My “Official” First Day

Well about a month into the semester I officially began my internship with Stetson’s University Marketing team yesterday. I know it’s late compared to others but, Hurricane Irma had plans of her own. Expecting to have a huge assignment on my first day I arrived eagered and ready to work only to find that wasn’t the case. The aftermath of the hurricane from what I could see put the majority of the marketing team behind! As you can imagine they were busy catching up.

So what was there for me to do on my “official” first day? Well after being reintroduced to the staff, I was given a few assignments to complete by next week. As a videographer it’s my job to pitch ideas of potential stories to produce. Therefore my first day was spent becoming familiar with Stetson Today, Stetson University Magazine, and various activities happening around campus. As a non traditional student I rarely have time to engage in campus activities, and my first day gave me the opportunity engage with fellow Hatters. The journey around campus gave me several ideas, and I’m hoping to produce exciting videos in the days to come.

I wish I had something more exciting to blog about but for now this has been my experience. To be honest for me my first day was perfect because it made me aware of the awesome activities  on campus. I began to imagine all the things students are possibly overlooking, and I grew excited knowing that I could bring about a change in that.

So I’m looking forward to pitching my ideas next week to soon capture on video! Stay tuned, it’s going to be an amazing ride!


Reset Button

I had planned to post my first blog two weeks ago. It seemed like a good place to start: give myself enough time to become acquainted with the intern position and WordPress, but post early enough in the semester that I had a truly fresh take on the work.
That didn’t happen.
Despite it being a whole month into the semester, I only have one article up on the department webpage. Like most students trying to readjust post-hurricane, I feel a bit behind. Maybe, though, this is my first real-world learning opportunity for the internship. The learning objectives I’d listed at the onset of the semester were focused on more technical skills, but right now, I’m learning about how to deal with unexpected hurdles.
This past summer, I interned with an insurance company for eleven weeks in their cubicle-style office. Needless to say, it was a very different experience. I clocked in at 8 A.M. and was given a daily schedule that I followed until clocking out nine hours later.
Working with the Creative Arts department, there is no time sheet and no head popping around the corner to ask how my task is going. I am the one making the work schedule, determining when and for how long my time must be allotted. I may not have anticipated it on the onset, but perhaps one of my greatest learning opportunities will be to develop time management between many different tasks.
Unlike my summer internship where long hours were focused on one subject, I am currently dedicated to my classes, senior research, a work study job, studying for the Law School Admissions Test, and the internship. The hurricane was an unexpected twist that had me hitting the reset button and trying to get back into the rhythm on campus. One week in, I’m glad to say that the stress of rerouting has dwindled and taught me that focus can overcome frenzy.