Q: What interested you in the Community Work Study program?
The fact that they were all jobs that made a difference, even if it was a little one. I wanted a job that had variety and would make me feel like I actually did something worthwhile each day. In addition to that, I realized this would be great on my resume and is an experience that can be used in any career path.
Q: What is the best part of the program?
Nikki Seymour and Sally Anastos put a lot of thought into placing students with a suitable organization. Orientations with supervisors make things clearer and the faculty is so supportive.
Q: What do you do?
I work at IRIS; we welcome refugees to America and help them make new lives here. I’m a Case Management Assistant, but you get experience in everything, which is great. You can spend a day helping the kids in daycare while the parents are in English classes. I've spent some days on the phone with UI, or at Bank of America helping one of the refugees open a bank account of their own. We strive to achieve self-sufficiency for the refugees.
Q: What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had so far?
The fact that the refugees are grateful for anything you do; one time a lady hugged me for helping her with paper work, and the other day a child gave me a gift she made in class. Meeting these people and experiencing what they bring with them from their country; seeing a refugee get a job, or achieving anything that gets them closer to being independent is rewarding.