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A Day in the Life: Julia Dowd, Acting Director of University Ministry

I am very happy that Julia Dowd, Acting Director of University Ministry here at USF, agreed to participate in our blog!  Julia graduated of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and served for a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Francisco where she worked at the Hamilton Family Center as a case manager.  She joined the staff of St. Ignatius Church in 1995 where she served as Director of Social Ministries.  In 2003 Julia joined the staff of USF, first as Program Development Coordinator at the Leo T.  McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and then as Associate Director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. Julia received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies from Holy Cross, a Master’s in Theology and a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from USF.  Julia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national network of Jesuit-affiliated schools and organizations focusing on social justice education and advocacy.  Here’s “A Day in the Life” of Julia Dowd: March 30, 2011:

Acting Director of University Ministry, Julia Dowd

6:30 am           Get up.  Make coffee.  My youngest son Gus (2) is up too.  I check my email until he steals my phone to play Thomas the Train games.  I put on a movie (Shaun the Sheep) for him.

Whoa! 10 unread messages already! (How cute is Julia's son, Gus?)

6:45 am           Grab a cup of coffee.  Escape to a quiet room for 15 minute morning mediation. 

 7:00 am           Wake up Tim (husband) and oldest son Milo (5).  Make breakfast and pack lunches.

 7:30 am           Shower and get dressed.

 8:15 am           Carpool Milo and his friend Ava to kids camp in Golden Gate Park (his preschool is on Spring Break).

 8:45 am           Drop off kids at camp. 

Julia dropping off her son and his friend at camp... her son, Milo, already is representing USF!

9:00 am           Get to USF.  Phone call with HR.

 9:15 am           Respond to emails.  Chat with University Ministry student and USF senior Laura Gengler about her application to the White House Interfaith Initiative sponsored by President Obama. 

Julia Dowd and USF Senior Laura Gengler in front of the Interfaith Meditation Room

9:30 am           Prep for staff meeting.

9:45 am           Check in with UM associate director about our upcoming end-of-the-year staff retreat.

10:00 am         Staff meeting.

11:00 am         Respond to some emails. 

 11:15 am         Prepare for Ignatian Spirituality Seminar with staff and faculty.

University Ministry staff are reading the “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” by James Martin, SJ.

12:00 pm         Facilitate conversation with faculty and staff on Ignatian spirituality at our weekly Ignatian Spirituality Seminar.  Find out more about this seminar here: http://www.usfca.edu/University_Ministry/Ignatian_Spirituality/

The weekly Ignatian Spirituality Seminar meeting

1:00 pm           Check and respond to email. 

 1:25 pm           Meeting with co-worker about a few different projects. 

 2:20 pm           More email…

 2:50 pm           A quick walk around the block to get some fresh air.  What a gorgeous day! 

 3:00 pm           Meet with Resident Ministry Intern Bobby Johnson about his recent immersion trip with USF students to El Salvador.  Find out more about the Arrupe Immersion Program here: http://www.usfca.edu/University_Ministry/Arrupe_Immersion_Progams/

3:45 pm           Work on grant proposal for the USF Jesuit Foundation.

4:35 pm           Leave USF to go get kids at camp.

5:40 pm           Home with kids.  Make and eat dinner. 

7:00 pm           Quick bike ride with Milo around the block on his new bike. 

7:30 pm           Kids in pjs, books and to bed. 

 8:00 pm           More email.  Straighten up the house.  Finish some work projects.

 9:30 pm           Go to bed and read for a bit.  I’m reading (and highly recommend) The Social Animal by David Brooks.  Very interesting overview of behavioral psychology that argues we are much more emotional creatures that we tend to think. 

Thanks, Julia, for taking us through your day! 

The University Ministry Interfaith Meditation Room is located in Lower Phelan Hall and is open to all, Monday-Friday 8:30-6:00.  Interfaith Week is coming up April 10-16, 2011. 

University Ministry offers a lot of programs throughout the year, including retreats, immersion programs, lenten programs, and tutoring programs.  You can find out more by visiting their website: http://www.usfca.edu/universityministry/ or following them on twitter: @usfUM.  Oh, and don’t think you have to be Catholic to take advantage of the programs put on by University Ministry.  Although they ground themselves in the principles of Ignatian Spirituality and the Jesuit tradition, they encouage students of all faiths to participate in their programs. 

