On the Trail to Success
Written by: Ashlyn Sipe, Brandboss Summer Intern
My goal for this internship was pretty simple at first. I had just visited a bunch of colleges and I still had no idea what I wanted to do, which is pretty important is choosing where to study! Many people told me that that’s normal, but I didn’t want to be normal. I’m a planner who’s bad at making decisions, so the sooner I make a decision the better. I was always told by my art teachers, close friends and family members that I have a creative side. I remember my dad telling me at a very young age to consider “being one of those people who make the commercials”, as I was fascinated by commercials (especially super bowl commercials!) more often than the TV show itself as a young child. When this opportunity presented itself to me, I instantly jumped at the chance to get to explore that fascination in a similar environment and the possibility of it becoming a reality.
As I come in every Monday, my mindset is constantly changing. Some days, I go home and I think that this is the career path for me and some I don’t. The thing that I am most looking for in a career is that there is something new every day and that you aren’t doing the same exact thing over and over again. I think that’s why the marketing field stood out to me, along with veterinary medicine. While they are incredibly different, both of these fields share a fast-paced work environment where there’s always something happening, which is exactly what I’m looking for. In the end, I just want to be happy with my job and feel excited to go to work every day, which is why I need to get as much experience as possible to find out what it is I’m truly meant to do. As my internship comes to a close in the next few weeks, my final goal is to gain knowledge and experience that will help me succeed in the “real world” and to explore my passion of giving people voice, specifically with businesses. This whole experience so far has taught me that nothing is going to be handed to me in life and that I truly have to make this decision myself. No one is going to hold my hand and make these decisions for me.
One of the most ironic things about my personality is that I am very quiet and reserved but ridiculously independent. I think that this stems from my childhood. I was an only child for nine years (yes, NINE) until my parents decided that one child wasn’t enough and had my little sister. As you can imagine, this completely rocked my world. All of the attention had been on me for all those years and then it was gone in an instant. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little sister with all my heart, but she did truly ruin the vibe of things at home, just saying. Just like any other jealous sibling, I felt neglected and had to learn how to manage on my own, because everything seemed to be about my little sister. Looking back on it, I wish I had spent more time with her when she was a baby (and before she could talk!) because as a chubby little third grader, I wasn’t that interested in babies and I was only focused on why I wasn’t getting attention anymore. But, I really did have to learn how to manage on my own and I think it helped me in the long run. I remember one day my mom was upstairs putting my sister to sleep and I was ready for lunch. Not wanting to disturb them, I figured I could make myself a cheese sandwich. I got the bread, put it on a paper plate, and got some string cheese from the fridge. I pulled apart the string cheese stick and put it on the bread and then microwaved my sandwich. Hey, it worked! I remember my mom being so impressed that I brought it upon myself to make a sandwich without asking her for a single bit of help, even though it wasn’t perfect. I remember feeling so independent and empowered that I taught myself to make a sandwich without needing my parents to help. Although I didn’t like it at first, having to adapt to that big of a change that late in my childhood, it really did allow me to learn skills early on to make do on my own and, in the future, have the independence to potentially be my own boss.