Carol Vega

South Campus bookstore employee Carol Vega has never met a person who she couldn’t make laugh or smile. Vega says when students come into the bookstore, she likes to try and brighten their day a bit.

“When someone walks up [to the counter] that’s someone’s mom or daughter or son or dad,” she said. “I try to treat everyone the way I want to be treated.”

Vega has worked at the bookstore for the past four years and says she loves it. She attended South as a student back in 1986 and earned an associate degree. She also worked as a Spanish tutor during that time.

She said that she used to be very shy, which is something the people who know her today would find hard to believe. But after years of working various retail jobs, she has gotten over that and now loves interacting with students and faculty when they come into the store.

“Not only do I get something from this job, I give something to people,” she said. “A lot of students come back and say thank you. They actually feel like I influence them and that makes me feel good.


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