Are you involved with University Ministry?  Comment back!

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Job Search Chronicles, Ch. 1: Abbey Lee

About a month ago, I ran into senior Communication Studies major Abbey Lee as she was working away on her laptop in our hallway.  By the end of our conversation, we had not only caught up, but came up with a new “Student Chronicles” idea for the blog, and Abbey was on board to write it!  As a soon-to-be college graduate, Abbey is on the job hunt, and she has agreed to document it for us here on the blog!  Here we go, Abbey’s “Chapter 1.”

Senior COMS major, Giants fan, and job seeker, Abbey Lee

“The Hunt is On, Don!

I just want to let you know that this story doesn’t have an ending.

But isn’t that the point? We don’t need endings just now. We don’t need to close the book. This story, much like yours, is a process.

Just like your goals and dreams never cease to evolve, consequently, the job hunt never really has to either, does it?

By keeping that thought in mind, I am able to feel so much more confident about my current situation, albeit, always a bit low on cash, my job search has developed into a learning opportunity, just like any class on campus.

For me, the job hunt started early this January at the beginning of the semester. I knew with just one class on Tuesday evenings, I needed to fill my time, but mostly I just needed to start making some kind of income. My parents were starting to give me dirty looks… But I really had no idea where to start, and I really had no idea what I wanted to do. Step one: begin with the obvious… Craigslist!

Most students in San Francisco know about craigslist and the beauty of its accessibility. I’m sure we’ve all looked for/found roommates or perhaps our first apartments at this popular site, but it’s also a great resource for finding small odd jobs here and there. Because I’m sure each appealing job posting on craigslist receives hundreds of responses, the trick is to make your application e-mail original. I’ve noticed when I state the obvious, ‘I’m hard-working, and think I’d be perfect for this position… blahdy blah,’ I don’t get a response. BUT when I’ve been just a bit cleverer, or put a bit more personality in the e-mail, I usually hear back within a reasonable time period.

During this phase of my job hunt, I was mostly applying for café/server positions around the city, but wasn’t having too much luck. I did receive some responses, but knew I wanted to have my weekends free, and usually in the food and beverage industry, that just isn’t possible. There was one interview, a couple phone calls, but nothing felt right.

I remembered my old roommate said she was doing something called ‘temping.’ I had a pretty good idea of what this entailed, but to me it never really seemed like a good option. I assumed there was a negative connotation with the word, mostly because everyone in The Office, especially Michael Scott, gave Ryan so much crap about being, ‘the temp.’ One day I asked my friend to send me some information about the agency she worked with. There are countless temp agencies in San Francisco, but this specific one is called Office Team, and they mostly place people like me (with limited office/specialized skills) in low-key administrative positions. To begin the process, I first shot them a quick e-mail and attached my resume. I heard back from them literally within minutes, and started working at my first placement the very next week.

A couple things I learned right away: ALWAYS dress better than you think you should. Living is SF, at least for me, I’ve become very comfortable wearing casual clothes, even at various internships and professional environments. During my very first interview with Office Team, my interviewer asked me, ‘Do you have any suits?’ I replied, ‘Ummm, I probably have something that could look like a suit.’ She replied, ‘Because what you’re wearing right now really isn’t appropriate for an interview.’ I was mortified. I realized out in the job market, I couldn’t quite be the hippie/ragamuffin I prefer to embody. Dress to impress. Cliché for a reason!

As I began to start working at the various placements, I also realized the importance of interpersonal connection. As the receptionist at Benefit Cosmetics Headquarters, I made an effort to make eye contact and smile at the employees as they walked through the reception area. Within a few days, I began to feel like part of the team, and I’ve been asked to come back several times. It really is quite incredible the difference a smile or two can make in the administrative world. It seems like sometimes people can get so bogged down in their work, at their desks, in front of their computers, and consequently, a sense of comradeship is lost amongst the paperwork and the deadlines.

Abbey's view from her desk at Benefit Cosmetics Headquarters... I wish my office looked like this!

I’m also usually a talkative person, so I try to make a point to strike up conversations with people I work with, just so we can feel more comfortable around each other. This always seems to make the work environment that much more appealing and stress free.

