I was born and raised in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, however I always tell others that I’m from Spartanburg. I used to think Spartanburg was dull and stifling, but over the past few years the city has grown into a cultural hub for the upstate. I attend the University of South Carolina Upstate and will (hopefully) be graduating in December 2018. I hope to take my degree in public relations and marketing and find work in the PR field, specifically crisis communication. I expect my internship with ETV will enhance my storytelling skills, which is instrumental in the field of work I am pursuing.
This year, I was able to serve my community by taking a few service learning courses at my school. One involved creating an integrated marketing campaign for the Charles Lea Center, a local nonprofit that caters to individuals with disabilities. Another focused on environmental activism in the city of Spartanburg. My class worked with the Spartanburg Earth Day festival to share with our community the dangers of using plastic straws. We also presented our findings to USC Upstate’s directors of dining services and other university stakeholders.
In my spare time, I like to read and reread books (I’ve read Pride & Prejudice about five times in the past two years), argue with my family, and go to the movies at least once a week.
I am proud to say that this is my second internship with SCETV. My first was an unpaid internship where I was the first engineering intern in SCETV’s history. Under the supervision of Regional Engineer Gary Stevens, I became comfortable being in an engineer’s shop.
Some of my biggest accomplishments during this internship were outfitting the entire Rock Hill station with CAT-6 Internet cables and assisting in the statewide coverage of the 2017 total eclipse at the Clemson location. Needless to say, I have a deep love and respect for SCETV and am excited to work with ETV Upstate’s Regional Manager, William Richardson, once again.
It is easy to say that my childhood was shaped by public television. Every day when my grandma picked me up from school, she would take me home and sit me in front of her mammoth-sized box of a television. I hated reading at that time and could only be pacified with visual media. For me, watching anything other than PBS Kids was not an option. My grandma had about fifteen channels and my other options were the local news or The Bold and the Beautiful. Looking back, I couldn’t be more thankful that I had been exposed to SCETV.
SCETV has a special place in my heart as the force that pushed my young mind to strive for better and to never stop learning. Even now, I think about Cyberchase when I try to do simple fractions in my head. Now that I’m older, I can fully understand the importance that public media has. To be able to tell stories about South Carolina and share them with others is an amazing responsibility that ETV has. South Carolina has a rich history and is filled with hidden gems that have yet to be discovered. Public media has the opportunity to connect people to their state like no other.
The show that has impacted me the most is NBC’s Parks and Recreation. The main character, Leslie Knope, inspires me everyday to have passion in what I do. As a dedicated civil servant, Leslie takes charge of whatever project is thrown her way, whether it be fun and exciting or demeaning and trivial. She puts 110% into everything she does, not only at work but also in her personal life. As a woman, I understand that I have to work harder for what I want, but by adopting Leslie Knope as my model for success, I now view work as an opportunity to learn and better myself instead of a necessary evil.