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!

Jordan Roberts – The Southwestern family internship

Jordan Roberts – Auburn University My experience selling with Southwestern Advantage started off quite differently from most in that both my mom, my dad, my brother, and my cousin had sold books.  I knew it was not a scam, and that it was an experience in which a person supposedly worked their butt off, but received both monetary and character … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJordan Roberts – The Southwestern family internship

Mark Silvestro – A parent’s concerns about the Southwestern Internship

Mark Silvestro – University of Maryland During my American Government class in the large lecture hall of Maryland’s Tydings Hall, I quickly filled out a yellow questionnaire that had something to do with hearing about summer work. Honestly, I wasn’t paying attention. My then-girlfriend at the time, Lisa, was sitting next to me. She was more interesting than class and … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMark Silvestro – A parent’s concerns about the Southwestern Internship

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

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!

Jennifer Miedema – Controlling the controllables and letting go of the rest

Jennifer Miedema – Grand Valley State University When I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer internship, I remember thinking, “Who would EVER want to do this?” I mean, the results of the summer sounded great ($8,000, Resume building, Sales experience, Personal growth, etc), but… No guarantee of making money? Working 14 hours a day? Approaching people in their homes? Moving to … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJennifer Miedema – Controlling the controllables and letting go of the rest

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!

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

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

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

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 . . .