March Cover Model Winner

Congratulations to our UW-W Career Cover Model winner for the month of March, senior Kelsey Ostby!

Kelsey Ostby

Kelsey is double majoring in Public Relations and Journalism. She was an intern with the Wisconsin Farm Report during the summer of 2012. Read all about her experience below!

I had an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most successful female broadcasters in the Midwest over the summer, and have just recently accepted a full-time job with the Wisconsin Farm Report beginning in June 2013. Currently, I am working part-time from Whitewater, doing website and social media updates while completing my final semester.

What did you love most about your internship?

I love giving back to some of the hardest working people in the country: farmers and producers. Whether it’s by attending an event, giving the daily market information on the radio, or recognizing a family for their outstanding work in Wisconsin agriculture, I have discovered my passion.

UW-Whitewater has truly set me up for success, and I love that I am able to use the skills I have acquired. I think it’s a rare occurrence to be a senior preparing to graduate with a double major completed in four years, and have a full-time job secured.

What did you learn about yourself through this internship?

After growing up on a dairy farm and being involved in agriculture throughout my childhood, I thought that I wanted to do something different and explore other options in college. I had hoped that I would end up on television reporting from the sidelines of a football game.

Looking back, I realize that I was lucky enough to find what I loved at a young age, and that it never left. I completed numerous internships in the past few years, including working with the UW-Whitewater Marketing and Media Relations office and the UW-Whitewater Sports Information department. While I’ve had great experiences at both, there was always something missing.

When I took the internship with Pam, I knew right away that it was what I wanted to do, but never thought I could get there. So, in retrospect, I have learned to give myself more credit. I also discovered what I am good at, and what skills I can sharpen during my last semester.

What advice would you give students about the job/internship process?

The best advice I can give other students is to apply for internships and jobs early and often. I took my first internship the summer after my sophomore year, and it was the best decision I made. Most of my classmates thought internships were something you worry about after your junior year, and I think it’s the exact opposite. As a college student, your main priority should be setting yourself up for a great career. The best way to do that is to get as much experience as possible so you know what you like and dislike.

Also, take every opportunity offered if possible, paid or unpaid. I had some of the best experiences from my first, unpaid internship. There is no such thing as a “bad” opportunity.

Would YOU like to be a Cover Model winner? You can fill out the contest application and send it to MediaCLD@uww.edu!

Photo by UWW Career.

Valentines Day Cover Model Winner

Congratulations to our UW-W Career Cover Model winner for the month of February, junior Accounting major Dong Hoon Lee!

Donghoon Lee

After serving in the Air Force for two years, Dong was an English elementary school teacher in Seoul, South Korea. What an awesome experience! Read his interview below.

What did you love most about your job?

The kids! Even though there were times I struggled with teaching and disciplining them, the kids made my experience as a teacher so worthwhile. Everyday interaction with my kids was the best thing about my job. I fell in love with the kids. They were so cute and made me smile even on the toughest days and in situations. Kids are so pure and innocent. If they receive love, they cannot go down the wrong path.

What did you learn about yourself through this job?

One thing I really valued about this experience is that I learned I could be a positive influence to others. Kids looked up to me which made me behave more carefully. They learned from my behaviors. So I had the power to change their lives! It’s just like how I look up to my professors here at UW-W. I have so much respect for the professors or teachers because they are the ones who can impact future generations.

This whole experience gave me a goal to be a professor one day because I also want to impact my students in a positive way in their growth (not only academically, but also personally and in the areas they need help and guidance with).

What advice would you give students about the job/internship process?

My process was a little bit different than what most typical students will go through when they apply for jobs. But one thing I would like to share with my peers is that they should not be afraid of trying things they dream about doing. Dreams can come true! When I have to make a decision, I ask myself this question: “Will I regret it if I didn’t give it a try?” If the answer to the question is “yes”, I go for it without missing a beat. While we are in college, we should go ahead and pursue our dreams. Who knows where it will take you?

Would YOU like to be a Cover Model winner? You can fill out the contest application and send it to MediaCLD@uww.edu!

Photo by UWW Career.