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Officially a Nerd, Part 1

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Today, my fellow interns officially designated me the “Resident Nerd,” and I have to admit, I’m a little proud of it.  It all started on my second day, when I had an Excel Orientation with the other Time Consumer Marketing interns.  Anyone who knows me can vouch for the fact that I absolutely positively LOVE Excel. I kept my CS&E textbooks because sometimes I like to brush up on formulas. I could go on for days about VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP, and I think Conditional Formatting is fabulous.  The day I learned about Transposing data was an exciting day for me.  Don’t even get me started on Pivot Tables…

Go ahead, it’s okay to laugh.  I make fun of myself all the time, I know how dorky it is.  I “like” Excel on Facebook and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  One of my friends even told me that she thinks I would date Excel if he were a person!

Excel Art

So, back to the class: As I’m sitting in this room with other rising Juniors and Seniors from a variety of prestigious universities (and one other from Ohio State! Go Bucks!), I quickly realized that I was one of the only students whipping through the tutorial.  While certainly a good refresher, I only learned a few shortcuts that I didn’t learn in CS&E as a sophomore at OSU.  It was honestly an eye opening moment: what my professors teach me in class is ACTUALLY relevant! A few of the other students noticed, and I had the opportunity to share some of my “dorky” tricks with them.

Fast forward two weeks: When I come back from lunch, I’ve received emails from a few (!) of my fellow interns, asking for help on spreadsheets.  Some I could answer by email, and for some I took house-calls. While at first I wasn’t exactly excited about being tagged the “Resident Nerd,” I’ve realized that it’s really a compliment. People wouldn’t ask me for help if I weren’t approachable, and they definitely wouldn’t if I didn’t know what I was doing!

Since then, I’ve been helping the other interns occasionally, and using Excel constantly.  I use it all the time for my own work, as well as for other internship-related projects.  While I have taken many valuable courses at OSU, I can say with certainty that CS&E 200 comes up most frequently in my internship duties.

So, maybe you don’t love Excel the same way I do.  That’s okay.  I don’t want you stealing my man anyway ;)

PS. There’s a whole blog of Tweets about Excel – Excel Theatre – no, I’m not one of them, but they’re still funny!

5 Responses to Officially a Nerd, Part 1

  1. Sarah Hill says:

    Lauren,

    This is great! When talking with interns, I find that CS&E 200 is the class that students find most at their internship. Keep wowing them with your Excel skills!!!

  2. Sarah Hill says:

    I left out a word…most HELPFUL at their internship

  3. Lauren Acton says:

    It really is a great course! The interns from other schools don’t have a required course like this, so they said that most of them skip it in favor of more marketing, accounting, etc. I almost wish we had MORE, I’d love to take a more advanced class!

  4. Mindy Moore says:

    I guess since I am your roommate that makes me a nerd too? I knew all of this and still enjoyed reading — My recommendation, go to Jersey Boys!

  5. Margie says:

    Lauren – I’m glad you’re proud of your Resident Nerd title – believe me, with your skills, you can laugh all the way to the bank :)

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