Matt Baumgartner – A shy kid breaks out

Matt Baumgartner – University of Maryland I heard about Southwestern Advantage at the University of Maryland.  I grew up in an over-protective environment.  Part of this was due to my parents, but part of it was also self-imposed.  I was definitely the quiet/shy kid, never quite fitting in nor able to get comfortable.  I had always gotten straight A’s, but … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMatt Baumgartner – A shy kid breaks out

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

Will Hemmert – Not exactly by the book!

Will Hemmert – Central Michigan University It was the career fair at Central Michigan University in the spring of 2010. That’s where I met Maurice Howell, a corporate recruiter for Southwestern, and we talked for a few minutes. He told me about the program and offered me a chance to interview. After meeting with him a few times, I decided … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageWill Hemmert – Not exactly by the book!

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

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

Beatrix Tam – The last minute decision

Beatrix Tam – University of British Columbia I was sitting in the library studying for my very last final during the second last week of finals when someone (I forgot who) handed me a summer work questionnaire. And that was the beginning of my Southwestern Advantage summer experience. I am truly grateful that I filled out that survey and Niv, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBeatrix Tam – The last minute decision

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!

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

Alexa High – Future occupational therapist takes on the Southwestern internship

Alexa High – University of Nebraska at Kearney But I’m going into the health field, why do I need to know how to sell? I have pretty much had my whole life planned out since the sixth grade. My plan is to get my doctorate of occupational therapy from Creighton University. I will meet the man of my dreams in … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlexa High – Future occupational therapist takes on the Southwestern internship

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!

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!

Alex Dawson – All that matters the first three weeks – Habits!

Alex Dawson – Michigan State University My first Southwestern Advantage summer experience was as crazy as any other. I remember being really excited coming out of sales school feeling really prepared and my first house not even getting out, “Hi are you the mom here?” before the door was shut in my face.  It was raining all day but I said … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlex Dawson – All that matters the first three weeks – Habits!

Brendan Meyer – It isn’t what happens to you, it is how you respond!

Brendan Meyer – Auburn University My first summer with Southwestern Advantage started off slow. My first day I had no customers, but worse than that, this style of business created a bad first impression with the president of the homeowners association in the first neighborhood I started in. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I had only done what I was … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrendan Meyer – It isn’t what happens to you, it is how you respond!

Travis Lopes – Doing my best and letting God take care of the rest

Travis Lopes – Asbury University I was a freshman at Asbury University in the spring of 2005 when my friend Simbarashe Kagoro from Zimbabwe told me about his summer job selling books with Southwestern Advantage. I remember hearing about the travel, the experience, and the money and thinking “hmm well if Simba can do it, and he doesn’t even speak … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageTravis Lopes – Doing my best and letting God take care of the rest

Logan Gaither – Wrestling with the Southwestern Summer

Logan Gaither – University of Arizona I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage internship through a phone call from the corporate recruiter on the University of Arizona’s campus. I knew almost right away it was what I wanted to do, because it was a chance to really prove that I could really accomplish something on my own. This probably had a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLogan Gaither – Wrestling with the Southwestern Summer

Matt Lomas – My first real adversity

Matt Lomas – Michigan State University In my first summer in the Southwestern Advantage internship, my first 3 days were all definitely the hardest for me. Day 1 I arrived at my sales locality fresh from sales school and instead of selling like I originally had planned, I instead job shadowed my organizational leader because of car trouble. I also love … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMatt Lomas – My first real adversity

Maurice Howell – I’m great with people (who I already know)

Maurice Howell – University of North Carolina When I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage Internship and selling educational products, I really had no idea of what it was; I only knew that it was going to be easy only because I happened to be “great” at talking to people.  I soon realized my first summer that a lot of effort … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMaurice Howell – I’m great with people (who I already know)

Kyle Peters – . . . it is how you finish!

Kyle Peters – Michigan State University My first summer in the Southwestern Advantage internship took place after I finished my freshman year at Michigan State University. I was kind of nervous that I would be leaving home in a program with no guaranteed income, but I knew that I was an above average individual that had the ability to work really … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKyle Peters – . . . it is how you finish!

Grayson Jones – It is not how you start . . .

Grayson Jones – University of Northern Iowa My 1st summer with Southwestern Advantage was back in 2006.  I was invited by a friend from the dorms who had already done the Southwestern Internship to attend an informational session on campus.  It sounded cool and I liked the idea of getting paid for how much I put into it.  I was … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageGrayson Jones – It is not how you start . . .