Change Maker Diaries Danielle Romano
What is the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?
I usually stretch in the morning and it helps wake me up, as I’m not much of a morning person.
What’s one thing you never leave home without?
Definitely my water bottle. I’m always thirsty. Also, coffee.
Describe one challenge of the day
A challenge is writing emails in different voices for different people. Also, switching subjects. I’ll start researching a topic then switch over to something else, which is nice to get a break but it can be challenging to switch between different voices.
Describe one success of the day
One success is I wrote a really good email about a topic that I didn’t know that much about. Usually, things that I write about are in the news, or things that are going on that I have previous knowledge of. This email required me to do more research than I normally do.
What projects have you worked on that your most proud of and why?
One of our clients is running for Congress in Wisconsin—it’s an important race and I really like the things that she stands for. I like that even though I’m just an intern, some of the stuff I write gets sent outside of Change Media Group. It’s cool that what I write gets seen by a lot of people.
What is your favorite part of the day?
I like the morning meetings because I enjoy hearing what everyone else is working on. I get to hear about other parts of projects people are working on outside the email team. I also like moments when I can collaborate with other people on the team.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is that I get to work with a lot of different people. Everyone in the office is really easy to get along with. I like that I get to interact with multiple different people throughout the day, rather than just sitting by myself at a desk.
What is your favorite class your taking this semester?
So, I’m taking a senior capstone class that is on technology and how it’s changing society. It’s really interesting that I have this internship this semester, because it covers a lot of technology that we use here. It’s a fun class and I get to talk about things I do at work. It kind of goes hand in hand, which was unplanned but makes them both more fun.
What advice do you have for a student looking to start their internship?
I would say having an internship was a really great experience, especially toward the second half of college, preparing you to enter the real world, not just being a student all four years. Some advice would be to make sure you’re still setting aside some time for yourself. It’s nice being able to work but make sure you’re still enjoying things that you get to do in college.
And how do you best manage your student life and work life?
My planner! It’s the best way to make sure I get all my schoolwork done. I plan around the days that I’m at work all day—making sure I get things done Mondays and Wednesdays when I’m not at work. It’s all about balance!