Dana is a senior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Marketing and Communications. She currently works at the Lost and Found Office within Campus Safety and Security. In the Spring of 2017, she was nominated for Student Employee of the Year. We chatted about balancing work and school and how she feels about her job on campus.
Claudia G.: How long have you been in this position?
Dana S.: I started my position in the summer after my freshman year so I have been working with Campus Safety and Security for about two and a half years now. I was looking for a summer job on campus and I came across the position on Hopkins Student Employment Services online job search database.
CG: What does a normal day look like for you?
Dana S.: Most days I help manage the lost and found system by logging in recovered items into our database, contacting their owners if possible, recording returned items, and generally organizing our collection. I also answer calls from students and employees of Hopkins inquiring about lost items.
(Side note: It’s true! I’ve called about a lost sweater and she answered!)
CG: How do you balance work and school?
Dana S.: I am lucky enough to have a position that allows me time to do schoolwork. However, when the office is busy I have to make sure that I allot time outside the office where I will concentrate completely on schoolwork.
CG: What’s your favorite part about working on campus?
Dana S.: I have really enjoyed the people I work with in my office. Everyone is so friendly and they genuinely want to hear about my life. I have made both friends and mentors in my time at the Campus Safety and Security. Everyone in the office has a great sense of humor and they always know how to brighten my day. It has been a great way to make money, develop skills, form relationships, and be a part of something on campus. Taking on this job has been one of the best decisions I made in my time at Hopkins.
CG: What advice do you have for new student employees?
Dana S.: I would tell new student employees to make sure that they do not try to take as many hours as they can to make as much money as possible without considering the time they need for schoolwork. Sometimes I have taken on too much and needed to scale back my hours and there is nothing wrong with that. JHU student employers are extremely understanding and you should not be afraid to approach them with concerns.