This week we will find out what it’s like to work as a student manager for University Student Commons and Activities (USC&A).
Meet Kaila Cypress, a rising junior from Petersburg, Virginia, majoring in business management and one of the talented student managers of the Commons.
How long have you worked for VCU?
I have worked for VCU since last summer. At first I was an Information Assistant and then I was promoted to a Student Manager at the end of the fall 2015 semester.
What are your main responsibilities as a Student Manager?
I am responsible for day, weekend and evening management of the Commons building and supervising other student workers at USC&A.
What does a typical day look like for you?
First, I would come in and greet my co-workers and ask them which rooms they set up and what I need to do to help. I will check EMS (Event Management System) to see what events are coming up and prepare my Facility Assistants.
What type of projects are you assigned?
My basic assignments revolve around managing the Commons building. I watch over the whole building and make sure any problems are taken care of.
Do you find it easy to balance being a student and a student worker?
At first yes, but you have to learn how to make it work. Fix your schedule to give you enough time to balance everything.
What are some suggestions for people finding it difficult to manage?
Just sit down and plan your schedule ahead of time so that you have a break in the day to relax and study.
What is it like to manage people that are the same age as you?
I was definitely afraid of that at the beginning. I thought they would ignore me, but they actually make my job easy. They are very respectful of me and our work.
What is one thing you really enjoy about your job?
I enjoy meeting new people and being able to help the customers. Also, being able to see the various events that are going on and getting involved with them.
Is there anything that you have now learned that you originally struggled with at the start of your job?
I have learned that everyone is different. When you have a big group of people, you have to learn how to balance their different backgrounds and attitudes to make sure the job gets done.
What has been one unexpected perk of working for USC&A?
The leadership experience, working with so many different people and having the opportunity to prepare for work after college.
What would be one suggestion to a student who is interested in working as a Student Manager for USC&A?
Make sure that this is the job that you want because it is not easy. This position takes a ton of confidence and positivity because you are manning a building by yourself sometimes.