Name: Quiana J Rapier
Current internship: Day By Day Warming Shelter
Year in school: 5th year/Senior
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Milwaukee. WI
Current Involvement (Activities, sports, clubs, interests): Black Student Union
Why I choose UW Oshkosh: I Initially wanted to go to a University located far away from home; Florida to be exact, because I wanted to attend the Culinary Arts College in Orlando, which is where I 1st applied and was accepted. I applied to a few other universities in other states but I thought it’d be a good idea to apply somewhere close to home just to be safe. I knew quite a few people from my high school that planned on attending UWO, so I thought I may as well apply to a school where there will be familiar faces. Unfortunately, there were some family reasons that prevented me from wanting to go to school so far away and in the end, UWO was the only school I’d applied to in the state. So here I am!
Typical work day in your role: I normally work the later shift which is from 1 am-8 am so when I arrive, the guests are already asleep. In the meantime, I’ll complete the guests laundry as well as whatever else needs to be washed around the shelter, store donations, do paperwork if need be and just monitor the guests until they wake up. 7 am is wake-up time unless they need to be woken up sooner. A volunteer comes in a little before we wake the guests up to help out. Once they’re up, they shower, complete an assigned chore that I have to check, and we put out a little breakfast for them. I also distribute prescription medication to those that are on them. If someone new comes in during my shift, then I (or the other staff working) am to complete an intake packet to have on file. That’s pretty much the gist of a typical night at the shelter for my shift.
What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at your current internship? It’s very rewarding to be able to help those out that are in a sense, less fortunate than I am. The thanks that I receive from the guests are beyond measurable and it makes me feel as though I’ve made some kind of positive difference in their lives. The main thing I’ve learned is to not take anything that I have for granted, whether it be my health, education, home or even my job there.
How has the Business Success Center prepared you for the work force? If it wasn’t for the Business Success Center, there’s a strong possibility I wouldn’t have this job/internship, or I wouldn’t have been there as long as I have, because I didn’t even know Day By Day existed prior to receiving an email from the BSC. On top of that, I’ve learned interviewing skills which is important in the workforce because it’s key to getting a job.
What are your career plans after UW Oshkosh? Once I graduate from UW Oshkosh, I plan to return to my home (Milwaukee) and search for a new apartment/house and job there. I’ve enjoyed attending school here in Oshkosh, but I think I’ll have a better chance at finding a job in Milwaukee considering my area of study; plus I miss the city life.
What is your dream job? Up until about a month ago, my dream job was to be a social worker for Child Protective Services. I currently want to work with human trafficking victims after hearing from a former social work student that now does that in Milwaukee. I’ve always had an interest in trafficking, but it didn’t register to me that I could actually work with them using my degree.
What was the best part of this experience? One of the best parts of this experience is that it has taught me so much about myself. What I’m capable of, what I enjoy doing and also what area(s) I may still need a little growth in. Another part is being able to have a positive influence on the lives of others.