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Week #10 of Co-Op

Well, this is the penultimate post in my blog series! Week #10 has come and gone and it was another awesome week. This week, while detailing what went down, I had some influence in the office over some of my co-workers and I had the chance to talk to some awesome incoming freshmen this week!

So this past week at work, some of my primary responsibilities included helping design a training program for a client with our team in California as well as continuing to branch out our media channels. Most notably, I developed a Pinterest account for Ardent based off of the models of other training firms in our industry. While I am not the most experienced when it comes to using Pinterest for social media marketing, a training firm that specializes in coming up with creative solutions needs to have a medium to creatively display what it does.

Last week, a food truck called Le Petit Poutine stopped outside our office in High Falls and no one seemed to know what it was. As someone who has had it before, I was able to convince our creative director Bob to try some and we were able to bond and learn a lot about each other. He is a great guy and has been helpful to me throughout the entire internship. Plus, poutine is absolutely delicious and you NEED to try it!

After having been a Resident Advisor for the past two years as well as being an Orientation Assistant this year, I love to try and help new students become acquainted with RIT and help them love it as much as I do. So this past Wednesday, I was able to meet some incoming freshmen from Buffalo and their parents at the Alumni Send-Off. There, I was able to share with them my experience at RIT and give them tips and tricks on how to be the best student they can be. It was such a gratifying feeling to receive positive feedback from both the students and the parents and I hope I can continue to be a good face of RIT at these events!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! :)

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Week #9 of Co-Op

Another week has come and gone at my co-op at Ardent Learning! Time has certainly flown by and I cannot believe this is almost over. Along with detailing about this week’s work, I had a visitor stay with me this weekend and had the chance to follow along to a pretty amazing music festival in Europe.

This past week, we at Ardent finished up a huge proposal that hopefully will land us a huge project. This was great to help along with because I was able to see just exactly how much work goes into a proposal to a client. There were so many different parts to it; there was a website designed, videos compiled and shared, and a full-fledged plan and strategy as to how we would help them developed. It was awesome to see how talented and smart everyone here is and I am happy to be a part of it.

This weekend, I had a visitor stop up and visit me for the weekend: my younger brother Patrick! We chilled, traveled around Rochester and Henrietta, and did bro stuff. It was great because he is coming to RIT next year for Mechanical Engineering Technology so it was helpful  for him to get to know the surrounding community. Plus, I do not get to see him a whole bunch this summer so any time spent together with family is a great time. I cannot wait to have him join me next school year!

Look at that handsome devil with me!

Look at that handsome devil with me!

One of my dreams is to travel somewhere for a big music festival. Ultra, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and others are all on that list. This weekend, Tomorrowland happened over in Belgium. This electronic music festival, which sold out over 180,000 tickets in one second, turns a small area into its own mini city and features the  world’s best DJs and producers. I was able to listen to and watch some of the festival thanks to Youtube and Tomorrowland Radio and it was absolutely incredible. One day I will be able to see Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Tiesto, and many others in one spot! Did you catch it at all? Who was your favorite act?

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Have a great day! :)

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Week #8 of Co-Op

Hello, and welcome back to my weekly update of my co-op experience! Along with my work updates, I will give you a nice tip I learned as well as tell you about one of the best video games I have played in my life.

So this past week, we started work on a few different projects that I am to get involved in. The two notable ones include completing awards applications as well as helping the creative team try to land a new HUGE client. This client needs a creative and massive idea for one training day that will effectively help a number of different car dealers. There is a lot of pressure and work ahead during this week so I am very excited to get involved and help out. It’s due this Friday so it’s time to “git r done”!

If there is one thing that I love about my co-op at Ardent, it is that I have a lot in common with the others who work there. One person has a great taste in music and has been to some great concerts. One is a fellow Game Of Thrones lover. One is a baseball fan (of the Orioles unfortunately but no matter). That is why it is so important to get to know everyone that you work with. They may be more experienced than you, but they can be just like  you too!

