School: Rutgers University
Graduation: May 2016
Each week, we will be bringing you quick insights from young professionals and scholars making moves in their field who care about helping you level up. Wadnes is a Newark, NJ native, current Senior at Rutgers University set to graduate this spring.
BLOC: We heard you have a really cool internship at Showtime Networks! Tell us a little more about that. How'd you get connected?
I’m a digital marketing intern for Showtime Networks based in New York City. I was able to secure this opportunity through the T Howard Foundation, which is a non-profit organization with the goal of increasing diversity in the entertainment and media industry.
BLOC: What are some cool projects you've been able to work on at Showtime?
During my internship, I’ve worked on many projects both individually and as part of a group with other interns. A cool project that I am proud to have worked on was a marketing analysis assignment for Showtime’s Original Series “House of Lies”. I was tasked to complete a review of the prior season’s digital marketing efforts, including data aggregation and analysis. This was a great project for me to work on because I had the chance to develop recommendations on an on-going series that incorporated several analytical components. The fact that I was also given the opportunity to present to the head of my department was an added bonus.
BLOC: What are you learning about marketing field? And how is this internship preparing you for future career endeavors?
I’m learning a lot about the marketing field through my internship. I’m fortunate to have a great supervisor to mentor me and teach me about the pivotal skills needed to excel as a marketing professional. One of the main lessons I’ve learned about marketing is that having a dope idea is great but being able to accurately pitch it and convince others as to why it should be executed is just as crucial.
BLOC: What album / artists have gotten you through your college years?
Throughout my collegiate career I’ve listened to a variety of genres such as Rap/Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, and Gospel to name a few that helped expand my musical taste. In my early years of college, I spent a lot of my time listening to J.Cole specifically his college experience (battles with student loans and Sallie Mae) and comparing it to mine. However, one album in particular that I’ve had on repeat was Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. The album is filled with positive and uplifting songs that help me start off my day with positive vibes.
BLOC: What is the most important lesson you've learned outside of the classroom?
I’ve learned so many pivotal lessons outside of school but one that’s very meaningful to me is the lesson I learned about finding time to show your gratitude and appreciation towards others. Often times we get so wrapped around our work and ourselves that we tend to forget about the people who supported us and helped us to be where we are today.
BLOC: Self-care is important. What are you currently doing to take care of your mental health and personal needs?
Ball is life! To unwind I go to the gym, lace up my kicks and ball out. Besides that, I watch a lot of anime shows (Dragonball Z, Naruto, etc) and 90s black romantic comedies and films to pay homage to the best era of all time!
BLOC: What are you currently reading?
I’m not much of a traditional reader. I read articles everyday covering a variety of topics to pass the time and stay up with current events. However, a book that I had my eyes on for quite some time is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell where he explores the notion that 10,000 hours of practice is needed to achieve mastery of a field.
BLOC: Who's an activist that inspires you?
Frederick Douglass, his quote “If there is no struggle, there is no progress” is one of my favorite quotes.
BLOC: What's a hashtag that would describe your personality?
#DatBoyGood (Coming to America) #Strategic #TheRoadLessTraveled
BLOC: As the BLOC, our mission is to empower black collegians to achieve, connect and engage. We are really focused on enabling students to enact powerful change on their campuses and to bring the activist spirit and ethic into their given industry. How do you maintain your social consciousness / awareness while still staying focused on your studies?
As a black college student in the rich history filled city of Newark, I make it my goal to attend and support events and programs for the black community. From my involvement with the All Stars Project, which is a non-profit that focuses on developing inner city youths, I’ve met many prominent professionals such as current Newark Mayor, Ras Baraka. Through my involvement with the All Stars Project I continue to stay up to date with social matters concerning the black community.
BLOC: What are you looking forward to in 2016?
Last semester of my collegiate career so 2016 will definitely be bittersweet but I’m also looking forward to the many opportunities it will also present as I plan on traveling and expanding my horizons.
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