A day ‘following’ the shoes of a Bookgirl

A day walking in the shoes, well, let’s be honest – there’s no way I’m in ANY way prepared/trained/ready to walk in the shoes of ANY Bookperson, so I’ll re-word to “A day ‘following’ the shoes of a Bookgirl.” I am the mother of a current “Bookman” and a Host Mom to a team of “Bookgirls” this summer. The following are … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageA day ‘following’ the shoes of a Bookgirl

Andres Gamboa: Dear Parents,

Dear Parents, I would like to start by saying that I am not a parent, therefore, take this advice as you will. During my freshman year of college I was approached by a fellow student named Steve who spoke to me about a summer internship opportunity. Over the phone, Steve told me all about this program where “the average student … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAndres Gamboa: Dear Parents,

Barb Yo – Be careful to entertain strangers (Hebrews 13:2)

On Mothers day of 2015 I got a surprising gift. The day before I had been telling Mark that it felt so weird to have an empty bedroom, for the first time in decades! Little did we know that God was going to fill it. Literally the next day we were asked by 4 college students from Florida if we … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBarb Yo – Be careful to entertain strangers (Hebrews 13:2)

Rick Whitcomb: It takes a special person with a courageous heart

My daughter participates in this program. I pose a few questions for which we should all consider: Can you appreciate our younger generation working hard?  You bet! I saw my mother and father, who were part of the “greatest generation ever,” work hard each and every day.  Hard work is not as common as it used to be for the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRick Whitcomb: It takes a special person with a courageous heart

Raising Risk-Takers

This article is a re-post that was originally published in Huffington Post. The original article can be found here.  Here in the Washington, D.C., area, there’s a story that has generated a lot of attention: The case of the free-range parents. A Maryland couple has allowed their 10- and 6-year-olds to play outside and walk home from a park, unsupervised, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRaising Risk-Takers

Kelley Osowski: I was skeptical, I was wrong

Hi There! My name is Kelley Osowski, mom to Jake Osowski. Jake has now spent 5 summers working with Southwestern Advantage, and he asked me to tell you a little bit about the experience from my perspective, which I was excited to do. When Jake called at the end of his freshman year at UMD and said he was looking at … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKelley Osowski: I was skeptical, I was wrong

Brian Osowski: I Have Seen My Son Evolve

Hello All, When my son Jacob first came to me with the idea of doing door-to-door sales, I thought he was crazy. I had concerns – for his safety, what kind of support there was going to for him, and how much of an investment I was going to need to fork out. All I could imagine was Kirby salesmen or … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrian Osowski: I Have Seen My Son Evolve

Brandon Abernathy – A Letter From a Southwestern Advantage Parent

Dear Caring and Concerned Family, As a parent, we want to protect our children at all costs. When my son Brandon Abernathy told me about a summer internship with Southwestern Advantage selling books, I was very skeptical. I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea of allowing my son to go to a different state and stay and work with strangers. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrandon Abernathy – A Letter From a Southwestern Advantage Parent

Howard Fink – A Letter from Dad

Howard Fink – Parent of Bryan Fink Bryan, Over the past four years working for Southwestern Advantage, I have seen you mature into a fine and responsible man.  In order to explain my statement I need to review your time with Southwestern. I recall it was about mid February of 2008 when you said you were considering working a sales … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageHoward Fink – A Letter from Dad

Tamara and Mike Porter – Giving our freshman daughter our full support in the Southwestern Advantage internship

Tamara and Mike Porter – The Porter’s daughter, Channing, worked in the Southwestern Advantage sales and leadership program as a freshman at the University of Maryland As parents of a college freshman daughter, we were obviously concerned when Channing came home talking about selling books door-to-door over the summer in the Southwestern Advantage sales program. We researched the company and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageTamara and Mike Porter – Giving our freshman daughter our full support in the Southwestern Advantage internship

