Overall Experience 

This semester was a lot different than this summer. Instead of working in Aurora (with the exception of some weekends), Abby and I have worked in an office in downtown Lincoln. It’s a really great space; the people are nice, it’s quiet, and there’s a coffee shop next door. It was a little bit of an adjustment at first, but I grew to really like it. I had a number of tasks that I worked on throughout the semester such as blogs, Eblasts, marketing, the rental book, and finding auction items for the fall fundraiser. Overall, it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.

Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about the semester was when I got to go back to Aurora to help with events. I loved being able to go back, work in the building, and see everyone again. The events I got to work were pretty fun too. One event was the Spooktacular 5K. I helped check goodie bags, got some things together for the race, and helped point runners in the right direction during the course. It was fun seeing all of the kids’ costumes. I also came back for the Harvest Gala, which was really awesome. I helped get a few things ready Friday and Saturday and then worked check-out with Abby after the auction. I also loved getting to design the rental book for the center. It’s not done yet, and it’s not perfect, but I like where it’s headed.

What I learned

I learned a lot during the process of finding auction items. I have never done anything like that before so it was a new experience for me. I learned how to request donations from businesses, whether it be through email or a donation request form. I also learned how generous a lot of businesses are when it comes to helping nonprofits. Many were more than willing to help out, without a second thought, after learning about our nonprofit and fundraiser.

I also learned a lot about the work that Maile and Kurt do with the Grand Island Northwest football team. I went to a few games with Maile and it was really cool to see what she did with the team. I enjoyed getting to see MAPS take place in a different setting than what I experienced this summer.

What I want to Improve Upon

Whenever I have a task that includes writing, whether it be for work or school, it always takes me a while. Each aspect of my writing- a sentence, paragraph, the entirety of it- has to sound the way I intend for it to or I will redo it until it sounds right. I sometimes have trouble brainstorming or I change my mind often so my brainstorm process takes more time than I want it to. I would like to improve upon this, along with my style of business writing. I also think I can improve upon my editing skills when it comes to making flyers and similar documents.

I usually am a pretty organized person- I wouldn’t be able to survive without my planner or the lists that I make. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed, it gets the best of me and I become very unorganized. This is something that I really want to improve upon.

Challenges

One challenge that I faced during the semester was the independence that came with working in an office in Lincoln. It was definitely an adjustment to get used to. At first, I didn’t know which task to work on first, etc, but it became easier after a couple of days.

School Update 

A lot has changed since August. I changed my major (hopefully for the last time). I started out the semester as a Management/Entrepreneurship major and decided to switch to Advertising and Public Relations. I’ve always wanted to do something where I can be creative and create things, and that aspect of Advertising really intrigued me. I was a management major because I’ve always wanted to start my own business (since I was like 12). It took me a while to realize that I liked the idea of owning my own business because of the creative aspects, and not that actual business part. I realized this once I made the connection that branding, marketing campaigns, and things like that excited me more than the actual selling process. I also realized that I haven’t liked what I’m doing in class, and it actually made me kind of miserable. I start my advertising classes next semester and I couldn’t be more excited. With that being said, I was supposed to study abroad next semester. Something came up and I wasn’t able to go anymore. I honestly took it pretty hard and lost motivation for a lot of things. BUT- I came around and realized that I would always regret not going. So, I did my research, found another program, and applied. It’s in a different city- Rome (which is awesome) and it’s for an academic year instead of a semester. I was accepted about a month ago and I couldn’t be more excited. I won’t be able to graduate in four years, but everyone has their own timeline and I really like mine.

–Elizabeth

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