Clarissa Franke

Portrait by  Eric Orosco

Portrait by Eric Orosco

Clarissa Franke
Computer Science & Studio Art | Technician for Student Life | '19

What motivated you to stay in Stockton over the summer, rather than going home to Southern California? 
I wanted to work over the summer and I would have rather worked on campus than try to find a job somewhere else. It’s going to help me develop campus connections and build working relationships with staff. Today was my first day on the job. It was really exciting and I got to do some really cool things. I think I definitely lucked out with finding this job because I like working with computers and to be perfectly frank, it paid better than a lot of other jobs. 

How did you find this job?
The Tiger Jobs site. It's a Pacific website where you can find listings for on-campus and off-campus jobs. You can sort through the jobs by your work-study status and by the skills you already have. 

Were there a lot of jobs out there for the summer?
There were a bunch of job listings. I applied for two because I was interested in them. I received job offers from both and ended up picking this one. 

Where are you living over the summer?
I’m living in the Brubeck Commons. It’s really nice. They come furnished (which is great), they’re really safe, and they are right across the street from campus so I’m really close to everything.

What advice would you have for any student who is considering staying in Stockton over the summer?
If you’re thinking about it then maybe you should do it. There are a lot of fairly affordable places that you can find to live and a lot of students are leasing out apartments over the summer and if you can find an on-campus job then I think it’s definitely worth it. 

What are some things students can do over the summer?
Having access to a car gives you a lot of options. The Bay Area is an hour drive away so you could make a day trip. Davis and Sacramento are also nearby. There are definitely some great shops on Miracle Mile that are in walking distance as well. 

You’re entering your third year at Pacific, how has that been?
This year has been a lot better than my freshman year because this year I've joined a lot of clubs and professional fraternities and made friends with some cool people. I think that going and doing things like that is important on a college campus because you don’t always have access to stuff like that. 

Do you have any advice for incoming Freshman?
Don’t be afraid to get out there. I think that once you start getting involved on campus the whole experience gets a lot better. I personally wasn’t really homesick ever but I was definitely far more withdrawn my first year.