Rose Sheen – Los Angeles Girl Arrives in Pennsylvania for Her Southwestern Internship

All of our authors would love comments on their stories!  So take a minute and add your thoughts. Los Angeles Girl Arrives in Pennsylvania Rose Sheen – Notre Dame I was born and raised in a little place called Los Angeles my entire life and I’m a city girl through and through. When my roommates and I arrived in our … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRose Sheen – Los Angeles Girl Arrives in Pennsylvania for Her Southwestern Internship

Zac DeVries – Make lemonade out of your summer!

Zac DeVries – Grand Valley State University I think one of the funniest and most endearing things about your first Southwestern Advantage summer is not only what it reveals about you, but also WHEN it reveals it. My first summer I was working in North Branch, MN a town only slightly larger than your high school. I remember that week I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageZac DeVries – Make lemonade out of your summer!

Chris Salata – To sell or not to sell, that is the question . . .

Chris Salata – University of Kentucky One random phone call on one random night changed my life for the better in a multitude of ways. I was actually at the library studying for an exam in my freshman year of college when a strange incoming number appeared on my cell phone. I always enjoy answering weird numbers so I picked … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageChris Salata – To sell or not to sell, that is the question . . .

Evelina Prodanova – From Bulgaria to the Bookfield

Evelina Prodanova – Bulgaria I am from Bulgaria, not a huge Eastern European country. Being in one of the best High Schools and coming from a family of teachers and professors, education was a big deal for me. Logically I had to be in one of the best universities as well. For my US friends – things in Bulgaria are … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageEvelina Prodanova – From Bulgaria to the Bookfield

Tina Edmonds – A national champion conquers the Southwestern summer program

Tina Edmonds – University of Maryland The way I got into the Southwestern Advantage summer program is very different from the standard individual. I saw an ad in the newspaper one day on campus.  I went to an information session, and knew that it was something I wanted to do.  Playing field hockey for the University of Maryland, I came … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageTina Edmonds – A national champion conquers the Southwestern summer program

Jeremy Locklear – Taking on the Southwestern summer program challenge

Jeremy Locklear 231 cities in 13 countries.  Scuba diving in Cancun, skydiving over Texas and Oklahoma, snorkeling in the Bahamas, wake boarding in Argentina, climbing mountains in Peru, playing soccer on the beach in Chile…  I’m not bragging, this is what I want everyone to have the option of doing.  The life I’ve lived so far in my 23 years … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJeremy Locklear – Taking on the Southwestern summer program challenge

Conrad Alagaban – Learning, Building, Applying . . . Southwestern Internship style

Conrad Alagaban – Northwood University At the end of Election Day, November 2, 2010, a great number of changes were happening. In Dallas, Texas, a handful of 30, 40, 50 year olds sat panel-style around a large oak table in an office. Everyone was tired after a long day of talking to a lot of young people. Outside the office, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageConrad Alagaban – Learning, Building, Applying . . . Southwestern Internship style

Jay Kiew – Building character in the Southwestern Advantage Internship

Jay Kiew – University of British Columbia If you were to ask me years ago if I would ever be selling books, I would have laughed at you. Funny thing is, I laughed at Daniel (my student leader) when he mentioned that he would be leaving to go to Ontario for the summer.  When he came back, he invited me … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJay Kiew – Building character in the Southwestern Advantage Internship

Jaselyn Taubel – Two roads diverge . . .

Jaselyn Taubel – College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost When people ask me how I got involved with the Southwestern Advantage Internship or when I was first introduced to the company, I’m never really sure what … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJaselyn Taubel – Two roads diverge . . .

Joel Kosch – We are who we surround ourselves with

Joel Kosch – University of Nebraska-Kearney University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK)…. cold November night, walking back to the dorms with my friend Alyssa. She mentions her manager coming to campus and is meeting some students to hear about the Southwestern Advantage program she did last summer after her freshman year. It became a life changing conversation…(cliche…but so true)…. Hmmmm, sure I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJoel Kosch – We are who we surround ourselves with

Sky Thomas – All the little things

Sky Thomas – Missouri University I was of course a broke college student. I had no idea what I would be doing for the summer and was planning to just be a lifeguard again back home. But the Southwestern Advantage Internship seemed like a good deal to me because I’m going to school primarily on loans and financial aid. I have 3 … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSky Thomas – All the little things

Kate Marshall – The system works!

Kate Marshall – Utah State Unlike most, it didn’t take much for me to decide to do the Southwestern Advantage program. I think it was within the first 10 minutes of the informational session that I mentally signed up. It never even came to my mind that it might be a scam (it isn’t), or to call it a pyramid scheme (it … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKate Marshall – The system works!

Audri Lu – Taking it day by day

Audri Lu – University of Iowa Some days I felt like Southwestern Advantage was the best thing that ever happened to me.  On other days, I  wondered why I ever did it.  It pulled me in all sorts of directions.  It made me cry.  It made me frustrated – a lot.  It molded me into a stronger, more independent person.  It gave me a sense … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAudri Lu – Taking it day by day

Devan Dror – From Italy to the Bookfield

Devan Dror – Macquarie University I heard about the Southwestern Advantage program through my friend Lance.  He told us all that he had “sold books” for the summer.  After going on and on for what was probably close to ten minutes about what I felt was my eye-opening, life-changing cultural experience summer job, I decided I should be polite and ask … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDevan Dror – From Italy to the Bookfield

Blake McDermott – The Split Decision

Blake McDermott Planning ahead had never been one of my strong points. That is why in 2007, during exam time a week before the end of school, I found myself with neither a job lined up nor a place to stay during the summer. Considering I was an international student, it was quite a large problem. However, just as I … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageBlake McDermott – The Split Decision

