Joel Kosch – We are who we surround ourselves with

Joel Kosch – University of Nebraska-Kearney University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK)…. cold November night, walking back to the dorms with my friend Alyssa. She mentions her manager coming to campus and is meeting some students to hear about the Southwestern Advantage program she did last summer after her freshman year. It became a life changing conversation…(cliche…but so true)…. Hmmmm, sure I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJoel Kosch – We are who we surround ourselves with

Kate Marshall – The system works!

Kate Marshall – Utah State Unlike most, it didn’t take much for me to decide to do the Southwestern Advantage program. I think it was within the first 10 minutes of the informational session that I mentally signed up. It never even came to my mind that it might be a scam (it isn’t), or to call it a pyramid scheme (it … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKate Marshall – The system works!

Blake McDermott – The Split Decision

Blake McDermott Planning ahead had never been one of my strong points. That is why in 2007, during exam time a week before the end of school, I found myself with neither a job lined up nor a place to stay during the summer. Considering I was an international student, it was quite a large problem. However, just as I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBlake McDermott – The Split Decision

Rachel Demp – Seeing what I was really made of in the Southwestern Internship

Rachel Demp – Grand Valley State University Before Southwestern Advantage, I had always been good at everything. I was a National Dance Champion for three years in a row, All-American dancer for three years, and top scholar of my graduating class finishing 8th out of 400. I was an excellent student, on the dean’s list every semester, and I knew … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRachel Demp – Seeing what I was really made of in the Southwestern Internship

Nate Wolverton – A Problem Solving Mindset

Nate Wolverton – Michigan State University Oh first summer. I’m writing this at 7:45 am in a Starbucks in downtown Chicago before I go into work for a company I just started with and love so far! “You can’t always get what you want” by the Rolling Stones is playing and I can’t help but laugh because of how relevant … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNate Wolverton – A Problem Solving Mindset

Charlotte Almeida – So what’s the catch with the Southwestern Internship?

Charlotte Almeida – Vancouver Island University I actually heard about the Southwestern Advantage Internship the spring before I applied for the program.  My friend Heidi, who was attending Trinity Western University, called me up when she was interviewing for the program.  I was honestly a little skeptical when she told me she was interviewing to sell books door to door … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageCharlotte Almeida – So what’s the catch with the Southwestern Internship?

Liz Miedema – Worried you won’t sell anything? It happened to me.

Liz Miedema – Grand Valley State University I learned so much that summer about myself and the power that I had within me to do things I didn’t think were possible. I gained confidence in myself and felt valued by the people I worked with. I discovered that it didn’t matter how much I sold or how I did, they … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLiz Miedema – Worried you won’t sell anything? It happened to me.

Robyn Lee – The simple formula

Robyn Lee – UCLA When I sat in my information session on campus, I thought I had Southwestern Advantage figured out. I was a big skeptic of the program at UCLA, but I was a sophomore in school, with summer school and working for my parents’ small businesses being the only things on my resume. It was a wonder that … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobyn Lee – The simple formula

Lizzy Becknell – Dreaming big

Lizzy Becknell – Indiana University All throughout my life I have been a dreamer. I have dreamed of being a famous actress, a pilot, an architect, a comedian, a business owner, oh my goodness, the list goes on! I remember there would be times throughout high school where I would hop in my little black VW Cabrio and just drive … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLizzy Becknell – Dreaming big

Sean Barry – Worth the sacrifice

Sean Barry – Miami University The summer of 2011 will be my fifth summer working in the Southwestern Advantage summer sales and leadership program.  I graduated from Miami University in 2009 with a degree in architecture and a minor in entrepreneurship.  I first heard about Southwestern when I was a sophomore on campus, living in a fraternity house (Beta Theta … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSean Barry – Worth the sacrifice

Alena Arendt – Small town Nebraska girl meets the suburbs of Philadelphia

Alena Arendt – Sioux City, Iowa I remember the first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage program – I was about 12 years old.  I didn’t have the traditional “book kid” experience that most get – as my dad and four of my aunts and uncles have all taken to the Bookfield.  Honestly, I didn’t know much about it, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlena Arendt – Small town Nebraska girl meets the suburbs of Philadelphia

Ashley Zandbergen – Growth and perspective

Ashley Zandbergen – Grand Valley State University My recruitment was a little unorthodox . I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage when my twin sister first participated. I thought she was crazy at first when she said she would be moving to Minnesota for the entire summer to sell books to families! Then, as she was telling me about it, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAshley Zandbergen – Growth and perspective

Danielle Roos – Extraordinarily difficult, extraordinarily rewarding

Danielle Roos – Dordt College I was a sophomore at Dordt College when I first heard about Southwestern Advantage. A girl I knew, Jessi Rieken, mentioned to me that she had a job the past summer where she had made $10,000. I was immediately intrigued, as I had to pay my own way through private college and had made, let … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDanielle Roos – Extraordinarily difficult, extraordinarily rewarding

Josh Falkiewicz – Willing to pay a price

Josh Falkiewicz – Michigan State University I heard about Southwestern Advantage at Michigan State.  During the interview process I was never really skeptical, although my Dad seemed to have reserved enough skepticism for the two of us.  I remember my first day like it was yesterday.  My roommate Maurice dropped me off and screamed “IT’S GONNA BE A GREAT DAY” and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJosh Falkiewicz – Willing to pay a price

Antoinette Sedillo – Getting REAL experience

Antoinette Sedillo – New Mexico State University When I was in high school I was the type of person who never tried anything new unless I knew for sure that I was going to be good at it. As you can imagine, that attitude kept me from trying out many new things. A week after my 19th birthday, I got … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAntoinette Sedillo – Getting REAL experience

