It was soon becoming clear who Veneris Reyes really is, someone who’d rather excel in what she endeavors than present an image.
We all remember Nadia Ventura for a year and a half she was our assistant principal. She disciplined vigorously, loved us deeply and shall always be remembered. Now taking her place is a new face that we as students must welcome with open arms. Most of us haven’t been introduced to Veneris Reyes, so we here in the Bulldogs journal took some time out to get to know our new assistant principal.
The 23-year-old quasi-graduate attended her university studies in the ‘Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra’ (PUCMM) pursuing a career in Corporate Communications. With a year of experience at Ashton School, Veneris found that she really enjoyed working with teenagers, so when she noticed a position opened up in our school she applied. At first glance Veneris seems rigid and sober, her expression tight and her tone well rehearsed. As the conversation warmed up and she became a lot more comfortable, her manner and responses eased up.
We asked what she thought about the school so far, to which she said, “It’s got good bases and structures…what most impressed me was how everything seems to be registered and documented, everything is channeled through the right places and nothing is treated in a personal manner.” When pushed on how she feels about the school she responded timidly that so far everything’s been quite calm, her peers and staff members are kind and helpful. She expressed that so far she’s noticed how everyone is quite attentive, there’s “Human warmth” in New Horizons.
As anticipated since she’s still digesting the atmosphere, her relationship with students so far is not bad. In the interests of getting to know in depth our new assistant principal, we asked about her hobbies, interests and how they relate to both herself and her career. Veneris denoted that she’s an avid reader and enjoys romantic novelization very much. Even though through a foggy lens she might seem sensible and serious, Veneris is an amazing conversationalist.
In fact, she states this is what she enjoys most about her job, the ability to communicate with others in an effective yet understanding manner. Veneris notes that her love for reading is also a huge contender since as quoted “ You must know a little bit of everything, to be conscious on what you’re going to talk about when thrown a specific topic.” Like most students, her current career wasn’t her first postulant, as a freshman Veneris was set on becoming an architect but soon realized it wasn’t up to par on her list of interests.
Math’s and logistics didn’t drive her as much, so upon taking a vocational test and studying her options, Veneris mind was set on communications. We asked her to name some qualities she bestows in the workforce; Veneris asserts that since she’s a dynamic person always finding ways to improve or gain ground she’s able to lead good ideas into her work environment; “I do not like to stay static” she says, “I cannot be working for a year or so in the same habitat, I’d feel stuck” its why she enjoys what she does so much. Veneris explains that having to tackle different fields like; Students, staff and parents, gives her the ability to remain versatile.
When speaking of her line of work there’s always an enthusiastic tone, but even so, Veneris admits that her career is often offensively stereotyped especially towards women. When Veneris began her pursuits she noticed how every time she mentioned her career many reacted as ill-disposed critics.
Communication studies are deemed as a career for women that ‘don’t respect themselves’ that are given little value she says; so it became very challenging to avoid the rhetoric. Many believe that women that choose to study Communications are looking for an easy way up the corporate latter. Veneris says another negative aspect that comes with working in corporate communications would be the number of requirements around physical appearance, there’s a constant pressure in most internships and positions of employment to look formal.
For women in the industry it is mostly heals and tight skirts something she’s not a fan of, preferring comfort over anything. It was soon becoming clear who Veneris Reyes really is, someone who’d rather excel in what she endeavors than present an image. We forged ahead, talking about any other interesting internships her career has granted her. For instance, we noticed a sticker on the back of her computer that read ‘Hogar de Ancianos Padre Abreu’ and were curious to know where she’d gotten it. Turns out she earned it while writing a thesis on an institution where she designed, not only their communications plan, but also the logo itself.
This is one of many apprenticeships Veneris has taken over the years, another one being a radio program called “Nuestra famila”. We found this quite interesting and apparently it was a substantial experience since Veneris has always been a huge fan of the radio. She divulged that ‘the radio has the peculiarity of transmitting messages by your own voice, people do not take away from what they see; if you are well dressed or talking with the correct gestures… it’s a challenge but I love it’. By the end of the interview the ice had unquestionably been broken and a charismatic, hard working, determined, genuine woman stood before us. New Horizons will do well in keeping its doors open to Veneris Reyes, to remind us students to stray away from the superficial while being kind and open to one another.