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Cashier, Home Depot January 2021-Present
Home Depot provides me an opportunity to interact with a wider group of customers. This position has taught me the value of empathy and how to problem solve under pressure. I have been able to use my bilingual abilities to provide support to a wider demographic and found that a little effort and a smile you can make a big difference to someone’s day.
Property Manager January 2021 – Present
I chose to work as a property manager because I knew I would learn invaluable organizational and personal skills. I learnt how to organize meetings as a third party and how to organize paperwork. I have also learnt how to communicate with people and organizations that are uncooperative. Something I did not expect to learn was time management and how to adhere to deadlines.
Sales Associate, Vans April – August 2019, August 2020 – January 2021
Being invested in the arts led me to looking for brands that supported creativity and self-expression. I found this this at Vans. I learnt how to embody the brand message and guide my customer interactions. I was Employee of the Month thrice due to my commitment to the message and surpassing monthly sales goals.
Special Education Tutor July – August 2019
I took on a summer job tutoring a child with severe autism, they were non-verbal and had very strong fixations. I faced novel challenges in learning to communicate where verbal communication did not work. Every day I learnt something new while reinforcing what the child had learnt at school that day. There were days when the child was upset and being unable to express their frustrations often resulted in temper tantrums. I learnt patience, how to remain calm in challenging situations. This experience enriched my own learning as well. Being unable to use traditional methods of communication led me to think creatively.
Assistant Program Manager, West Windsor Arts Council March – September 2018
During the summer of 2017 I worked at the Arts Council as a Camp Counselor, within two weeks I was promoted to a Lead Counselor. By the end of the summer, I was invited back as the youngest ever Assistant Manager. The transition was challenging as I had to navigate changing relationships with both managers and counselors. I learnt that a leadership not only meant power, but also responsibility. I had 12 counselors reporting to me. I had to adapt rapidly to the demands of the job; from managing counselors to doing intake paperwork, from making rosters to telling parents that their child is a bully. While handling the day-to-day affairs of the camp, I was also planning for the coming weeks, communicating with teachers and parents, making work schedules for counselors, and organizing supply lists.
Officer of Spotlights, West Windsor Plainsboro High School South September 2014 – May 2017
Being interested in the technical aspects of performing arts, I volunteered to help with stage sound and lighting. I was at every rehearsal, controlling the microphones and the lights. During breaks I did my homework and studied for upcoming tests. I managed to be at rehearsal for 7 to 8 hours after school while still doing well in my classes. Within months my dedication was recognized and I was put in charge of three shows handling all the lighting and sound needs. The shows went on without a hitch. After this success I was promoted to Officer of Spotlights.
Girl Scout Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ September 2013 – May 2016
I started a Daisy troop as I know firsthand the impact being a Girl Scout can have be on a young girl’s life. I learnt to communicate complex ideas simply. I taught the troop a wide range of topics such as friendship, the value of money and empathy. During my first year leading the troop, we completed the Daisy curriculum while having a lot of fun. I learnt how to get things done efficiently. I was very proud when the troop received their Bronze Award as I received my Gold Award.
Employee of the Month, Vans, September, October, November 2020
Distinguished Girl Scout Service Award, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, 2019
Certificate of Excellence, Pirate Future Educators Association and Youth Teaching Youth Tomorrows Teachers Program, 2019
West Windsor Art Show, West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
Gold Award, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, 2019
Published in “echoes: Literary & Visual Arts Magazine.”, 2018
Silver Award, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, 2016
Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award, President of the United States, 2015
High Merit, Celebrating Art, 2015
Expected degree in Psychology with minor in Spanish, Communication, and Marketing
Rutgers – New Brunswick
High School Diploma
West Windsor Plainsboro High School South
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