It has been an honor to serve as the Executive Assistant for the University Program Board during the 2010- 2011 school year. The Executive Assistant position, not to be confused with a runner for coffee orders or a paper filer, is a position that has helped me to grow as a leader as well as be able to be creative and flexible in my duties.
I am responsible for typical office tasks such as taking minutes at executive meetings, compiling information for a weekly and annual report, ordering office supplies, and keeping the office orderly, etc. My creative juices start flowing when I have the opportunity to liven up the office with monthly bulletin board changes, posters with UPB related information and creating a scrapbook for the school year. I also have the pleasure in being an advisor to a group of our chairs by having bi-weekly or monthly meetings with them to just chat about how things are going in their position.
Now not anyone can hold this position. Someone with a lot of patience, organization, and confidence is the best fit; characteristics that I did not necessarily have when I started the position but can safely say I have now. Though a lot of my work is behind the scene and I am not directly involved in the event planning process, I still have a voice in what should and should not happen at a event or what worked and did not work. Not being a program director has not prevented me from getting the most out of this experience and when I graduate in May I will surely take the skills and experiences I gained with me into the real world!
~Katelyn Diehl, Executive Assistant