Meet our Career Fellow: Lauren Kim
Tell us about yourself and a fun fact!
I’m Lauren and I’m a junior from New Jersey majoring in History and minoring in Asian American Studies. On campus, I am involved in the Asian American Center, the Tufts Daily, the Tufts Pre-Law Society, and the Tufts Career Center! I am currently considering careers in law and mental health counseling.
Fun Fact: My childhood dog’s name was Poopy!
Here’s a picture of Poopy!
What made you interested in the Career Fellows Program / working at the office?
I applied to be a Career Fellow after hearing about the program from Ryan Smith while taking the Personal Career Development ExCollege class with him. Through the class, I became more familiar with all of the resources offered by the Career Center and found that every visit left me feeling more confident in my skills and and more secure in my future. The position interested me because it offered a unique opportunity to meet a wider group of my peers at Tufts and learn about what passions they dedicate their time to on campus and beyond, while building upon my own professional skills. I also love that it’s a program led by the students, for the students!
What is a challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?
As an introvert, I have struggled with public speaking for as long as I can remember. But I’ve learned that without fail, the most effective way to overcome a challenge is to confront it and work at it. For me, that meant volunteering to lead group presentations, facilitating discussions, and generally taking on more leadership roles. Just like anything else that comes with practice, public speaking got easier too.
What do you do to find balance between all the different things you do?
There are few things more precious to college students than time and it’s easy to get lost in the flurry of overbooked schedules and skimp out on sleep and self care. I am able to find balance in my life by investing time only in the things that matter to me. That doesn’t mean doing less and having a bunch of free time on my hands. It just means that I am able to dedicate all of my time and energy on the the things that I find personally fulfilling.
What advice would you have for other students thinking about their careers?
Expect uncertainty to be a part of your career path. More likely than not, you’ll change jobs multiple times so it’s okay if you don’t know exactly where you’re going. If you make a consistent effort to work towards a goal that is true to you, things have a way of working out.