Rachel Demp – Seeing what I was really made of in the Southwestern Internship

Rachel Demp – Grand Valley State University Before Southwestern Advantage, I had always been good at everything. I was a National Dance Champion for three years in a row, All-American dancer for three years, and top scholar of my graduating class finishing 8th out of 400. I was an excellent student, on the dean’s list every semester, and I knew … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRachel Demp – Seeing what I was really made of in the Southwestern Internship

Kristin Knobloch – A raving review of the Southwestern Internship

Kristin Knobloch – University of Northern Iowa My first summer was 2010.  I signed on to do the “book thing” in the fall of my freshman year at UNI.  My student manager Zach had so much energy and my crazy, spontaneous self became a book girl.  It has easily been one of the best decisions I’ve made!  The experience I’ve gained … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKristin Knobloch – A raving review of the Southwestern Internship

Emily Todhunter – Being completely coachable

Emily Todhunter – University of Nebraska Two years ago I was at the campus rec on a treadmill when I got a call from my now-student manager, Yvette.  Because it was loud I couldn’t really hear everything that was said, but I’m open-minded so agreed to hear what this Southwestern Advantage internship was about. The next day I went to the … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageEmily Todhunter – Being completely coachable

Ashley Hanson – Be the change you wish to see

Ashley Hanson – UC Berkeley I am a sophomore at U.C. Berkeley majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Business and Globalization. My first summer working in the Southwestern Advantage Internship went by in a blink of an eye; I challenged myself physically, mentally and emotionally just as I set out to do. Currently, I plan to pursue a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAshley Hanson – Be the change you wish to see

Liz Miedema – Worried you won’t sell anything? It happened to me.

Liz Miedema – Grand Valley State University I learned so much that summer about myself and the power that I had within me to do things I didn’t think were possible. I gained confidence in myself and felt valued by the people I worked with. I discovered that it didn’t matter how much I sold or how I did, they … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageLiz Miedema – Worried you won’t sell anything? It happened to me.

Robyn Lee – The simple formula

Robyn Lee – UCLA When I sat in my information session on campus, I thought I had Southwestern Advantage figured out. I was a big skeptic of the program at UCLA, but I was a sophomore in school, with summer school and working for my parents’ small businesses being the only things on my resume. It was a wonder that … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageRobyn Lee – The simple formula

Heather Miedema – A High School Senior Takes on a Southwestern Internship

Heather Miedema – Grand Valley State University I heard about the Southwestern Internship when I was a Sr. in High School. My cousin had just finished working her first summer in Minnesota and she told me about it. But it wasn’t just the things she told me about the job that caught my attention, I noticed that she was a … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageHeather Miedema – A High School Senior Takes on a Southwestern Internship

Sean Barry – Worth the sacrifice

Sean Barry – Miami University The summer of 2011 will be my fifth summer working in the Southwestern Advantage summer sales and leadership program.  I graduated from Miami University in 2009 with a degree in architecture and a minor in entrepreneurship.  I first heard about Southwestern when I was a sophomore on campus, living in a fraternity house (Beta Theta … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageSean Barry – Worth the sacrifice

Alena Arendt – Small town Nebraska girl meets the suburbs of Philadelphia

Alena Arendt – Sioux City, Iowa I remember the first time I heard about the Southwestern Advantage program – I was about 12 years old.  I didn’t have the traditional “book kid” experience that most get – as my dad and four of my aunts and uncles have all taken to the Bookfield.  Honestly, I didn’t know much about it, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAlena Arendt – Small town Nebraska girl meets the suburbs of Philadelphia

Jake Hoffberg – Being my own boss

Jake Hoffberg – Indiana University It was my Junior year at Indiana University. I had already committed to working in New York at the Young and Rubicam advertising firm working of the Colgate Global Account. I thought my summer in NYC would be everything I had dreamed. Internship in my field of interest, big city atmosphere, and away from being bored … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageJake Hoffberg – Being my own boss

Pete Burgess – An international perspective

Pete Burgess – University of Glasgow I graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Law and German. Since graduation, I’ve now been working full time with Southwestern Advantage and can honestly say I’m having the time of my life. I’d only just started university when I heard about the program in November 2006. Alasdair Marshall, who became … Read More

Southwestern AdvantagePete Burgess – An international perspective

Ashley Zandbergen – Growth and perspective

Ashley Zandbergen – Grand Valley State University My recruitment was a little unorthodox . I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage when my twin sister first participated. I thought she was crazy at first when she said she would be moving to Minnesota for the entire summer to sell books to families! Then, as she was telling me about it, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAshley Zandbergen – Growth and perspective

Matt Baumgartner – A shy kid breaks out

Matt Baumgartner – University of Maryland I heard about Southwestern Advantage at the University of Maryland.  I grew up in an over-protective environment.  Part of this was due to my parents, but part of it was also self-imposed.  I was definitely the quiet/shy kid, never quite fitting in nor able to get comfortable.  I had always gotten straight A’s, but … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageMatt Baumgartner – A shy kid breaks out

Danielle Roos – Extraordinarily difficult, extraordinarily rewarding

Danielle Roos – Dordt College I was a sophomore at Dordt College when I first heard about Southwestern Advantage. A girl I knew, Jessi Rieken, mentioned to me that she had a job the past summer where she had made $10,000. I was immediately intrigued, as I had to pay my own way through private college and had made, let … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageDanielle Roos – Extraordinarily difficult, extraordinarily rewarding

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