"I work in the kitchen and make the sandwiches and salads for the students. I start from 6 in the morning and end at 2 in the afternoon every day from Sunday through Thursday. I’m planning on retiring in a few years.. I want to go back to Guadalajara in Mexico. My husband and I have been working for years since 1990 to pay off the house that we bought, paying it off little by little every year... Read More
"Throughout the years that I've worked here, I've noticed that time management and procrastination are two things that a lot of students struggle with. They push off the work, then they get backed up, then they rush to finish it, but by then it becomes a crisis.. I've seen students stay up all night and get depressed because of the workload. Working as a guard in the library, I’ve seen it... Read More
“Sometimes we have a lot of plans in life and things happen…My mom was a diabetic throughout [her] life. She had 16 siblings growing up - they all died from diabetes. I also lost my father when I was 9 years old.. After my mom’s death, I had to grow up quickly and be a strong woman for my family. I was unable to finish my 4 year degree because I had to be self-sufficient and focus on helping... Read More
"The Plant workers really operate behind-the-scenes... Most people outside of this building aren't really aware of what goes on in here. We control the power, heat, and electricity for the campus! Without power, our university and hospital can't function.. without generating steam through the plant, students do not have hot water or a warm bedroom.Georgetown is like a little city and we are... Read More
"I was born in Southern Sudan. I left my country in 1965 and spent 21 years of my life living in west Africa - especially in Liberia. Life here [in America] is nice… I really miss my home. I haven’t been back to Southern Sudan in a long time - almost 45 years.. I have been here at Georgetown for over 20 years now. One of my favorite memories here at Georgetown was attending the Abissa show on... Read More
"My nanny used to tell me stories about my parents and she promised that they would come back home. My father was in the Vietnam War and he never returned after he left. Because of the war, my parents got separated from each other when I was a young boy. ..I used to get so UPSET! Why aren't [my parents] looking for me? Because of the culture, they didn’t let women study and go to school. My... Read More
"I believe that God will always put you where you need to be. He told me that I need to be here. 12 years ago, my father got killed in a crosswalk.. he was just a pedestrian. He got killed in the North East DC – between 6th & Florida Avenue. My dad worked at the market as a Meatman - everyone used to call him Mr. Sam. He had good character, made people smile, was a hard worker, and... Read More
"One time, 2 students bought coffee for us while we were working during the snow storm. That really showed their appreciation and it touched me... It really did... And its not the big things that count you know, it’s even the little things! Even a simple thank you is appreciated. And I get that a lot around here, especially from the student athletes! I see many of them at 5:30 - 6:00 in the... Read More
“When I first came to America in 1996, I came with a chip on my shoulder. I’m here for a reason – for a better opportunity and a better education. My hardship that I dealt with growing up in Jamaica has made all the more hungry to succeed here in America. Only God knows where I would’ve been - if I was back home. In my area, not a lot of people make it past a certain point.
I always... Read More
"I've learned how to be happy with what I have. I’ve learned that you don’t need to pursue a 'career job' or a [formal] 9-5 to be happy. Because you can have that dream job or make a 6 figure salary but still be miserable.
"It’s very interesting because I have a college degree and people are surprised that I work here! I realized that not everyone is meant to have a 'career job' and... Read More
"I came to the United States about 14 years ago from Ghana, Africa. By the grace of God, I entered this university and I learned something from the students. Before I can’t speak english proper, even some of the letters - I can’t sound it, the kids helped me a lot. ..In 2010, by the grace of God, I went to [take] the [Citizenship] test and I passed!
"[Today] I study to learn how to read... Read More
“I grew up in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1983 as a refugee. I escaped from the El Salvadoran Civil War. Back then I was only 17 years old and I had to serve by force. I was in my first year in college when I got drafted! I didn’t even have a choice, they took me by force to the army. As soon as I got drafted, I thought about how to escape. It was a horrible experience. Many... Read More
"One time I was taking out the trash in New North, and I saw three girls walking towards Healy Hall. Two of the girls were carrying the other 1 in the middle – I could tell that she was severely intoxicated.
"I noticed that there were 3 boys following them from a distance and they were walking real slow. They were acting really suspicious and I could tell that they didn't go here. So... Read More
“I remember one time there was a gentleman that was sitting outside during a busy day. He had just bought something from me, and as soon as he sat down I heard a loud thump. He had collapsed onto the floor and was gushing blood. As soon as I heard it, I went out to help him.
"What really stood out to me during that day was the way that everyone came together and tried to help him. The... Read More
"When my kids were little, I made a promise to them that I would always tell them the truth - even if it got me into trouble. And I always encouraged them to do the same.. Every day when they came home from school, before we had dinner, my kids and I used to talk about how we spent the day and we were honest with each other. I always left the door open for them to tell the truth and have loved... Read More
"When the snowstorm Jonas hit earlier this year, it was all hands on deck! Many of us stayed on campus to shovel.. I'm not going to lie, it was back breaking work. There was 3 to 4 feet of snow and we were working 12-hour shifts.. Many of us weren't able to return home to see our families for days. ..But what really made it all worth it was seeing the smiles on some of the students faces when... Read More
"My advice to the students is to find out where your gift lies...because that's where the money is. When my daughter was growing up, I began to notice that she wasn't able to read and write as well as the other kids in her classes - even all the way up to middle school. But she was street smart! She was also very analytical.. Throughout the years, she learned how to develop her gifts. Now she... Read More