U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The 2011  U.S. Figure Skating National Championships were held in Greensboro, NC this week and I was able to watch the senior ladies free skate on Saturday, January 29th. Here are some photos I took from the performance:

Kristiene Gong

Kristiene Gong

Alexe Gilles

Alexe Gilles

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner

Alissa Czisny

Alissa Czisny

Mirai Nagasu

Mirai Nagasu

Rachael Flatt

Rachael Flatt

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Completed my Wintern Experience in Admissions

I have completed my internship in the Office of Admissions and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am grateful for the opportunity to gain an inside look at the Admissions Office and during the three weeks I  was able to learn a lot about my personal work style and myself. As part of the internship, the group of four interns had several assignments to complete.  These projects included evaluating and analyzing publications sent out by the Admission Office, looking at the Admissions website from the view of a  perspective student, and evaluating the campus visit information session.

While critiquing  publications I was able to use my knowledge from corporate publishing to evaluate the design elements and formatting. In addition to design, I looked at the quality of photos, text, and organization. The interns presented our findings to the staff, dean and vice president and I look forward to seeing how our suggestions will be used in the reprint of publications.

The website was a beast to take on. Another intern worked on creating a site map so the staff could see the number of links and information cross-over. I focused mainly on the text and trying to condense information.

As for the campus visit information sessions – we sat in on several admissions counselors giving presentations, using the video and Prezi. Because the admissions office is creating a new video this year, we interns focused on giving our feedback about what to keep in the video, keep in the Prezi and what to discuss in both.  We also looked at the counselor’s presentation of the Prezi to make them aware of inconsistencies and what changes could be made in the formatting of the presentation.

Throughout the internship, we also had various opportunities for public speaking. I was able to speak to large crowds of students and families who had a mix of interest in Elon, as well as small groups who were visiting the University campus, and we also presented to various Admissions staff members.

I enjoyed answering perspective students and families’ questions about my Elon experiences and life as a student at Elon.  I was able to use my quick-thinking skills from Strategic Writing, where we simulated a news conference. I also used my Public Speaking knowledge on projecting my voice, demonstrating my passion, projecting my voice and making eye-contact. Throughout the 3 weeks I became very familiar speaking in front of people and being part of a presentation with faculty, admissions staff and alumni.

Overall, this internship has given me insight into the life of an admissions counselor and has improved my skills in public speaking, working as part of a team and critical thinking.

Winter Intern in the Office of Admissions

At Elon University we have a thing called “winter term” where in the month of January students have the opportunity to study abroad, intern, or take 1 class.

This winter term I am one of four students interning in the Admissions Office.  We work in four areas of the office – hospitality nights, campus visits, records department and event organization.

This weekend I traveled to D.C. and King of Prussia with admissions staff and faculty members to present the Elon student viewpoint, talk with prospective students and parents and answer questions.

For campus visits, the interns review the counselor group sessions and accompany counselors in meetings with prospective students and families.

We have learned about the communications management component and learn the process of assembling a file and admissions decision-making.  We have also reviewed the website and publications and will present our ideas for improvement to staff members later on.

We also assist in planning aspects of various admissions events.

I have been interested in working as an admissions counselor since my freshmen year and I have enjoyed learning more about the workings of the office.

Reflection on 2010 and Looking Ahead to 2011

Highlights of  2010:

  • studied abroad in Copenhagen – traveled to London, Sweden, Norway, Germany
  • worked in press office of governor
  • went to Nashville with North Raleigh United Methodist youth group on mission trip
  • started senior year at Elon
  • interned at RLF Communications
  • walked 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  • joined PRSSA and attended 2 professional conferences

What is to Come in 2011:
•intern in Admissions office
•run Disney half marathon
•go to Taize, France to live in a monastery for a week
•graduate from Elon University
•Linley’s wedding
•travel Italy for a week
•starting life as an independent young professional!

2011 New Years Resolutions:
•maintain work out routine
•find a job
•move out of parents house
•spend more time with God everyday
•volunteer consistently
•take a spur-of-the-moment road trip with a friend.
• take a class for fun like photography, or cake decorating
•read 1 book each month