So far, I’ve worked with four different companies, and I’ve enjoyed every experience. But I made a point to enjoy every experience. It’s really all about how we approach our responsibilities and tasks for the day. If we begin our work with a negative attitude, already there is energy wasted, energy that could be spent concentrating and fulfilling each duty with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

It’s been an incredible learning experience traveling to these different placements and making first impressions each time. I’ve been able to grasp a better understanding of how I come across in the work place, and how different people interact and respond to my personality. I know what I DON’T want to do later in life, and I know which positions I could see myself really enjoying as a young professional. I think temping is such a great idea for a young college student. Scheduling can be tricky, but it’s almost like I’ve had four jobs in the span of just two months, and that kind of experience has really been priceless.

So as you can see, the story doesn’t end here. We have countless resources at our finger tips, and it’s time to take advantage. When we even begin to think about looking for a job, there’s no way to be successful unless we have a legit resume. I say legit, because not only does it have to be legitimate, true, authentic, and beneficially revealing, it needs to be LEGIT, a resume that doesn’t scare people away.

One of my advisor’s lent me the book Confessions of a Recruiting Director by Brad Karsh, and it changed the entire way I ‘sell myself’ on paper. I highly recommend it, as it has dozens of good and bad resume and cover letter examples.  The Career Services center is right on campus, and a perfect resource for the average job-hunting college student, because that’s exactly why the center was created. They specialize in helping prepare you for interviews, resume presentation, and how to present yourself in the professional world.

As my job hunt continues, I will make a point to learn as much as I can from each experience. The more interpersonal and technical skills I accrue will only make me a more valuable candidate when I want to find a ‘real’ job.

 This is the end for now, but it will continue! 

Please feel free to contact me if you want to find out more about my experiences or the resources available to us.”

Abbey has agreed to blog again for us as she continues the hunt.  Abbey is also part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training and is participating in the 29th Annual Avia Wild Flower Triathlon, an Olympic distance triathalon, to raise money for blood cancer research!  You can keep up with Abbey’s training and donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/sf/wildtri11/aleezx.  I forsee a “Student Shout-Out” in Abbey’s future! 

Abbey is also on twitter, follow her at @abbazabba (and while you’re there, follow us @USFDONSCOMS if you haven’t already).  Thanks, Abbey, for documenting your job search for us!  Can’t wait for your next chapter!

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Dons' Doings: Pizza with the Pros, Thurs. 3/31!

I am all about alliteration.  Which is really only one reason why I think this week’s event is so outstanding.  Seriously… I am super stoked about this event.  (See what I did there?).  What’s going on this week?  The second annual Pizza with the Pros! 

This event is co-sponsored by PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and Lambda Pi Eta.  PRSSA and LPH members, along with other Communication Studies students, have invited Bay Area professionals to join us for an informal night of networking.  Many students have invited their current intership directors to attend, and we have several alums also joining us.  Last year’s event was very successful, and provided a great opportunity for students to meet local professionals and interact with other majors, professors, and alums.  I’ve been told by a few students that some of the pros are currently looking for an interns! 

The event is open to all Communication Studies majors, and pros from a variety of industries will be joining us.  Here are the details:

What? Pizza with the Pros

When? Thursday, March 31st, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where? Broad Room inside of Fromm Hall

So, join us for pizza and networking!  I’m thinking it’s going to be totally terrific, a huge hit.  A special thanks to Professor Vannice and PRSSA Chapter President Kelly Sanders for their hard work on this event.  Hope to see you there!

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Internship Ideas: Natalie and Amanda at "Bartab"

It’s not you.  Really.  You are actually seeing double in today’s “Internship Ideas” post.  Why?  Because today’s post features twin Communication Studies majors Natalie and Amanda Mulay!  Not only do they have some of their classes together, but they also intern together too!  Let’s catch up with Natalie and Amanda…

Q: Where do you intern?

Natalie and Amanda: “We are Community Managers for Bartab.  Bartab allows you to give and receive real $1 drinks over Facebook.  The company launched last May and there are already 200+ bars who are accepting Bartab in San Francisco.  The company had also gone nationwide to Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and a ton of other cities! Bartab also has mobile application for the Iphone and Andriod.  So you are probably wondering how it works.  All you have to do is select the drink you would like to claim from ‘My Drinks.’  Click the ‘Claim This Drink’ button when ready to drink at the bar and then show the activated coupon with countdown timer to the bartender.”

