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23 Jul 2014 ElizabethMorrison

Adventures in the Land of Classes and Internships

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Regent University - intern meeting

Hello readers and students! I’m writing this from a hotel in northern Virginia where I am preparing to begin my eighth internship! I’m a senior at Regent and majoring in communications with a minor in leadership studies. I started college in 2010 and lived on campus in Virginia Beach for a year and a half before accepting my first internship in Arlington, Va., halfway through my sophomore year.

You might be wondering how I’ve been able to do so many internships and keep up with school. It’s pretty simple, actually. Regent has a nifty online program that I have been lucky enough to participate in that allows me to intern wherever I want. My internships have taken me all over the country to places like California, Florida, Rhode Island, and elsewhere. While building an amazing resume, I’ve been able to learn online with great professors and classmates. It takes so much commitment and drive to keep up with everything, but God has a great future for me and I have to do all I can to achieve what I was meant to.

As I mentioned earlier, my internships have been all over the place. My first internship was at the Leadership Institute in Virginia. They took a big chance with me. I was the youngest intern, no experience, and a sophomore. I ended up flourishing there and impressing my superiors. I worked in the online programs department writing scripts for short webinars, helping produce webinars, and fulfilling other little intern tasks.

After this, I moved on to another small organization in Alexandria, Va., where I helped run events. The company even sent me to Rhode Island to help run a major conference for a long weekend. The best thing about this internship was that it led me to my next one, which was by far the most difficult to get. I applied to the Koch Internship Program where I was given about 5 interviews to test my knowledge of economics and free market systems. It was grueling. After I was accepted, I spent Tuesdays at the headquarters in D.C., and every other day of the week at the American Council for Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). I was there in fall 2012 which also happened to be the year they awarded Regent with an ‘A’ rating in their core curriculum.

Spring 2013 took me to Disney World. I signed up to be an intern in their college program. This was the most unpleasant internship experience. Why? Because customer service is particularly challenging when people are on vacation and have several exhausted children with them. I won’t go into detail but I’m sure you can picture it.

During each of these internships I was a full-time student. Believe me when I say that juggling the two is difficult. I don’t have time to go out after work with friends or spend the weekends sightseeing; this is the price I pay for having a strong resume when I leave college. Each internship is giving me experience that companies want to see. We all know that jobs are scarce now, so anything that might look good on a resume, I jump at the chance to do.

Ultimately, I do not want to work for a company; I want to run a company. One thing that internships and even college has taught me is that I don’t like answering to anyone else. I want to be my own boss. That’s the good thing about multiple internships: you learn what you like and don’t like.

This coming fall is my last semester at Regent and here’s hoping it’s a good one! Like my predecessors, walking across the stage to accept my diploma will be invigorating and another chapter to close in my life. But after that I’ll be thrown into the real world to find a full-time job instead of a part-time internship. Frankly, it’s scary and I’m dreading it, but we all have to grow up sometime.

29 May 2014 AmandaMorad

I Love L.A.

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Regent University - television setHere’s more from Hollywood Experience 2014 student, Alicia LeBlanc, who sums up the highlights of a busy first week in Los Angeles:

Pre-trip:  I came to the Hollywood Experience having already made the decision and steps to move to L.A. in a few months. What I was hoping to gain on this trip were some tools and advice for next steps to take as far as getting started in the industry and settled.

Saturday, May 10 – We arrived in L.A.! I feel very welcomed by the amazing folks at our apartment complex. Also, I’m learning how to pronounce “La Brea.” Read more

22 May 2014 AmandaMorad

The Hollywood Experience

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I went on Regent’s first Hollywood Experience. With all that’s happened since then, some days it feels like another lifetime. But seeing photos and hearing stories from this year’s crop of students studying in Los Angeles, it feels like only yesterday I was walking those Miracle Mile streets, sitting in that L.A. Film Studies Center class, and dreaming those big Hollywood dreams.

This year, several students are sending us posts from the trenches at the 2014 Hollywood Experience. Our first blogger is SCA alumna Alicia LeBlanc (’11), MFA in Script & Screenwriting. Read more

10 Oct 2013 CarlRogers

Carl Makin’ Movies

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Join me in North Carolina on an actual film set! We were able to close a road and film in a shutdown theater. These are just some of the amazing perks of being a film graduate at Regent University.

02 Sep 2013 LeilaMills

Summer Jobs: Finding My Niche

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Regent UNiversity - StudentThe weather in Virginia Beach may have taken a while to catch up, but it is finally summertime! The finals are done, half of my friends are gone, and I am now on that nine to five work schedule. I currently work in undergraduate admissions where I have worked for about two and a half years now. Last summer I worked as a transcript coordinator. This involved a lot of detail-oriented work and data entry. It was a great start and really helped me get to know my coworkers in the office. Read more

22 Aug 2013 SeretaCollington

They Are Watching

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Regent Univeristy - ComputerTechnology has allowed employers to monitor the actions of their employees in almost all work settings. Funny thing is, even though employees are aware that they are being watched, they sometimes forget and get caught in an act that leads them to lose their jobs.

