When I wrote about my initial experiences with A&F—and the administration building in general—I noted that I was pleasantly surprised by the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the division. I didn’t have negative expectations, though—I was just nervous and naive. In the course of gathering information for this article I realized that I am not alone in how I first approached my current job. My newest coworker, Christian Yovo, shares the same, large cubicle as me, and he admitted that he was also nervous when he started working for A&F.
“I was confident but nervous,” he said thoughtfully, remembering his first day. “I knew that I could do the job, but I was still nervous.”
Christian also notes that he enjoys being around the people of A&F, in addition to his work. “What I like most about this job is my coworkers and the people I interact with. The warm and friendly attitude that people have towards one another is amazing. I also love what I do, which is helping people with their tech problems.”
A Bioinformatics major with a minor in Mathematics, Christian is particularly ambitious—a trait that helps him blend in with the talented A&F staff. He said that he would “love to get into the pharmaceutical/medicine industry” after graduation.
Future pans aside, Christian excels in the present; there always seems to be an endless cascade of people requesting his services. The words “awesome” and “talented” are regular visitors in my work area, all of them due to Christian’s presence. These words appear during the many conversations he has with passing employees. Conversations, I’d like to mention, that always are robust and genuine—Christian is always earnest in his verbal engagements with others, which cannot be said of everyone.
Not only has Christian enjoyed these conversations, but they have helped him grow, too. He said “This job has taught me a lot about office life, and how to conduct myself towards coworkers. I have gained more professional development skills and better work ethics.” It seems as if Christian’s natural talents lend themselves well to life in the office. This is promising, considering that he said this job “gave me the urge to persevere in the amount of work that I put in my school, and gave me a tremendous desire to get into the workforce.”