Fairfield County College Students Talk About Exploring Their Interests on Their Way to Careers

 

Photography by: CHICHI UBIÑA

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Elizabeth Growney

Where are you from?

I’m from New Canaan, Connecticut.

Where did you go to high school?

I went to New Canaan Country School from Pre-K through 9th grade, then I went to Deerfield Academy- it’s a boarding school in western Massachusetts.

Where do you go to college?

I’m going into my sophomore year at Bowdoin College. I play on the field hockey and lacrosse teams there.

What are you studying?

I haven’t declared a major yet, but I’m leaning towards Economics.

Where are you interning?

I’m interning at Stirling Mills Interior Design. The office is located in New Canaan.

What does your job entail?

The best part about this job is that everyday is different and brings on a new, exciting experience. One project of mine for the summer is to explore new styles, designers, and artists so that we are always on top of popular trends. I get to lend an extra hand with the installations of houses by putting together fabrics and pieces of furniture to complete a room. On the accounting side, I help with creating estimates for the clients and organizing invoices for them as well. I also help out with the media side, which includes updating the website and social media sites.

What are the hours?

I work Monday through Friday, 9:30am-4pm.

What’s the dress code?

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The dress code isn’t strict, but I want to definitely look presentable in case we have to visit a client’s house. I usually choose to wear a dress or skirt and a blouse.

What inspired you to take this internship?

I’ve always had a great interest in interior design and have wanted to delve deeper and learn more about it. Our house had been under construction until the beginning of this spring and I pretty much served as the second opinion before my parents made final decisions on designing our house. It was so much fun designing my own room, and I continue to help my parents keep up with the latest trends and popular styles. With this internship, I get to explore the more artistic side of me, which I’ve never had the chance to do before.

What has been a fun perk, or has surprised you, about this internship?

I have absolutely LOVED getting to know the other women who I work with at Stirling Mills. There’s never a dull moment when working in the office and everyday is so much fun. I also took a day to visit The Decoration and Design Building (The D&D) in New York City and Studio Four and got to explore all of the 18 floors of beautiful fabrics, wallpaper, and amazing furniture. 

What’s your biggest take-away from this internship/the most valuable lesson you’ve learned? 

My biggest take-away is learning how to work with other people in a different type of collaborative way than I’ve experienced in college. It’s very valuable for when I enter the working world. 

What will you be doing in 20 years? 

I hope that I will be involved in the interior design industry in the future. This summer was great exposure, and I definitely want to continue it. 

How are you going to get there?

I believe that having a good work ethic and being confident in yourself will always go a long way in finding out what you’re truly passionate about. I hope that I’ll continue to work with such dedicated individuals in the interior design industry in the next couple of years, and then see where life takes me!!

 

 

 

John Stephenson

Where are you from?

Greenwich, CT

Where did you go to high school?

Brunswick

Where do you go to college?

Georgetown

What are you studying?

Majoring in Government with a Minor in Economics

Where are you interning?

DDCD Partners, an advertising firm

What does your job entail?

My job was to provide a weekly update on talent, find film festivals across the country, and provide an update on the US yogurt market and share potential areas of opportunity for our client, which I presented to my bosses at the end of the summer

What are the hours?

9:30-6:00

What’s the dress code?

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Casual, but neat

What inspired you to take this internship?

I worked last summer as a laborer in New York City, which was an awesome experience, but going into this summer I thought that if I was lucky enough to work in a corporate environment I would take it. In addition, I have always been fascinated with marketing and advertising; because, as a consumer, I see so many ads on a day-to-day basis, I was really looking forward to seeing exactly how marketers think and operate when they are trying to promote a product.

What has been a fun perk, or has surprised you, about this internship?

I think the amount of trust that my boss’s put in me. Going into the internship I thought I was just going to be getting coffee and all the classic intern duties. I mean- don’t get me wrong -I did do those things, but they also really valued my opinion and really felt like I was apart of their team rather than just yet another intern.

What’s your biggest take-away from this internship/the most valuable lesson you’ve learned? 

