Working together and
by Kimberly Zucker
Most people feel lucky to find a job,
but what would it be like to be lucky
enough to work in the same place as
your spouse? Thad and Paula O’Briant
were ^le to find out.
Thad and Paula have been married
five years, and they dated for four years
before they were married.
They met under unusual circum
stances. Thad was cooking for a
Meredith function, and he asked Paula
how she liked her omelet. Paula
thought he was the best looking man
she had ever seen and told all her
friends. A student went to Tliad and
told him that Paula wanted him to go
with her to the Mededith dance the
next night because she had to chaper
one. They went and have been to
gether ever since.
Their lives have gone through many
changes since they met. Paula started
off at Meredith as a residence direaor.
She worked here for six years, but
when she married she decided to leave
her job. She began working as the
director of residence life a year ago.
Thad trained at Meredith for two
years and then moved to the director
of food services at Elon College. He
came back to Meredith in July of 1990
and is the head of food services.
One interesting thing they have
had to learn to deal with at work and at
home is the fact that they are in charge
of the two areas that receive the most
complaints at Meredith.
Paula believes that students are of
ten frustrated with housing because of
male visitation, the unavailability of
private rooms, and the choice of which
dorm students are housed.
Thad feels that most students com
plain about the variety of food, the fat
grams and calories, and the choices on
Because of the many complaints
and problems Thad and Paula lace each
day, they made a pact to never bring
their work home. They both think this
is the best solution. Thad said if they
did talk about work “it would consume
all of their time together.”
Even though they do work on cam
pus, they rarely get to see each other.
The only time they might run into each
other is during lunch. Thad says that
he is sometimes so busy he cannot
even see her then.
Often they must also deal with over
time. During the spring, Paula is busy
with housing and has to work after
hours. Thad also deals with banquet
dinners and conferences, so he has to
work late, too. Paula says, “Our busy
schedules have taught us to treasure
our time together.”
Paula feels that she has the best of
two worlds. She says, “Even though I
do not get to see Thad much during the
day, it is better knowing that if 1 do
need him he is on campus.”
While they cannot see each other
as often as they would like, they work
hard at Meredith and appreciate the
time that they do have together.
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