position at CAVE?
I bring an open mind. I am always willing to learn new things. I welcome people with open arms. I treat people the way I like to be treated. I’m also creative and enjoy making cute and fun signs and posters to decorate the office. I use Pinterest for inspiration!
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
As a nurse, my dream job would be to work in pediatric orthopedics or in a neonatal intensive care unit. My job at CAVE gives me the opportunity to improve my professional interactions and that will benefit me in everything I do. I’ll also be able to put into practice the social interactions and leadership skills in a hospital setting.