Working an on-campus job is an easy way to earn extra money while taking classes. For Adam Obringer though, working on-campus was more than that. He will tell you that working on-campus pushed him to “grow as a person”.
Adam Obringer worked as a mentor in the Math and Science Resource Center while he was studying for a dual degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics. Both his classes and his job challenged him intellectually, but working in the Center also gave him the opportunity to interact with people in a way that he had never had the opportunity to do before. As part of his job, Adam worked one on one with students, explaining how to approach various math problems and guiding them through various concepts, and formed relationships with other mentors and the math faculty. He particularly enjoyed working one on one with the math faculty both as a mentor and as a student.
Currently, Adam is putting the skills that he acquired at IU East to use as a teacher at Lincoln Middle/High School where he teaches Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. Although he only graduated a short time ago, he already misses his time at IU East because he met a group of people here that changed him for the rest of his life.