Crossing Paths on Purpose

When I think of all the aspects that my current job encompasses; my favorite aspect of all is being able to mentor students around my age and guide them to grow professionally and encouraging them to create wonderful work.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”- Steve Jobs

By creating what I believe is great work and living by Steve Job’s philosophy of work ethic I strive every day to find what I love but ironically, mentoring snuck up on me and discovered me first. I knew before that becoming a mentor would be a very rich role to follow through with; but I never expected it to be as rewarding as it was.

I have always been the type of person to dream big. Very very big. I visited New York City dozens of times but during the summer of 2015 the stars happened to align and gave me the vision/goal to live and intern there the following summer. During the Fall of 2015, I knew I needed some sort of experience on my resume if I had any chance of following my dream of interning and living in NYC during the summer of 2016. So I applied to one internship at Campus Recreation and Wellness and received a Communication/Marketing Internship there for Spring 2016. I learned and grew a lot and even got a job as a Marketing Manager before receiving my dream internship at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City summer 2016.

DCB Flagship Store 1011 Third Ave (at 60th St.)
New York, NY 10065 | Summer 2016

Working for Dylan’s was an amazing and unbelievable experience that taught me skills that I will carry for the rest of my life. Like how to work quickly when it’s crunch time and even skills that I would eventually use when I became a mentor. My experience in New York had many challenges that changed my perspective on the real world and I hold those memories very close so that I can teach others how to grow in a big way.

When I returned to school after I completed my DCB internship, I decided that I wanted to be an mentor who inspires, nurtures and teaches her interns to flourish and follow their ambitions. In the Fall, I had two interns: Kelley and Victoria. I believe teams should be equal and there should not be a hierarchy of power; especially between mentors and interns so from the very beginning we were a equal team. As the semester trudged on, the three of us ventured on marketing outreach adventures together, tested new ways to create quality content that students would pay attention to and as a team we helped Victoria face the horrifying fears of public speaking. It is absolutely remarkable to see someone grow so much over so little time.

During the Spring of 2017, Victoria decided to help me see how I grew while mentoring by interviewing me on my experience. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if she was never under my wing.


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Since then, I have had seven interns. Honestly, I feel like they teach me more than I teach them. I just give them the resources they need but they never fail to surprise me.

Victoria, Colin, Carley, Alex and Devonne
Devonne, Carley and Jackson
Colin, Pee Dee and Carley
Kelley, Carley and Victoria

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