Intern Introductions Part II: Meet Danielle


Next up in overdue introductions: Meet our TOWN & UBJ digital intern, Danielle Car. She’s a senior Communication Studies major on track to graduate from Furman in May 2015.

(Fun fact: She’s also a former digital communications student of our digital strategist, Emily.)

Check out what Danielle has to offer.

What’s your favorite thing about working in media/media as an industry?

My favorite thing about working in media is the freedom and flexibility to produce creative work. There are so many different social media platforms in this day and age; the ways in which a company can connect with their target audiences is infinite. I believe that there is a social media tool for every individual. My personal favorite is Instagram, a social media tool that allows users to capture and share moments through photographs. They do say a picture is worth 1,000 words… and while it may be tricky to translate a verbal message into a visual image, if you’re successful you can open many doors to opportunities.

What’s your favorite stuff to read (sites/magazines/books/whatever)?

As a digital strategist intern I spend a lot of time on the computer, so the majority of stuff I read is online. As far as my favorite type of stuff to read, I’d have to say lifestyle blogs — my favorite being Why? In my free time enjoy cooking, working out, and reading; this site provides me with tons of resources on all three of these things. I can find new recipes, workouts, and reads all in one place – not to mention her site is visually appealing and user-friendly.

How lucky are you and why?

I do believe that I am really lucky, but would argue that it isn’t my luck that brings me happiness and success. I was lucky enough to have been raised in an environment where continuous improvement was always encouraged. This attitude has become engrained into my own daily processes and has helped me overcome obstacles and achieve great things, ultimately leading to my happiness and success. I am lucky to know that anything is possible as long as you take action and work for it! It’s that belief that keeps me motivated to be the best that I can possibly be.

What’s the last great event/trip/concert/outing you attended, and why was it so great?

I don’t know if you could necessarily call this a “trip,” but my favorite and most memorable experience was living in Sofia, Bulgaria for my freshman and sophomore years of high school. My favorite part about living over there was the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe. The most important thing that I got from that experience was my sense of independence and my ability to adapt quickly. Reflecting on that experience, I now know that I can handle any situation that is thrown at me. — I mean I survived relocating to, what was at the time, a backwards country for my first two years of high school and managed to thrive in a way that I don’t think I would have had I stayed and gone to high school in my hometown.

How does the internet work?

How does the Internet work? Good question… I know that the Internet’s job is to connect different networks together, whether that is through satellites, wires, or fiber optic cables – thank you Mass Communications class. In terms of how this happens, here is my theory: I think that when a message is sent from one network to another, the message is broken up into a billion tiny pieces; those pieces are transmitted through space; and then the pieces are reassembled into the original message on the other network. I believe that breaking up the information allows it to be transmitted faster. That’s my theory.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself.” Thank you Dad! This piece of advice has helped me go for what I want and never give up. I’m convinced that good things don’t just happen, but rather good things are waiting for you to catch them.