Lisa LaFave – turning potential into reality

I have had the opportunity to become the best version of myself through all that I have learned in running my own business. I’ve had an extraordinary chance to turn my potential into my reality. Through helping others, I have become more selfless and my focus has shifted to others rather than on myself. Every single person is important and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLisa LaFave – turning potential into reality

Drew Stapleton – Making the right decision

Last year (early 2011), when I was a sophomore undergrad at Michigan State University, I was sitting at the student union with my girlfriend, Mara, and one of our friends, Wyatt. Wyatt was telling us how he had to tell this guy he was planning on doing a sales internship this summer, but that he could no longer do it … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDrew Stapleton – Making the right decision

Miguel Joaquin – Pushing through to the end

  My name is Miguel Joaquin. I am a senior at Michigan State University majoring in Medical Technology; medical school is next. This is my Southwestern Advantage story: I remember my girlfriend telling me about a possible internship opportunity she had heard about and was interested in doing. She did not know much about it and went to an informational … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMiguel Joaquin – Pushing through to the end

Kyle Peters – Advice to young OL’s in the Southwestern Advantage

Kyle Peters – Michigan State University I was approaching my third summer in the Southwestern Advantage program, and it was going to be my first time as an “organizational leader.” Being an organizational leader is lot of responsibility – not only do you coach your team in the summer, but you also coach other student manager’s teams. Your responsibilities include: … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKyle Peters – Advice to young OL’s in the Southwestern Advantage

A 360 degree look at the “Southwestern Advantage”

Aaron Schafer – Michigan State University When I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer sales program in college I saw it as nothing more than something I was going to try for a summer. My girlfriend at the time (now wife) had sold books for two summers and done quite well.  I was paying for half of my own … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageA 360 degree look at the “Southwestern Advantage”

Naomi Schafer – My first independent decision

Naomi Schafer – Michigan State University My first summer in the Southwestern Advantage internship was basically my introduction into the world as a person who makes her own decisions in life! Literally! It would not an exaggeration to say that I had never made a decision by myself…ever up to that point. My sisters used to worry–actually worry about me, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNaomi Schafer – My first independent decision

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

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

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

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

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!

Garrek Stemo – Skeptic turned Bookman

Garrek Stemo – Michigan State University After receiving a seemingly random phone call from a bubbly personality named Eva I agreed to go to an information session about this company called Southwestern Advantage. There I met a very tall and smiley man with golden curly hair. His name was Aaron. Aaron’s smile was quite big and he was talking about … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageGarrek Stemo – Skeptic turned Bookman

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

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!

Aaron Schafer – The persistent girlfriend

Aaron Schafer When I first heard about selling books with Southwestern Advantage it was from my girlfriend in college (now wife), Naomi.   She was super excited and told me all of the great things about it.  Being an incredibly supportive boyfriend I told her that it sounded like a scam and that she was going to be like a girl scout … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAaron Schafer – The persistent girlfriend