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My Fisher Internship
Why I Am Where I Am

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Sweet Swiss Army book bag and General Mills goodies presented to me at my weekly Logistics Group meeting...should help the grocery bill, right?

Coming into my junior year and having had an internship the previous summer at The Scotts Company in Marysville, Ohio, I was hopeful to have a few options for this summer’s internship.  With that being said, I had the choice of going to Southern California to work for Nestle; Toledo, Ohio to work for Owens Corning; Midland, Michigan for Dow Chemical; and various locations for General Mills.  Click on this link to read about news on Mark Twain’s never published document that was a tribute to his daughter who died when she was just 24: http://www.daytondailynews.com/entertainment/mark-twain-tribute-fetches-242-000-at-nyc-auction-769004.html

After deciding to go with General Mills after much time and thought, there were not many “sexy” locations remaining.  I ended up choosing to go with Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain!  Although this is not the ideal location with warm weather, ocean, and a big city atmosphere, it’s just what I needed…something different.  And what better time to try something new that is out of your comfort zone then when you are making only a three month commitment?

My roommate, Yusef, and I stuffed into Mark Twain's fireplace

I decided on a location where I would have the opportunity to go work in the field (a production facility) and get my hands dirty.  I am pursuing a Logistics and Operations Management dual specialization, so there are 2 general career paths you can go.  1) Go to corporate of a company, which usually will be in a big city OR 2) Go to a distribution center or manufacturing plant, which usually will be in the middle of nowhere (Hannibal, Missouri).   Having worked in corporate last summer, I now wanted to experience the opeartional side of the business.  Therefore, I decided to go into the field and see what the real operations of manufacturing and logistics are all about.  Hopefully after my experience this summer, I will have a better idea of which career path I want to take, corporate or in the field.

These are my reasons for picking my internship and what I hope to get out of it.  I know there are those that disagree with my rationale, but “to each his own.”  When picking your specific internship, weigh out what factors are most important to you:  location, type of experience, pay, etc?  And from there you will be able to make the right decision for you.   As for me this summer, I will be crossing the Mississippi River and venturing into America’s Homeland daily.

America's Finest Town!

“Heaven goes by favor.  If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in”

~Mark Twain

Until Next Time!

*I also have a deep love for Doritos, so I will be keeping a “Doritos Bags Eaten” counter*

DORITOS BAGS EATEN: 2 bags

~Paul Sobecki

6 Responses to Why I Am Where I Am

  1. Annaliese says:

    Nice picture, and great entry!

  2. Mike Sobecki says:

    Paul,
    I just placed Honey Nut Cheerios back on your Mom’s and my menu. I’m very proud of you.
    Take Care,
    Dad

  3. James Bond says:

    Hannibal screams “Sexy”

  4. Margie says:

    The Missippi River is beautiful – enjoy seeing it every day! And you can feel free to brings back bags of Doritos to Career Management….Mmmmmm!!

  5. Sarah Hill says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for sharing the process you went through when selecting your internship. I know it can be very challenging when you have so many great options. Perhaps you will develop a deep love for Chex Mix this summer:-)

  6. Lacoda Evans says:

    Hi Paul, keep up the good work! I hope you’re up to 5 bags by now.

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