…had to insert that Star Wars reference!
This past weekend was Spring Alumni weekend at YCP. Events included a golf outing, downtown bar crawl and campus carnival. I was able to participate in the 6th annual Downtown Crawl yesterday and it was such a great time at Cobblestones and White Rose. It was great seeing old faces and I even got to talk to alumns from 1986 at Murphs on their time here at the college. I’m definitely looking forward to coming back next year as an alumn!
Today, I was able to hangout with some great people at the RA Banquet and, after getting lost, made it to the SpartaNation BBQ! Its been a fantastic semester with the YCP Road Crew and its something I will never forget. I can’t believe its all over and that I will be walking that stage in 13 days. I really don’t want to leave this place I called home for the past 4 years.
It’s been a busy past couple of days since coming back to York. I got to meet great alumni and friends at the SpartaNation networking event in NYC, saw my family for Passover and went to Six Flags to see Jason Derulo in concert. Back on campus, I received the Student Senate Service Award today, which made me really reflect on all the hard work I put into my time here as a student and my future. Speaking of future, I have fully accepted my position as a professional intern with Disney’s Sales & Travel PR department and paid my deposit for my first apartment. Yet, it still hasn’t hit me that it’s really down to the wire. This is, after all, the last full week of classes that will ever have. Crazy!
(Pictured is Sandy Setter, fellow YCP Road Crew member, and I showing our Student Senate Service Awards)
So this past Wednesday, SpartaNation reunited in NYC for the final alumni networking event. I couldn’t have asked a better family to travel around different cities with to network with our awesome alumni. This day will always be a memory for a big reason, not just because I was able to show the crew around my city, but because……I GOT MY DREAM JOB!
I was in Bryant Park with a few members of the YCP Road Crew in midtown when I received a phone call from Disney recruiting in Los Angeles. They offered me the Sales and Travel Operations (SATO) Public Relations position and I will be moving to Florida in June! It makes me so happy that my internship experiences and participating in the Disney College Program actually paid off! While this is a Professional Internship and not a full-time job, it will give me the experience I need to succeed after college and hopefully move up in the company in the future. This has been such an incredibly rewarding break that I am now excited to head back to York with this huge weight off my shoulders; 4 weeks ‘til graduation!
These past two days have been very busy for me. Yesterday I had my interview for Disney’s Sales and Travel Public Relations team. I will know by early next week if I got the position! Last night, PRSSA held our annual Take Back the Night event, which brings awareness of sexual and domestic violence in our nation. It was a very moving event and a successful one!
The biggest thing that happened to me the past two days is pictured below. If picking up my cap and gown today didn’t hit me that I am graduating soon, then it probably will when I walk across that stage! Seeing my fellow seniors this morning line up at the bookstore (mainly for that limited cool glass/beer mug) made me realize I only have a few weeks to make the best of my time here!
This weekend has been very inspirational in so many ways. Friday, I received a phone call from Disney to interview for their Sales and Travel Public Relations position on Tuesday! I really hope that good things will come in the days ahead. I also went to First Friday in Downtown York; got to explore MarketView Arts and Maewyns, which was a ton of fun!
Saturday I attended the Alumni Leadership Conference, where I learned about what the college is doing to further connect with our alumni. It inspired me to continue doing my best to stay connected with York College once I graduate. Sessions included speakers, workshops and discussions on ways in which we can get more alumni to become involved. As graduation nears in a few weeks, it’s nice to know that I will be joining a group of over 30,000 alumns of York College and can continue giving back to the place that gave me so much.
It’s finally April, which means next month I graduate (scary, I know). This week I took advantage of meeting with my advisor and the hospitality management director at York. Through both of them, I was able to reach out to new contacts on possible job leads back home in New York. As my advisor put it, “it’s still early.” I really cannot thank my professors and my internship advisors enough for helping me out with finding a career. This is just one of the reasons why I am really going to miss YCP. Hopefully some good news to come in the coming days.
P.S….2 weeks until #SpartaNation #YCPRoadCrew invades NYC!
What a great day (minus the rainy weather). We welcomed over 600 new students to Accepted Students Day and I was able to be in the middle of everything! Students attended information sessions based on their major, while parents explored other sessions. After sessions, families attended the student activities fair, where over 60 clubs, a photo booth and live music welcomed our new Spartans! Today really made me flashback 4 years ago to when I came to what was then New Student Day, talk about feeling old…..
I got to sit in on the Hospitality Management session, speak to new students about York and tell them why I decided to come here. While interviewing parents and students, both admitted that they loved the college for its cost, facilities, small classes and friendliness of the students and staff. Makes me think how crazy it is that we are about to welcome the class of 2018 to YCP! Times does fly…..
Today has definitely been one of the highlights of my last semester here. Started out this morning with my phone interview for the Management Recreation position with Disney and I think I did really well! Hopefully will know by April 15. It was three panelists, one being my manager from Blizzard Beach, and it was very focused on leadership. I am still in the running for my other public relations positions with the company as well.
Fast forward to the evening, I reunited with my fellow YCP Road Crew members at the college president’s house. I am so honored to have been chosen to be part of such a great group of friends on campus that I consider them my family. Dr. G-S’ hospitality was phenomenal and we reminisced about all the good times we had on our road trips. Little things like today made me realize why I chose to come here 4 years ago. There is no other college that makes you feel like family. I will honestly miss the little things like this.
As part of my internship with York’s Office of Communications, I have interviewed many faculty, students and alumni across campus. This past week, I was able to interview two students for the upcoming magazine and one theme was common: they were both very involved on campus and reflected upon it.
So I hold this question to current and incoming students: what will you reflect back on when you graduate college? Getting involved allows you to network and meet people that will be a big influence on your time here. Being involved on campus has given me numerous connections, which has helped me when looking for contacts to write about for the next magazine and feature story. Looking back, I am glad I made a difference and am looking forward to seeing new leaders emerge on this campus when I return!
This week has been an up and down rollercoaster when it comes to deciding on my future in 2 months. I have been applying to numerous public relations firms back home in New York City, as well as focusing on my upcoming management interview with Disney.
I had two career insights this week. One was a conversation with Dr. Hughes, the Director of Hospitality Management here at York College about the opportunities I have at home in New York vs. Florida. He gave me some great ideas on what I need to do and that it was great that I have the experience of hospitality and public relations under my belt. The other was Dr. Snell, the Superintendent of the Central York School District. He came in to talk to all of us RAs about how to go into an interview, practicing a 30 second elevator speech and how personality is important to succeed in an interview. Both of these experiences taught me that I have to start stepping up my game and preparing for this professional world that I will soon be entering.