My name is Kate Ansel and I’m the new Social Media Intern for the Career and Leadership Development Center at Ohio University. I’ve been working here going on three weeks and I absolutely love it! In the future, these Bobcat Spotlights will be about the career and leadership experiences of students and alumni, but for this first one, I wanted to introduce myself.
Year in school: Junior
Area of study at OHIO: Journalism: Strategic Communication
Involvement on campus: 1804 Communication, The Post, PRSSA, CLDC, ImPRessions
Current: 1804 Communication Strategy Account Executive, The Post Social Media Director, CLDC Social Media Intern
Past: The New Political Social Media Director
From: I’m originally from Lancaster, Ohio but I recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina with my family. It was a pretty big adjustment after living in Ohio for all of my life, but I was able to spend this summer exploring and learning about my new city, which really helped it feel like home.
Favorite thing about being a Bobcat
My favorite thing about being a Bobcat is feeling like I have a second home here in Athens. My parents are both OHIO alumni and we’ve been visiting the campus for years, so I have always felt a special connection with this place. When I decided to come to OU, I was already in love with the campus and wasn’t afraid of leaving home because, in a way, Athens was already a home for me.
I love to read, so much so that when I’m ‘grown-up’ and have my own house, I’m going to have my own personal library. I also love to cook and teach my younger sisters how to cook.
Involvement on campus
I’ve been pretty involved in different organizations since my freshman year as a reporter and social media staffer at The New Political (TNP). While writing for TNP I discovered, as many journalism students do, that maybe the News and Info track wasn’t really for me. I didn’t really like the aspect of constantly being told that I needed to go cover this event or that this story needed to be written as soon as possible. I think I also had this vision in my head that I would magically turn into all of the fictional reporters I had ever watched on TV or movies, which was obviously impossible especially because those portrayals aren’t always realistic. So, I switched to the Strategic Communication track the spring semester of my freshman year and stayed on at The New Political as a member of the social media team.
During my sophomore year, I became the Social Media Director at TNP, became a member of PRSSA and joined ImPRessions, the student run PR firm at OU, as an account associate in the non-profit department.
This year, I moved over to The Post as their Social Media Director and I am still a member of PRSSA. ImPRessions no longer exists, but has merged with Thumbprint Advertising to create 1804 Communication. I am one of two account executives in the strategy department of 1804 and our department is responsible for gathering insights about consumers for our clients so that they can increase their business and revenue.
Goals for 2017-2018
One of my biggest goals this year is to learn more about what I’m doing in my leadership roles, especially at 1804. I don’t have very much experience with strategy, but it’s something that I am extremely interested in. I love problem-solving and discovering the reasoning behind things, in order to generate solutions. I love that the strategy department at 1804 does just that by listening to clients’ challenges, conducting client research, and using the findings to create solutions that help businesses flourish.
Another goal that I have for this year is to combine my knowledge and experience from my leadership roles and involvement and use it to apply for and obtain an internship for this coming summer. I haven’t decided on a particular industry or company that I want to work for after graduation, so hopefully, I can find an internship this summer that will influence my decision. However, I am specializing in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and would love to work for a company that is concerned with those issues.
Goals for CLDC Internship
Again, I want to learn as much as possible from all of the positions I have this year, especially as a CLDC intern. This is the first time I have worked in a professional office and I already feel like I’m learning a lot from that aspect of this experience. For example, I’ve already collaborated with other CLDC interns and other colleagues in the office on ideas for the blog. I’m also hoping to develop more of an understanding of who benefits from the CLDC’s services and how their experiences have helped them during school and after graduation. One of the ways I plan on doing that is through these Bobcat Spotlights, especially the ones on OU Alumni because they’ve been in all of our shoes and can offer some great advice and connections.