Push Yourself to the (Browns) Edge
Is there a day that you can honestly say changed your life? A day that impacted your education, career and social life?
Mine was on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the inaugural Cleveland Browns Edge Summit at the University of Findlay. I was barely into sophomore year and had not really stepped outside my comfort zone. I attended the summit and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to network with members of the Cleveland Browns sales, partnerships, and fan experience departments. People talk about the power of networking, but I never knew that it would impact the rest of my life.
One of the Browns staff members reached out to me a couple of weeks after the summit asking if I was interested in volunteering on game day for the upcoming season. I accepted the offer and was soon told I would manage all the other UF game day volunteers. I volunteered on Dawg Pound Drive and served as the liaison between University of Findlay volunteers and Browns staff during the 2015 season, expanding my network even more. I then was offered a position as a fan experience and special events Intern during the Browns Training Camp in Summer 2016. After spending an amazing two months in Berea helping to run training camp, I returned for the 2016 season to serve as the volunteer lead again.
Since the 2016 season, I have been fortunate to land two internships with other companies, work as an agent at The Oiler 10 (an on-campus marketing agency), do my own digital marketing consulting and become a dedicated Browns fan for life. I don’t believe that these opportunities would have been possible had I not stepped outside my comfort zone and gone to the Browns Edge Summit.
UF recently held the third annual Browns Edge Summit, where I participated with fellow UF Interns and Browns staff members; including my bosses Megan Rock and Corey Kinder. Being able to speak to other students at the summit and share my experiences was equally rewarding and humbling. My hope is that there were students in the audience who were positively impacted from the Summit.
When you break out of your comfort zone, great things can happen that may even change your life like it did for me. Be bold. Push yourself. Don’t settle.