Bittersweet Farewell

As I wrap up my last day here at Start-Thinking, the feeling is a little bittersweet. I am sad to leave this office because of the great experience I have gained and the wonderful people who made it possible. Yet, at the same time, I am excited to be able to apply that knowledge in my next internships and, later, in my career.

When a good friend and sorority sister, Veronica Hill, suggested the internship at Start-Thinking back in January, I was unsure if it was going to be a good fit for me.  As a print journal emphasis communication major, public relations was not something I had considered originally.  However, after researching the company and interviewing, I was convinced that Start-Thinking was the place for me.

My first week was initiation by fire— it was the week before the Wichita ADDYs, which we were organizing. Yikes! But I loved the go, go, go atmosphere. I’ve learned that business goes like that: some weeks you can hardly catch your breath and others you’re only working on one project.

Social media has been a huge part of my experience at Start-Thinking. I had a Twitter account before I started but I didn’t use it very often. Now, I know how to utilize Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging to promote clients, events, the company, myself and to network.

My two favorite experiences at Start-Thinking have to be working out with the team at Fitness with Robbie Ray and attending Free State Social. Without these opportunities, I wouldn’t have got to know such very, um, let us say interesting, personal quirks of my co-workers. Fitness training and the conference were so fun but also great learning opportunities. I got to work with Robbie and blog about our experiences there. At Free State Social (my first professional conference) I heard six amazing speakers and networked with some really great contacts in the social media spectrum.

This internship has helped me to understand the day-to-day workings of an agency.  Such knowledge is hard to convey within the confines of a classroom and I feel like it has made me a stronger candidate for jobs. I have had the opportunity to meet many people in the media and agency circles of Kansas. Kris was instrumental in helping me revamp my resume and cover letter writing skills.  The team was great about explain things to me and making sure my learning objectives were being met.  I am so glad I took this internship.  It has been an amazing learning opportunity.

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