So this past weekend, I went home to Buffalo and finally had the time to beat a game that has received quite a number of positive reviews: Bioshock Infinite. And let me tell you… the hype is well deserved. I have never been so fascinated with a video game storyline before. It was so complex with quite a few plot twists. The action was exciting and it was the perfect level of difficulty progression. 10/10. Would play again and again. Up next: The Last Of Us, which I have heard is just as, if not more, incredible!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and checking out this week’s update! I hope you have a great day :)

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Week #7 Of Co-Op

Hello everyone! This is the seventh installment of my co-op blog series and it was yet another great week. This week, along with a description of how work is going, I will talk about what else I have been up to and other amazing things to do over the summer.

This week at Ardent Learning, we kickstarted the social media campaign, which I have been put in charge of coordinating and executing. This is hopefully another step in the right direction and we’ll have a solid digital marketing campaign in place when I head out. Our blog is also soon to be up and running. We had a couple of meetings with our content provider to get a lot of things squared away and I was really excited to be included in all of these. Hopefully these responsibilities will continue to increase as the summer finishes up!

This past Saturday, I did something I have not done in a while: go hiking! A few of my friends and I ventured to Letchworth State Park and ventured through, making our own trails and having an awesome Saturday. When we took our friend Tim’s advice and climbed down a sharp hill towards the river and avoided all paths, I was honestly nervous at first. In the end, it turned out to be completely worth it! We saw parts of the park the average person does not see, we climbed hills waded through rivers, and we were able to navigate our way back to the main road! I don’t think I have had that much fun getting purposely lost somewhere new in a long time.

It also just hit me: in just a little under a month, I am going to be starting my training to be an Orientation Assistant for the beginning of the school year! After being a Resident Advisor for the past two years, I am very excited to be changing it up a little bit and trying something new. Everyone that I have met on my team is really nice and the energy I felt the second I met the entire OA team together for the first time was very positive. Only a few more weeks until everyone is all together again and I cannot wait!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post for this week! Check out any of the previous ones if you liked this and stay tuned for more weekly updates. Have a great day! :)

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Week #6 of Co-Op

I cannot believe it. I am already halfway through my co-op at Ardent Learning! This week, along with touching up on what I did this week, I will be talking about the holiday as well as the AWESOME weekend I had doing what I love to do every summer.

This week was a short one at work, with the 4th of July happening on Thursday. So as a result, the team did as much as we could to prepare for the week ahead, such as touching up on little things, scheduling meetings for the upcoming week, and doing some summer cleaning around the office. This upcoming week, one of our biggest clients is stopping through the office and I am really excited to meet them and mingle with them.

Last week, our nation celebrated its 237th birthday on Independence Day. It was a beautiful day as I got to spend it with my family and celebrate what makes our country as amazing as it is. Every second of every day, I am grateful to be an American and live in the greatest nation in the world. I hope and pray that America will continue to succeed and hopefully get better and better by the day.

This weekend, I also continued my tradition of going to the Vans Warped Tour at Darien Center, NY this past Saturday. This year was also notable in that my younger brother got the chance to go for the first time AND I got to go as a street teamer for a record label (Sumerian Records). The show was just as fun as any other Warped Tour I have seen before, thanks to me seeing bands like August Burns Red, Chiodos, and 3OH!3. This tradition will DEFINITELY continue for summers to come and I highly recommend going. There is something for everyone!

Thank you so much for checking out my weekly installment! I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a wonderful day :)

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Week #4 Of Co-Op

This week’s blog post details the 4th week of my co-op at Ardent Learning, highlighting some new tools I have used as well as great places to eat around the city of Rochester.

This week, the team I work with at Ardent as well as at our content provider worked together to achieve some tasks in order to prepare for the relaunch of our website. This included a number of different responsibilities, including cleaning up the blog and social media, reviewing the design of the website to ensure it looks like we want it to, and optimizing properly so Ardent Learning gets more exposure. The new and improved website is supposed to launch this Friday so fingers crossed it goes well!

Throughout this co-op experience, I have gotten the chance to re-use some old resources for my advantage as well as try out some new ones. One of the new ones is called Basecamp. Basecamp is a website where people can join into groups and those groups collaborate on a “project.” The members can assign to-dos for people to complete by a designated date. Group members can collaborate on to-dos, communicate between each other, and hold each other accountable. I may have to take this to the classroom and use it during the school year!

