Thursday, November 3, 2011

B is for Business

Business: a usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood.
[According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary]

I am well aware that I have not posted an update in well over a month. =( I feel pretty awful about that, but the truth is, being in the middle of the semester, my life has kicked into high-gear and The B List was put on the back burner. Currently mid-week in week 11 of 16 on ONU's semester schedule, I'll catch you up on all of the exciting events in my life since B is for Busy.
Okay. Well with my Ada Chamber of Commerce internship, I've started calling each of the 65 companies and compiling my information to a database. For the past few weeks, I've been getting myself up early and in the building to allow for a few solid hours of calling before I have to go to class. I've actually had a really great response rate and almost everyone I've called has been very friendly and cooperative. Plus, I've found that to speak with the person I need and collect all their data, takes only about 10 minutes per business. Awesome!
Next are my campus jobs, and yes that is plural, because since my last post, I've been hired for additional positions, which I'm really excited about. I'm actually wrapping up my job with the Sports Information Department. I've got our last home women's soccer game tomorrow and the last few football games to update the stats for, but after that I'll be on to new assignments within the Marketing and Communications Department, right down the hall. I'll be filling two positions, actually. The first is working with the University's website as a web development assistant, and the second is a graphic design assistant working with more of the hard copy promotional items for the University. I'm really just getting started with these, but there'll be more to come once I get a little more into it.
Then I've got the American Marketing Association, but you can read more about that in B is for Bureaucracy.
Most recently though, I've been doing interviews. Yesterday, which seems like a week ago, I interviewed with American Trim for an internship position for spring semester. I'm really excited about this as well and believe the interview went really well. American Trim was pretty recently featured in the publication, "Discover the Dayton Region," as one of the Top 10 Businesses in Shelby County for its plans to continue to supply innovations that will improve manufacturing in Ohio. I really like the position's responsibilities and the experience I could gain and I find that promoting their products to be really intriguing. However, after that interview, I had to pack my things and drive down to Cincinnati. I was scheduled to meet with a Procter & Gamble employee from their marketing department at 9:00 this morning. Also, if you know me at all, you'd know that I'm in love with the P&G company and find their brands and values fascinating, which of course is why I read all of their press releases to keep updated. Sort of nerdy, but that's fine. Anyways, I was able to stay the night at my Uncle's place in Loveland and finish the 1/2 hour drive to the P&G headquarters in the morning. I arrived at the Towers building and I felt like a child in a candy store. I was elated. I was actually there. I got to meet the wonderful employee who graciously allowed me to ask her questions about her position and the company and she gave me a little tour of the rest of the building before she had to return to meetings. It was absolutely amazing.
That's my life right now. I'm hoping it'll get a little less hectic for a bit, but projects are coming due and exams are popping up. I will say though, that I can't wait for Thanksgiving break and being able to relax a bit and spend time with my family.

-~- B.

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