This same concept is applied to our Christian lives. Jesus said we are the “light of the world” in Matthew 5:14. When we accept Christ in our lives, we immediately become the bodies that He can use and the voices through whom He can speak. He needs us to realize that we are the only visual representations of Him in this world. People around us in church or temple settings start watching us even more closely than before. There are several things I think we have to do when we become the “light of the world:”

1 Create a visual reminder that you are being watched by everyone.

2 Start each day with God and ask Him to monitor your reactions throughout the day.

3  Surrender your words to the authority of Jesus Christ, so that He can help you to think before you speak.

4 Don’t live to please people; live to please God, so that your actions match His standards.

These are not foolproof methods, but they are ways to get started. Like the employees who sometimes forget that their actions are being monitored, sometimes we forget that we are being watched. So, we must ask God to assist us through the power of the Holy Spirit. No one is perfect, but trying for perfection through God’s words can bring you very close.

19 Aug 2013 JennaEdwards

God Always has a Better Plan

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Regent Univeristy - Campus“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Coming home from Regent this summer was a challenge. I had to get acclimated to so much change that it soon became overwhelming and extremely stressful. I had so many things to do and I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive it all. Due dates came and went before I realized it. My schoolwork was really struggling and spending time with family and working too became a hassle. Read more

21 May 2013 TracyRuckman

Comfort Zone or Danger Zone?

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Regent University - danger zoneHave you ever been asked to step outside of your comfort zone, or do you regularly do it without a second thought?

For the past several years, I’ve lived the life of a hermit. I work and go to school from home (home-based small business), and we even do home church. My husband and I haven’t traveled much since 2009 when my husband was laid off. Home has become my comfort zone.

At the end of 2012, the Lord impressed upon me that my time of being a homebody was coming to an end for a season. I knew that the year of 2013 would be full of travel, and I tried to accept it.So I’m trying.

This year, I’ve been invited to several conferences already. The first conference was in March; I met with writers and critiqued manuscripts. It was great, and I enjoyed meeting several friends I’ve known for years but had never met in person. Read more

09 May 2013 HopeAmmen

Swinging into Spring

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April is typically known as the month of pranks. I may not be most ambitious when it comes to playing pranks, but I am certainly keeping busy as the semester comes to a close. In this video, learn about what it’s like to be a senior with one month left till graduation. From job plans to road trips to random acting gigs, the month of April was certainly full of adventure!

09 Oct 2012 TracyRuckman

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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Regent University - comfort zoneButterflies in the stomach. Sweaty palms. Inability to focus. Restless sleep. No, not from the Mexican food I had for dinner, but from stepping out of my comfort zone.

I recently spoke and taught at a writer’s conference in Atlanta. I spent several weeks preparing for the conference, making my PowerPoint presentation for the workshop, and trying to write my keynote address – but it just would not come together. I had the basics down – an idea, a general outline, and I even started building a PowerPoint presentation for it. The night before the conference, the ending finally came to me, but the middle was still a mess. I left for the conference confident I’d have time that night to work on it.

The first keynote speaker presented that night and in her talk, she mentioned something in my own speech. I pondered that. But when I got back to my room that night, school work was due, so I focused on it and then went to bed exhausted and worried that I’d never get the speech done.

The next day, another keynote speaker took the platform. He, too, mentioned another part of my speech. That really got my attention and all day I prayed, asking God whether I should change my speech. I sure didn’t want to look like a copycat. But that night, my speech flowed together and I was finally able to put the finishing touches on it – tweaking it to acknowledge the two speakers who had already mentioned those particular areas I’d already written.

One more keynote address before my own. And yes, she too, mentioned something that was in my now-finished speech. To the world, that might seem a bit spooky, or perhaps just a simple coincidence.

But I don’t believe in coincidences, do you?

The Bible says, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV).

He took hold of my right hand and guided me through the whole conference. God orchestrated the entire event, down to the tiniest details. He knew what each of the keynote speakers were going to say, and He knew what He was going to have me say.

I was terrified to step out of my comfort zone, when God was preparing every step of the way for me. He even saw to it that my hotel room included my favorite two-digit number. The conference gave me an opportunity to meet some incredible writers and make several new friends. Stepping out of my comfort zone blessed me in unexpected ways because God never left my side, and He’ll never leave yours either.

The beginning of each school year always takes me out of my comfort zone. Am I too old to be in school? Can I keep up at my age? With my full-time job? New classes, new professors, new books, new syllabi – all of it can be overwhelming at times.

Take a deep breath. You’re not alone. God knows where you’ve been and where you’re going. And as one of the keynote speakers said, “He’s got YOUR back!”