Editor’s note: When Lunchpool first started seeing tremendous growth back in March, we were excited to bring on our first hire – a summer intern named Elizabeth.
As one of her first assignments, we asked her to write a blog post introducing herself. As fast-paced as everything was back then, responding to the deluge of interest brought forth by market forces, the post never got published. This is that post.
What’s high-growth startup life really like? Elizabeth has now transitioned from intern, to part-time, to full-time employee. She went from summer intern to our Lead Virtual Experience Manager. She’s currently transitioning into a role where she’ll be training our crop of new hires.
Interested in working at Lunchpool? Drop us a line.
Hi Everyone, I’m Elizabeth!
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Molter and I am interning for Lunchpool this summer in the marketing field. Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I recently turned 24 years old and I am a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville majoring in marketing with a collateral in human resources.
I am a huge sports fan, so I love all things football, basketball, baseball/softball, and UFC fighting. In my free time I love spending time doing anything in the beautiful Smoky Mountains or crafting for my little side business.
Most importantly, I love volunteering my time to local organizations because there is so much you can do to help not only your community, but also yourself. You never know what you can learn when you’re just trying to help people. Which leads me to today’s conversation: how communication led me to an internship with Lunchpool.
How my sense of communication and generosity lead me to Lunchpool
Most of my background is with children, I spent three years working at a preschool, two years being a private nanny, and a year working at an elementary school (I also started babysitting when I was just twelve years old).
With my extensive background working with children, it’s safe to say I became very good at communicating (you know, baby talk and all that). After all the babysitting I did, high school is really where this whole story begins.
My high school peer tutoring experience
In my junior year of high school, I had to choose an elective class (like art, gym, music, etc.). I decided I wanted to try out a relatively new elective: being a peer tutor. A peer tutor is a student who is assigned to a classmate with disabilities. As a peer tutor, you basically become a friend and helper in whatever class they are in during the assigned time.
For example, you might be tasked with taking notes for your peer, helping them get food in the lunch line, helping with homework, or just being a friend and someone they can talk to. To make a long story short, I didn’t know signing up to be a peer tutor would make such a huge difference in my life, but man was I wrong.
I didn’t know signing up to be a peer tutor would make such a huge difference in my life, but man was I wrong.
Getting biscuits with my new friend Austin
My first time signing up to be a peer tutor, I was assigned to a boy named Austin. I have seen Austin grow up since we were in fifth grade together but didn’t really “know” him, you know? Austin is the kind of person everyone knows about because he is just that friendly of a person.
Every time Austin sees someone he knows in the hallway he flaps his hands and gets extremely excited to see them; he is just such a joyful person to be around. Austin has a type of disorder where he can’t think or communicate like the “average” person.
For the semester, I helped Austin in the first class of the day. At the end of class I walked with him to get a biscuit for breakfast in the cafeteria. It became apparent very quickly that I had a special connection with Austin, and we created a bond.
Communicating is difficult; disabilities make it even harder
During Austin’s first class, I helped him with class work, homework, and took notes for him. Over time, I became his personal translator. For some reason, the teacher could never understand Austin. As I mentioned before, his disability prevented him from effectively communicating.
He would make sounds, but they wouldn’t sound like words exactly. You kind of had to piece the sounds together to make words, and he could tell you if you were right or wrong. Every time the teacher called on Austin he would answer because he was very smart. However, the teacher never knew what he was saying. She would automatically look to me to interpret what he was trying to say. I quickly became Austin’s right-hand woman.
Helping my new friend communicate with the world
He knew the teacher didn’t know what he was saying, so he would grab my hand to get my attention. He would tell me what he wanted to say and I would, in turn, tell the teacher what he needed. Very shortly after being assigned to Austin we became extremely close friends.
He is such a sweetheart. Every time he spotted me in the hallway, Austin would stop whatever he was doing. You could hear him holler for me. He would run and start talking to me immediately. I can truly say he not only changed my life, but he always made my day so much better. Just seeing me made him so extremely happy, which in turn, made me extremely happy.
How does this story bring me to an internship with Lunchpool?
I loved peer tutoring so much I decided to do it again. I was assigned another student the following year. From my experience being a peer tutor for two years, I learned the value of communication. I developed a love for helping people, and more specifically, a love for helping people communicate, which is exactly what Lunchpool is all about.
I developed a love for helping people, and more specifically, a love for helping people communicate, which is exactly what Lunchpool is all about.
Lunchpool provides such a great alternative to social isolation by helping enable better communication by bringing people together in a time where spending time apart is the norm. Recently during the COVID-19 crisis, Lunchpool has provided an alternate way for businesses to still be able to host events, but virtually. The company has shown their ability to adapt to new situations, especially in a time like we are experiencing today.
Although I am just getting started with Lunchpool, I am excited to work for a company that I can already relate to. I believe in what the company stands for, which makes work fun, exciting and rewarding. I am eager to see how my abilities can help the company grow and expand to help even more people. Stay tuned…there’s more to come from Lunchpool.Lunch Crew Spotlights