Something I never really thought I’d have the chance to explore was leadership opportunities. I wasn’t sure I would have what it would take! I’ve held many different positions, including Senior Class Gift Committee Member as well as Vice President and Treasurer of Club Field Hockey. On behalf of the field hockey team, I organized games, team building events, and fundraising activities!
Last summer, I completed an internship with zcomm, a broadcast public relations firm in Bethesda, Maryland. I supported media-based projects for clients and developed prize fulfillments for radio stations. In summer 2007, I worked as a Summer Associate for United Way of America in Alexandria, VA. I created new media tactics for young adult engagement and proposed new intranet communications strategies. From these two internships, I gained office experience, learned to cooperate with professional teams, and practiced my professional speaking and writing skills.
When I was a sophomore, I spent my spring semester studying abroad in San José, Costa Rica. I lived with a host family who spoke no English, which allowed me to become highly proficient in speaking Spanish! It was amazing traveling to various beaches, mountains, rainforests, and cities. I will always appreciate the unique opportunity to learn about another culture and learn from the experiences themselves.
As early as my freshmen year, I was able to participate in many student organizations and activities. I love the idea of volunteering in the local community. I was an English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer at Broadview Middle School in Burlington, where I served as a mentor to students. Also, I was a Communications Volunteer at Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, where I created and updated documents used to recruit volunteers. Because I enrolled in two Academic Service Learning courses, I was able to integrate these volunteer service opportunities into my curriculum!
Undergraduate ResearchMany students might shy away from undergraduate research, and I was actually surprised to find myself taking on a research project! I had the opportunity to conduct survey research and focus groups on behalf of the Elon administration, who was interested in learning what improvements students wanted with The Lighthouse Tavern. From this research, I enjoyed learning how to conduct communications research. It was exciting knowing that my research would make a large impact on student life here at Elon!