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Onyema Duru

Major: Electrical and Electronics Engineer, Minor: Computer Engineer
Hometown: Vallejo, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Front Desk Attendant

Don’t let your happenings destroy your happiness. -Benjamin Franklin

How did you first get connected with the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC)?
Constantly working out at the WREC and interacting with the front desk employees got me connected with the WREC.

How would you describe your role as a Front Desk Assistant at the WREC?
I would describe my role as a Front Desk Assistant at the WREC as being the face of the WREC. Interacting with people, and giving what the customer needs makes the WREC atmosphere better. When the costumers are happy, we are happy!

What does working at the WREC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
The WREC provides me the opportunity to interact and adapt to anyone and everyone. It gives me the ability to help people who seek it, and answer questions thoroughly. Working here has definitely helped me be more professional. Academically, it made me make school my number one priority. Also, working here allows me the ability to schedule my studies around school and work.

What do YOU bring to the table as a Front Desk Assistant at the WREC?
I simply bring a positive and fun working environment to the Front Desk at the WREC. I believe if I bring a positive vibe to work, my coworkers and everyone who interacts with us brings happiness and smiles.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
My educational goal is to finish my bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering. I am also going to further my education and get a Masters in Engineering Management. Obtaining this degree will achieve my goal of being an inspiring COO of a building automation company. I want to make the world greener and more sustainable by helping property owners of commercial buildings save more money on their electrical and gas bill. I also want to make buildings smart by using sensors and control panels to control doors, lights, heating, air-condition and ventilation. Being a part of Associated Students has prepared me by helping me adjust to any type of environment. That is my goal – to be the Chief of Engineering of a company so that I can help the world.

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