Q: How did you find this internship?

Natalie and Amanda: “The internship was listed on USF’s Career Service Center’s website.  We responded to the listing and I received a response back within just a day.  The person who responded to my resume actually ended up being someone we knew from our high school!”

Q: Why did you choose to intern at Bartab?

Natalie and Amanda: “We took the internship because it sounded like the perfect internship for us!  We are social, we love organizing and attending events, and we have a background in social media and event planning (from our last internship with ABCey Events).  We also liked the idea of working with a new start-up company, especially a company that is growing so quickly!  If we do well, this internship could possibly lead to a job after graduation.  Oh and it was also a plus to have a paid internship!”

Q: What do you do on a regular basis at your internship?

Natalie and Amanda: “We are responsible for generating and implementing ideas to drive user adoption.  On a weekly basis we:

  • Develop and manage of viral campaigns
  • Coordinate strategic partnerships with bars, clubs and promoters
  • Prepare events and execute them
  • We created and run Bartab’s San Francisco twitter (Batab_SF)
  • We use Facebook to spread the word on Bartab events and drinks
  • We write the weekly San Francisco Bartab newsletter
  • We spend 4-8 hours in Bartab’s partner bars to build emails, make new friends and demonstrate how to use Bartab
  • We also support our partner bars by distributing marketing materials and network with the bar staff
  • Provide unlimited support and guidance to our customers

Q: What have you learned from your internship?

Natalie and Amanda: “We’ve learned a lot about social media and marketing.  We’ve also learned to manage my internship and schoolwork.”

Q: What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship?

Natalie and Amanda: “You should definitely take advantage of the Career Services Center at school.  Everyday there are new job listings.  Also network with family, friends etc. to find jobs!  It’s important to build your resume and get experience before you enter the real world!”

Twin Communication Studies majors Amanda and Natalie

Thanks to Natalie and Amanda for sharing their experience and advice!  One of the most frequent comments I hear back from alums is that they wished they used the Career Services Center more when they were students.  You can find more information about the Career Services Center by visiting them on UC 5th floor, or by checking out their website at www.usfca.edu/career

Do you have an internship that you enjoy?  Contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu to be profiled in a future Internship Ideas post.

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Study Abroad Chronicles, Ch. 1: Louise Littig

I am very excited today to have one of our majors currently studying abroad contribute to the blog!  I thought this would be fun for two main reasons: 1) Many of our students contemplate study abroad, so this will be a fun way to learn more about the experience first hand, and 2) It allows those of us here to live vicariously!  While away, junior Communication Studies major Louise Littig has been keeping up with our department on the blog and facebook, and I am so happy she is sharing her study abroad experiences with us today!  This is Louise’s first entry documenting her experiences abroad.  Here we go: Louise’s “Chapter 1”:

"Hola!" to junior COMS major Louise Littig, enjoying Valencia, Spain

“Sin Pregunta: Studying Abroad in Barcelona

¡Hola desde España! I hope everyone back in San Francisco is doing well! I am Louise Littig, a junior Communication Studies major. Currently, I am about 2 months through my 5 -month study abroad journey here in Barcelona.  I attend IQS, a business and engineering school under the larger university, Universitat Ramon Llull (also a Jesuit school like USF!). I am taking all business classes here (for my minor) as well as a negotiating skills class in which my nonverbal communication class I took last semester with Professor Doohan has helped me immensely in! I feel so fortunate to have chosen this internal program through USF because it has placed me in a diverse classroom setting with students from all over the globe. My classmates range from all over Spain, to Germany, France, Argentina, The Phillipines, Finland, England, Mexico as well as most of the U.S. We are quite an eclectic group which significantly adds to our class discussions.

Gooooooaaaaaalllll! (Hint: If you can't go to a Spanish soccer game like Louise, watch on Telemundo)

So far I am thoroughly enjoying the Spanish way of living! Things start later here (which totally coincides with my sleeping schedule). The best meal of the day is around 10 at night.  The meal is typically of tapas; which are bite size pieces of food highlighting popular delicacies from Spain. I absolutely love tapas and I hope to bring this custom back to SF with me! Another thing that I have had to take some time getting used to is how late the night life starts here! Since everyone eats dinner so late, people don’t start going out for the night until 2 a.m. This has proved to be quite a test since everything in San Francisco starts closing at 2 a.m.! However, I am happy (and slightly concerned) to say that I am now fully adjusted to this lifestyle!

