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Olivia de Fleuriot finds richness in her Collegium Assistant role

Olivia has found richness in the friendships that she has formed because of her job as a CA, both with other CAs and members of the collegium, and hopes that they last for years to come.

Olivia is one of ten Collegium Assistants (CA’s) at the Marlie Snider Collegium. A natural introvert, she applied for this position because she wanted to stretch herself and connect with others through a CA position. Olivia has found that the position is so much more than a cashier job, and sees it more as way to connect to other people and build community through lasting and meaningful conversations. 

A challenging part about being a CA, for Olivia, is having the courage to walk up to a group of unknown people, introduce herself and make the group feel welcome and cultivate a sense belonging to the collegium. However, it is also her favorite part of being a CA, “I love connecting with people who I wouldn’t normally have the courage to connect with”. 

The CA position has allowed Olivia to take time out in her day and offers her a brief respite from her homework. She enjoys the fact that she has a place where she can leave her homework at the door. When she is on shift, she focuses on making other commuters feel welcome and connected. Olivia has found that because of her CA job, she views the collegium more as a whole, and tries her best to make a difference in the atmosphere and relationships formed in the collegium. 

Olivia has found richness in the friendships that she has formed because of her job as a CA, both with other CAs and members of the collegium, and hopes that they last for years to come. 

Written by Rianna Van de Kamp