Mike Ford – Controlling my circumstances

Mike Ford – University of Kentucky, B.S. in International Economics “My name is Mike Ford, and I’m a District Sales Leader with Southwestern Advantage, and I’ve been here going on my 10th year. I’ve gotten a lot of things out of working with the Southwestern Advantage program. I would say the biggest thing I got out of my first summer was just the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMike Ford – Controlling my circumstances

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

Ron Alford – Fall down seven times, stand up eight

Ron Alford – Seattle Pacific University We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. -Romans 5:3-5 My greatest fear in life is to be average, to be “one of many”…. no way. As most 19 year … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRon Alford – Fall down seven times, stand up eight

Robin Mukherjee – What you will one day be, you are now becoming – From Scotland to the USA

An amazing man, called Jim McEachern, wrote an article entitled “What you will one day be, you are now becoming” in the 1960s. I heard about it when I initially was selected for the Southwestern Advantage Program in November 1991, and it made a real impact on me. Since starting with Southwestern in 1991, I am so grateful that I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobin Mukherjee – What you will one day be, you are now becoming – From Scotland to the USA

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

Mary Lee Holmes – Refusing to Quit

Mary Lee Holmes – University of Alabama It seems in life that when most people attempt something great like weight loss, starting a new business, etc… they look for the easy way out. Look at infomercials for losing weight. What do you typically see? You see a pill that will magically melt the pounds away, or the machine that will … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMary Lee Holmes – Refusing to Quit

Amanda Tobin – That Southwestern Door-to-Door Book Selling Internship Thing . . .

Amanda Tobin I remember just starting my senior year when my older brother Brandan Tobin came home from this Southwestern Advantage “door to door” internship my dad and I knew nothing about. I hadn’t heard from him all summer long. When he finally came home he threw open the front door, dumped this ugly green backpack down on the floor, and passed … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAmanda Tobin – That Southwestern Door-to-Door Book Selling Internship Thing . . .

Kyle Ary – Quiet and Bashful to Confident and Energetic in the Southwestern Internship

Kyle Ary – Oklahoma State University I remember it was spring of 2006 in my sophomore year at Oklahoma State University.  I was actually at a speed reading seminar when I received a phone call.  It was in the middle of the seminar so I didn’t get the chance to answer it so I gave the unknown number a call back during … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKyle Ary – Quiet and Bashful to Confident and Energetic in the Southwestern Internship

Daniela Zelinkova – The Motivational Roller Coaster

Daniela Zelinkova – Charles University, Prague My last few summers before working in the Southwestern Advantage internship I spent my holiday at a swimming pool working in the buffet and pub. It was really tough (I thought) and physically it really was. I worked for 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 3 months (I did have like 3 … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDaniela Zelinkova – The Motivational Roller Coaster

Diana Rodriguez – Trusting skill and luck . . .oops!

Diana Rodriguez – Auburn University After losing my phone during the spring break prior to my first summer, still somehow finding my student manager’s number who told me about the Southwestern Advantage internship felt like it had to be fate. This was probably because everything had played out so far in my life. Everything had come at just the right time, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDiana Rodriguez – Trusting skill and luck . . .oops!

Jon Pinches – Stubborn vs Coachable

Jon Pinches – Arizona State University I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage Summer Program after I filled out one of those little surveys in one of my business classes at Arizona State University. Actually, I apparently filled out 3 or 4 of them before I finally got a call from my future student manager, Monique Flores. I was a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJon Pinches – Stubborn vs Coachable

Jose Aguilar – Getting the equivalent of an MBA in the Southwestern Internship

Jose Aguilar – UCLA I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage internship through a survey I jokingly filled out. This was mid-May, three weeks before the spring semester was over. At that time, I had finished an internship as an International Trade Assistant where I was able to publish some valuable reports. Then, I was working as a clerk on … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJose Aguilar – Getting the equivalent of an MBA in the Southwestern Internship

Channing Porter – Freshman daughter takes on the Southwestern summer program

Channing Porter – University of Maryland The first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer sales program I was a freshman at the University of Maryland. I was in astronomy class and some guy made an announcement and passed a survey out about a summer internship. I filled it out because I thought I would keep my options open for … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChanning Porter – Freshman daughter takes on the Southwestern summer program

Manny Vargas – Making myself recession-proof in the Southwestern Internship!

Manny Vargas – University of Florida It was Fall 2002 when I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer work program. I was walking out of my Architectural Design class, when a classmate brought up the old “what we did last summer” conversation. I told him about my glorious summer before college interning for free at a firm in Tampa Bay … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageManny Vargas – Making myself recession-proof in the Southwestern Internship!

