Khadijah Sulail

Check out Khadijah Sulail, our March featured student employee! She is a senior biomechanical engineering major, and she is the front desk assistant for IUPUI's Office of International Affairs.

Meet Khadijah

What tips do you have for another student who is searching for a part-time position?

"Try to gain work experience by [becoming involved] in campus with some clubs or volunteering at some organizations, so when [you're] applying for a job you [are] outstanding among others."

What tips would you provide to other students on how to get the most out of their work experience?

"I always give this advice to anyone who wants to learn or get the most experience [out] of their role [and it] is to ask questions, even the silly ones."

What advice would you give someone who is trying to gain experience for their future career?

"Don’t give up while searching for a part-time [job] or for [a] work experience. Always be ready to [complete] the next step even [if] you have not moved a step yet!

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-: So my name is Khadijah Sulail,

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and I am environmental engineering.

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I'm sitting here right now.

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And my position is front desk assistant

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at IEBO international office.

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I have enjoyed helping people a lot,

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and also knowing..,

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about different ethnicities,

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and culture

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and nationalities,

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because, it is

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about international students, so

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I have worked with

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a lot of students,

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in different platform.

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So, I have become a good communicator,

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and I think,

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a good communicator will help me in the future

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as an engineer,

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because I'm gonna communicate with a lot of people

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and

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also with different background as well.

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I think my greatest accomplishment is

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educating myself about different cultures

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and different backgrounds,

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and also learning how to communicate with people,

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and how to self-control myself,

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and how to time,

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how to manage my time.

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-: So my name is Brandalynn White.

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I use (indistinct) as pronouns,

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and I'm the assistant director of client services

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at the office of international affairs site.

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One of the,

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I think most valuable traits

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that Khadija brings to the office right now is

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her willingness to be flexible, and

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understands that the needs of our students are changing

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rapidly and constantly in this environment.

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Khadija came on board, about two months before

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we closed for COVID.

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And so we got through the very basics of training

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before we moved into a world where

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nobody really had solid ground underneath our feet.

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And she's just been up to the task the whole time.

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And, you know, here we are almost at a year later

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and it's still, you know

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present every day that

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she's bringing that flexibility

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and that knowledge of what our students

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are really going through, to our work.

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And that it has to be,

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more and more student cetric,

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and how we think about client services

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and how we enact those practices with our offices.

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-: So, I am international student,

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and once I saw this position,

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I feel this is the right position for me,

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so I've left for like

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and because

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I am international student makes look like

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this is gonna be (indistinct)

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and difficult position

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because I almost know everything

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about international students.

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-: One of the things that stood out about Khadija,

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when we were hiring,

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was her commitment to the international student community

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here at IEPY.

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She,

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clearly based, you know on her resume and in her interview,

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she wasn't just par.., you know,

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partaking campus life without

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self guidance or anything like that, she

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had taken risks, had taken the initiative to join,

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you know, different organizations,

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leadership and research opportunities within her school.

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It was clear that she was a student who

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wanted to make the most out of her experience

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here at IEPY, and

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I, you know,

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was hoping that we can be part of that story for her.

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I think one of the ways that

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Khadija exceeded the expectations

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for the front desk assistant position,

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is that

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she engages so critically and thoughtfully

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with the decisions that we make.

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So when we've been changing policies in COVID,

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or trying to find new solutions

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and to new and old problems

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that she is always willing to contribute and

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ask, you know really good and critical questions

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in ways that push me to, you know think about some of the

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things that I bring to my position with the office,

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as well as,

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just how we can be

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how we can be more student focused in this time.

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Khadija shows up every day, ready to engage

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ready to make us a better place

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for our students to interact with,

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for her coworkers to understand

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the different cultural lenses that she brings to the office

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and always ready to contribute.

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-: I feel like I am more engaging

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and (indistinct) right now

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and I feel like I am already lifted to (indistinct)

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-: One of the things that Khadija has taught me

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about being a supervisor,

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particularly through COVID is,

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to make sure to ask, you know,

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be open as a manager to

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really receive the opinions and

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the needs of my staff as student workers

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and

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that the time that you invest in asking questions

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and engaging with student employees,

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that it's well spent,

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that the value is definitely there, whether that's

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you know, following up with them

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on an individual personal level

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and making sure there's they're okay

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to asking questions that

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contribute to policy changes

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or other practices,

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time spent in discussion and

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eliciting feedback from student employees is valuable.

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-: I didn't need to call the international office to ask

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for any advice because I am the one.

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(Khadija laughing)

Meet the Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs is your resource for connecting to IUPUI’s international activities. They work with people and organizations on campus, in Indianapolis, and throughout the world to:

  • Prepare graduate students to operate in a globalized world with skill, wisdom, and responsibility
  • Facilitate international engagement and partnerships
  • Recruit and enroll international students
  • Provide transition support, expert advising, and visa services for international students and scholars
  • Oversee IUPUI’s study abroad activities
  • Support international teaching and learning—for example, through use of the Global Crossroads videoconferencing lab
  • Increase intercultural understanding through events and programs, including the International House