Meet Intern Stacey

Welcome our new marketing intern Stacey. She joins us for the next few months while finishing up her last semester of college at the University of Mary. Today is her first blog entry and she is going to tell you about her education path and decision to transfer to a North Dakota University.

StaceyHello all, my name is Stacey and I am currently a marketing intern at the ND Dept. of Commerce in Bismarck, ND. I am a senior at the University of Mary, majoring in Business Communication with a minor in Public Relations. For all of you out there who may be searching for a college or are a college student looking for something more in their education, this is for you. I would like to share with all of you my journey after high school and my search for something better in my education. This may hit home for some of you, for others it may not. If there is only one thing you take away from my story it’s to never give up in pursuing your dreams, life is far too short to waste being unsatisfied or unhappy, so follow your heart and give it all you’ve got!

My journey began after high school graduation when I started college at a University near my hometown, which I attended for 2 years. My major was Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting and my minor was General Business. Later on down the line I began to fall out of love with my area of study, I wanted something more, something better. I was sick of being just a number somewhere between one and 12 thousand or so. That’s when I started to search for other alternatives and when it all changed. I looked online, met with other schools in the area, took multiple career assessments to find out what else I would be good at, and even contemplated taking a year off to re-assess my life and my thoughts. I searched day and night to try and figure out what else I could do that would still somewhat combine my already declared major and minor.

One of my good friends at school happened to be from Bismarck, North Dakota, and I found myself going home with her quite a bit. I began to realize that when it came time to pack everything up and head back to school, I never wanted to leave. After a few times of visiting the Bismarck area, I stumbled across the University of Mary. I took some time to look into what it was all about and what programs they offered. Low and behold I came across the perfect major, Business Communication. After meeting with plenty of people from the University of Mary and finding out more information on that specific major and what I would have to do in order to complete my degree, the shoe fit! I got this feeling throughout my body and I knew this was exactly what I had been searching for all along, so I went for it.  I applied, was accepted, and moved. My family and friends thought I was making a mistake and should just stay in the program I was already in. However, I knew what I wanted at heart and went after it.

I have worked very hard to get where I am today and believe me, it was not easy. I was thrown into many difficult situations, have had to make life changing decisions, made plenty of mistakes, and have taken many detours to reach this point, but it was well worth it. At the University of Mary, I am actually a student, not just a number. I have a name and am an actual person to my professors. I learned that even though I am just one person, I can make a difference. That was something that I had never experienced before at my previous school. The professors care about my success and would do anything to help me get where it was that I wanted to go. I am always given opportunities to redo and fix anything that needed to be. They sincerely are there to help, guide, and teach me along the way. I always learn from my mistakes and luckily have always been able to correct the majority, and that to me is what real learning is all about.

Now, I have finally made it to my final semester of college and couldn’t be more proud of myself and my accomplishments. The feeling of true happiness is by far the best feeling I have ever had! As I stated in the beginning, I now am working hard as a full-time marketing intern for the ND. Dept. of Commerce and I love it! I really feel so blessed and extremely lucky to have gotten this position. I couldn’t have asked for anything more! I am all of two weeks in and already know it’s going to be so hard to leave come April. I am working with the best people and my opportunities here are endless and the experiences I am going to gain will help me walk out of here with the confidence, determination, and motivation to do great things and now I have the opportunity to give back and be great to North Dakota by working at Commerce! So, North Dakota has been great to me and for me, the opportunities I have here are endless and I know now more than ever that even throughout all the difficult times along the way, I have made it to a great place and will never look back. North Dakota is the place I was able to find myself and achieve many things beyond what I could have ever imagined, and for that I am forever thankful!

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