I just wanted to start this blog with a thank you to everyone involved with my internship because it truly was a fantastic experience. Working in D.C. was eye-opening to say the least, with so many new experiences and new information everywhere you looked.
This week I worked a lot on business development. I looked into various new pieces of legislation and how they could hurt or benefit potential parties. I then looked at which companies we could talk to and try and represent. I looked in depth at their company product or service and create a list of potential points that we could help them solve. I then used the information I found to create a strategy about how to accomplish these goals and land the company as a client.
This week I received the feedback on my telehealth strategy memo and worked to make the corrections sending in a revised draft to Jenn for further evaluation. I was also tasked with creating a PowerPoint explaining the basics of managed care organizations and various other aspects of insurance coverage for a client. I was asked by another member of the Chamber Hill Strategies team to start compiling contact data for various organizations that would benefit from knowledge coming out the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meetings.
However, the most interesting part of the week was the event I got to attend with Jenn.
This week I felt a lot more comfortable with working in Washington D.C. I have become more accustomed to the fast paced life style. In addition to the conference calls I was allowed to sit on, I got to accompany another member of the Chamber Hill Strategies firm to a few meetings with some of the staff of a Senator.
Upon completing my first week as an intern at Chamber Hill Strategies, I have come to the realization that Washington D.C. is extremely up tempo when compared to basically everywhere else I have ever lived. D.C. is an information super highway: there are endless new things to learn about policy, politics, and lobbying. With that being said, I spent a good portion of this week getting brought up to speed with the help of many of my co-workers.
There is no other Speech-Language Pathology program like the one at Misericordia University. With a 5-year accelerated program and speech classes starting as early as your first semester, Misericordia was obviously at the top of my list when I was making the most important decision of my life. It was hard work to get into the program, and now that I’m here I have to continue to work hard to stay where I am. It is a demanding yet fulfilling program that will both challenge and bring out the best in me.
As my first year comes to an end here at Misericordia University, I was able to pick-up on a few things that helped make my transition from high school to college easier. Some of these steps you might have already heard before; some you may not. Hopefully, you will be able to benefit from my experience and enjoy your first year at Misericordia.
Going to college has been the most important journey of my life so far, and I don’t want to have any regrets when I graduate. Staying on campus was arguably the biggest change that took the longest to get used to. While I liked the independence that came with living on my own, I missed the routine and company that my family had to offer. With my first semester of college officially complete, I decided it was time for a change. Instead of living on campus for the remainder of the year, I packed up my bags and went back home.
Topics: Student Life
As I start the second semester of my first year as a student at Misericordia University, I reflect on what I have accomplished and what I have learned from my first semester. I am happy to report that I am finally figuring out where everything is - I know which building is which, where most classrooms and professor’s offices are located, and due to one unfortunate circumstance, where to go when you are sick. As a veteran of my first college semester, I now understand the drastic struggle of studying for finals and finding the time to balance schoolwork with sports. It was all so much more stressfull that I anticipated. But, after having an entire month off from school, I feel rejuvenated and ready to get back at it this semester.
An Ideal Service Learning Client
Last September, Reaching Beyond Limits, a then-18-month-old organization co-founded by Amy Hartman (a Misericordia alumnus) and Robyn Ruckle, was doing great with a growing client base, a strong reputation, and a solid Facebook following.
Reaching Beyond Limits (RBL), located in Kingston, Pennsylvania, is an adult day program for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Like any new organization, they had many plates to spin. Their priority was and is their clients: helping them to learn, thrive, and maximize their quality of life each day.
So it was only natural that branding and website development fell low on their task list. The months started to add up and their website continued to be “under construction.” They were also interested in developing a new logo.
That’s where Misericordia’s Department of Mass Communications and Design stepped in, taking on RBL as a service-learning client in COM 485, Powerful, Persuasive Marketing Design, taught by Assistant Professor Rachel Urbanowicz.
Topics: Misericordia Proud