Community Service to Business

Monique Cabrera overcame her homesickness four years ago by finding ways to serve the campus. Now a senior wrapping up her undergrad education, she is ready to take on the world and feels that “Menlo College has sufficiently provided me with the resources to do so.”

Monique was initially attracted to Menlo for several reasons. She enjoys competitive wrestling, and the College offered the only women's wrestling program on the west coast. She was also interested in the Business Management program. Another very important factor in her decision to come to Menlo was cost. With a variety of financial aid options and her scholarship, she found that a Menlo education was well within reach. In addition, she appreciates the advantages of a small school.

“Classes aren't too big,” says Monique. “If I have a question my professors never send me to a teacher's aide. They're always there.” Monique has been a member of the Student Government Association all four years. She spent the past year serving as president of the SGA, a seat she describes as “a true honor.”

Monique gained a great deal of real-world experience working for Conference Services Director Joe O'Brien. She found this dynamic workplace to be nurturing in her development as a person.

Monique is currently preparing for her Series 6 and Series 63 tests to become a financial representative for First Investors Corporation after graduation.

Conference Services Director Joe O'Brien knows he can count on Monique—or “Mouse”—for support in serving the clients who host hundreds of events at Menlo each year. Monique applied for the job as Joe's assistant in 2006, toting impressive interview skills and a r�sum� to match. Joe says that hiring her three years ago was “an easy decision.”

He stands by that decision today, having steadily increased Monique's level of involvement year after year. Monique is now often called upon for detail-oriented work, including contract development and working directly with clients. As Monique's workload has increased, so too have her abilities.

“Her communication skills and ability to achieve goals by working with others have improved tremendously,” says Joe. “This will be a big advantage for Monique as she enters the working world.”