Haley Price – Today is the Best Day of My Life

Haley Price – University of Texas When asked about my proudest accomplishment or my most valuable experience – at the top of my list, no doubt about it, is “selling books door-to-door in the Southwestern Advantage Internship”.  There is no better way to catapult oneself into emotional and mental maturity than through going door-to-door. Right around Spring Break of my freshman … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageHaley Price – Today is the Best Day of My Life

Daniel Cumming – Coachability

Daniel Cumming – University of Richmond Everyone has a different experience working with Southwestern Advantage, and I think it has everything to do with who the student manager they work with is. I had one of the most eccentric and without a doubt the most caring student manager in Chris Sica. When I was a sophomore at University of Richmond … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDaniel Cumming – Coachability

Jill Poston – Set yourself apart

Jill Poston – Clemson University I first heard about Southwestern Advantage when I was growing up, because my dad actually sold books in 1979-1982.  I heard stories of him selling in Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas, and thought, “That sounds interesting/slightly weird.”  I met Spencer Hays, the Executive Chairman of the Board for Southwestern, at one of my dad’s national meetings … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJill Poston – Set yourself apart

Morgan Franke – A new way of thinking

Morgan Franke – Michigan State University I always knew that after I graduated high school that I would never spend another summer in Canton, Michigan. So when I got the opportunity to work with Southwestern Advantage, I didn’t think twice. Little did I know that what I would experience would change my outlook on everything in my life. The things … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMorgan Franke – A new way of thinking

Daniel E. Burke-Aguero – The Southwestern Internship, a service in itself

Daniel E. Burke-Aguero  – University of Missouri Columbia If someone were to ask me now what my Southwestern Advantage Experience has meant to me so far my response would be simple: It saved me, and I am eternally grateful for everything I’ve been blessed with because of it. But to truly understand what I mean I have to back it … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDaniel E. Burke-Aguero – The Southwestern Internship, a service in itself

Nancy Davidson – It’s all about people!

Nancy Davidson – Wake Forest University My first Southwestern Advantage Summer was hands down the hardest thing I have ever done but also the most rewarding. I heard about the program from my cousin and thought “If he can be successful at a program like this, then I know I can too.” However, I already had a summer job lined … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNancy Davidson – It’s all about people!

Jordan Roberts – The Southwestern family internship

Jordan Roberts – Auburn University My experience selling with Southwestern Advantage started off quite differently from most in that both my mom, my dad, my brother, and my cousin had sold books.  I knew it was not a scam, and that it was an experience in which a person supposedly worked their butt off, but received both monetary and character … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJordan Roberts – The Southwestern family internship

Mark Silvestro – A parent’s concerns about the Southwestern Internship

Mark Silvestro – University of Maryland During my American Government class in the large lecture hall of Maryland’s Tydings Hall, I quickly filled out a yellow questionnaire that had something to do with hearing about summer work. Honestly, I wasn’t paying attention. My then-girlfriend at the time, Lisa, was sitting next to me. She was more interesting than class and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMark Silvestro – A parent’s concerns about the Southwestern Internship

Emily Griepentrog – Finding the competitor within

Emily Griepentrog – Finding the competitor within I became friends with this really cool kid, Abel Gunn, my Freshman year of college in Wisconsin. Two months into our first semester he told me about this crazy summer thing where he moved across the country, lived with some awesome college kids, and raced to the shower every morning. It sounded like … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageEmily Griepentrog – Finding the competitor within

Matt Seitz – More than the money

Matt Seitz – Asbury University I didn’t sell books with Southwestern Advantage for the same reason that all the other people at my college did. I went to a small private liberal arts college that was very expensive and so a lot of students heard you could make $8,000 in a summer and really needed to pay for school. Well … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMatt Seitz – More than the money

Matt Benson – Tell me to suck it up!

Matt Benson – University of Nebraska My Southwestern Advantage experience started in March of 2009.  I was sitting in my dorm doing homework when I got a call from my future manager. He asked me if I would be interested in learning more about an internship where I could gain real world experience and where the average intern makes over $8,700. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMatt Benson – Tell me to suck it up!

Megan Baker – A simple facebook message. . .

Megan Baker – University of Nebraska-Kearney I received a Facebook message from an acquaintance, someone that lived on the same floor as I did my freshman year of college, in November of 2008, about checking out an internship with Southwestern Advantage.  Little did I know was that message would change my life… In November I was selected into the Southwestern … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMegan Baker – A simple facebook message. . .

Julie Lavender – Fast starts in the Southwestern Internship happen too!

Julie Lavender The first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage Internship, I nearly laughed out loud. My best friend, Nate Wolverton, of more than ten years had just finished his first summer in St. Louis and suggested that I come and give it a try the following summer. Well, at this time, I was a senior at Western Michigan University, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJulie Lavender – Fast starts in the Southwestern Internship happen too!

Jennifer Miedema – Controlling the controllables and letting go of the rest

Jennifer Miedema – Grand Valley State University When I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer internship, I remember thinking, “Who would EVER want to do this?” I mean, the results of the summer sounded great ($8,000, Resume building, Sales experience, Personal growth, etc), but… No guarantee of making money? Working 14 hours a day? Approaching people in their homes? Moving to … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJennifer Miedema – Controlling the controllables and letting go of the rest

Christie Bradley – Whoever works the hardest in the Southwestern Summer Program wins!

Christie Bradley – Auburn University My first summer experience the Southwestern Advantage internship program is somewhat of a blur as far as individual stories go now that I am approaching summer number three. It all seemed to go by so fast when the end of the summer approached, but from day-to-day I thought it would never end. However, there are some … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChristie Bradley – Whoever works the hardest in the Southwestern Summer Program wins!