I have been a part of this amazing organization for about 3 and half years now, so I’ve made a lot of memories. With that being said I guess my greatest UPB memory has to be my first UPB memory. I was hired in February, 2008 as Finance Director of the University Program Board. As a freshman I lived a life of leisure eating, playing sports, and watching way too much Malcolm in the Middle with the suitemates (I can pretty much sing the theme song on command).
I knew I wanted to do something to keep me busy and find my niche at JMU. I thought for weeks about applying for an Exec position and had some confidence going into the interview but not much, especially when I walked into a conference room that is filled with five people on either side of the table. After awkwardly shaking all of their hands I sat down in the hot seat for my interview. Once it was over I finally was able to take a deep breath, and realized, “how many baseball references and sports puns did I just use in that interview?” If you guessed more than ten you’d probably be right.
After a week I got the call, which of course I missed. Then I called back to only leave a message. This went on for about another week (I kid you not). The coordinator for UPB finally got a hold of me on my drive back up to Northern Virginia for Spring Break. I calmly as possible answered the phone, made a corny joke, and as cool as a cucumber I accepted the job. Ever since my college career has revolved around UPB, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I have made some great friends, learned a heck of a lot, and have memories like this one that I will treasure forever.
~Zach Hamby, VP of Marketing