We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Running Start Program Coordinator. As someone who is a previous running start student, I am beyond thrilled to be able to bring my background, skillset, knowledge, and first-hand experience into creating an even bigger sense of inclusion and equity in the RS department. When I was a RS student, I knew that I wanted to help others, and so I was originally going to explore a Psychology major. By the end of my senior year in High School – I realized that I liked UW Tacoma’s “Management” major, as this gave me the opportunity to gain insight on leadership, interpersonal skills, conflict management, etc. My love for public speaking grew as I was given the opportunity to be the “Student Panel Moderator” at the UW Tacoma, even as Alumni. Being able to talk to prospective students and families about their educational pathway truly brought me happiness. During my time at University, I became involved in multiple extracurricular activities on campus. My passion for working in Higher Education stemmed from my student leader jobs as an Event Coordinator and Peer Advisor on campus. I was also secretary of multiple clubs, as well as involved with the Center for Service and Leadership. Because of my student leader positions, I was able to work with varying departments on campus, students, the community, families, staff, faculty, and my fellow colleagues. It was then that I realized my passion for helping people and Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus on Management from the UW Tacoma had finally found its purpose – Higher Education.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
(Read large paragraph above again) and I LOVED my experience at Green River when I was a Running Start student. Even after graduation, my friends and I would talk about how we missed the environment and culture of this campus. I was honestly so surprised when I saw the posting in the Running Start department because it fit exactly what I was looking for – a position in Higher Education. But not only that – it was a position that I had my own personal experience in.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am an all types of music person. I’ll listen to anything from Hip Hop to R & B to country to Disney. Right now however, I’m obsessing over “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara because I love the message hidden behind the song.
What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I ever had was at Jack in the Box…although I left it after only 3 months to go work at Sears, where I then worked for almost 3 years.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to work with the students! I am so excited to be the voice for students, guide them, encourage them, and empower them. I’m also hoping to help create a more comfortable, welcoming, and inclusive environment because I’ve been a Running Start student, so I know how scary and nerve-wracking it can be to attend college at such a young age.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to, and am actually in the process of, developing and implementing change in how the Running Start department builds communication between students and staff. I’m going to be creating more social media outlets that will allow the Running Start team to develop a better connection with the students!
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being a first generation college student, I am so proud to say that not only did I graduate with an AA degree from Green River through Running Start – but that I was also able to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Washington, Tacoma, in 2 years as well. I also, as odd as this sounds, feel proud to know that I have a good grip on where I think I’ll be heading in my career and how I’ll be developing professionally over the next few years.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Hmm…I’m not sure. I’ve had people call me Sweater before because they say that the pronunciation of my name sounds similar to it. I’ve also been called Fiji because I’m from Fiji Islands. In the office though, I could see them saying more of a phrase along the lines of “Shweta to the rescue” because I love to help out in any way that I can and am pretty good and juggling multiple tasks at once. I will come to the rescue for the Running Start team whenever they need me to!
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
A lot of people don’t know that I’m actually a theater girl. I’ve been participating in productions since I was 5 years old. My hidden talent would be that I can sing anywhere from the range of a low alto to a high soprano.
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Never Give Up.