Responding to emails. Like I said above, I thought I was just going to be another intern doing intern duties, so I did not pay as close attention to what I was being emailed. But one day my boss’s boss told me, in the politest way, I was being lackluster in my effort to keep on top of my emails, and I needed to do a better job starting now. It was a very big wake up call, but I am glad that I made that mistake around the great people I was working with rather than down road with someone who would not be as gracious.

What will you be doing in 20 years?

Something that I love

How are you going to get there?

Combination of working hard and a little bit of luck

 

 

 

2017-7-31 Growney, Elizabeth6136Hannah Casey

Where are you from?

New Canaan, CT

Where did you go to high school?

I went to New Canaan Country School Pre-K-9, and then Greenwich Academy 10-12.

Where do you go to college?

Middlebury College in Vermont

What are you studying?

I haven’t fully declared my major yet, but I am thinking sociology.

Where are you interning?

Fairfield County Look!

What does your job entail?

My job entailed a lot of different things. I helped with social media, organized supplies for our LOOK VIP tent at Greenwich Polo, assisted photographers, distributed magazines and polo flyers around town, and helped with basic organizational needs, such as contacts for the magazine.

What are the hours?

During a normal week it was about 10-4, some shorter and some longer, and on Sunday’s I helped with the Greenwich LOOK VIP Tent at Greenwich polo.

What’s the dress code?

I would say the dress code was business casual. I like to look put together every day, but nothing too fancy!

What inspired you to take this internship?

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My dad has worked in the magazine industry for most of his career, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps. I thought Fairfield County Look would be a great starting place to have exposure.

What has been a fun perk, or has surprised you, about this internship?

I think the greatest thing about my internship is that since the magazine is small, I have been exposed to everything that goes on behind the scenes and what takes place daily.

What’s your biggest take-away from this internship/the most valuable lesson you’ve learned? 

My biggest take-away from this internship has been the importance of being willing to do really anything. I have learned so much in only one summer not only about magazines but about myself and what I am good at/struggle with because I did a variety of things.

What will you be doing in 20 years?

I want to pursue a career in the magazine industry. Fashion is a particular interest of mine.

How are you going to get there?

I am hoping to get more exposure through the magazine industry as well as PR internships and work hard and try new things!

 

 

 

2017-8-1 Womble, Matt6928Matthew C. Womble Jr.

Where are you from?

I am from Greenwich, Connecticut.

Where did you go to high school?

I went to Brunswick School from first grade through twelfth grade. I graduated in March of this year.

Where do you go to college?

I am starting my first year at Dartmouth this fall.

What are you studying?

I am interested in studying environmental engineering, while also pursuing a minor in filmmaking or some sort of other art.

Where are you interning?

I interned this summer at The Nantucket Project.

 What does your job entail?

My time there was mostly split between the media lab and sales. I shot and edited videos, organized photos, created sales decks, and attended several meetings. Of course, I also did some more typical intern work as well, like watering the plants, scanning documents, and dropping things off at FedEx.

What are the hours?

The hours were 9am-3pm on Monday through Friday.

What’s the dress code?

The whole office had a very start-up-like vibe (meaning it was casual and fun), so the dress code was pretty casual but also professional. Most days, depending on the weather, I would wear jeans or khaki shorts with a polo or a nice t-shirt.

What inspired you to take this internship?

I stumbled upon this internship out of sheer chance. Back in November, my mom asked if I would like to go with her to the TNP library in Greenwich to hear a woman speak about her experience growing up homeless before going on to attend Harvard University. It happened to be on a night that I had little to no homework, and the woman’s story sounded incredible, so I asked my friend Marc if he would like to join me and go. He accepted, and we both went. Afterwards, my friend and I decided to check out the TNP office because it was so cool and non-traditional. As we were wandering around upstairs, we heard a voice from one of the corner offices call us over. It was Tom Scott, the co-founder of The Nantucket Project. We ended up talking with him for over an hour that night about a variety of topics, everything from global warming to drug addiction in America’s heartland. During our time in his office, a young lady walked in to say good-bye to him. Tom introduced us to her, and her name was Jenelle. She was the COO of The Nantucket Project. After she learned that we were seniors at Brunswick, she told us that we should apply for their internship program that summer. I was so impressed by both Tom and Jenelle, that I went home that night knowing where I wanted to intern that summer. And as they say, the rest is history.

