Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Lindsay Siesel

September 14, 2021

Enjoy the following Q&A with Lindsay Siesel, Administrative Assistant, Department of Language, Culture, and Communication; Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts; Honors Program.

  • Name:  Lindsay Siesel
  • Position:  Administrative Assistant
  • Years at UM-Dearborn: 2
What does a typical workday look like for you? 

As an administrative assistant, I feel that we wear many different hats when it comes to what we do on a day to day basis – from event planning, some minimal IT, analyzing spreadsheets, supporting faculty and students, and boosting office morale, my work day looks a little different each day. Overall it generally involves answering a plethora of emails, helping students and faculty with various tasks, and making sure everything in the office is running smoothly.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The thing that I enjoy most about my job is being able to help people – whether that’s faculty, students or other staff, I thoroughly enjoy being able to make someone days easier.

What was your first job?

My first job was at an ice cream shop called Dairy Treat in Rochester Hills. I attended a different high school than the rest of the girls that worked there, so in true high school fashion, it was a rough road to acceptance at first, but eventually was initiated into the group, and ended up having some of my best high school memories there. I worked there for two summers, and then moved on to my five-year stint at Starbucks.

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, and of course spending time with my six-year-old fuzzy, four-legged pride and joy, Jackson.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?

I would love to be a professional high performance driver. My dad is an engineer for Chrysler and has definitely passed down his love of fast cars to me. One of the best perks of his job (for me, at least) is that he is allowed to bring home all different types of cars for testing purposes - new vehicles, prototypes, vehicles from competitors, etc. I have had the opportunity to drive a slew of vehicles that most people can only ever dream about in their lifetime, and I am extremely grateful for the chance to do so. We always have a blast driving together and it is a great father-daughter bonding experience. 

What’s the proudest moment of your life?

I would say the proudest moment of my life thus far has been purchasing my first home at the age of 25.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?

My music taste is way too broad to pick just one, but if I had to narrow it down, it would probably be something from my favorite group, Glass Animals. Their music is a little out there, but very upbeat, and always puts me in a great mood.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I am related to reality television personality, actor, and “stunt man”, Ryan Dunn.

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?

Life is never going to turn out exactly how you thought it would, but do not let that derail you – learn to roll with the punches.


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