One of the perks to working in the heart of downtown Rochester is that there are a number of different places to check out for lunch options. Some of the places are big, small, and right in the middle. For big, I highly recommend stopping by the Genesee Brew House. They have great sandwiches as well as specialty beers for everyone’s taste. For small, a great little sub shop called DiPisa Old World Submarines is the ticket. Fresh subs prepared right in front of you for an affordable price. And for the middle, you cannot go wrong with Java’s Cafe. Fresh coffee and baked goods in a great coffee shop environment.

Thank you for stopping by my blog next week! Tune in next week for the next edition of my co-op experience. :)

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Week #3 Of Co-Op!

Another week has gone by at my co-op with Ardent Learning this summer and it has been progressing nicely. Hopefully the rest of the summer stays this way!

This week, Ardent started working with our content media provider on a strategy for content on our website and our blog. In my career of doing internet marketing, I have always been the one providing the content for the social media and the website, not the other way around. So it will be up to me to work with them and instruct them on what to write about and what sounds best for Ardent to pursue. This is a new experience for me and I hope to try and work with them closely and learn about what they do and how to manage properly.

I also had the chance to go to the midnight premiere of Man Of Steel this past week. I was a little cautious and nervous for the movie due to the fact that I did not really enjoy the last Superman movie at all. Thankfully, this version topped the last one by QUITE a bit as I left the theater thoroughly satisfied with the result. The action sequences were truly amazing spectacles and the story was intense from start to finish. However, there were a few holes in the plot that had me saying “Really?” or “Huh?” In the end, I would give it a 3 out of 4 and would see it again.

This past weekend was Father’s Day. So it was my honor to go back home and spend the weekend with the man that helped raise me to become the person I am today. My dad taught me how  to protect the ones I love, how to dress like a gentleman, how to play sports, and how to act polite and courteous. I do everything that I do for him and I try to make him proud of me in every way because I am proud of him for everything that he has done for my family. Happy Father’s Day Dad and I love you!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this week! This summer has been great and I would love to hear about everything awesome YOU are doing this summer!

Have a great day! :)

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Week #2 of Co-op!

Wow! 2 weeks have already passed on this summer and my co-op is off and running. In this week’s installment, I will be talking about how it has progressed, some tips I have learned, and my continued process of living off-campus.

Well my work with Ardent Learning is picking up a little bit, albeit fairly slowly. The week was spent filling out award applications for the company and preparing for meetings that will happen this upcoming week, especially where we are outsourcing our content creation. This is where I am hopefully going to be helping out more and partnering with this company to ensure that Ardent has the proper internet presence. We will collaborate on how we want the website designed, what special keywords to use to make finding us on the internet easier, and how our blogs and social media should be updated. I hope to be doing content management in future roles I take on so this is going to be a good start to getting to that point!

I have learned a couple of things from my time so far that young students who are interning should keep in mind.

  • First, when your internship starts, it may be slow and there might not be a lot for you to do. Create work for yourself. Your boss/manager gives you a task and you complete it? Do more on your own. Your supervisor will be impressed and it will make the work day go by a lot quicker.
  • Second, sometimes as an intern, you may be ignored or not watched closely and you may have questions. Do not be afraid to ask others in the office personally. Your email may get lost so be urgent and ask when appropriate. It will show your passion and enthusiasm for your job and you will get to know those who your are working with a lot better.
  • Third, get involved. Ask to sit in on a meeting if it is similar to what you are doing. If asked to join, JOIN. For example, I had the chance to sit in on a sales meeting and what I learned could be used as I come up with a target market and more potential clients for Ardent to reach out to. This will not only show your passion and wanting to learn, but you will grow as a professional. You will broaden your horizons and become more marketable when applying for full-time work.

This past week also marked a momentous moment for me: I made food with an oven on my own! While that may not seem like a big deal, I had never done that before. And while it was a little nerve-racking at first, I felt more and more comfortable as it went along. It’s something I am definitely going to try to do more often in an attempt to eat better.

Also, living with guys in the RIT Tech Crew has helped me expand my knowledge of the technical world. We recently set up our “new” HD TV and one of my housemates was explaining to me how everything is going to work and which wire went where. While I may not be a professional at that, I will do my best to learn and help out in whatever way I can.

Pretty cool huh?!

Pretty cool huh?!

Well that does it for this week’s installment. Thank you so much for reading and feel free to explore my website more if you like.

Have a WONDERFUL day! :)

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Week 1 of Co-Op!

