As members of the Honors at Iowa community, many of you have probably made trips to the BHC, but what do you think a day actually looks like for the staff members? We have blogs from specific members of our staff, but I’m about to take you through a snapstory adventure that provides a more generalized account of what our work environment really looks like.
We all start the day the same as most of you, impatiently waiting for our caffeine intake, whether it be coffee or the various boxes of tea we have lying around. (Don’t let the inaccurate clock fool you, this was taken around 9AM.)
The mail needs to be checked twice a day, and unfortunately that means a trip to the creepy basement for the admins. We’re a brave bunch.
This mail includes letters for both Honors at Iowa and the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, but we also receive business catalogs. As you can see, we’re quite a popular organization. The brand is everywhere!
Oftentimes, this office is full of surprises! Kelly grew these gorgeous poppies and gifted them to the front desk last week.
…these surprises aren’t always lovely or sensible. Sometimes we just find stuff.
On top of our individual focus areas–student and professional staff alike–academic record processing is one of the important jobs we do here to ensure that our students’ experiences are recorded in our system. It’s a tough job that requires lots of support… and girl power… and Jessica. Patient, wonderful Jessica.
That’s not to say it’s all work and no play here at Honors. Last week, I got to stare at owl vectors for twenty minutes as inspiration for an upcoming design project. (Get excited, it’s going to be unveiled in a matter of weeks.)
Sometimes my own work becomes so fun that I continue at home–although I don’t think Dr. Spisak would allow me to blast The Flaming Lips at the office. Maybe I should conduct a case study to prove it increases artistic productivity.
When we are back in the office, however, we do have a great support system (and sense of humor). As you can see, Excel spreadsheets are the admins’ #1 enemy.
ALSO WE EAT MUFFINS. Lindsay has been on a real baking bender lately, and I am a big supporter.
Food is so very important to many of us on BHC’s fourth floor. A number of our staff members are cool, organic, healthy people who make me wonder why I find it acceptable to eat Toaster Strudels for lunch. It’s fine. I’m fine.
Like, what even are these sad, donut-shaped, apple things?
At the end (or beginning) of a long day, it’s not uncommon to take a selfie with our former admin, Noreen, in the elevator. But please do not face-swap with the elevator honors students. It’s quite frightening. 0/10 do not recommend.
by Katie Kiesewetter, Junior
Areas of Study: English; Studio Art (Graphic Design); Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Farmington, IL