Mayor Erin Stewart, who has gained supporters from all parties with her informative social media presence and a picture she took of herself with President Obama, visited the NBHSSCA JAG last week, offering tips on education, career planning – and the best way to take a selfie.
She also fielded questions about education, her work day, jobs for teenagers, and moving ahead in your career.
“I went to New Britain Schools and CCSU, and worked the whole way through and did a lot of internships,” she said. “I had a job at the Capitol that I quit to run for Mayor. There was no guarantee I would win, but I felt that strongly about it.
“Sometimes you have to take chances,” she added. “No one will do it fr you.”
For years she worked waitressing, which, she said, taught her how to deal with all kinds of people and with difficult people.
Now, she works 13 hour days, she added. “It’s not just a job. It’s a calling.”
She also encouraged students to register to vote and get involved.
At 27, Stewart is the youngest Mayor in the country. After advising students about professional appearance, the importance of volunteering, and career opportunities with the town, she took a series of selfies and pictures with students. “Hold the camera up here,” she advised. “It makes the ladies look slimmer.”