"One thing I've noticed throughout the years is that the students are really grateful for everything they have. My one piece of advice is to be grateful and appreciate everything you have. No matter how bad your day is, or however bad that exam was, just remember at the end of the day that there are other people out there who don't have the same opportunities. You have to love what you have... Read More
- Washington University in St. Louis
This Unsung Hero post is a bit different than most. In this post, we will be following up with Arthur and Joe (Unsung Heroes 4 and 5) to see how they have been since their last post. Next time you see them, be sure to ask them about the posts and their follow up!
Joe: “The interaction that we have with you and the student body in general, it’s really the best thing about working here.... Read More
“In my life, my mom is my inspiration. She is a very sweet person, a forgiving person. Teaching comes from the home…she would do anything for people she didn’t even know, she would help feed people that are out on the streets…there was something good that she would do every day, she wouldn’t turn her back on anyone. We were very close. Very close. She up in heaven looking down…Family is a big... Read More
“If you ever come around to watch how I prepare the food, you can tell I have a passion for cooking. I don’t do it just for the check, I do it because I love to do it, and I love for people to eat my cooking…after all, my dream has always been to have my own business, my own restaurant. I want a place where handicap people can come in, I want them to know that they are welcome in my business.... Read More
"We’re so focused on material things and sometimes we forget love. And I just firmly believe that if you share, and I don't mean materialistically, If you share a positive vibe that positive vibe rotates and recycles itself towards you. If you share a negative vibe, that also rotates and recycles toward you. So if a homeless guy asks you for a dollar and you have ten in your pocket, you give... Read More
"After a month and fifteen days of living in St Louis, he got his first job in a factory. He was eventually laid off from that job, but was fortunate enough to get the job at WashU and he’s been here for the past 15-16 years now. He’s worked in many places on campus, including Park-Mudd and now in Village East. He said as much as it’s common or expected that rooms would get messy and dorms... Read More
“I’ve worked for WashU for twenty years... For me to be here for twenty years it has to be a great job. I like my job and I enjoy the friendships that I make with the students. Some of them stay here one year and end up coming back, staying here two or three years, so I’m comfortable with them and they’re comfortable with me because they know me.
“I’m from St. Louis Missouri, born and... Read More
“Me personally, I’m just an outdoorsy girl…I love to fish, I love fishing, Blue Gills and Crappies are my favorite. I love football. I love camping. But I still love to dress up and put on make-up and all the other little things like that. I’m a family person.
“Right now, I’m comfortable where I am at. I like communicating with people, and I like interacting with people. Like, food is... Read More
“..It has been a fight guys, and I could not be sitting here in front of you guys if I had given up. Because I was homeless at one time, I didn’t have a job, I didn’t know where I was going, I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I knew as long as I was applying myself, I could get myself out of the rut. I’m out the rut, but it takes a whole lot. There are going to be some days you gotta... Read More
"My childhood was very regimented, very strict because my father was a military man, and he came from a long line of military men. He is such a hard-working man. His first job after the military was at the post office, and he said it was too easy. I developed my strong work ethic from him, but my mom also made sure we were always working, doing something. She wasn’t the stay at home type she... Read More
“My personal life outside of work, I play some basketball, spend time with my family, my nieces and nephews. I don’t have any kids of my own, so I look at my nieces and nephews as if they’re mine. I go on a couple dates here and there, go out to eat, I mainly hang out at ballpark village.
“Family means a lot man, I grew up in a single parent home. In the African American community that... Read More
"I just like to come here and then do my job and interact with the kids. The kids are the most important thing to me. I love talking to them and being around them. Sometimes I can feel bad at home and when I come here and I see the kids that I talk to every single day, I see them and talk to them and I feel better, they always seem to make me feel better.
“I never had kids of my own but... Read More