By: Aaliyah Humphrey
Recent winter ‘18 graduate, Marlina Reid is taking her healthcare management skills as the new Donor Relations Assistant at St Francis College after Entrepreneurship professor, Eda Sanchez told her about the position.
As a healthcare management major and a Entrepreneurship minor, she learned what it means to give back while working for Catholic Youth Employment programs for struggling workers ages 16 to 24.
By working in those programs, she connected teens and young adults with resources for stable jobs who were either out of school or out of work.
Even though she enjoyed the job, she realized that the program was more number based rather than service based.
“When I got here, I saw a whole new community of scholarship and giving and stewardship and uplifting and I felt really at home here” Reid said.
Since starting her Donor Relations position in November, she is the new contact for scholars to their benefactors to make sure students are sending in their thank you letters and service hours while maintaining their GPA. A value that St Francis holds dear.
In January, she took a fun role setting up the endowed scholarship orientations, giving information to the scholars and names for their current benefactors.
“Orientation was great because I got to meet all of the endowed scholars and saw how much teachers, alumni, and benefactors believe in the students” Reid said.
It was one of her favorite activities because she got to engage with a full range of students by showing them the importance of giving back to the college by using their time and talents.
Her advice for future graduates when entering a new job is to never forget what you’ve learned in college and take advantage of technology.
“School is a bit more structured, while at work you have to take what you’ve learned and apply it… Learn the excel program inside and out. There are a lot of places that require you to use excel.”
While she is working in the Advancement office, she hopes to focus on her goal of continuing community engagement by promoting health awareness to various groups of people.