Chris Samuels – The Good, the Bad, and the Worthwhile

The Good, the Bad, and the Worthwhile Chris Samuels, University of North Carolina I will never forget the day that I set off to Glencoe, MN for my first summer in the Southwestern Advantage program.  I had never been off the east coast and I was amazed at the difference as I started to experience the Midwest.   Pulling into Glencoe, I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChris Samuels – The Good, the Bad, and the Worthwhile

Rose Sheen – Los Angeles Girl Arrives in Pennsylvania for Her Southwestern Internship

All of our authors would love comments on their stories!  So take a minute and add your thoughts. Los Angeles Girl Arrives in Pennsylvania Rose Sheen – Notre Dame I was born and raised in a little place called Los Angeles my entire life and I’m a city girl through and through. When my roommates and I arrived in our … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRose Sheen – Los Angeles Girl Arrives in Pennsylvania for Her Southwestern Internship

Zac DeVries – Make lemonade out of your summer!

Zac DeVries – Grand Valley State University I think one of the funniest and most endearing things about your first Southwestern Advantage summer is not only what it reveals about you, but also WHEN it reveals it. My first summer I was working in North Branch, MN a town only slightly larger than your high school. I remember that week I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageZac DeVries – Make lemonade out of your summer!

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

Chris Salata – To sell or not to sell, that is the question . . .

Chris Salata – University of Kentucky One random phone call on one random night changed my life for the better in a multitude of ways. I was actually at the library studying for an exam in my freshman year of college when a strange incoming number appeared on my cell phone. I always enjoy answering weird numbers so I picked … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChris Salata – To sell or not to sell, that is the question . . .

Evelina Prodanova – From Bulgaria to the Bookfield

Evelina Prodanova – Bulgaria I am from Bulgaria, not a huge Eastern European country. Being in one of the best High Schools and coming from a family of teachers and professors, education was a big deal for me. Logically I had to be in one of the best universities as well. For my US friends – things in Bulgaria are … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageEvelina Prodanova – From Bulgaria to the Bookfield

Tina Edmonds – A national champion conquers the Southwestern summer program

Tina Edmonds – University of Maryland The way I got into the Southwestern Advantage summer program is very different from the standard individual. I saw an ad in the newspaper one day on campus.  I went to an information session, and knew that it was something I wanted to do.  Playing field hockey for the University of Maryland, I came … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageTina Edmonds – A national champion conquers the Southwestern summer program

Andres Martin – A Southwestern Advantage Internship review 10 years in the making

Andres Martin – Thankful for the opportunity I was happy to get the opportunity to sell books in the Southwestern Advantage Internship, and expected to start fast. But – only 100 bucks. That’s what I made my first week. Not exactly close to the $1,500 I was thinking I would make. But it was OK. I was still excited after my … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAndres Martin – A Southwestern Advantage Internship review 10 years in the making

Jeremy Locklear – Taking on the Southwestern summer program challenge

Jeremy Locklear 231 cities in 13 countries.  Scuba diving in Cancun, skydiving over Texas and Oklahoma, snorkeling in the Bahamas, wake boarding in Argentina, climbing mountains in Peru, playing soccer on the beach in Chile…  I’m not bragging, this is what I want everyone to have the option of doing.  The life I’ve lived so far in my 23 years … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJeremy Locklear – Taking on the Southwestern summer program challenge

Dan Murdock – What the Southwestern Internship did for me

Dan Murdock – Western Michigan University When I joined Southwestern Advantage, I was a Junior Sales and Marketing major at Western Michigan University.  I was looking to get some sort of real world job experience when my manager Travis Lopes offered me a position.  I went to Fargo ND, which at the time sounded like the worst place in the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDan Murdock – What the Southwestern Internship did for me

Conrad Alagaban – Learning, Building, Applying . . . Southwestern Internship style

Conrad Alagaban – Northwood University At the end of Election Day, November 2, 2010, a great number of changes were happening. In Dallas, Texas, a handful of 30, 40, 50 year olds sat panel-style around a large oak table in an office. Everyone was tired after a long day of talking to a lot of young people. Outside the office, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageConrad Alagaban – Learning, Building, Applying . . . Southwestern Internship style

Jay Kiew – Building character in the Southwestern Advantage Internship

Jay Kiew – University of British Columbia If you were to ask me years ago if I would ever be selling books, I would have laughed at you. Funny thing is, I laughed at Daniel (my student leader) when he mentioned that he would be leaving to go to Ontario for the summer.  When he came back, he invited me … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJay Kiew – Building character in the Southwestern Advantage Internship

Jaak Roosaare – From a one summer challenge to the career of a lifetime

Jaak Roosaare – Estonia My name is Jaak Roosaare and I am from small (1.3m people) country called Estonia. It might seem almost like an impossible dream but we have about 300 students every summer selling books with Southwestern Advantage (the total full-time undergraduate student population is about 35,000 in the country). I first sold books in 2002, and since … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJaak Roosaare – From a one summer challenge to the career of a lifetime

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

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

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