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Student Employee of the Year Award

 

 

Meghan Reed

Meghan Reed

Meghan Reed

Cashier at the University Supply Store

The UA Department of Human Resources is proud to highlight the accomplishments of Student Assistants that contribute to the essential daily operations of The University of Alabama.

Meghan Reed, of Kennesaw, Georgia, is a junior majoring in Nursing. She plans to pursue her Master's degree and hopes to work as a NICU Nurse in the future.

Meghan has worked at the University Supply Store over the last year as a Cashier, and is part of a dynamic crew that provides customer service to hundreds of UA students, alumni, fans and visitors on a daily basis.

We asked Meghan to share some of her insights and experiences as a University of Alabama Student Assistant.

Q: Why did you choose to work while in college?

Working to me says that an individual is dedicated, ambitious, and independent. Yes, it would have been much easier to not work, but as a student employee I have obtained so much more: I have grown tremendously as an individual, made friendships, and obtained skills that will follow me in the future.

Q: What do you like best about being a student assistant?

Of course, having a paycheck is great and my supervisors are always willing to work with my schedule. However, what I have enjoyed best is the bonds I have made with my co-workers and customers. I can honestly say my co-workers are some of the most hardworking and motivated individuals I have ever encountered. We laugh together, cry together, and lean on each other when needed. Also, I encounter anywhere from 50-100 customers a day during my shift and it is always fun to meet new people!

Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a student employee?

As a student employee and a college student I find myself always busy! Between work and school I have very little time for myself, which can be hard to deal with. However, with the support of my co-workers and family I always get through it.

Q: How has working as a student employee prepared you for the future?

Being a student employee I have been given tremendous opportunities and networked with various people, which I am very thankful for. Ultimately, what has prepared me for the future is the mere fact that I have obtained the knowledge and skills to work with a variety of people. I think that being able to learn and collaborate with others is a lifelong skill.

Q: Any advice for other students that plan to work while in college?

Working is very rewarding in various ways but it is more than receiving a paycheck. As a student employee you will be given the opportunity to represent UA. That in itself is a reward that cannot be measured by a dollar amount.

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The University of Alabama employs more than 4,000 student employees in any given academic year.  If you are interested in learning more about providing student employment opportunities or working as a Student Assistant, please contact Vaishali Patel at 348-4354 or vpatel@fa.ua.edu.