Last post as a Roundpeg intern! It truly was an experience I can look back on and say that no class has ever taught me that much. Sitting at that corner desk made me blatantly aware of my strengths and weaknesses, in a good way.
This post was hard for me to write, but I ended up wading through the mud and challenging myself. Now that I have experience with a public twitter account, I can say that I like it better overall. But not having “set my tweets free” at the time I was writing this, I was still struggling to see the benefits. At the time I didn’t have the language to describe this “de-privatizing” process as a personal branding benefit, but that’s essentially exactly what it is.
This post was written right after I sat in on a social media seminar held by Roundpeg’s marketing gurus. I didn’t think I would learn anything about Facebook or twitter since I’ve navigated through these sites thousands of times while procrastinating on homework. I was definitely wrong. My generation seems to think we know social media like the back of our hand. And we do in a way that I can usually predict which of my friends will retweet something I post. But working social media for a company is much different. You have to grasp the numbers involved and the overall strategy.
This post seems so long ago! I enjoy looking at it months later and seeing where my writing was. I adapted very well at Roundpeg, and one of the first things I learned that’s mentioned in this blog post still stands true: people like personality. Being afraid to be who you are is not only selling yourself short, but the people around you too.
Above is the PDF for a sample public relations proposal that I did as a major class project in the spring of 2012. For the introductory PR class, groups of five or six were assigned. I volunteered to be the project leader and our group chose the Girls Inc. chapter of Monroe County to represent. Along with most other members of my group, I spent seemingly countless hours writing and organizing the proposal. We ended up getting an A on the project, so all the hard work was worth it in the end!
Literally within five minutes of showing up on my first day at Roundpeg in Indianapolis, I was given my first assignment. I was told that every intern had to write a blog post about themselves that would be posted on the website. So, I sat at my corner desk for the very first time and tried to crank out a couple hundred words. I’ve been told, and those people weren’t lying, that one of the hardest things to write about is yourself. This is what I came up with.
I completed this video project for my visual communications class in the fall of 2011. I focused on an organization called ICAN, which stands for the Indiana Canine Assistant Network. I gathered my material on-sight at the headquarters in Indianapolis, and put together the final video using Final Cut Pro. Although this kind of video shooting and editing isn’t my strong suit, I enjoyed creating this project because I felt a great sense of achievement when it was completed!