On my fifth grade graduation trip, while passing some windmills on the side of the road, my teacher turned around and asked me:
“Do you think those are solar-powered windmills?”
It was at that time I decided that thinking for myself might be a good idea. Thus began a pattern of outside-the-box-thinking, a love for ideas, and a discontent for the status-quo. I have found that these traits, combined with a healthy amount of motivation and a little bit of talent can lead to great results.
In 2013 I graduated with honors from the University of Michigan-Flint. In college, I found the time spent outside the classroom much more valuable than the time spent hitting the books. For example, my fraternity decided to boycott Greek Week, but had no other plans and were about to fall into a slump of inactivity. Recognizing the need for action, I created a benefit brunch to benefit Children’s Miracle Network (the charity benefited by Greek Week). Through a little bit of hard work, the event was a big success for CMN, and a PR boon for us. The speakers at the brunch included the mayor and Vice-Chancellor of the school. I also made it on the local news before and after the event.
My senior year, I was hired as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Michigan Times. This was interesting because I was was a business major and had no prior experience with the paper. Nevertheless, they saw me as the right man for the job and I got to work. It was a tall task, as the editor is responsible for not only overseeing the journalistic and creative side of things, but also the business concerns of the paper. The duality of the position was awesome, and learning the ins-and-outs of journalism in a crash course manner was great. Copy editing, writing, hiring, firing, budget proposals – I did it all, and it was awesome.
Along the way, I held two digital marketing internships, both at financial service firms. The pattern of on-the-job training continued. I have developed this skillset and recently became a certified digital marketer through Hubspot. Getting your employer to the first result of a google ranking for the first time is something I will never forget.
I have the standard pastime of any recent graduate – looking for a job. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy fishing, disc golf, hiking, and reading.