Barri Gótic District in Barcelona

Parc Guell

Since I have been here I have been lucky to have some free time to travel around Spain. Last month I got the opportunity to go to Madrid, the capital of Spain. While I was there I was greeted with the most beautiful weather I have experienced yet! We toured sites such as Puerto del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Retiro Park. The highlight of that trip was visiting the world famous art museum, El Museo del Prado, a museum holding one of the world’s finest collections of European art.

El Museo del Prado

Last weekend I traveled to Valencia to see Las Fallas, a weekend long celebration where on the very last night the city burns down over 80, 3 -10 story wooden sculptures that the people of the city had been carving for the past few months. The fires were enormous! I could feel to heat radiating off of the fires even though I was hundreds of feet away, barricaded back by fences. By the end of the night it looked like it had snowed! Everyone and everything was covered with ash! I believe that these fires have been one of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen! If you are ever in Spain during this time of year I highly recommend making the trip to Valencia to see this incredible sight!

Las Fallas

As much as I miss San Francisco I am truly happy that I chose to take this opportunity to study abroad in a different country. I am learning, experiencing and witnessing things that I would have never experienced if I hadn’t chosen to come. I look forward to see what these next couple months have in store for me! And of course returning this summer to the wonderful San Francisco!”

Flamenco dresses

Thanks, Louise, for sharing your experiences!  It looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful time!  Louise kindly agreed to document her experiences for us just before she leaves Spain, so we’ll hear from her again in the coming months.  I don’t know about you, but I added an item to my “to do” list based on Louise’s blog: investigate places to get tapas around here!  Congratulations, Louise!  We miss you in the department but are so happy to hear from you!

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Red Alert: Lambda Pi Eta is recruiting!

Calling all of you smart students out there!  Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies honor society, is recruiting new members!  It has been called “the BEST club on campus” (seriously… just yesterday… it was our current chapter president, but still!) and we are looking for new members.  Here are the details:

  • minimum of 60 units completed
  • cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • major GPA of at least 3.25
  • no grade lower than a B- in any Communication Studies course
  • completion of at least three Communication Studies classes at USF

Lambda Pi Eta hosts academic, social, and community service events throughout the year, including Pizza with the Profs, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Career Night, Alumni Speaker Night, and, my personal fave, Chevy’s Night, among others.  Join a fun group of students and get involved in your department! 

We are also looking for officers for next year, so if you are interested in a leadership position, please contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu

You can download the application here: Lambda Pi Eta application 2011

Applications are due on Friday April 1st.  If you will meet the requirements at the end of this semester, you should apply now.  You will hear about your acceptance by April 6th… just in time to celebrate at our Chevy’s Night fundraiser on April 7th!  More details about Chevy’s Night will be coming up here on the blog… I can almost taste the carnitas fajitas already!  YUM!

Are you a member of Lambda Pi Eta (current or alum)?  Comment back with your experiences as a Lambda Pi Eta member!

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Student Shout-Out: Blogger and newspaper columnist Sarah!

Today’s “Student Shout-Out” focuses on junior Communication Studies major Sarah Manning, who, in addition to being a full-time college student, is also a blogger and newspaper columnist!  Sarah created a blog called “The Chocolate Fig” (http://thechocolatefigsf.com) where she explores healthy food and healthy living, and she also writes a column for her hometown newspaper.

Communication Studies major, blogger, columnist, and photographer Sarah!

Sarah is passionate about healthy living and healthy cooking.  I asked her why she started her blog.  “I first started ‘The Chocolate Fig’ to keep track of the easy recipes I made each day.  It was fun for me to write a little bit about why and how they came together, what sort of health benefits they boasted, and tips for my imaginary readers.  Eventually, I started telling my friends and family about the blog after they continually asked what I ate and how I maintained such a healthy diet.  The goal of my blog then morphed to become a place for my social network to read about exactly what I do to stay balanced.  As my readership has grown, I started hosting ads and promoting it more on other photography and food websites.  Of course, for the most part I write ‘The Chocolate Fig’ entirely for myself.  I have a ton of fun redesigning the site every so often and experimenting with my writing style.  It has been a great tool for learning and growing.”

