Whitney Armstrong – service, commitment, and resiliency

I’ve learned there is so much more for college students at Southwestern Advantage than just the money.  It’s about building relationships that truly impact people and families. I have been given the confidence I need to reach my goals. My support systems are amazing because no one believes in me like the people who lead and mentor me – not just … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageWhitney Armstrong – service, commitment, and resiliency

Alma LeBaron – challenge yourself as an individual

Southwestern Advantage is by far the best thing I’ve ever done! In the past three years with this company, I have grown more mentally and emotionally than I would have doing anything else. This program allows you to challenge yourself as an individual. It exposes your strengths and weaknesses, and you find out for yourself what you’re made of and what your potential truly … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlma LeBaron – challenge yourself as an individual

Cristie Rivers – 7 summers

Southwestern Advantage has been the greatest growth experience of my life. I can’t explain what these 7 summers have meant towards developing me into the person I am today. It’s where I learned about persistence, how to work through failure and pick myself up, how to connect with people, to coach myself, and to problem-solve. It’s where I met the boy … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageCristie Rivers – 7 summers

Sophia Olson – Growth, Challenges, and Opportunities

A wise man, AJ Skalsky once told me there is no such thing as work life balance. At the time, I didn’t believe him. I need to have fun. But it’s not about balancing “work” and “fun” equally, it’s about time management and prioritizing. I choose to work 82+ hours a week during the summer, and with that schedule I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSophia Olson – Growth, Challenges, and Opportunities

Anne Meadows – this is why

If you ever wonder why I’ve spent 4 summers knocking on doors, this is why. –Anne Meadows, Georgia Tech  

Southwestern AdvantageAnne Meadows – this is why

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

Sophia Olson – A Letter To My Student Leader

To my Student Leader, Sara Mercier: I cannot truly put into words what Southwestern Advantage has done for my life and mindset, but I will do my best you and for others who are also reading this. I am a business management major attending University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Yes I’ll be finishing my fourth year, and yes this is … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSophia Olson – A Letter To My Student Leader

Dominika Stefanikova – I’m not telling you it’s easy, I’m telling you it’s worth it

It all began with one post on Facebook. I was in my freshman year at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. It was around Christmas time when I saw some pictures from California posted by one of my old high school friends. I wanted to know more, so I messaged her. I was curious what it was about and how could I possibly … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDominika Stefanikova – I’m not telling you it’s easy, I’m telling you it’s worth it

Jayme Kaiser – My Life Is Mine

Southwestern Advantage has had quite the impact on my life. Sometimes it’s incredibly easy for me to forget just how much of an impact. Recently, I was asked by a good friend of mine to make a list of what exactly I felt like I got out of SWA; what I brought home with me, and why I made the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJayme Kaiser – My Life Is Mine

Sara Nannini – A Proud Student Leader

The Southwestern Advantage Sales & Leadership Program has given me the opportunity to discover areas of myself I have never known before.  Sure, I was pushed throughout my high school and undergrad career through sports, various executive board positions, and balancing a hectic schedule.  These different opportunities allowed me to explore my leadership potential and learn about my character.  But as a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSara Nannini – A Proud Student Leader

Kadri Jarve – What This Experience Has Taught Me

How did I end up in USA selling books door-to-door? I first heard a bit about the Southwestern Advantage program when I was in 11th grade, although nothing special. I only knew that in the summer time, students go to America and they sell some books door-to-door, and that was it. I remember my first thoughts were, “Okay, USA is … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKadri Jarve – What This Experience Has Taught Me

Jordan Greenberg – Calluses On My Knuckles

Wow, the summer of 2013. Some people remember it as an extremely wet summer (most rain on record for Connecticut in 100 years) some people remember it as a scorcher (also hottest on record in about 30 years). For me though, I will always remember it as the summer I earned calluses on my knuckles. The reason I say “earned” … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJordan Greenberg – Calluses On My Knuckles

Dillon Buck – Lessons From My First Summer

It’s hard to imagine the life of a Southwestern Advantage sales person if you have never sold books, but there is a huge focus on our attitude and actions. Make a decision everyday to do all you can to make it as productive as possible. This decision starts with your schedule.  The time you wake up, the time you go … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDillon Buck – Lessons From My First Summer

Justin Sweeney – Goal Setting & Attitude

My Houston summer of 2013. Where should I start? I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I had no idea or thought about how much of an impact the Southwestern Advantage program was going to have on me. However, if I am going to start somewhere, it might as well be the beginning on campus at Central Michigan. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJustin Sweeney – Goal Setting & Attitude

