Coming into college, I was like most students. I wasn’t sure how to get involved, I was a little nervous, and a whole lot of confused. Through an alumnus of the University, I heard about The Schey during my spring semester of my freshman year. He told me how competitive it was and how beneficial it is to your career if you are wanting to do something with sales. I looked up The Schey and realized that interviews had already happened. From that point on, I made it my goal to apply and be accepted in the fall.
Fall semester came around and I was excited. Not only was it a new year with new opportunities, but it was finally time to apply to the Sales Centre. I had been eagerly waiting for an opportunity like this for as long as I had been waiting to build my professional career! I sent in my application extremely early, so I had a while until it became time for phone calls, dinner, and the big interview. Time goes by, I turn in my DARS, make a phone call to The Schey about why I want to be a part of it, and I wait for the dinner. All around campus, I hear people talking about applying. I start to get nervous of how many people are going to be applying for the same opportunity I am in an organization that has such a low acceptance rate. Finally, the dinner comes around. Adam Rapp gets up and has more energy than anyone I’ve ever seen and I am instantly excited for what is coming. Then, he proceeds to tell us that they hit a record number of 376 applicants for that semester. I was shocked. Not only was I excited, but now I was more nervous than I had ever been knowing that only about 100 of those 376 people were going to get a chance to be a part of the best organization on campus.
My interview came around and boy was I nervous. I sat down with my interviewer and the employer who accompanied him, and I answered each question as best as I could. I laid everything I could out on the table. Leaving the interview, I felt good. I thought that I really had a chance to get in. I went home for the weekend and awaited the Saturday morning email that either confirmed or denied my feelings. Unfortunately, Saturday came around and I found out that I was not chosen to be a part of the Schey for that semester. I was down, but I decided to look at the positive side of everything. I applied. I attempted to do something that was out of my comfort zone and that made me nervous. I took the next steps and set up a meeting with the faculty to discuss my interview and figure out what I could do better next time. I wasn’t taking no for an answer. Spring semester of 2017 was my time.
January comes around and I send my application in before it is even the start of the semester. I was determined. I had done my research, fixed up my resume, connected with alumni, and done everything I could to prepare myself. The time comes to go back to the dinner and I am just as nervous as I was the first time. I am happy to see that there aren’t as many people there this time around, but there were still a lot. We walked around and talked to members of The Schey and I was asking everything I could to be prepared for my interview. I even got the chance to sit at Rapp’s table for one of the rounds and tell him how impressed I was with his speeches. Finally, the dinner is over and I go home to prepare my answers for my interview the next day. Thursday afternoon comes around and I am practicing and practicing and finally, I head to Copeland.
I am excited to walk in and see a familiar face, Brandon Skeen. I had gotten the opportunity to talk with him and receive advice from him the night before. I answer all of his questions, I ask questions in return, send my follow-up emails, and I’m feeling great. Sure enough, Saturday morning comes around and I get in! I have never felt so accomplished and been so excited for a new opportunity. Since being accepted into The Sales Centre, I have done everything I can to become involved. Here I am, two weeks in, writing my first blog for the Social Media Team! Although the entire process is nerve-wracking and new to me, I could not be more excited. There seem to be so many great people and opportunities to gain in this organization and now I fully understand why it is the best on campus. My setback with not getting in the first time only made me push harder, and I’m so glad it did. I am thankful to say I am a part of The Schey, and that this is hopefully only the beginning.