By: Linda Vasquez
It’s quiet at 4 p.m. as the office manager of The Spectrum sits at her desk working away and answering emails. The mid-age woman looks around in the office. All the students are gone. She smiles. “What a great day,” she says. Most of the students that work around her would say that this woman is who makes it a great day in the office, and instantly there is no way you can’t smile back at her. This woman is Karla Young.
The Olathe, Colorado native moved to Fargo in August 2006 with her husband Brent Young. Brent is a current associate professor of agriculture and extension education at NDSU. She began her position at The Spectrum on Nov. 27 of that same year. Since then, she has had the opportunity to meet and interact with various students and make an impact on those she closely works with.
The Spectrum Business Manager, Michelle Full sees Karla as a very influential individual when it comes to making decisions for the organization.
“She is willing to give us her opinion, support and back us up in whatever we may want to do and give us ideas on how to improve our organization. She is a great person to have in the office.”
Karla’s knowledge after being at The Spectrum for 6 years has helped students adjust to the new positions and is what she says probably the best thing about her job because there is always something new and its never the same old thing.
“My favorite part about this job is the students,” Karla smiles. “I get a new batch of students with new ideas every year, so it challenges me to learn about the students, their likes, dislikes…and get to know about their lives.”
Her students couldn’t agree more. Troy Raisenen, The Spectrum’s graphic designer, describes Karla as someone who is consistently there for him and whom is a sincere and supportive person who really wants to know what’s going on in student’s lives.
“It’s very nice to have her and when she’s gone there is sort of this empty feeling,” Troy shared. “She has a distinct personality that is distinctly her, which makes it fun to see her, makes her a fun person to talk to and you know, memorable.”
Karla’s experience with new students every year has also given her the ability to help students’ transition every year into their new positions. Victoria Dinampo, co-copy editor at The Spectrum, never had worked in a comfortable office environment, but Karla helped change that.
“She always checks on me and sees how I’m doing. Karla has helped me transition myself in here by asking me stuff about work and also tries to be personal and connect with you. That’s the greatest thing,” Victoria said.
Karla feels very honored when students recognize that she cares because she says each student means a great deal to her: “I don’t want to be their mom, but I care that way, that’s just who I am.”