Meet Catherine Weiser, one of our United Way summer marketing interns. She shares her thoughts on skill development throughout life and how it leads to making things happen – like internships!
Bows, pearls, socials and Lilly Pulitzer. This is the image most people have when they think of someone involved in college Greek life. While some of that is true, there is so much more Greek life has to offer. Through the process of obtaining an internship I’ve realized just how much Greek life has given to me.
Hi, my name is Catherine Weiser and I’m one of two marketing interns here at the United Way of the Greater Triangle. I grew up in Chapel Hill but now attend Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. I’m a rising senior majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations, and I’m very involved with my sorority at school, Kappa Delta. I’m so excited to be writing my very first blog!
This past spring I was searching for a summer internship and sent out dozens of copies of my resume hoping to get a response from at least a few of the companies. I was fortunate enough to interview with United Way of the Greater Triangle, an organization I’d heard of but didn’t know a lot about. I soon realized that UWGT holds very similar ideals and values to those of my sorority. They believe in impacting the community around them and inspiring people to make a difference.
It really hit me during my interview, when I talked about my leadership experience, just how much I have gained from being in Greek life and how much I can relate to what United Way of the Greater Triangle does. Being Vice President of Member Education in my sorority has taught me tha,t no matter how much you may plan, things don’t always go your way and that you have to look at the big picture; you have to keep things in perspective. I learned how to be a better leader and a better listener through teaching the new members and educating the rest of my chapter. The biggest lesson I learned is that I don’t have to do everything myself and that it’s okay to ask for help sometimes.
When you volunteer it may be easy to just think about yourself, and the time you are giving up. However, maybe thinking about the big picture and having some perspective of the people you are helping can change your attitude and inspire you to do more. Maybe your positive experience the first time you volunteer will encourage you to take on a bigger role the next time you volunteer. And just maybe you will notice that it’s okay to ask other people to help you, ask them to be a part of the team and ask them to help make a difference. This semester I learned these lessons are not just for my time in college, I can use these lessons in my internship here at UWGT. I can even apply these lessons to volunteering and giving back.
Since becoming involved with my sorority during my freshman year of college, I’ve always encouraged people to get involved. Now that I’ve seen how United Way of the Greater Triangle impacts the community, I encourage all of you to get involved. So join a new organization you have an interest in, or come be a volunteer for United Way’s Day of Action on June 21 (http://unitedwaytriangle.galaxydigital.com/), grab a group of friends and make a difference. Volunteer wherever you can and don’t be afraid to step up to a leadership role. You just may learn a thing or two about yourself in the process. I sure did.