Meet the Interns: Zander Ketchum
School: University of Northern Iowa || Major: Digital Media Journalism & Communication
Meet Zander, one of the interns for the Bright Foundation. Zander is a junior, double-majoring in Digital Media Journalism and Communication. Zander’s favorite way to waste time is watching Survivor because he finds it fascinating how the different relationships and deceptions form. He also loves spending time with his dog and writing in his journal. Scroll to read Zander’s interview to discover something he has learned outside of class that has to do with relationships with others and to learn about his role as an intern!
Why did you decide to apply for this internship?
It honestly was something I thought about awhile ago. I knew I had to get an internship for my major, but I never knew what exactly I wanted to do. I remember thinking to myself, I wish my scholarship foundation had some sort of internship program. As the time came for me to start looking, opportunity knocked on my door through an email. At the moment, I knew I had to apply and try my best to get the position. I have always been so grateful for the Bright Foundation and felt as though I could give back in some way by being their intern. Also, I literally thought about this idea a year or so ago, so it’s like a dream come true and I have enjoyed every moment thus far.
What is your role as an intern?
My role as an intern is to combine my knowledge of social media, technology, graphic design, and technical writing with creativity. I help mostly with Instagram and Twitter but also help with other aspects as well. Instagram is very visually based so I spend a majority of my time trying to make graphics that are pleasing to the eye as well as matching our aesthetic and upholding what the Bright Foundation stands for.
How do you deal with stress or what helps?
To deal with stress, I have to be alone. I have to seclude myself and just take some quiet time to myself to relax. I get very overwhelmed with stress, so to help, I stop whatever I am doing and try to remind myself of the bigger picture of life.
What is your favorite way to waste time?
My favorite way to waste time is to watch Survivor. I love every aspect of the show and think it is very fascinating to see different relationships and deceptions form and how other humans treat people just based on first impressions and ability. Aside from my favorite show, I love to spend time with my dog, even if that is just laying next to him and petting him for a long time. I enjoy writing and getting all of the thoughts out of my head, as well as making poems and my own quotes to live by.
What is something you have learned outside of class?
I have learned that you cannot expect anything from someone, even if you do something for them. If you want to do something for someone, do it out of the kindness of your heart or establish boundaries and expectations. Don’t be mad at someone because they do not automatically do a favor for you. Everyone has a busy life too, and sometimes, people may just not want to do something.