Thursday Student Spotlight

Name: Osazi Al Khaliq, Harvard College, Junior

Position: Office Assistant

Osazi Al Khaliq 

A Q&A with Osazi

What made you apply to your current job while being a student?

Osazi: When I saw that this position was accepting applicants, I got really excited and immediately applied. I knew I wanted this job position not only because it's a work-study position that is close to campus, but also because it also affords me the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the law school which is where I plan to apply after graduation.

Where did you find your job?

Osazi: Thankfully, I was able to find my job position last semester through Harvard's SEO Job Database.

How have you been able to balance your schoolwork and work responsibilities? What are your personal keys to success and what challenges or hurdles have you encountered?

Osazi: Thankfully my coworkers, supervisor, and office has been really flexible about accommodating my school life and responsibilities. When I am done completing my tasks in the office, my coworkers allow me to finish my school work. Because of their help, I've been better able to balance my schoolwork and work responsibilities. I believe that asking for help when needed and being willing to learn from others are some of the biggest keys to success. Sometimes it can be hard to reach out to others and get outside of your comfort zone. However, something I've recently learned is that people are willing to teach if you are willing to listen. During my transition into working at the law school, I didn't really know how to operate in an office space. My coworker, Ralph, really helped me fit into the office and understand the intricacies of my job. Because of his help, I have grown to consider him as more than just a coworker and a friend.

What does your typical day look like at work? What do you love the most about your position?

Osazi: A typical day working at the law school Dean of Students office can vary. Some days I'm helping students at the front desk and answering their questions. On other days I'm monitoring the office email inbox or answering phone calls to assist students with their inquiries. Some days, I even help my coworkers work on separate projects as well such as planning events, organizing student journals, and running errands.

How does it relate to what you are learning at Harvard?

Osazi: Last semester I was able to take Professor Fallon's course, American Constitutional Law. Working at the law school has provided me with a unique perspective in understanding what I learned in Prof. Fallon's course. At the law school, I'm actually able to see and read the journals and publications that current law students are working on. I'm able to hear debates and discussions on subjects that I learned about in Professor Fallon's class and how it's related to current events. I'm even able to attend events where I can listen to law school students discuss the future of law. Overall, my work at the law school has provided me with an insider's view of what it actually means to be a law student and not just a student who's taken a law class.

 What lessons have you learned that you’ll take with you after graduation?

Osazi: "At times of great hardship and adversity, be someone who people can believe in." - Osazi Al Khaliq

 

 

Name: Elisabeth Staal, Grad Student at HGSE

Job Title: Research Fellow

Appreciation note from Elisabth's Supervisor: "Liz has been such a joy to work with. She's always two steps ahead and does her work with such integrity and professionalism, I can't imagine what it will be like when she's no longer on our team! I've learned so much from her and the work has benefited so much from her knowledge, passion, and commitment. I know she'll go really far, and it's been an honor to share this journey with her."

Elisabeth Staal 

A Q&A with Elisabeth

 

What made you apply to your current job while being a student?

Elisabeth: I wanted to gain professional experience while at HGSE, particularly in research. Working at an off-campus location was also appealing as a way to stay in touch with the sector while I am doing my Ed.M.

Where did you find your job?

Elisabeth: I found this position on The Hub! I applied and was interviewed before receiving the offer. This position is largely paid through FWS.

How have you been able to balance your schoolwork and work responsibilities? What are your personal keys to success and what challenges or hurdles have you encountered?

Elisabeth: It has been very manageable! A benefit of FWS is that employers understand that you are a student first. My supervisor, who is an HGSE alum, gives me the option to work less hours on weeks I have a lot of school work to do, midterms, or finals. This has been hugely helpful! I complete my work responsibilities remotely which has been very helpful as well, eliminating any added commuting time. Keys to success include keeping track of my responsibilities and keeping open communication with my supervisor about my workload.

What does your typical day look like at work? What do you love the most about your position?

Elisabeth: I have a couple of ongoing assignments that lean into research more heavily that I alternate focus on depending on what is most urgent that week. I also may have a meeting on zoom with my supervisor or another colleague.

How does it relate to what you are learning at Harvard?

Elisabeth: I lean into education skills as I craft messaging and communication in particular. I also utilize the data skills I am learning. Specifically, one of my projects involving describing different pedagogies in quick reference documents leans on education knowledge.