Who says it’s difficult for a college student to find a job these days? Why, they are practically served to them on a silver platter!
Actually, not to sound too cocky, but that’s nearly what happened to me the other day when I went to the Office of International Cooperation (OIC) at NCCU. I arrived on the pretense that I would be speaking with the newly-hired international student counselor, the fabulously crazy and Brazilian (maybe those go hand-in-hand, but i must say she is the most caring person I’ve met on this campus) Dira Berman, about an unfortunate dormitory situation I’ve been placed in. Halfway through my rant about not getting enough sleep and Japanese girls, she stopped me abruptly and asked if I wanted to work in her office. “I like your attitude,” she said.
Say what now?
After a moment’s pause I accepted, of course. Today I met with Dira again to discuss some projects I’ll be working on in the coming weeks, and I am really really excited! NCCU only started actively recruiting international students less than a decade ago and the OIC is practically newborn. Now, however, the school has over 150 international students from all over the world. It’s a development the university hadn’t anticipated and wasn’t quite prepared for. Thankfully, the OIC has been receiving a lot of support from the upper administration and this year is launching nearly a dozen new tasks to make visiting students’ lives easier and more enjoyable while at NCCU. I think this is a great opportunity to be involved with, and by the sound of what Dira told me, I will be involved with a lot.
Well, it certainly was the easiest job search I’ve ever had and maybe ever will. Wish me luck!