Liz KaebStaff Profile

HANNAH JUNE

Staff Member of the Week 

March 3, 2014

Major

Psychology/Pre Occupational Therapy

Dream Job

I'd love to do horse-back riding therapy for people with special needs.

Your favorite quote

"If you can't see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there's something inside you that made you keep trying, despite everyone who told you to quit." -Shane Koyczan from the poem To This Day

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?

I eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Campus and community involvements beyond ORL

I'm involved with IWU's Autism Social Group, National Residence Hall Honorary as the Vice President, Occupational Therapy Club, and I am a photographer for the Argus.

Describe your residence hall floor or community.

Harriett 4 is honestly wonderful. Everyone on the floor is so different in regards to backgrounds and interests and all sorts of other aspects, but they all get along so well as an entire floor.

What’s something you’ve learned from your residents?

I have learned that reaching out to people when you suspect something is wrong, or even if you just think they are having a horrible day, is incredibly important. Sometimes, it can be nerve-wracking or it can feel like it's none of your business, but it definitely never hurts to try to help someone when you think they might need it.

What do you love most about your job?

As an RA, you have an excuse to talk to anyone on your floor and make it a (sometimes awkward) point to get to know them. As a shy person, getting to know people personally can sometimes be a challenge, but as an RA, I feel way more comfortable making the initial steps to get to know residents.

What is an important campus resource you wish more students were aware of?

I wish that students utilized the Hart Career Center more and earlier. They can really connect you with so many resources both on- and off-campus, and starting early never hurts when it comes to career planning. 

What program have you been a part of planning that you’re most proud of?

The mini-quad BBQ was a huge success this year and people had a lot of fun.

Have you received any programming awards or departmental recognition?

Last year, the Mini-Quad pumpkin patch won an award. 

Advice you have for students looking to increase their leadership skills?  

Don't be afraid to step up to the plate! Get involved, and be passionate about what you do. Figure out where your strengths are and how to use those to the fullest, and then use them!

Hannah's RD, Aaron White, shared the following“A community built on strong communication is the foundation for creating unity” ~  Aaron White  The dedication and effort that Hannah puts into building a strong community on her floor reflects in the relationships amongst her residents. Hannah‘s natural ability to connect with people and genuine concern for her residents allows her to make positive, impactful interactions in her community.  

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