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!

Adam Lawrence – The Perspective of a Sales Major on the Southwestern Internship

Adam Lawrence – Western Michigan University As a sales major at Western Michigan University I believe I approached the Southwestern Advantage internship a little differently than most.  I came to Southwestern with the idea that I would gain the skills I needed to be successful in sales.  While I did learn about these skills I learned so much more than I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAdam Lawrence – The Perspective of a Sales Major on the Southwestern Internship

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

Aaron Wolverton – A 24 year old graphic designer takes on the Southwestern Internship

Aaron Wolverton – Central Michigan University My first summer in the Southwestern Advantage program was quite comparable to most first year stories I hear about… challenging, highly rewarding, and hell at times. Funny as hell at times too. My Southwestern experience was a bit different than your average book story, especially the time leading up to my first summer. When … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAaron Wolverton – A 24 year old graphic designer takes on the Southwestern Internship

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!

Chris White – “The Hardest Things in Life”

Chris White – University of Tennessee I was walking across campus, my freshman year (February 2001) at The University of Tennessee, minding my own my business, and a young lady approached me and asked, “Would you like to make $7,500 this summer?”.  I said, “Hmmm…let me think about that…yes!!”.  The young lady, Erin Brooks, called me up the following Monday evening … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChris White – “The Hardest Things in Life”

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

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 . . .

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