Student Employment: Perks of Working in University Dining Services

Around 1,200 students – from freshmen to graduate – find employment in the University’s six dining halls and catering service. Many students end up working for a few years (if not all four or five years of their college career) and even find themselves moving up to Student Supervisors.

A student worker is busy carving meat.
Photo courtesy of University Housing webpage.

Most people don’t know why some students enjoy working in the University’s dining services, so I decided to do an audio story about the benefits of working in the dining hall. The increase in pay, free meals and new friendships were the reasons mentioned by a couple of students.

Initially I had thought working with only audio would be easy, but two challenges I faced were writing my script in a conversational voice and finding good soundbites. Most of the time, the two students I interviewed spoke slowly at certain points or paused a lot in their speech, which made it hard to find quick soundbites. Overall, I liked learning how to write a script and how to do an audio wrap. Although I know I can get better with more practice, I’d have to say I’m pleased with the result, and the process was better than expected.

Listen here to learn about the benefits of working in the University’s dining services!


Also, here’s a look at my script:

Student Employment: Perks of Working in University Dining Services
TRT: 1:25
OUT Q: “OFF THE SHELF AND ONLINE”

SONY KASSAM REPORTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAX MCKITTRICK SENIOR, DINING SERVICES STUDENT SUPERVISOR

 

 

 

 

THURMAN ETCHISON STUDENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR DINING SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

EMIL ISAAKOV SENIOR, DINING SERVICES STUDENT EMPLOYEE

 

 

 

 

MAX MCKITTRICK SENIOR, DINING SERVICES STUDENT SUPERVISOR

TAKE PKG W/REPORTER

TRACK 1

12-hundred student employees serve in the University’s dining halls and catering… making it one of the most popular employment services for students. Working with food may not sound ideal, but it has its benefits.

Senior Max McKittrick is a student supervisor and has been working in dining services for four years. He says he enjoys eating for free and earns a good amount of money…which fits any student’s agenda of living on a budget. (0:23)

TAKE SOT- MAX MCKITTRICK

“I continue to work here because it’s pretty good money and I enjoy free meals.” (0:07)

TRACK 2

Thurman Etchison, student program coordinator for the University’s dining services, says student employees receive a 25-cent raise each semester, with a maximum pay of $10.50. (0:11)

TAKE SOT- THURMAN ETCHISON

“Plus certainly the people that stay with us from semester to semester are worth more money. They get more done in a shorter period of time. They’re just better at doing their jobs. (0:08)

TRACK 3

Senior Emil Isaakov is currently working his fourth semester. Money and free meals enticed him at first, but newfound friendships made working in dining services worthwhile. (0:10)

TAKE SOT- EMIL ISAAKOV

“After a while you have friendships that you don’t want to end, so I guess that’s what keeps me here really.” (0:10)

TRACK 4

McKittrick also enjoys the new friendships. (0:02)

TAKE SOT- MAX MCKITTRICK
“It’s nice to hang out with people after the shift is over…and chat.” (0:06)

TRACK 5

Whether it’s free meals, a higher income or lasting friendships, one thing’s for sure: working in the dining halls sure has its perks. For Off the Shelf and Online, I’m Sony Kassam. (0:09)

 

 

1 thought on “Student Employment: Perks of Working in University Dining Services

  1. Natalie Leoni

    Hi Sony!

    First, I am really impressed with your topic! I would have never thought to cover this as a topic. So interesting!

    I wish there were longer soundbites for the people you used or different people that were excited and more concise. Maybe it was just the nat sound covering it up? This topic is really interesting so it would have been good to have better student sources. The older source you had was really clear, though!

    Some Nat sound was louder than I would like, but other than that, I thought you did a nice job! You have such a powerful radio voice! You should think about radio 🙂

    Have a wonderful Spring Break!

    Best,
    Natalie

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