Student- Worker Perspective
Among the bustling students of Hagan Hall lies a small, yet busy room that plays a huge role for the campus as a whole. This place is the Assumption College mailroom, where I have spent the last two summers as a work-study. I had applied for many jobs prior, but was not having much luck. Then it was brought to my attention that there were a lot of jobs I could get right on campus. I searched the Portal for different opportunities and then I found that the mailroom was looking for help, so I applied. After meeting with my boss, I got the job and started as soon as school let out for summer break. This being my first job, I was very nervous and did not know what to expect. After day one, I got more and more used to the way the mailroom worked and what needed to get done each day. Which leads me to the point of this article, what is a normal day as a work-study in the mailroom like?
When I get there in the morning, the first thing I do is help put away the incoming mail that comes from the United States Postal Service. Everything is organized by department and once it is all sorted out, I would package it up and place it into three bins. From there, I would load up the mail car and start my morning route around campus. I make stops at all the departments on campus and pickup any mail that needs to be sent out that day. After the mail route is over, I bring the mail back inside to the mailroom and organize all of the incoming letters. In addition to this, I receive all the incoming packages from companies such as USPS and FedEx. Every package needs to be logged into the school’s system. Upon logging the packages in, I place them on a particular shelf depending upon whether it is for a student or faculty member. These are the main tasks that I performed everyday.
In between these activities, there are other things that have to get done in the mailroom that keeps everything running smoothly. Every day I would run the package window and sign out any package to a student or faculty member who came to pick it up. In addition to this, I would forward mail out to students to their homes as well.
As the school year inches closer and closer, the mailroom gets progressively busier. Students start returning to campus and order their textbooks and other school supplies, which makes the shelves much more full. The mailroom requires lots of organization, so making sure all the packages are where they should be is key.
Working in the mailroom is much more than just putting mail into mailboxes. It takes lots of work to keep things in order. I really enjoyed my last two summers in the mailroom and got to work with some really great people. It was a fun first job to have and I hope to go back for this coming summer.