Alexa High – University of Nebraska at Kearney
But I’m going into the health field, why do I need to know how to sell?
I have pretty much had my whole life planned out since the sixth grade. My plan is to get my doctorate of occupational therapy from Creighton University. I will meet the man of my dreams in college, get married, have four kids and own my own OT clinic. So since I have known all this since I was 12 you can imagine I pretty much had everything planned in between there to get what I wanted. So when I went home over Christmas break my freshman year of college I knew what my plan was for the break: relax, hang out with my friends and family and not worry about cheerleading or school work for three weeks! That was until a friend of mine gave me a call. His name was Craig, and he is three years older than me. We were pretty good friends in high school, but I hadn’t talked to him a whole lot since he went off to college. I knew he had been gone the summer before, but I wasn’t totally for sure what he had been doing.
When he called me over break and told me I should come hear about what he did, me being the open-minded person that I am, and not having a day packed full everyday like I did during school, I said sure, why not. Plus his younger brother that I graduated with was going too. So they picked me up the next day and we drove to his sales manager parent’s house, coincidentally, my sixth grade teacher, to hear about the internship he did. My life has not been the same since. Before I left the info session my soon to be manager, Matt, told me I may feel a roller coaster of emotions. Boy was he right. My roller coaster seemed to be a little delayed however, and I didn’t really feel it until after I was selected. But this wasn’t just any roller coaster, it was like I was at Cedar Point riding coaster after coaster.
One of the biggest problems I had was telling people about my plans for the summer. Most everyone I know knew what my future plans were and could not understand first of all why I would want to do anything like that, and second how it would help me with my future. I watched it help my friend Craig get into pharmacy school so I had faith it would at least look good on my resume, plus I could make a ton of money to help pay for some of this expensive school I was planning to attend. Well now that I have been through the program, I can’t imagine how I ever thought I could get prepared to go into the medical field without it.
Sure it looks good on my resume, and I don’t have to worry about having enough money, but there is more to it than that which meets the eye. I’m not scared to become friends with my professors which make going to class much easier than freshman year, and helps with my grades as well. Next fall when I need letters of recommendations for professional school, instead of stressing out about WHO I can get to WRITE a letter, I get to decide WHICH professors can write the BEST letters. Also my time management skills have gotten even better which is going to allow me to graduate earlier than anyone I graduated high school with, and the class that graduated the year ahead of me as well. I’ve faced problems I could never imagine I would have to face, and I had to do it halfway across the country-away from my mom and dad. Knowing that I have done that, gives me confidence in my independence and ability to get things done on my own. I’ve seen what it takes to get what I want, and it’s not a piece of cake to get there. I now know if I truly want that things I want, I have to be willing to put the work into it and stick with it even when times get tough.
So because of the Southwestern Advantage internship, my plan is still on track. The skills I have gained and the relationships I have formed are going to make it that much easier for me to get there.