Community service has always been a value held close to my heart and at the core of my actions. I grew up in a family where service was not just a concept, but a behavior that I was expected to engage with whenever possible. I aspire to model my mother’s servant-hearted approach to life and
Last year, I arrived for my interview at C&A Industries 45 minutes early, worried that my car would spontaneously break down or I’d be delayed by Omaha’s bustling mid-afternoon traffic. Aiming for, “Wow, she’s prompt and responsible!” rather than, “Is that girl still sitting in the lobby?”
The few weeks before Christmas are my favorite time of year. I love that people are full of cheer, the city is beautifully lit, and classic songs and movies play around the clock. Best of all is the atmosphere of giving and spirit of service.
I landed the job of a lifetime when I was thirteen years old. As the founder and CEO of my own company, I handed out sparkly purple business cards and established a local clientele for weekly babysitting jobs. The hours were flexible and the benefits couldn’t be topped.
I could feel myself shaking more with each step as I advanced toward the podium. Fixated on thinking through all the possible scenarios that the next seven minutes could turn into, I cleared my mind and turned around to face my audience.