Life of a Student Caller

As we all know, college is expensive! Most of us have become accustomed to the McDonald’s dollar menu and Ramen noodles.  It’s not a myth.. The term “broke college student” will be a commonly used term once you get to college.  Between the tuition, books, and costs of entertainment, you might find yourself in need of a job.  That’s where Benedictine’s admissions office can come into play 🙂

Most of us students are busy with classes and homework, and can’t fully commit to a job off campus.  Benedictine offers students very flexible hours and they’re very understanding that we’re busy and sometimes things come up.  Students work at a variety of different places on campus. If you really want a job, it won’t be hard to find one.

I, personally, work as a student ambassador giving tours and I’m a student caller.  I started working as a student caller my freshman year and it opened up many doors for me. I met some of my best friends (S/O to Andrew Schroeder and Kerry Kamsiuk) and have had 2 of the best admissions counselors in the world as bosses (S/O to Kathryn Deluhery and Katie LeGros).  The environment at work is really fun and you’ll be able to learn about other jobs that are offered in admissions.  That’s how I found out about being a student ambassador.

So what do we do?  We are those students that have probably left you several voicemails by now.. We call anyone who may be interested in coming to Benedictine and invite them to events or just find out if they need help with applying.  This has been an amazing experience so far and it has improved my communication skills tremendously.  You may not have thought about this, but being able to talk on the phone will help you out a lot in the real world.  Whether it comes to being able to communicate with people in the business world over the phone, or even making personal appointments, these skills are sometimes underestimated.

You also develop a certain level of professionalism at this job.  It’s not uncommon for people to be rude over the phone or even hangup on you.  My guess is you will probably encounter similar situations when you get to the working world.  Some people will be interested in what you have to say, and others won’t.  As a student caller, we all have learned how to interact with different types of people over the phone.  We have learned to politely take people off of the calling list, even when they are kind of rude.  We have also spoken to many very nice people over the phone and have gotten them to come out to events on campus.

Sometimes our boss will create friendly competition between the student callers to see who can get the most RSVP’s.  It can be very rewarding when you are the reason that the most students showed up to a certain event. Another huge perk of this job is that we often get gift cards at the end of the year for our hard work.  Our boss, Katie, will give us cards for food or music.  Overall, the job is a lot of fun, especially when you meet people and get to work with them.

When you get to campus and you want to make some extra money, you should really consider applying for a job as a student caller in admissions!

Photo on 2013-01-24 at 15.43 #3

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