Q&A with Judy Schmuecker

March 20, 2023 | Posted In Features
Judy Schmuecker smiling while seated

Question #1

Why did you apply for this role?

I was looking for work and it was the kind of work I wanted to do. I'd never worked for a fraternity and that interested me.

Question #2

What's been your favorite part of the workday?

I really like when I first go into work. I get in early, so I'm usually the first one. It's quiet and empty when I get organized and set up for the day. Later in the day is good, too, because people are here. End of the day is also nice, because everyone is excited to leave. But I just like the morning.

Question #3

What is your best memory?

Finding a birthday card, the first year I was there. My birthday is January 2nd. Where my birthday is, it gets kind of loss. That always meant a lot to me. Just knowing someone thought of me.

Question #4

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would say my willingness to work with anyone and everyone. Doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from. I work with them, always giving my best shot to do my best, and just go with it.

Question #5

What’s part of our work routine that’ll surprise people?

Every hour I try and get up from my desk and walk 250 steps. Sometimes I would go into the storage area at the former Home Office or go up and down the stairs. Just get up and move every hour if I can.

Question #6

What is one part of your job that you will not miss?

Assessing fines and finance charges.

Question #7

What have been your favorite chapters and groups to work with?

I've really enjoyed all the alumni groups and chapters.

Question #8 

What has been your favorite moment?

Going to the last convention. Putting a face to the name for all these people I'd been talking to for years. Sometimes talking to them once or twice a week. Getting to meet those people really meant a lot and it's something I won't forget.

Question #9

If you could give one piece of financial advice, what would it be?

When you first start, set up a reserve in case something bad happens. After that, remember to pay yourselves first. I'm not saying don't pay your water bill or don't pay your power bill. Pay those. But don't forget to pay yourselves. I see too many young men who put off looking after themselves. Pay yourself. You matter.

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