During these times of uncertainty, I am positive that being an intern at Clairemont Communications is the right fit for me. Here is a little about who I am and what makes me, me.
I am a daughter to three, my dad, my stepmom and my mom. Each of these people are mentors to me and for a while, I placed most of my success in what they thought of me. Both my stepmom and dad served in the military, which taught me discipline and organization. To this day, I value their opinions more than anyone else. They have sacrificed for me, and I’m always trying to make them proud, and I think I have.
The older sibling:
My sister is two years younger than me, therefore I grew up often “taking care” of her. This is how I learned responsibility from an early age. My parents’ divorce also made me grow up quickly. By high school, I was a pro at navigating communication between my parents and at getting my sister and me to and from each home.
My hometown church, Snyder Memorial Baptist, holds a special place in my heart. Many of the youth group leaders at church are some of my best role models and have helped me grow into the person I am today. My faith is one of my priorities, and I’m humbled by the love and grace God continues to show me each day.
Especially during warmer months, I can be found running or exercising outside. I’m embracing my youth and trying to take advantage of the strength I have while I have it. In May, I am running in the Cincinnati Flying Pig half marathon. I am also the Ambassador of Changing Health, Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls (CHAARG), a national health and fitness community for college women, at NC State and attend weekly workouts at local studios. Being active improves my well-being, including my physical, mental and spiritual health.
Currently, I’m a Junior at NC State. I was originally deferred from NC State. Although discouraging, it gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Prague my fall semester freshman year. Studying abroad taught me independence like no other and helped me understand the importance of communication, especially cross-culturally. Once on campus, I took interest in the communication program and later found the public relations concentration. After taking a few classes and learning about PRSSA on campus, I dove into the field and saw PR as my future career. This past year I joined the board of PRSSA to further my knowledge and it has helped me grow! Because of my interest in events and public leisure activities, I also added a minor in parks, recreation and tourism.
At the core of my being, I want to be the best version of myself. I am always looking for new opportunities to learn and improve. Some may say I am an overachiever, but at the heart of it all, each endeavor I pursue teaches me something new and that motivates me to branch out and push myself even more.
All these factors of my life brought me to Clairemont Communications. My upbringing has taught me the importance of communication, creativity, hard work and relationships via networking. This is why during uncertain times, I am positive that being an intern at Clairemont Communications is the right fit for me. I am determined to make an impact and am excited to show what I can bring to the team!
By Clairemont intern Ali de la Vega, a Junior at NC State.