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Student Spotlight – Jenny Nieman

Q: What is your title/role?

A: I am a Student Manager at the Starbucks on Maple Street.

Q: So are you a “barista?”

A: Yes, I am a certified barista through Starbucks. But as a Student Manager, I’m also in charge of delegating tasks, pulling sandwiches and pastries, that kind of stuff.

Q: What is your background like? Major, tc.

A: I grew up in Urbana, Ohio, in a super small farm town. I’m a major in Communications and Photography so I’m a very visual person. Working at Starbucks has allowed me to use some of my visual and artistic skills to work with marketing and advertising for the store.

Q: How did you get into the food service? Did you have prior experience?

A: I had no prior experience before coming to college. I worked as a camp counselor and I worked picking berries but never actually in food service. Freshman year I worked at Garden Commons for a semester and then I came to Starbucks and have been here for the last year and a half.

Q: What is the most exciting part of the job?

A: The time goes very quickly when there’s a line out the door. It’s exciting to just be able to move from one cup to another, and once you get in a rhythm you can just go.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with the other student employees?

A: Working in such a stressful environment in such small quarters kind of forces us to get to know each other and learn how to work with each other. This has allowed me to not only meet incredible people, but also to form friendships that I wouldn’t have otherwise found.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with guests?

A: When guests are nice, it makes your day. When they come in, ask you how you are and are very friendly it makes your day. Sometimes, people can get frustrated when we’re busy, but we just offer the best customer support we can and keep the drinks moving.

Q: How would you describe yourself personally? Hobbies? Interests?

A: Well my roommate has a dog, so I love to play with her. I’m also super outdoorsy. I love to hike, camp, kayak, all that. I’m very artistic; I love to do photography, paint, do crafts. Mostly I just love to be outside.

Q: What is one thing not many people know about you?

A: People know this once they get to know me, but I’m wildly optimistic. I find the good in literally everything.

Q: What is your favorite drink to prepare? What is your favorite drink to drink?

A: My favorite drink to prepare is the Starbucks Double Shot. It’s just ice and espresso. You shake it up real well, pour it in a cup and top it with milk. Once you top it off with milk, it’s all swirly and really pretty, so it’s fun to make. My favorite drink to drink is the London Fog Latte, which is Earl Grey Tea, and I like to put soy milk in it. Some people say it tastes like Froot Loops, but I think it’s really good. It’s a nice comforting tea drink.

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: I love The Office and New Girl. Again, I’m incredibly optimistic, so anything that’s a happy sitcom. Any comedies are usually my cup of tea. …haha I didn’t mean to make that pun.

Q: Cat or dog?

A: Dog 100 percent.

Q: What have you learned so far from Starbucks?

A: I’ve learned how to be more patient and how to handle a lot of stress. We can have a lineup of probably fifty cups and I no longer get stressed about it. It just pushes me to go a little faster, so my time management has definitely been improved.

Q: Any advice for applying/working for Miami University Dining?

A: Since I’ve mostly worked in Starbucks, which kind of feels like it’s own separate branch, I can’t give a ton of advice, but I would recommend it. I’ve enjoyed my time here and I plan to work here until graduation. Once you start, you usually end up meeting some pretty cool customers and you work with some great people. So having that experience has been a good one that’s taught me a lot.

Q: Anything else?

A: We’d love for you to come to Starbucks, but be patient and friendly. You’ll get a great drink and a great interaction.

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Cure Your Cold, Fight the Flu

For college students, it’s difficult to keep healthy and germ-free at school. The packed dorms and classrooms, stress, anxiety, an inadequate diet, and lack of sleep, can easily add up to a cold or flu. You can try to prevent it by taking the flu vaccine and excessive hand washing, but sometimes it’s not preventable.

There are a lot of great foods that can boost your immune system, but if you do develop a cold or get a bad case of the flu, there are also various healthy foods which can help reduce your symptoms and speed up recovery.

Feeling run down and sick can often ruin your appetite, but it really is necessary to stay well nourished and hydrated to help your body battle infections. So what should you eat?