This summer, I am on co-op with a training firm in Rochester called Ardent Learning. What I hope to do is to detail week-by-week how my experience is going and how I am developing as a professional and as a person!

So last week was the beginning of my adventure. At Ardent, I am going to be a marketing intern, assisting in any way possible in their revitalized marketing campaign, particularly in social media. Ardent has been around for 20 years and have been very successful, winning numerous awards and having an extensive clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies, particularly in the auto industry. So when I did my research before applying and after landing the co-op, I was extremely excited to get in there and work!

So has it gotten off to a good start? Absolutely! One week in and I love where I am and who I work with. I am right across the street from Frontier Field, the baseball stadium of the Rochester Red Wings. It gives me a perfect reason to go to a game! Also, the company environment is perfect. Everyone there introduced themselves to me and made me feel welcome. One of the VP’s jokes about having me get him a frappuccino every day but then turns around, talks to me, and helps me out if I need it. They don’t make me feel like an intern and trust me with responsibilities that I expected thanks to my RIT education (target market, content strategy, competitive analysis, etc). Hopefully I will continue developing as a professional and improve my skills with practice.

I told you I was close to Frontier Field!

I told you I was close to Frontier Field!

Also, this summer marks the first time I have lived outside of the RIT residence halls as a college student! I will be living with a few of my friends right across the street from the campus, about 15 minutes from where I work. When I moved in and after the first grocery run to Wegmans, I knew this was going to be a change. But I love my roommates and plenty of my friends are in Rochester this summer. Hopefully by the end of the summer, I will be fully accustomed to taking care of myself with roommates in a house and balancing my time, efforts, checkbook, and duties around the house (like cleaning the bathroom… eek).

Thank you so much for reading and hopefully you are doing some awesome things this summer. Tune back next week for Round Two! And remember, just like Ardent Learning says, “Be BRILLIANT.” :)

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What an Awesome School Year!

One week into the summer and I think I have finally caught up on my sleep.

This 2011-2012 school year at RIT, as I am sure a number of my friends can attest, was one with a number of ups and downs. We had our ups with our moments of success, moments where we celebrate our successes and have a good time. We also had our moments of struggle, facing our fair share of projects and being in the library till 3 in the morning or later  (right Jenna?).

Here we some of the noted moments of my school year:

For starters, this was my first year as a Resident Advisor! My dorm experience in my freshman year was a blast so I was nervous that this year would not live up to my expectations. Boy was I wrong. I LOVED my floor and we had a great time. Plus, the ResLife team at RIT is a joy to work with. I was able to grow in my leadership abilities, my teamwork, and my community building. I cannot WAIT to see what my next floor will be like!

NRH 7, I will miss you!

I also became a member of Delta Sigma Pi! Delta Sigma Pi is America’s foremost professional business fraternity and at RIT, it is open to all business, economics, and hospitality majors. For the past two years, we had been working on turning it from a colony to a chapter. And in January, we finally did enough to go from colony to chapter. The first few months have been great and I am looking forward to next year!

Our first pledge class being initiated! DSP!

Next, I got my first co-op as the marketing coordinator for Dale Carnegie Training! I got the call week 10 of winter quarter from my friend Chris and I was really excited to do it. After completing it, I realized that I rushed into taking it and maybe should have waited until the summer when I could have balanced my priorities. But through it, I was able to gain self-confidence, professional skills, and communication skills. Plus, I was able to take AND graduate from the Dale Carnegie course! If you have not taken it, do it. Now.

But the most lucrative moment of all: I got the chance to go to DUBAI!! It was through the RIT Honors Business program and I was super excited when we said we were going there. The week that we spent there was mind-blowing. The businesses we visited were advanced and we were able to learn a lot. Plus, riding camels and Tebowing in the 8th-largest mosque in the world were all incredible too. I could seriously go on and on about this trip but feel free to read my recap of the trip here and my day-to-day blog with my friend Kristin here!

Beautiful, huh?

Add in the fact that I got the opportunity to go to Syracuse to attend #140Cuse and you have one of the craziest and most intense school years of my life. Let’s hope that next year, these opportunities will continue to grow and I will be able to further broaden my horizons, all while having the time of my life with my friends :)

(A little more sleep would be nice, though)

God Bless and thank you for reading!

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