Sorry for not posting in a really long time. If you didn’t know, I was completing my senior level internship back in Walt Disney World for the fall trimester and when I wasn’t working, I was playing in the parks! I’m still writing about it on my other personal blog so if you’d like to hear more about that then head over to: disneybakerdcp.blogspot.com
But, now I’m back at JWU! I’m down to my last two trimesters at JWU…EVER. I don’t really know how this happened, I feel like I was in my freshman labs yesterday. Heck, I was taking my freshman labs in a building that’s not even here anymore. I haven’t taken any labs since my fall trimester of Sophomore year so it’s great to be back and in the kitchens learning. It is weird doing such small batches though! With my 2 Disney internships and my work back home, it’s all mass production using 80 quart mixers and popping out hundreds of things at a time. We used an 8 quart kitchen aid mixer yesterday, weird!
Today was my 2nd days of Wedding Cake Design. I am taking the class with Chef Zielinski who I also had for my Specialty Cakes class my sophomore year. In fact, I still have my gumpaste rose bouquet from that class sitting on my desk at home! I have never made a wedding cake before and it’s cool to think that in a few days time, I’ll be able to change that! I will be designing a country/fall wedding cake and you’ll be joining be on the journey!
I’m also back to living on campus! I am living with 3 of my really good friends at the Harborside Village Apartments. These apartments are a privilege for juniors and seniors. There’s a kitchen, living, room, 4 individual bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms and each bathroom comes with a sink area for each person. My room here is bigger than my room at home, I feel so small! I definitely have LOTS of pictures from my internship to print for my walls!
Stay tuned for more!
I hope you all did well on your finals! I have to tell you, it was a real treat not having to study for final exams this term! So I am loving working on the 2014 Gala here at the American Cancer Society so far! The event is in March so I will be working on it full time throughout my winter internship, and I will also be acting as an intern here a month after the winter term officially ends to see the event through! I have been applying for grants to try to get silent auction prizes as well as money donated to the event. I am also learning how to apply for a raffle license in the state of New Jersey, which is actually a pretty long and tedious process.
The “Tides of Change” Gala is a Casino Night in which we will have 16 games of chance, casino prizes, a silent auction, sit-down dinner, and an open bar. The Gala is $150 a person to attend, plus the cost of casino chips. It is definitely a high end event and I love that I am able to get this experience to learn how to run an event like this from the inside. At the event we will be honoring people from four categories: Corporate Visionary, Young Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, and Volunteer of the year. These people are business leaders in the area making a difference in the American Cancer Society community.
This past Tuesday I attended a meeting with the Board of the 2014 Gala. They are all so welcoming and nice and I cannot wait to get to know them throughout the season. The board consists of business leaders in our community, so I am also taking this opportunity to start networking because you never know where and when an event managing job may open up.
So in my everyday “student” life: My sister is coming home from JWU later tonight, we are having an 80th birthday party for my grandma on Saturday and Sunday, and I will be watching football with my best friend Melissa to unwind and cheer on our teams! I am off of internship next week for Thanksgiving break and will return the following Monday!
Again, best of luck to you all with the term coming to an end! I wish you all the best!
Until next time!
Harborside Blanket Drive
As a Johnson & Wales Wildcat, Community Service is one of the cornerstones of our education and beliefs. We are not a true part of our community unless we can give back to it!
So tonight, each of the Harborside Residence Halls teamed up to make fleece tie blankets to donate to the Sojourner House. Sojourner House is a refuge for domestic violence victims and is well known in Rhode Island for their amazing work.
Our Baking class matched our own croissants up against those of the leading brand. I think they came out pretty well!
I cannot believe that there is only one more week left of the term!
So this week I started my first week with Gala in Distinguished Events for the American Cancer Society! I will continue to work on Gala for the remainder of my time interning here, and I am so excited to learn even more about the event industry.
My new supervisor’s name is Madalaine Rice and she is the Senior Developer of Community Engagement. Since Madalaine’s previous title with the American Cancer Society was Distinguished Events, and the Organization has yet to find a new Special Events Specialist to fit the role, Madalaine is still acting as the top person in Distinguished Events. Working with her will be a great learning experience and I cannot wait to see what I can learn from her. I have already seen how our budget works, what expenditures and sources of revenue (donations) we receive and I am currently learning how to find and ask for grants from different companies. She said I will be able to come out of this event confident in my skills as an event planner, which is exactly what I am here for.
In my everyday student life, hmm let’s see. Last weekend I got to see my friends and we had so much fun catching up and laughing with each other; it seemed like the perfect time for us to all get together. This weekend I am working at my part-time job on Saturday morning and having a Wine & Dine night with my friend Melissa Saturday night. I am planning on coming up to Providence the first weekend after Thanksgiving break, so I need to save up some money for that!
I wish everyone the best of luck with the weeks winding down for the Fall term! It feels like it went with a blink of an eye!
Until next time!