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What has been a fun perk, or has surprised you, about this internship?

A few fun perks came out of the TNP office’s close proximity to both my house and Greenwich Avenue. First off, being on Mason Street, right next to Greenwich Avenue, meant that for lunch I had a seemingly endless array of food options. Being only a stones throw away from Pasta Vera, Aux Delices, Granola Bar, and Chipotle (just to name a few), meant that pretty much every day we were eating good, healthy food. The office was also only about two miles from my house, which meant that I could ride my boosted board (electric skateboard) to work on most day’s. My fellow intern, Marc, also lived nearby, so almost every day he would either bike with me or we would carpool to work.

What’s your biggest take-away from this internship/the most important lesson you learned?

The Nantucket Project’s newest endeavor that they will be rolling out this fall is a series called “TNP Conversations.” It gives its participants the chance to temporarily remove themselves from all the noise going on around their lives and simply have a conversation. What we have lost in today’s “age of technology” is the ability to interact on a personal level with one another. TNP Conversations lets people disconnect from the technology that dictates so much of their lives and confide in a group of diverse strangers their ideas, fears, problems, and opinions. Having participated in a TNP Conversation myself, I realized how much we have lost touch with our ability to interact face to face with one another. So one of my biggest take-aways from being involved with The Nantucket Project this summer, was that I need to take more time to remove myself from the technology in my life and practice the important skill of conversing and connecting with people.

What will you be doing in 20 years?

At Dartmouth I plan on studying environmental engineering, so I hope to make a career out of creating sustainable alternatives to the human activities that are damaging our environment. This could mean working for a large corporation like GE, Tesla, or Intel, all of which are at the forefront of this field, or starting my own business with a similar approach of helping to aid the transition of our world to a more sustainable future.

How are you going to get there?

You’ll have to wait and see.

 

 

 

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2017-8-4 West, Alexandra7937Alexandra West

Where are you from?

Greenwich, CT

Where did you go to high school?

Greenwich Academy

Where do you go to college?

University of Southern California, and I went to the American University of Paris for my freshman year.

What are you studying?

Communication

Where are you interning?

At the Chanel Corporate office in New York City.

What does your job entail?

It involves tasks such as completing competitor analysis, coordinating events, compiling sales results into statistical data, creating and sending shipments, and helping distribute marketing materials.

What are the hours?

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What is the dress code?

Business casual

What inspired you to take this internship?

Besides the fact that Chanel is a well-respected company, I wanted to challenge myself as my USC graduation approaches. I wanted the challenge, the high standards and the energy that a company like Chanel possesses. It is important for me to surround myself with people who can teach me initiative and how to be a leader, and that’s just what it did.

What has been a fun perk, or has surprised you, about this internship?

There is an employee store filled with fragrance and beauty. I think I went at least three times a week because the prices were unbelievable. The office was extremely beautiful as well, and the gift bag I got at the end wasn’t too bad either.

What’s your biggest take-away from this internship/the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?

This internship taught me the importance of detail and the value of taking your own initiative while using every resource available. The people who were not afraid to be tough on me were the ones who motivated me to do better and those were the people who taught me the worth of hard work, and how important it is to go above and beyond. I couldn’t have been more appreciative for those who had high expectations for each task I was given because that made me never settle for less.

What will you be doing in 20 years?

It is hard to say what I will be doing in one year let alone 20; but one thing is for sure, and that is I want to be entrepreneurial at some point in my life. Before that, I need to gain experience and be a part of a team where I can use my skills and contribute my relevant knowledge while meeting the right people along the way. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up at Chanel again.

How are you going to get there?

I will get there by working hard every day, being open-minded, and challenging myself so I can grow into the leader I want to be.