Meet the Intern: Amber Hagler
School: Iowa State University || Major: Advertising
Meet Amber, our newest Digital Media intern for the Bright Foundation! Amber is a freshman at Iowa State University majoring in Advertising and is excited to help increase the Bright Foundation’s social media engagement as well as bring in a new, fresh perspective. Hear more about her role by reading her full interview!
Why did you decide to apply for this internship?
When I got the initial email, I thought it would be a really cool to work with the foundation that changed my entire college experience and has had such a big impact on my life. I saw the internship as a way to expand my skill set into a more professional setting, while also doing something I enjoy. I have always been interested in, and done some work in, content creation so for me it was a perfect opportunity. Even though I am just a freshman, I knew it was an experience I did not want to miss out on, so I went for it.
What is your role as an intern?
My role as an intern is to use my experience, creativity, knowledge, and perspective to assist in elevating the Bright Foundation’s digital presence. Using my experience and creativity, I help in making graphics for social media. While using my knowledge and perspective, I am working on increasing engagement and connecting scholars like myself with resources and each other. I am also trying to create new content and ideas that are still representative of the Foundation.
How do you deal with stress or what helps?
One of the things that helps me the most with stress is exercise and going to the gym. I use it as an opportunity to spend time alone, listen to music and stop thinking about everything else going on. For me, taking care of my body improves my overall mental health and increases my general attitude. I think it is a great way to take your mind off of things and is an important part of self-care.
What is your favorite way to waste time?
My favorite way to waste time is photography. I run my own photography business on the side and that is what I do in my free time. For me, it is a way to be creative and socialize within my community while doing something I love. I enjoy taking portraits, shooting at events, and capturing moments that people will remember for a lifetime.
What is something you have learned outside of class?
An important lesson I have learned is to find joy and happiness in the small things. A lot of the time life can be super overwhelming so it makes a big difference when you put meaning behind your actions, no matter how important. I learned that when having a positive mindset behind everything you do, that mindset stays around in times when it is needed.