Towson University, like any college, revolves around students; this can be easy to forget, given our busy day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, many of the staff in the A&F Division do not have much interaction with the general student body – we aren’t teachers, we don’t host many student events– many of us are part of the “hidden side” to Towson University. But A&F interacts with students in other ways, and we pride ourselves on the opportunities and instruction we provide to students through student employment. These opportunities are a great way for students to learn and gain experience that will better prepare them for careers when they graduate.
During the fall 2013 semester, the A&F blog will showcase a number of student workers. What are they studying? What do they want to do for a career? How is their student job helping them achieve their goals?
To kick off this series, the first student worker we feature will be the one writing the series: Tyler New!
Tyler has been the Communications Assistant in the Office of the VP for over a year. He helps write and edit articles for T3 and the A&F Blog (He edited this article) and serves as part of the small editorial staff that works on A&F’s annual publications, such as the Operating Budget and Plan book, the Annual Report, and legislative testimonies.
In addition to his stated job duties, he also works a good sense of humor into his emails and editing comments. Even if these small pieces of comedic gold are only seen by a few people, those few people appreciate them – always unexpected, Tyler’s humor can brighten a dull day or act as icing on the cake during an already good day. After working closely with him for over a year, I asked him a few questions about what this student job gives him, and what it is that keeps him coming back day after day.
An English major just beginning his junior year at Towson, Tyler’s academic and personal interests intersect: “I enjoy reading all kinds of writing, not just poetry and novels.” Let me also attest to the fact that Tyler is a skilled writer, handling everything from creative pieces to research papers to business writing, and so I present the remainder of the article in Tyler’s own words:
Q: What do you like about this job, and how has this position influenced your college experience?
Tyler: It’s provided excellent structure, positive reinforcement and professional experience. Not many college students have experienced what I have with this job; many of my friends work at Jamba Juice and Starbucks.
Q: How has this job influenced your future goals?
Tyler: I was an education major when I came to Towson, and this job helped me realize that I could pursue a career involving writing; it also helped me realize that English is a good major.
Q: How does this job help you prepare for your future goals?
Tyler: This job has been enormously helpful; I’ve gotten to do what I love—writing—and have even gotten my name on some documents. The experience this job has provided me is invaluable. I have a job that I’m proud of. It’s also given me constant opportunities to learn about the English language and how it’s used to communicate. I am much more fluent in the nuances of writing than I was when I first came here. Eric Martinez was also an incredible mentor and taught me a lot.
Q: What kind of career would you like to pursue after college?
Tyler: Possibly law, editing, academia or communications. Not sure yet.
Hopefully, Tyler will stay with the A&F Communications team as long as he can. I am glad that I get to work with Tyler, because in addition to his charming personality he is genuinely enthusiastic about his work, and a good writer and valuable asset to the A&F Communications team.