When those SUU representatives, booklets, and pamphlets etc., tell you that SUU’s faculty knows you on a first name basis, they are not lying. I have just experienced it personally today in my Interpersonal Communication course.
Here’s a little back story to my awkward moment of today. Last semester I became a Communications major and took my first Communication class, Comm 1010. This class was taught in the Speech and Presentation Center. Throughout the semester I became acquainted with the people who worked in the center, including Assistant Professor Jonathan Holiman. Eventually he learned who I was, but he used to call me Jenny and it was hilarious. Anyway, I became interested in doing an internship in the Speech and Presentation Center and talked to the Director and Professor Holiman about it here and there. However, Professor Holiman was under the impression that I wanted to intern this Spring semester when I actually am more interested in interning next semester.
So today in Interpersonal Communication, a course Professor Holiman is teaching, I’m sitting there taking lovely notes and listening to him use an example about the interns in the Speech and Presentation Center. His words literally went like this, “The interns know not to disturb me when I have that sign.” All of a sudden I look up from my notes and I lock eyes with him for a split second. “Jessica, why aren’t you interning this semester?”
Yes, he stopped mid lecture to ask me that question.
Yes, I was caught off guard.
Every single person in the room turns around and looks at me and I’m like a deer in the headlights. Keep in mind, this is only the third time in class that we’ve all met. There is way too much attention on me and I was not ready for it. I can feel my face turning red and all I can spew out is, “Next semester.”
He said, “Oh, I thought you were interning this semester.”
I’m so caught off guard that I could only shake my head and repeat, “Next semester.”
He moves on with the lecture from there, but I’m still feeling red from the embarrassment. I’m pretty sure everyone knows my name now.
I truly have experienced first name basis.
We’re not lying when we tell you we will know your names and remember you.
Hi there! Everyone calls me Jess Lim and so can you. I’m from West Valley City which is in the Salt Lake area. I may be a Communication Major and Business Management Minor, but my real passion is Student Affairs. I’m a Sophomore this year and I’ll definitely take my time to graduate in 2015 here at SUU. If you’re only going to remember one thing from this post, I hope you choose to remember that I really love hugs.
What did I do this summer? I did something outrageously crazy – I lived at home in West Valley City and took trips once a month back to Cedar City! This summer, I worked for SUU Orientation as an Intern. Now, you’re probably asking “Why in the world would you spend your some of your summer working for Orientation?” My response is, “Why not?” Like I said earlier, I’m a girl who’s passionate about Student Affairs. I decided I didn’t want to waste my summer and do something that could help me with my career!
So I drove by myself for three and a half hours and stayed at my friend’s lovely hotel for a week for free.
For five days each week in June and July, I started my days off at 6:45 AM, helped set up check in, ran around with balloons in my hands, greeted students and parents/guests, stuffed name tags, took creepy pictures of people I didn’t even know all day long, etc. Sounds simple and mediocre, right?
Deciding to take this internship was the best decision of my summer. I was able to start new relationships with new friends such as the Orientation Leaders and incoming freshmen. I was able to take a step back and to really see how much work and effort gets put into the Orientation process and programs. I realized how important teamwork is and had some great laughs with my co-workers.
The timing of the Orientation weeks was perfect, too. Two of my friends’ birthdays were in the same week, my close friend’s sister returned from her mission, and the Summer Games Opening Ceremony was held! There were fireworks, Nitro Circus performed, and I got to hold one of the American flags during the introduction of the athletes!
Not to mention that I got to see these lovely people again and had a blast with them. It always feels so good to see old friends, especially when they live three and a half hours away from you!
Oh, and I love making new friends, like these guys.
One of the best parts of Orientation is Flight School. The incoming Thunderbirds had a chance to spread their wings and really fly! There were a lot of activities and presentations put on during Flight School and my favorite was the Red and White Dance that SUUSA runs. SO. MUCH. FUN. I danced all three hours of the night away and even stayed to help clean up.
And now, it’s time to go back to school!
Last week, some of the interns from the Speech & Presentation Center decided to go out for sushi at the local restaurant, Ninja. There is a great deal from 4:30-6:30 p.m. where certain sushi rolls are discounted to $5.99. We sat there for over an hour, enjoying sushi, each other’s company, and funny Youtube videos on Brittnay’s phone.
The great part was that we each chose a different roll (or two) and then shared with each other so that we could try a variety of sushi instead of one roll. My favorite was the sushi roll we had specially made (per Brittnay’s request). It is one she gets at home in Las Vegas and has shrimp tempura, spicy crab, cucumber with spicy crab, shrimp and avocado with a bonsai sauce. It was amazing.
I also loved Ninja’s bonsai rolls and the king cobra roll. Yum. I’m thinking I’ll have to stop by one more time before the end of the semester…