Sorry for the late blog, but it has been a very busy past couple of weeks so I will try not to drag on with blogs as I usually do. Most days have been events with a mixture of concerts, hockey games, and basketball games. The concerts were Drake and Macklemore, both were very interesting in many ways. The night Drake preformed was also the night the Red Sox won the World Series and I do not think I have experienced Boston that excited before. Back to internship, I have been helping a lot with administrative work and staffing most events, along with assisting the Operations Manager with the opening of a Kosher portable, preparing for the health inspections, comparing net sales for a bar in the arena, find locks for beer portables, and helping out wherever I am needed. The other surprising task they have given me was to call my intern replacement, schedule an interview, and hopefully meet up with them when they come in. I met with the first one who also happens to be from Johnson & Wales, and it was nice to tell someone how great the experience has been.
Along with internship, I have been finishing up my homework for the class and being a tour guide for my mom. My mom flew in from Wisconsin last week and was able to make it to opening night at TD Garden for the Celtics against the Milwaukee Bucks! The Garden helped me get Suite tickets and allowed me to attend the game with my mom. This was a whole new experience being a guest at the Garden and not just an employee, and it was wonderful. Neither my mom or me have ever been in a suite before, so we enjoyed it quite a bit, plus the Bucks won! I am from Wisconsin - I am allowed to support them. One of the greatest things about having my mom come there was her being able to see what I do and meet some of the managers. Management once again completely surprised me; they went out of their way to come and meet my mom, which not only meant a lot to her, but to me as well. It once again shows me how great the people are there.
Since the weekend was event free, I was able to spend a three day weekend with my mom, which is exactly what I needed. We were able to go to the Red Sox parade, aquarium, and other great places around the city. It was also nice for her to be there because she relaxed me; with the end of internship nearing, and not knowing what was going to happen next, I have been in a world of stress. She was able to calm me down, and it was exactly what I needed.
This week coming up will be another event-filled week with the first double-header tomorrow, Elton John on Tuesday, more hockey and basketball, and Kanye West on Sunday. I cannot wait. Also this week will most likely be my chance to interview with the managers about staying on after internship. Cross your fingers folks!
Top of Bunker Hill Monument
New England Aquarium
Red Sox Parade
Celtics Opening Night
The World Series Trophy visiting during the Celtics Game.
This week has been especially quiet. There is not a lot going on and everyone in the office is, well, kind of bored. We pretty much finished everything we needed to do to wrap up Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; all the mail was mailed, all papers sorted, all donations entered, it’s kind of just been a lot of sitting around hoping someone comes up with a task for you to do.
This is also the last week of Making Strides though, so this is also why there is not a lot to do. Everyone will be leaving the organization or starting their new position in another aspect of the organization staring on Monday. I am so excited for my new position on the Tides of Change Gala in Distinguished Events. This next step in my internship is going to be a great learning experience! I cannot wait to learn how to run an event from an Event Manager’s point of view!
In my life as a “student,” this weekend is going to be great!! I am having a girls’ night out with 4 of my closest girl friends from back home! It has been so long since we have all been together so we are really looking forward to spending time with each other and catching up.
I’m sorry this week hasn’t been the most “exciting” week to post about, but next week should be better since I will be starting my new position!
Until next time!
Being a Johnson & Wales student on the downcity campus, there are so many things to see and do, after all you are located at the heart of Providence! One of my favorite things to do is to venture out to various restaurants and taste different foods/desserts. You wont believe how many restaurants you’ll find at your availability!!! Here is just a glimpse of what you can taste being at the downcity campus.
So this week we are still wrapping up from Making Strides. I never knew just how long a wrap up process was for an event like this! it’s been tedious work, but we are all in it together getting it done. We are alphabetizing and counting thousands of papers, getting in tons of donations, and just trying to get everything cleaned up and organized. The vibe in the office is kind of weird this week because it is a lot of the temp Strides Recruiters last day tomorrow. But to celebrate our success and to say good-bye to those leaving, there is going to be a special lunch tomorrow as a final gathering of us all together.
I will help with the wrapping up of Strides until the end of next week, and then I will start to transition into the role I will be taking for my next internship beginning after Thanksgiving break on Gala. I am so excited to go to Gala and know that I will come out of it learning so much!!
This past weekend was great! After babysitting to get some extra cash, I spent the night with my friends who I haven’t seen in like a month due to our busy schedules! It felt great to finally spend some time with people my age! We went to a haunted hayride, then to 1/2 priced apps at Applebee’s (one of our favorite things to do), and then spent the rest of the night at my house just laughing and enjoying each others company. It was perfect and just what I needed!
This upcoming weekend is another busy weekend for me. Saturday morning I will be working at Build-A-Bear and then at night I will be managing the event I have been planning for the other non-profit I have been working on since the summer! I am excited and nervous for the event since this is the first event I have planned completely on my own, but I know it will all turn out fine!
Unfortunately it hasn’t been the busiest week so there isn’t a lot to post about, but I hoe you all have a safe and happy Halloween!
Until next time!
My friends forcing me onto the Wicked Wagon Ride
My baby sister dressed up as Larry form the 3 Stooges for Halloween!