More than Marketing

January 24th, 2016 | Uncategorized

This past week, my marketing class had an overnight trip to the Glen of Aherlow in Tipperary. Originally, when I found out about the trip, my professors did not give many clues as to what we would be doing when we got there. To say the least, it was all a bit of a mystery.


During the trip we learned: to play African drums, about our personality through the MBTI personality test, stress reliving exercises through body control, as well as a Q and A session with an alumni from our marketing course that now works at Facebook. After the two days, it was safe to say that I never would have guessed that we would have been participating in a whole lot more than just marketing. 


Upon arrival, we immediately began our first seminar of the trip. We were greeted with dozens of African drums, with candles and incents lit, engulfing the room with a great aroma. Obviously very confused, I grabbed a drum and listened to our instructor as he taught us how to drum and play various African tribal beats and rhythms. To say the least, I was so far out of my element it wasn’t even funny. I thought maybe my background in playing in the high school band would help me… wishful thinking. I spent majority of the time slamming the drum off beat while looking around trying to figure out how to get back on beat. Regardless, it was hilariously fun, and all around, a very cool seminar! It was definitely something totally different that I had never gotten to do before.  


I also loved hearing from the alumni who now works at Facebook about his time in our course, as well as his journey from graduation to where he is now. Obviously there are a lot of expectations for our life after graduation. But hearing Dave’s story was great reassurance to know that it is okay to not have every part of your life mapped out. The biggest takeaway from his talk was to experience every opportunity available, while putting yourself out there into as many situations as possible.


After the two days were over, I was exhausted. All the seminars were great, but I loved just spending time with my classmates. Due to my busy basketball and coaching schedule, it has made it hard to make plans with my classmates. So being able to spend a couple of days with them was great. I loved hanging out with them and hope to have more opportunities to in this upcoming semester! 


Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti

Present University: University of Limerick

US League: NEC

Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies

Alma Mater: St. Francis College 

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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