Lynn Barbera ’19

12 July 2016

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Office: Dacie Moses House
Position: House Generalist
Major: Undecided

What do you do in this position?

As a Dacie Moses worker, I bake for the weekly Dacie Moses Sunday brunch and for special house events. I am currently making my way through a pretty eccentric cookie cookbook, making sure that there are always cookies in the tin for students to enjoy (or at least find interesting). I also design some of the posters and invitations for events at Dacie’s!

How did you get your position?

One of the house residents mentioned that Dacie’s was looking for employees and I hopped on the opportunity to meet with Julia, my now-supervisor, and talk to her about the job.

What new skills have you acquired?

I have been learning how to bake with ingredients that I had never really used before, like tea leaves and kale and squash; I get to experiment a lot, so I guess cooking creativity is a skill I’ve acquired. Working at Dacie’s also provides me with the opportunity to chat with the house guests, who are usually students’ families or alumni, which has helped me become more comfortable meeting people (and asking them for Carleton advice!).

How will your student employment experience help you in your future?

Knowing how to cook is a pretty essential skill that will definitely help me in my future, especially because I love muffins so much, but I think that being part of a community of workers all relying on each other to run the house will be the most significant experience for me to bring into my future. There is a lot of responsibility to be learned in that context.

What type of person do you feel is best suited for this position?

I think this position is best for someone who loves to bake and doesn’t mind cleaning, and who is comfortable working alone (but also sometimes in a kitchen crowded with other people!), and who really cares about Dacie Moses House!

What do you like best about your student employment position?

I really love the freedom that I have in my position; there’s usually a new thing for me to do every day, so I do not get bored with my job or stuck in one rhythm. Being a member of Dacie’s feels like something outside of just a work-study, it really is a community and a Carleton tradition that I love!


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