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.
I didn't know that I was going to get the opportunity to meet students from all over the world.
We have shared so much laughter, joy, and teamwork relating with one another and common triumphs and struggles.
Today, 37 years later, I still remember my arrival and do not regret it.
If I get this job, I am going to take it. I can work with Lutherans.
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