Written by: Lauren Acton
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!
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!