Check out Sarah's blog for the recipe for this delicious-looking fig fudge

In December, Sarah started a food column called “Nourished” for the Los Altos Town Crier.  Sarah works on these articles for four weeks before they are due, and they are heavily researched.   You can check out Sarah’s most recent articles here:

http://www.losaltosonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23510&Itemid=133
http://www.losaltosonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23242&Itemid=133
http://www.losaltosonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23064&Itemid=133

Sarah has been interested in healthy living and healthy cooking since she was in high school.  I asked her what she likes about blogging: “What I love more than anything is the conversation and sense of community that’s created when you put yourself out there and write about what moves you.  I love getting notes from complete strangers who tried one of my recipes and liked it; it really makes you notice that we’re not all that different, even if we live worlds apart. Blogging has also become an extension of my diary, because what I choose to cook or bake has so much to do with how I’m feeling on a given day.  I try to incorporate this into my blog posts; usually there’s some sort of life update or adventure I tell readers about that inspired the dish.  In a word, it’s all about the journey.  That may seem really corny, but it’s true.  We’re all just exploring and going about our daily tasks, trying to give our lives meaning. For me, food and health hold incredible meaning.  When I eat the same foods for a week, I get really bored.  So I try new things and almost never make the same recipe twice.  If I didn’t do something with my passions and create art, I’d explode.”

A healthy cupcake. Sarah, if you have a healthy red velvet cupcake that tastes as good as the non-healthy version from my local bakery, send it my way!

I also asked Sarah if her study of communication helps her: “It absolutely helps!  [M]y writing has improved tremendously since starting the blog and the column.  With research papers, literature reviews, blog posts and newspaper articles, that’s four different styles of writing that I’ve had to learn how to do.  They all help each other in some way.  Studying communication also helps me adopt a different perspective about people in general, because knowing and understanding how and why we communicate helps me come up with new things to write about.  I’ve grown to love writing about food politics for the conversations that ensue, even though they’re usually controversial and sometimes critical of the writer.  You can tell a lot about someone based on what they say in heated discussions!”

Congratulations, Sarah, on all of your success!  I think it is so wonderful to see what our students are passionate about!  Only one suggestion: Any way we could get your byline to read “University of San Francisco Communication Studies major Sarah Manning”?  Check out Sarah’s blog for some food inspiration!

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Student Shout-Out: Alyssa on the GO Team!

Today’s “Student Shout-Out” spotlights sophomore Communication Studies major Alyssa Micciche and her work on the GO Team.  The Get Oriented (GO) Team is a group of about 30-35 USF students that lead the incoming new student orientation weekend.  This is an important job because GO Team members are responsible for ensuring that our brand new students have a great time during their first few days on campus.  They really help make a positive first impression.  I asked Alyssa about her work on the GO Team. 

Alyssa with The Don (I'm jealous)

“I got involved because I had such a wonderful experience at my orientation and I really admired my GO Team leader. I wanted to be someone that the new students could look up to.  After being a GO Team leader this past year, I was encouraged to apply to be a team leader. Team leaders act as liaison between orientation leaders (OLs) and our professional staff.  Also, they plan all of orientation from the evening events, to OL training, and uniforms.  Currently, I am a team leader for GO Team and my project areas are Orientation Leader recruitment and GO Team uniforms.”  Alyssa’s currently interviewing potential OLs and looking at designs for uniforms.  Ahhh… uniforms.  I spent eight years wearing a uniform and loved it!   

I also asked Alyssa if her Communication Studies background has helped her at all with her work on orientation (a bit of a leading question, I know!).  “I believe that my Communication Studies background has really helped me with my work in GO Team because communication skills are something we look for in OLs.  When dealing with new students it is extremely important to be able to have the ability to figure out what they need and the best way to answer their questions or help them in any other way.  I love working with GO Team because it has given me so many opportunities.  I have been able to gain valuable skills such as interviewing, leading groups of 40-50 people, and public speaking.  I would encourage everyone to get involved with GO Team if they are interested because it is a lot of fun and you get to be the new students’ first impression of USF.”

Working on new student orientation is a really important job on campus and these students are excellent representatives for our university.  Congratulations to Alyssa and the entire GO Team! 

Alyssa strolling into the sunset (or up Fulton Street) with The Don