My favorite part of being employed here at CLU is seeing the students grow from their freshman to sophomore year and beyond. I tend to keep in contact with the students I work with well beyond their graduation.
One student in particular sticks out in my mind. Alex Mallen was a student who worked for me as an RA. In the beginning I didn't want to hire her for my staff but I am so thankful I did. As a freshman, she was highly involved. Hall council, clubs and women's basketball were just a few. Later she became the president of RHA, captain of the basketball team and an RA on my staff. She became too involved and struggled a bit. I helped her through a difficult time in her life and today she is one of the most successful people I know. She taught me to be true to myself and to never give up. We taught each other many lessons.
Today she is a youth basketball coach, works for K. Swiss, is a musician and owns her own business. Today we are best friends. She helped me love CLU and the great students that I get to work with each day.
Through my work, I now have the opportunity to give back to the CLU community and treat students, staff, and faculty as I was treated as a graduate student.
Working at CLU is like being part of a large extended family.
She ended up being one of my best student workers and would tell all students who got homesick of her adventure here.
I remember a picnic under the trees by the library.
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