Bud Holmes – Encouraging my daughter to succeed on her own

Bud Holmes – Bud Holmes is a former District Attorney and also a former sports agent. His clients included the late great Walter Payton. Bud’s daughter Mary Lee began with Southwestern Advantage and participated in the program for four years. My daughter, Mary Lee Holmes asked me to write my thoughts on the influences the Southwestern Advantage experience has had on her … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBud Holmes – Encouraging my daughter to succeed on her own

Gary M. Price – Southwestern Advantage builds character and success

I am writing this letter to any students and parents considering a first Southwestern Advantage program. I am the father of three children who participated in the program at Southwestern Advantage, my son and one daughter for one summer, one daughter for three summers. Whether you have ever thought about it or not, life is about trying to get the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageGary M. Price – Southwestern Advantage builds character and success

Kitty Clemens – Southwestern Advantage, a company that cares

Kitty Clemens – Kitty has had three children work with Southwestern Advantage I could write you all about the things we have seen happening in our daughter, Charlotte, since she started working for Southwestern.  I could tell you that we, as parents, were not too keen on what she got herself into at the time. This is about 9 years … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKitty Clemens – Southwestern Advantage, a company that cares

Denise Hooser – What my daughter has gained from the Southwestern Advantage internship

Denise Hooser – Denise’s daughter Brooke worked in the Southwestern Advantage internship program for a first summer during her freshman year During my daughter’s freshmen year in college at the University of Tennessee she called me up one day and told me that she was considering working with Southwestern for the summer. She told me all about the internship and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDenise Hooser – What my daughter has gained from the Southwestern Advantage internship

Kevin Hoffberg – Realizing my son was becoming an adult

Kevin Hoffberg – Kevin’s son Jake worked with Southwestern Advantage while at Indiana University Does any parent dream about his son or daughter selling books? For a living? For a summer? At All? It certainly wasn’t on my radar when my son Jake called me to tell me that he was going to spend the summer, somewhere he didn’t yet … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKevin Hoffberg – Realizing my son was becoming an adult

Debbie Dawson – How a Mom’s Journey Began

Debbie Dawson – Debbie’s son Alex has worked with Southwestern Advantage 3 summers Debbie currently works at Ferris State University where she is the Director of the School of Computer, Electrical, Energy, and Survey Systems. “Mom, Mom… I have a possible summer internship!” “Way Cool! What is it?” “Sales! And they need you to be part of the interview.” With … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDebbie Dawson – How a Mom’s Journey Began

Shelly Waggoner – Fast Forward

Shelly Waggoner – Shelly has had a son and daughter work in the Southwestern Advantage summer program. My parental reaction to the news of my son driving across 4 states with a “team” to “run his own business” was probably quite typical, “NO. WAY.”  Up until this point, he drove home from college every weekend to have his laundry done. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageShelly Waggoner – Fast Forward

Lori Gaither – Being my son’s biggest fan

Lori Gaither – Lori’s son Logan worked with Southwestern Advantage while at the University of Arizona Looking back at my first response to the Southwestern summer program I cannot help but laugh. We, as parents, sure can be funny sometimes! We raise our kids up for 18 or so years with the goal being to teach them to be responsible, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLori Gaither – Being my son’s biggest fan

Mary Bea Sullivan – The Perspective of a Concerned Parent

Mary Bea Sullivan – Mary’s son Brendan attends Auburn University and sold for a first summer in 2010 When our son, Brendan Meyer called to say he was considering an internship with Southwestern Advantage, I was extremely skeptical. Actually, I thought he would have to be crazy to do it. I have spent many years in sales and various forms … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMary Bea Sullivan – The Perspective of a Concerned Parent

Lisa Peters – A parent chimes in on the Southwestern Internship

Lisa Peters – Son Kyle has sold for 5 summers as of 2012 When our son told us he was considering the Southwestern Advantage summer internship after his freshman year at college, my husband and I had many questions. He would be living in another state, running his own business, at 19 years old? Everything changed once we understood what was … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLisa Peters – A parent chimes in on the Southwestern 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