Welcome to the first edition of “Gio’s Spotlight: Idols of Inspiration” where I interview various members of staff, students, mentors and professors. It is too often that we overlook some of the most amazing people that make up the USF community. While it makes me proud to see people succeed, we shouldn’t forget those that help us succeed and make our university experience better. Rather than doing a simple interview, I am honored to uncover their inspirational stories because everyone has a story to tell.
For our first interview we have special guest Michele O’Boyle who is the Administrative Assistant to Dean Elizabeth Davies at the College of Arts and Sciences. You may have seen Michele around from time to time delivering documents or helping with events around campus. The interview was a great experience personally.
From a young girl working hard at school to Administrative Assistant, Michele has worked to get where she is now. She is genuine, caring, and helpful and always knows how to give good advice to lift your spirits. Let’s learn more about Michele through my interview below.
Giovanni Alvarado: What made you want to work here and be a part of the USF community?
Michele O’Boyle: More than anything, the people and students that come here. Everyone is so kind and understanding, but most of all helpful. It was back in 2001, so about 18 years ago it will be this August of 2019, my husband was a police officer and looked over the campus when he could when he would drive by. He loved his job and keeping people safe, he told me he could see me one day working there.
So, one day at an event a man by the name of Billy, who worked at USF, offered me a part time job. I took it because I live so close to the area and wanted to take care of my young kids at the time. So, I didn’t really want to commute far. It was so fitting, once I applied for the job and by a blessing got hired, I took the job and enjoyed it. In 2014, I moved working at the dean’s office here. To this day, I still love my job.
GA: How have you changed from your experience of working here? Did it enhance who you are?
MO: It definitely has enhanced who I am. I was blessed to make many new friends with my co-workers and staff. These friendships have only developed and gotten stronger over the years. The longer you work here and get to know everybody, the more you get involved and socialize. You get to know who people are from all walks of life and you later come to find out that they really care about you. I love that I can be helpful here. I feel like I am giving back to my community by being here.
GA: What is the best part of working here?
MO: Seeing you guys as students grow up into fine young adults in society and being able to help in any way that I can. Making friends here has been a good experience. I like my job.
GA: What does your job entail and what is your personal mission while working here?
MO: My job usually has the main role of doing administrative assistance for the Dean, assisting department chairs, setting up events, bill processing, internships for students, helping out the Saint Ambassadors with any information and overall just helping out in any way I can personally.
GA: What are your hobbies, interest and talents? Anything people should know about you?
MO: Honestly, I don’t really have any hobbies or even talents. But I do like to have some down time with my husband and family when I have the chance. I guess for me a hobby could be watching some great movies on Netflix and making a good dinner. Going out on family trips to Wisconsin is fun, my son plays football and his games are up there once in a while.
GA: What’s your favorite song, movie and childhood moment?
MO: I love the band “Journey” and any Stevie Nicks songs. Anything to do with 80’s rock and even oldies music tends to be my favorite. I grew up listening to that when I was a child. I don’t have a favorite movie particularly, but I do love the American drama “Sons of Anarchy.” It’s about a cool biker gang being heroes in their town of Charming, California. I recommend watching.
GA: What do you want to see change in the world?
MO: Violence, I would really like violence to stop. It has hurt so many people and stole their lives away. Guns have been a big issue lately, I’m for having them as our second amendment right, but we need to do better with background checks and more than anything mental health. Your mental health is vital to live a good life without worry, but if you lack mentally, you need to get help or talk to someone right away before someone or you gets brutally hurt. We all need to just get along and live life, that's all that matters.
GA: What is one inspirational quote you would like to share to people reading this?
MO: "Live one day at a time, because you don’t know what happens tomorrow." I can’t stress that enough, live one day at a time. I always hear my daughters talking about what tomorrow or next week will bring, I tell them to just live one day at a time. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring, good or bad. Someone could pass away in 2 days or next week or get hired at a fancy job or even become famous, you just don’t know. We should all learn to just enjoy life, one day at a time.