Editor’s note — This is part of a Women’s History Month series featuring women who are making a positive impact on the campus community through their work as clerical/service workers. The Women of Service series is organized by the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women. The stories will air every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Nebraska Today through March 30.
When it comes to advising and interacting with students, Jaylen Peters is the welcoming force at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business.
The Administrative Support Associate in the College’s Office of Business Counseling and Student Engagement since October 2018, Peters is responsible for distributing scholarships to Nebraska business students, meeting counselors’ day-to-day needs, managing student assistants and maintaining an orderly office.
“Jaylen continually goes above and beyond her work with students, staff, and the college as she identifies ways to make students feel more welcome, improve communication with students, and streamline communications. college scholarships,” said Jennifer Mostek, business manager. Counseling and student engagement. “Even when she is not physically present when people arrive, she has trained and developed our student employees to ensure that anyone who walks in is welcomed and assisted promptly.”
The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women has reached out to get to know Peters and learn more about her dedication to the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Nebraska. His interview follows.
Tell us more about yourself.
I grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska, loving every minute I spent outdoors, especially if I had a camera in hand. I graduated from Metropolitan Community College with an associate’s degree in digital photography, then came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for my bachelor’s degree in business administration. I’ve always liked being on campus and close to home, so working at ONE was an easy decision. It also allows me to help with the harvest on the farm, which is my favorite time of year.
What do you expect when you come to work?
I really look forward to working with my colleagues. We have a very amazing and supportive environment at the College of Business, and no matter what kind of day you are having, there is always someone there to make you laugh or help you solve a problem. My position also allows me to work with other departments in our building, which makes teamwork fun.
What is your best memory on campus?
It’s actually as a student. I was sitting in Spanish class my first semester and listening to our exchange classmate talk about how she was planning on staying in America for the summer but had nowhere to stay. I just blurted out that she could stay with my family for the summer on the farm, and she actually accepted the offer. We’ve been best friends ever since, and I’ve visited her twice in the Netherlands, even being a bridesmaid at her wedding. Some of the oldest friends I’ve ever had met in classes here, where we bonded for hours studying for a finance test or working on our latest marketing presentations.
What is your life like outside of work?
I usually divide my time between traveling and going out with my friends and family. I love playing tag and hide and seek with my nieces. I also always plan my next trip, which usually involves some type of hiking or outdoor activity. More recently, I traveled solo to the Netherlands to meet one of my nieces for the first time.
What don’t most people know about you?
I’ve completed the Manitou Incline—a hike in Manitou Springs, Colorado that follows the path of an old wagon—twice. It’s a 68 degree incline and you gain 2,000 feet in elevation in less than a mile. I originally wanted to finish to support a friend who was training for the Boston Marathon. I chose to complete it a second time for the personal experience and the great view.
Also, I’ve never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my life. People ask about the weirdness – I don’t like jams or jelly, so my parents never made them for snacks or lunches. Now everyone tells me they’re going to try to get me to eat one because I’m missing something.