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Monique Dumaine

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Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communications

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University, Student Activities Office

Internship Title: Marketing Initiatives Intern

Monique took on the title of 'Marketing Initiatives Intern' when she did her internship right here at Eastern in the Student Activities Office.  One of the goals of this office was to market themselves more effectively to the faculty and the student body.  Monique's role was to research different marketing methods that might achieve the best results for her organization.  After researching, she then formed a plan with her team so the best methods could be put into effect.  One of the main methods used was forming a recognizable identity for the organization through social media.

After college Monique aspires to work in Student Affairs, more specifically, in the Student Activities and Leadership Development division.  She feels that her purpose in life is to present the necessary tools for students to live a successful and fulfilling life.  This area of higher education aims to develop students and guide them to reach their fullest potential, something Monique feels strongly about.  She says "the values of this division align with mine, and I look forward to learning something new on a daily basis."  Also, Monique feels that she has a leg up when it comes to applying for graduate school programs in this field.  Though this area is very competitive, her passion and hands-on experience as an undergraduate student will put her ahead of the curve.

Monique's advice for other students is to do something that you are passionate about.  She also states that sometimes, students do not know what they are passionate about, so it is best to get experience in the field before determining one's passion.  She says that she had an internship prior to her current position that she thought she was going to love.  She then learned that that field was not for her.  Her experience was invaluable because it taught her what she did not want to do.  Monique says that students must take advantage of the countless opportunities around them, and only by going out of their comfort zone will they achieve success.

Story submitted by Francisco Bravo

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