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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Custodians and the Banquet

This morning while I was taking my shower, I was remembering what it was like with the custodians in my last dorm.

My custodian there was assigned to 5th and 6th floor. She was a little older, a smoker, and she had really bad teeth. To be honest, she was a little frightening at first... But once you got to know her, she was the most humble lady of service you could ever hope to meet.

She worked hard and she did a really good job at her job. Our bathrooms were always spotless and she'd close them down twice a week to do a top-to-bottom sterilizing. Everyone on our floor loved her for that reason alone. We'd all complain like crazy when she went on vacation and her substitute just couldn't do as good a job xD That, and she was always nice to the students, saying hello and asking how their classes were going... just a generally nice person!

The second semester she came to me (the RA on fifth floor) and said that she had applied to work in the Engineering building and was wondering if I'd be willing to write her a recommendation. I told her I'd be honored - so I wrote the recommendation and delivered it personally to her boss. I said all the things I had noticed throughout the year - she was friendly, a hard worker, honest, and devoted. She even came to my floor meetings on her own free time! Even if it was just to ask when a good time to close the bathrooms for us would be - like when we were all in class or something.

Well anyways, I think she got the job lined up for the next year (no surprise there, she deserved it) and as a way of saying thanks, she nominated me for some... Outstanding Student Representative xD

Pretty much, I got a really fancy invitation to an awards banquet out of the blue one day. I was wondering "wtf I haven't done anything". But then she told me she had nominated me and I should go. I later on discovered that this was a "Dress-up" event... and it turned out to be like... all of the school big-wigs and really nice dishes and all kinds of stuff! Our custodian had nominated me... I guess for being such a friendly advocate to custodial staff - and I was up against like... 5 other students (in a campus of 12,000) for some award!! xD

Well, our custodian couldn't make it, so I sat with the rest of them at the banquet and felt like a sore thumb xD I didn't win the award, either... which was a big relief because I hadn't even really known I was up for it!

I guess it just goes to show that a little favor goes a long way! I hope our custodian is still enjoying her job too - she was the best of the best. And we all respected her for that.

I remember one of our instructors told us that they had received an email telling about a final exam in a nursing school where the last question, worth 20% of the grade was "What is the name of the woman that cleans this building?". One of the students approached the instructor afterwards and said "What is this question?? How am I supposed to know that?" and the instructor just said "Wherever you work, there will be all kinds of people working with you that are just as important. It's up to you to introduce yourself and make friends with each and every one of your co-workers if you plan on being a good nurse."

It's so interesting and it's true too... a lot of the nurses I've worked with have always said one of their best resources is their good relationship with people from other departments. I hope this is one thing I'll remember!

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