How long have you been at SPU?
Three years, four years if counting my years as a student intern in University Communications.
Tell us about a memorable “good day at work.”
One of my favorites happened the day after my recent 30th birthday. I came back into the office after lunch and found my desk adorned with most of UC’s party decorations — and a poster with my face photoshopped onto Jennifer Garner from the movie Thirteen Going on Thirty. This sort of thing happens frequently in UC.
How does your faith impact your work?
I know God put me right where I am at UC, and he gave me the skills to do my job well. I’m thankful for that every day. I’m also blessed to work in an environment where faith is a shared reason for each staff member being here. I’ve spent time in secular work environments, and am amazed at how refreshing it is to have devotions as a staff.
Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?
I chose to attend Seattle Pacific because it was close to home and had a pre-veterinary program. I wish I could say I did the responsible thing and applied to multiple universities, but, no, I only applied to one, got in, and it turns out it was the right one! Halfway through my freshman year I realized I missed being creative and switched to the visual communication program. Senior year, I landed an amazing internship at the UC office, which set the bar way too high for what I wanted in a job. I’m so glad to be back.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Reading. Taking a few hours and getting lost in a good book is the ultimate getaway for me. I also take being an aunt very seriously, by not being serious at all when I’m around the kids. I have six nephews and one niece, and they range in age from one month to 16 years old, so they keep me busy!
What’s something that few people know about you?
I was so shy as a kid that I wouldn’t order my own food in restaurants until I was 12 or so. I’ve overcome a lot of that shyness, by I still much prefer to order pizza online than over the phone.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Cliché, I know, but the people I work with are my favorite part. The people, and the candy bowl. That is a close second.
What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?
I do all my own stunts.
Please join Staff Council in congratulating Samantha Davis as Staff of the Month!