“You just missed a call from Towson,” my dad said as I walked in the door of my Baltimore home. “They want to interview you for a student-writer position.”
I had just run five miles in humid June weather, but I now had tons of energy. I didn’t think I had a shot at getting the job when I applied. I had just finished my freshman year at TU—I knew an upperclassman would be hired instead.
I was wrong.
Two days after interviewing I was offered a 15 hour per week position with A&F. The position turned into an internship my senior year, and then a graduate assistantship while I worked on my master’s degree. I’ve been with A&F through highs (graduating with my bachelor’s, getting offered my first full-time job) and through lows (hospitalizations, deaths in the family). When things were tough, A&F helped keep me afloat; when things went well, A&F kept me focused. Working here has provided structure and consistency that I sometimes need to fall back on.
My sentiments aren’t novel. I’ve written over 60 posts for this blog over the years, and each person I’ve written about says the same thing: they love working here because they love who they work with. Some rely on fellow staff when life gets difficult, and others just enjoy the workplace ambiance.
I’ve experienced a mixture of both through the guidance and support Pam Gorsuch and Carol Wettersten have provided. When I was looking for post-graduate jobs, Carol conducted mock-interviews with me to make sure I was fully prepared; when I was offered my first full-time job, Pam advised me through every step of the process. These are but a few examples of the many valuable points of guidance and thoughtful gestures, both small and large, they’ve shown over the years—I could write a separate post on just how much they’ve helped me. I’ve been treated like much more than a student-employee while working with Pam and Carol; I’ve been treated like an equal who is both appreciated and valued as a person and employee.
Now my final graduation is fast-approaching, which creates a flurry of emotions: excitement, anxiety, joy, nostalgia. Six years—a quarter of my life—have been anchored on TU’s campus, five of which have included A&F. I’m graduating not only from school, but from perhaps the most important part of my life so far.
Written by Tyler New