Hello, Wolfpack Nation!
My name is Jessica Bronchick, and I’m a junior in Communicaion-Media here at NC State! You’re probably wondering who I am and why I’m writing this blog post. Well, today marks exactly one month since I started my internship here in the marketing department of Campus Enterprises. That feels just a bit crazy to say; in a way it seems like I’ve been here much longer, but in another way it feels like a month has already flown by! Anyway, since this is my first blog post, I guess I’ll just tell you a little bit about myself and how I got here. Here we go!
I was born and raised in south Florida, in the Fort Lauderdale area. I grew up a die-hard Florida State fan–I know, I know, ACC rivals, let the booing comence–in a household full of Florida Gators fans. Now if you have zero understanding of what that entails, imagine being the only State fan in a family of Tarheels. Yeah, it gets that kind of crazy. All my life, I dreamed of going to school at FSU…seriously, you should see the amount of Seminoles merch I still have lying around. That was my dream until, at the tender age of 14, my parents told my sister and me that we would be relocating to a small town right outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Hah, yeah right mom and dad, nice joke! It wasn’t a joke. Five months later in August of 2007, we were living in North Carolina.
I’ll admit that I absolutely loathed it here for a solid year or so before I started to warm up to it, and the fact that I was more than likely going to be attending college here. Thanks, out-of-state tuition. So before I knew it, I was a high school junior and it was time to start looking at my options. I knew that I didn’t want to go to UNC-Charlotte because it was too close to home. I’m not really a big fan of the beach (“But you’re from Florida!”) so UNC-Wilmington was out of the question. And there was no possible way that I would be able to survive in the mountains and insane amounts of snow that grace Appalachian State. So I took a tour of NC State, and I fell in love.
I fell in love with the beautiful campus, and how Raleigh is the perfect combination of suburbs and big city, and how nice everyone I met was, and how there was this overwhelming feeling of Unity everywhere I went. I didn’t see Wolves walking around, I saw a Wolfpack. One Pack. My Pack.
So I submitted my application, and not too long after, I was accepted into NC State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences as a major in Communication with a concentration in Media. A few months later and I was moving into my dorm in Sullivan Hall and starting my first semester of college. Um, what?
A lot happened for me in my first year. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to bore you, but basically I had some sort of revelation about what I want to do with my life, which involves some kind of mix of broadcast production, social media, marketing, and public relations. So I declared a minor in Business Administration the summer before my sophomore year, and that next spring I decided to join NC State’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Which leads me, finally, to how I ended up here. Every spring, PRSSA hosts its annual PR Day, a networking event that features panels of local public relations professionals. That is where I briefly met Jennifer Gilmore, the director of marketing and communication for Campus Enterprises. That night, I sent her an email with my resume, letting her know of my interest in interning with her department. A few days later, I received an email from some guy named Alex Barnett–maybe you’ve heard of him?–saying that he’d like me to interview for an internship with Campus Enterprises. So I did, and next thing I know I’m being offered the position. Come August 19th, and it’s my first day on the marketing team for the Bookstore. And now it’s September. Crazy.
There’s so much constantly happening here and so much that CE and the Bookstore are coming up with to make students’ lives easier and more enriching. It really is a great organization to be a part of, and I’m excited to be on this blog now that will allow me to reach out to more people and let you all know more of what we’re doing here! I’ll try to post as regularly as possible about a range of topics, from different events happening within the Bookstore/CE, to what it means to be a Wolfpack fan.
Thanks for letting me bore you with my mini autobiography! To quote one of my heroes, Mr. Ron Burgundy… Stay classy, NC State.
Oh, and GO PACK!