OTP Alumni

Mina, Orientation Leader, 2010-2012

The Boeing Company
Everett, WA
Employee Development

Life after UWB

The University of Washington Bothell was the place in which I worked hard to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology, discovered my passion of working to help others succeed, developed myself as a student and as an adult, and made lifelong friends. It wasn’t a place I was looking forward to leaving, but the inevitable was quickly approaching.

Six months after I graduated from UWB, I accepted a job at the Boeing Company as a Quality Specialist. A large portion of my job entailed conducting intensive audits of processes and procedures, which required a strong relationship with the leadership team, management, and peers. After spending two years in Quality, I was offered another position within Boeing to support the Engineering community as an Employee Development Specialist. I currently work with a team that is involved with College Outreach, Training and Onboarding for new hires, creating Rotational Programs and Knowledge Transfer (mentoring). Utilizing the multitude of skills that I gained from serving as an Orientation Leader which include (but are not limited to) event planning, facilitating presentations for diverse audiences, and forming and maintaining long lasting relationships, I have the honor and pleasure of leading and creating all Mentor Matching Programs for the Engineering Community at Boeing. In a sense, I am now a professional Orientation Leader, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Serving as an Orientation Leader has helped me prepare for my current job in ways that I would have never imagined when I was waking up early for those 6AM freshman Orientation days. I learned how to communicate well with others, I learned to work with people from all walks of life, and I learned to trust others as well as present myself in a positive way so that others would trust me. The most valuable part of being an Orientation Leader are all of the relationships that grow and develop over the course of one year. My Orientation Team quickly turned into my family, after only one summer spent together, and I still consider them a huge part of my life today.

Outside of work, I currently hold an Executive Chair position on the UWB Alumni Council, working hard with other Alumni to host many wonderful events throughout the year for students and alum to connect, raise money for student scholarships, and most importantly, have fun. The strong bond I formed with UWB also inspired me to explore other opportunities within my own education, and pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Currently I am studying at Seattle University, but I aspire to return to UWB one day, with the intention of ensuring all future students enjoy every minute of their college experience, as I did.

If the opportunity ever presents itself to work for Student Affairs as an OL, I cannot express the joys and benefits that come out of this position. Go for it!! Once an OL, always an OL!

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