I had the opportunity to sit down with SEAL manager Sara Molnar, and talk to her about her experience on SEAL, her new-found love for event planning, and how getting involved can help students’ futures! Sara is a fifth year senior, double majoring in history and special education. Last year, Sara was an entertainment intern for SEAL, Student Entertainment Awareness League, and this year she is the manager.
‘I actually heard about SEAL when I was a sophomore,’ Sara says.’I was working on event crew, and Melissa Grosso was my boss, so we worked pretty closely with SEAL and we went through the same training program, so that’s when I first really knew what it was.’
Sara really enjoyed what she did with the event crew, but it was solely staffing and working the events, and she wanted to do more. Her being on the event crew helped her make a smooth transition to entertainment intern her first year on SEAL.
‘Melissa [Grosso] actually reached out to me and asked me, ‘Have you ever thought about applying for SEAL?’ and I hadn’t really, so her asking if I’d thought about it got me to think about it. I thought it would be a lot of fun to put on your own events for campus.’
Although she wasn’t interested in getting into the event planning field last year, she can definitely see herself being an event planner in the future, and she has SEAL to thank for that!
‘Being on SEAL has definitely opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Not only has it taught me a lot about a potential new career choice that I want to go into, but it’s also allowed me to really grow professionally. When I was on the entertainment team, we had to reach out to the artists and agents, really got me to learn how to communicate with people, more than I had to in the past. Also I think it really showed me what this campus has to offer and how you can give back to the campus by hosting events for students.’
One of the biggest things Sara has learned from being on SEAL is time management and understanding how strict deadlines are, especially in the event planning field.
‘We [the SEAL interns] would be given four or five events per semester, and the event would be set the semester before, so you couldn’t change the date. You had to have everything done by that date. In the classroom, yes, you have to follow a deadline, but sometimes they can be a little more lenient. When an event is coming and you haven’t done anything for it, it can totally flop. You really need to manage your time and prioritize, which is something that I’m still learning. You need to prioritize, what’s most important, what should I get done when.’
SEAL does not only deal with event planning, though. They focus on marketing, promotions, public relations, social media, and mainly bringing an event up from nothing.
Having an internship is great for networking, and connecting with Career & Leadership Staff and interns is extremely beneficial when it’s time to enter the workforce.
‘When you need something so small like a letter of recommendation, and if you don’t have those experiences, you have no one to help you. Networking and being able to get yourself out there and making a name for yourself now makes your future better. Who knows what kind of opportunities they can provide. Having those resources will help you for the future.’
Sara’s last piece of advice? ‘Get involved. It’s really important, especially when you’re younger, because then you have the opportunity to get bigger positions when you get older.’
Are you interested in being on SEAL? They are hiring for the spring semester! Apply here by November 11!
Photos by UWW Career.