DAY IN THE LIFE AT NYU WASSERMAN CENTER

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Take a peek into what it’s like to work at the Wasserman Center!

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Name: Jessica Gotz

Major: English 

Year: Senior, going into her final semester 

Position: Front Desk Student Assistant at the Wasserman Center 


Q: What time do you come to work?

A: At 10 or 11 depending on the day— it’s nice getting to sleep in a bit since I intern at 9 on the days I’m not here.

Q: What is the first thing you do after arriving at work?

A: Once I clock in, I usually make good use of our kitchen that has free coffee, tea, and water for students and alumni. Coffee is what makes me a human being every morning 🙂

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Q: How would you describe your work? 

A: Most of what I do at the front desk involves assisting the students, alumni, and employers who walk in through the doors or call us over the phone. We make sure everyone gets to where they need to go, and let them know about the different opportunities and events going on here at the Wasserman Center. Otherwise, I work in NYU CareerNet where I help manage new and current student and employer accounts.

Q: What is your lunch time and/or break time scene like?

A: I like to push my lunch break into mid-afternoon, and go outside in the park if it’s nice. I’m an English major who wants to work in publishing; I love to read. The best days are the ones when I can sit out in the sun with a good book, listening to music.

Q: What time do you end your work?

A:I’m here until the office closes— 5 or 7, depending on the day.

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Q: What are some things that you enjoy at work?

A: The two full-time Administrative Aides, Tonya and Amber, and the other student assistants are great, genuine people to work with. They make every day I’m here fun and interesting 🙂

Q: Is there any fun story that you would like to share?

A: Every day, we find something to laugh at; it doesn’t take much! I do remember when The Dress debate was happening though–things got pretty heated between Team White/Gold and Team Blue/Black up at the front desk 😉


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Name: Jessica Yu (left) 

Major: Psychology (Pre-Med Track) 

Year: Senior 

Position: Front Desk Student Assistant and Student Employment Assistant at the Wasserman Center 


Q: What time do you come to work?

A: I arrive at work every weekday at 10AM.

Q: What is the first thing you do after arriving at work?

A: I greet my coworkers, supervisor, and nearby career counselors. I also like to make sure my work space is organized and clean before I start working. I’ve realized that a messy work space makes me feel less productive and focused.

Q: How would you describe your work? 

A: I frequently rotate between working at the front desk or in the back with student employment – so what I’m doing depends entirely on where I am. If I’m sitting at the front desk, I pick up phone calls, direct students where to go within the Wasserman Center, schedule appointments, and inform counselors when their appointments are here. If I’m at the student employment desk, I’m mainly processing and uploading students’ employment documents.

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Q: What is your lunch time and/or break time scene like?

A: My lunch break is when I take the time to re-energize since I usually start feeling sluggish around early afternoon. For a pick-me-up, I usually grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of iced coffee to fulfill my much-needed daily dose of caffeine. I also like to spend my lunch breaks browsing through social media and watching YouTube videos.

Q: What time do you end your work?

A: I end work at 5pm on most days, but at 7pm on Wednesdays.

Q: What are some things that you enjoy at work?

A: Definitely random conversations that take place between me and the other student assistants or counselors at the Wasserman Center. We often discuss really random (and sometimes odd) topics, which result in us breaking out into fits of laughter. Little things like that keep us entertained and make the time fly by much more quickly.