It has been six months since I began my first big kid job as the Event Coordinator at Whitman College. Whitman College is a small, liberal arts college nestled between the Blue Mountains and Walla Walla wine country in Southeast Washington. As the Event Coordinator, I work on a plethora of student, staff, faculty alumni and community focused events.
Whitman College is a unique community and I feel very fortunate to work in an environment that fosters education. As part of my work benefits, I am encouraged to take a class each semester (tuition free!). I also have numerous opportunities to attend fascinating lectures and performances around campus – and even plan some of them!
In these past six months, I have worked on 20+ events. That averages to about one a week. There are slow periods when students are off campus and we don’t have much going on. At times, I feel like I am in over my head, and at others, as though I’m searching for something else to do. I think that is all part of being in your first job. At the end of the day, I always feel lucky. And at the beginning of the day, I always look forward to going to work!
Skills I have been able to improve: communication, being a team player, time management, graphic design, creative thinking, taking initiative, hospitality, wine pairing