Chicken Soup:

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-Keeps you hydrated

-Relieves congestion in nose and throat

-Reduces inflammation associated with a cold

-Soothes sore throat

Vegetable Soups and Stews:

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-Full of vegetables and lean meats

-Proteins and nutrients

-Boosts immune system

-Reduces inflammation associated with a cold

Spicy foods (chili pepper, wasabi, etc):

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-Open sinuses and eases congestion

-In small amounts it’s good for you (don’t eat too much)


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-Rich in potassium

-Easy to digest

-Helps lower body temperature

-Replenishes lost electrolytes

Foods with Vitamins A and C:

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-Vitamin A strengthens immune system and mucus membranes

-Vitamin C boosts immune system and gets rid of colds faster

  • Oranges, Strawberries, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots


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-Live, friendly bacteria in yogurt that can aid your immune system

-Great source of protein

-Soothes your throat

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Student Spotlight – Haley Hamilton

What is your title/role for Dining?

I am currently the student Manager at Maplestreet Station.

What is your background like? Personal/Professional? Major?

I am from Dayton, Ohio and have been there my whole life. When I was growing up in school, I would always be at friends houses hanging out. Back in high school, I worked at Dairy Queen which was really fun. Right now I’m majoring in Spanish, International Studies, and Latin American Studies. And yes, I know that is a lot, but I love to keep busy at all times.

How did you get into the food service? Any prior experience?

I never really pictured myself continuing in the food service, but I ended up doing so when I got here! Like I said before, I worked at a Dairy Queen. When I came to college I thought why not just add another thing to do outside of school and so I applied for this job and started working in dining since freshman year. It’s been a blast!

What is the most exciting part of the job?

What I think is cool is that there is something different every day I come in so it never gets boring. There are a good amount of people who work in the dining services, so I get to meet new people and get to know them more, which is a great bonus. It’s never dull!

How would you describe your relationship with the student employees?

They’re literally the best. For me as an extrovert, I try to get to know as many of them as I can personally because I feel like we’re both interdependent on each other. This job allows for teamwork and dependence and I love that.

How would you describe your relationship with guests?

I find that with my personality and job overall, it allows me to talk with the guests with ease. It has been super fun to get to know people and see some regulars that come and go when I work.

What is your favorite thing about MU Dining?

I genuinely love my coworkers! Each of them are like family to me and I can go to them when I have any struggles with school or any questions about work. They are so fun and love to have a good time and make memorable moments.

How would you describe yourself (personally)?

I think I’m a pretty outgoing person. That’s probably the best word to describe me. I love to have a good time and hang out with friends in my free time. I also enjoy traveling and I want to travel everywhere. I like to try new things as well like new foods, new experiences, new sports, all the above. It keeps me busy like I said.

What are some of your hobbies? Interests?

I love watching soccer on tv but you won’t catch me playing FIFA because video games aren’t really my forte… But I also like to experience new foods I have not tried before. There are so many kinds of foods out there and I feel like there are very few foods I’m not a fan of, to be honest. I love hiking and the going to the beach as well. The beach is super relaxing so living on or around a beach would be ideal.

What is your favorite dish to prepare? To eat?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I think my favorite dish to prepare would have to be stir-fry. I love stir-fry! It’d have to be my favorite food to eat as well. It’s just too good.

Favorite TV show?

The Office. Hands down. I mean, who doesn’t love The Office?

Cat or dog?

Dogs forever! They are just too cute and adorable and they make the best companions.

Cake or pie?

Cake is okay I guess but ice cream is heavenly. Ice cream is my favorite out of those two.

What have you learned so far?

Being patient and laid back is the only way to make it through the week because things will never go completely as planned. Just take it one step at a time and go with the flow but stay on top of things. That helps for school too outside of work.

Any advice for applying/working for MU Dining?

The people are awesome and we are always hiring new people! Just stop in and ask to speak to a student manager for more information about the application process. It’s super simple, easy, and you can dive right in! They are super flexible too, which is helpful if you’re busy like me.

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