Each semester, ITS employs students from a variety of grade levels, backgrounds, and majors. One of the most dedicated student workers, Sarah Reyes Noriega, shares her experiences as an ITS Student Assistant for the last four years. Sarah is a Pomona College Chicano Latinx major and a gender women studies minor from Los Angeles, California.
Sarah entered ITS as a first-year working under Business Manager Angelina Quevedo. Sarah was drawn to the position because she was interested in refining her organizational skills and gaining experience in working as a member of a team. This position turned out to be the perfect opportunity for her to do so.
Prior to COVID-19, when the ITS Cowart Building was bustling with staff, Sarah’s role consisted of restocking and organizing office supplies, along with completing projects assigned by Angelina. In the transition to remote work, Sarah’s role has shifted to scanning physical documents and contracts, an essential function for ITS. She has built on this project remotely by updating and maintaining scans and filing them in spreadsheets, allowing ITS staff to access critical information from the safety of their homes.
While Sarah often reminisces about the ITS office and her desk, what she misses most is working directly with the ITS staff, especially her manager Angelina. Sarah has developed a sincere appreciation for Angelina and the whole ITS department for all their hard work and dedication to supporting and improving the college. She also enjoys having a behind the scenes look at how ITS and the college function. For the next generation of student workers, Sarah hopes that students with or without an interest in STEM will apply for ITS positions, as she has seen first hand how a role in ITS can develop a host of both technical and non-technical skills that can be carried over to future careers and opportunities.
Thank you Sarah for all your contributions these last four years. We are eager to see you excel now and after you graduate from Pomona College this spring.