Students Gain Skills, Help Departments While Working on Campus this Summer
More than 185 Wesleyan students are employed in various campus departments over the summer. Of those, about 78 are work-study eligible. Students earn money that can be contributed to the cost of their education, while learning skills that will benefit them in the classroom and beyond. Employers benefit from students’ skills, insight and enthusiasm.
Andrea Vargas ’17 is spending her summer working as a student assistant for the Office of University Events and Scheduling. She also holds this job during the academic year. “I use a computer program to process information about campus events. We handle all the logistics for events, and right now I’m planning for faculty lectures that will be held next fall.”
Pictured from left, Matt Wallock ’18, Rachel Rosenman ’17 and Misha Iakovenko ’18, are on campus this summer working as orientation interns for the Office of New Student Orientation. Rosenman, who will supervise orientation leaders during New Student Orientation (NSO) in the fall, is planning NSO activities. She also answers questions from Class of 2019 students and their parents. “We get a lot of phone calls and we do our best to make this an easy transition,” she said. Iakovenko, who hails from Ukraine, focuses his efforts on helping fellow international students. “I spend a lot of time responding to emails from student and parents, and also having meetings with staff from Parent Programs,” he said. “We’re getting geared up for New Student Orientation and International Student Orientation.” Wallock’s prospective majors are government and sociology; Iakovenko plans to major in computer science and minor in economics; and Rosenman is double-majoring in music and French studies.
During the year, College of Social Studies (CSS) major Ryden Nelson ’16 is employed by the CSS and Pi Cafe, but he is working in the Office of University Communications as a publication production assistant for the summer. He helps proof and format the print media produced by the office for all the other departments on campus. “I like this job because gives me a look into how the school tries to present itself to the community and the wider public. And I’m learning a fair bit about InDesign and Photoshop when I’m working on the more creative projects.”
At left, neuroscience and behavior and Science in Society Program major Lauren Yue ’17 and East Asian studies major Abby Gruppuso ’16 are employed by the Office of Admission. This summer, they are working as student tour guides. Yue says her job allows her to meet people from all around the world. “It’s a lot of fun and I enjoy interacting with everyone I meet,” she said. Gruppuso enjoys working with parents in particular. “They’re excited to be here and they really like that their child is checking out Wesleyan.” she said.
For more information on student employment visit the Office of Student Employment website.