Former ASI Students at Work

Former ASI Students at Work


Former ASI Student at Work

Year after year, Cal Poly Pomona students get involved with ASI to make the most of their college experience. From leadership and programming to administration and entertainment, who wouldn’t want to join in on the ASI bandwagon? With ASI, students also get the chance to apply for student employment opportunities in many of ASI’s departments. The “real world” work experience they receive at ASI is invaluable. Once they’ve graduated from CPP, they’ve taken with them the skills and tools necessary for them to succeed in the working world. So where are some of those students now? Let’s take some time to get re-acquainted with some of our former ASI student employees…

Sarissa Thrower, former Writer/Editor for ASI’s Gas Creative Group, took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her time spent at ASI.

Where do you currently work and how long have you been there?

I work at an interactive entertainment (video game) PR firm called 47 Communications. I’ve been here just under 2 years.

What are your job responsibilities?

Various media relations tasks, including coverage clipping, press pitching, client relations, creative brainstorming, event management, media tour staffing/media event staffing, press relations, etc.

What was your position at ASI and how did it contribute to your professional development as a student?

I was a staff writer for ASI. I wrote articles, feature stories and press releases regarding ASI newsworthy events and announcements. I gained valuable skills in the areas of writing and editing, meeting deadlines, working in a creative/team setting, and understanding the basic inner-workings of a marketing department/environment.

What advice would you give to current students about being involved with ASI as it relates to gaining “real world” experience that you will take with you into the working world.

Savor it, commit to it, enjoy it as much as you can. Save all of your work in a clip book, keep your resume updated with any new projects you work on and learn how to explain and relay that work to potential interviewers/employers in such a way that they see that you’ve created a great foundation for yourself to be able to do whatever job it is they will be needing you to do.

What is your favorite ASI memory?

So many. I think the days when we were outside in the summer during orientation were my favorite. Something about informing the new folks on campus about ASI and what ASI is and does was very gratifying to me. Also, meeting a whole host of creative, intelligent, interesting people (who have since become close friends of mine, and who I probably would never have connected with otherwise) was so much more than I ever expected out of an on-campus job in college.

Kirby Parnala, a former student assistant working in the Recreation, Programs and Marketing office, had also reaped the benefits of working as an ASI student employee. Let’s find out how her experience went….

Where do you currently work and how long have you been there?

I currently work at WIC: Women, Infants, & Children. I’ve been employed there since July 2008.

What are your job responsibilities?

I am a health educator/counselor for low-income families. I focus on maternal health and promote breastfeeding for our prenatal mothers. I also educate parents on healthy habits to practice at home. We provide education on high-risk children as well; premature infants, children with down syndrome & autism.

What was your position at ASI and how did it contribute to your professional development as a student?

I was a Clerical Assistant for RPM! ASI contributed to my professional development as a student by providing a learner-centered environment. I was an “assistant”, but still worked independently. ASI helped enhance my networking, communication, and organizational skills. It provided an environment where I needed to take initiative. I would often work with continuous deadlines and that taught me how to multi-task and set my priorities straight.

What advice would you give to current students about being involved with ASI as it relates to gaining “real world” experience that you will take with you into the working world.

My advice would be to continue to challenge yourself and take initiative. You only experience college once. ASI offers a diverse set of programs where a variety of students can take part of. They help open doors for students. They offer the opportunity to take part of campus and its students. You don’t realize how much you’ve gained until you move on to your new experience. For myself, I was able to transition into my new career with confidence since ASI instilled a great foundation of professionalism and communication. ASI also provides great food, trainings, and meetings! The people are fantastic and it’s one of my favorite memories from college. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What is your favorite ASI memory?

My favorite ASI memory has to be the Fall Orientation. I was invited to be part of the orientation committee. I worked with a strong, fun, and passionate team. After weeks of planning, we were able to execute our ideas and see everyone enjoy that day. ASI helps you step out of your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised by how many other strengths you have after working here.

So there you have it, success stories at their greatest. To find out how to get involved with ASI, or to seek student employment opportunities, visit us at www.asi.csupomona.edu Good luck!