For many of us, that long-awaited summer break is just around the corner! Beaches, bathing suits, barbecues…what’s not to be excited about?
Finals couldn’t come and go soon enough! On May 9th at 7:30A.M. I had two finals left to conquer. But knowing that I had a Summer Internship with She’s the First waiting for me at the end of the finish line was all it took to pack my things and race out of my dorm.
My name is Brooke Sassman, and I’m a rising sophomore studying Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University. On campus I work at the Rutgers University Television Station as the Creative Services Supervisor, and serve as the President of my sophomore class. In my opinion, videos are very powerful pieces of art. I got my first video camera around the age of ten, and I haven’t been able to put it down since. So, using the skills that I’ve been building at school, I’m happy to say that throughout the summer I will be blogging and posting little videos of my experiences as a summer intern for She’s the First!
I know that Kate (the other STF Summer Intern) and I are beyond excited to be spending our summer at the official She’s the First headquarters! Lucky for us, we’re also both in the office on Thursdays. So as a nice little way for Kate, Tammy & I to get out and creatively brainstorm, we’ve decided to take little adventures on Thursdays!
In celebration of #STFSummer, and a summer of firsts, it was only right for us to start at the Shake Shack! I had no idea what I was in for, but when I saw the line wrapped around Madison Square Park, I knew it had to be something good.
Over a lovely lunch in Madison Square Park, Tammy, Kate & I sat and brainstormed plans for our involvement in The Young Women’s Leadership Network Schools Summer Camp. During the month of July we will be teaching workshops on social media, and giving the girls little challenges along the way. We sure had a table full of excitement, and enough energy to fill the entire park. We discussed our individual challenge plans, ways to motivate and inspire the girls, ideas for prizes, and our goals at large for what we hope the girls will take away from our workshops. Kate will be responsible for Tumblr challenges, Tammy will be providing Instagram challenges, and I will be responsible for the Video challenge! So you’re probably asking yourself…hmm, what’s a video challenge? Well… here’s my challenge to the campers:
“Impact. I’m Not Too Young to Make One.”
Your Challenge: In a 1-2 minute video PSA, show us how social media can help you make an impact on the world. It’s your chance to make a powerful statement, and remember; just one tweet can change the world!
Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to see what the girls come up with. I really feel like this summer has the potential to be a groundbreaking one. In so many ways, we’re encouraging the girls to think outside of the box and raise their own voices. It’s about teaching them to never underestimate the power of their own social media impact, and showing them that social media does matter.
But whether you’re eating a burger for the first time, or happen to be the first in your family to graduate, it should all be celebrated because ‘firsts’ are moments in time that only happen once.
Don’t forget to use the #STFSummer hashtag in your own tweets whenever you’re doing something for the first time, or doing something to make a difference in your community.