Swiping cards at Market Square doesn’t sound like an exhilarating job, but Lieu Nguyen does it every day with a smile.
Kudos to Sodexo for honoring Nguyen’s hard work and dedication to what would otherwise be a rather mundane job. Taking the time and effort to address students by name and greet them with a warm smile makes the Market Square experience that much more memorable. It feels great to be called by name instead of being treated like you are just another student on a busy day. Jobs can become boring and lackluster in any profession, but Nguyen’s attitude shows that she really cares about what she is doing and the people she is serving.
There is a difference between doing your job and loving your job. Nguyen’s demeanor and commitment is a prime example of what it means to truly love what you do, and her excitement is contagious.
So contagious in fact, that students have taken notice of her and started their own Facebook group dedicated entirely to Nguyen. It is commendable that students have taken notice of someone working for the university in that capacity. However, the best tribute to Nguyen may be to emulate her behavior. Sometimes a smile and a sincere greeting is all it takes to make someone’s day.
Sports editor Mary Sue Greenleaf for the editorial board.