Kate Gray – Selling Books 101

You mean you SELL BOOKS? Door-to-DOOR? HA. LOL. LMAO. ROFL. Jokes. Right. Some form of this natural reaction is that of the 95% of those who first hear about Southwestern Advantage. Southwestern Advantage is not just a “book-selling company”; it is a company that takes seemingly sharp, inexperienced college students, and molds them into hard-working, committed, smart, hilarious human beings … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKate Gray – Selling Books 101

Jeff Hsieh – Mentors Who Genuinely Care

I am thankful for my experience with the Southwestern Advantage internship program. I am thankful for all of my peers and mentors that have helped me grow into the man I am today. There is one instance that I remember realizing that my mentors truly cared about me as a human being. In April of 2010, I sat down at a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJeff Hsieh – Mentors Who Genuinely Care

Kate Marshall – My Reason

Most people who know me know that I spent all four of my undergraduate summers running my own business, selling educational stuff door to door in different states, 80 hours a week, leaving little time for anything else but sleeping. I’m gonna estimate at least 95% of those people have come to the conclusion that I’m just an extraordinarily driven, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKate Marshall – My Reason

Jacob Majeske – I Almost Didn’t Do It

I almost didn’t do it. As corny as it sounds, Southwestern Advantage has been a life-changing experience for me. It has positively shifted the direction in which my life is heading, and I look back and remember how close I was to not doing it. My recruitment was not very typical as I was working in the toll booths on campus … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJacob Majeske – I Almost Didn’t Do It

George Coinac – A Personal Impact

Moldova is a long ways from Nashville, but not too far for us to have the opportunity to join the best leaders from around the world.  We here in Moldova appreciate the impact Southwestern Advantage is having on our country. The donation program is helping many citizens who are in need of help. Southwestern Advantage has made a huge impact … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageGeorge Coinac – A Personal Impact

Josiah Fogle – 4 Things I Gained

My name is Josiah Fogle. That probably means nothing to you at this point, but I have told a few people about my story and if you wanna listen then read on.  Some people at my small Christian college called Calvin have listened and decided to follow suit by joining me in my second summer; so maybe you might find … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJosiah Fogle – 4 Things I Gained

Sara Nannini – Blessed to be a Bookgirl

Ever since I was young, I have always been one to push the envelope and explore new challenges.  Some of these have included joining the swim team, moving away to Central Michigan University, and joining Greek life.  I found success in all of these areas, and realized I was able to coast by on my natural talents to be successful … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSara Nannini – Blessed to be a Bookgirl

Jack Pendergast – Learning How To Reach My Full Potential

To the Foundation Organization: All my life I’ve had baseball, football, basketball, swimming, track, and other coaches give me lessons on how to excel and win in life. In my two years at Southwestern Advantage, Aaron Schafer, Kevin Johnson, The Foundation, and my student manager, Christie Bradley have taught me more about myself; strengths and weaknesses, and how to reach … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJack Pendergast – Learning How To Reach My Full Potential

Robbie Kashey – A letter to my leaders

Christie, I want to begin this letter thanking for you for being a wonderful mentor in my life through the opportunity I had working with Southwestern Advantage. I am extremely grateful to have worked with you and to have had your expertise while on the Bookfield. I know you remember me being sold from the beginning on the potential earnings … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobbie Kashey – A letter to my leaders

Brandon Kew – Having a Positive Impact on Others

I have worked with Southwestern Advantage since the summer of my freshman year at the University of Northern Iowa. Over the past 4 years I have learned a ton about running a business, making professional presentations, communicating effectively, being a leader, and much more. I have also had the opportunity to be influenced by great role models and have a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrandon Kew – Having a Positive Impact on Others

Brianna Byers – Learning Realistic Life Lessons

I was recruited to be part of the Southwestern Advantage internship my sophomore year of college at the University of Kentucky. I’ve completed three years of the program now, and I am coming back for a fourth year. As a young and eager Marketing/Creative Advertising major, I had a colorful dream of going into ‘Big League’ advertising. When I first … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBrianna Byers – Learning Realistic Life Lessons

Sarah Frank – It’s More Than Worth It

Southwestern Advantage set me up for success after college, and for that, I’m incredibly grateful. Because of a friend I made who was also part of the internship that summer, I was able to move to San Francisco and immediately get a job that I love working in executive placement downtown in the Financial District — right out of college. … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSarah Frank – It’s More Than Worth It