One-Stop Student Assistant
Major: Music Recording Technology and Audio Design
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Fun or interesting fact about yourself: “I learned to drive with a manual transmission just so I could ask my then girlfriend to senior prom. She had always wanted a VW Beetle, so I borrowed one that my guitar teacher happened to have so as to make it look like I bought her one, but it was manual. Not to be deterred, I asked him to teach me how to drive it. He then had his wife teach me because he had somewhere to be and I wanted to use the car the next day. So she took about an hour and taught me how to drive manual in the rain. My then girlfriend was involved with costume design for a musical, so I had all her drama friends hold her a little bit after the last show. I had made the dumb decision to park on a hill where I needed to reverse up it to get going, and because the Bug liked to pop out of reverse – and perhaps due slightly to my lack of skill – I stalled 6 times trying to get out of my spot to go drive around and pretend to pick her up in her new car. I eventually got going and went through with it, and of course she said yes.
How did you hear about ITS? I asked my brother (who was an intern for Felicia Vlahos in ETS) where I should apply to work on campus that WASN’T a restaurant. I had done 2 years in restaurants and wanted to try something else. He asked Felicia if she knew of any departments looking for students and she told him that the ETS help desk and ITS were good places to check out. From what I read about both, ITS sounded way more engaging, so I came in over summer and filled out an application with Rudy. At the same time, I applied to a new restaurant opening in North Park just to have something if ITS didn’t work out. And the restaurant got back to me the same day and had me interview the next, and before the weekend I had a job. I was told ITS probably wouldn’t hire during the summer, so I took the dishwashing position to make tuition. But about three months later, I got an email from Aurora saying that they were going to start looking to interview. So after my interview, I gave my two weeks at the restaurant and started working at ITS in September of last year.
Tell us about a notable instance when you gave or received help: Just before I started filling out this form, a professor called saying that a DVD that they intentionally left in a classroom was missing, and they were upset to find it gone because they said they left a note explicitly stating that the DVD needed to stay. I located it in our lost and found, and asked if they wanted to pick it up. They said they had no time because their classes were all in a block and were too far away to come to the checkout counter in between. So I offered to meet her right where her class was with the DVD that she needed.
Is there something specific you’d like to learn more about working at ITS? I would like to be involved if we ever need to do some sound treatment in a classroom or learning space. Even if it’s just meeting with the company that it gets contracted to. That might be a stretch, so something more practical would be how to program our Extron systems so that I can fix some of the more complex issues with our classrooms.