My name is Becky Cressy, and I am the Better World Books/ Sigma Tau Delta Summer Intern of 2011! I am a rising senior at Plymouth State University, in Plymouth, NH, and have lived in New Hampshire all of my life! At PSU, I am an English Major, with an option in Teacher Certification in grades 5-12, and am also pursuing minors in both Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. When I am not in class at PSU, I am the student employee of the Women’s Studies Council, a Peer Educator and office worker at the holistic health “Wellness Center”, and a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. PSU has a “Freshman Abroad” program, and so I spent my first semester of my freshman year studying at Limerick University in Limerick, Ireland! I am the youngest of five children, and my favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowery.
When I joined Sigma Tau Delta, in the spring of 2010, I had no idea that a year later I would find myself as an intern for Better World Books (BWB), in Alpharetta, GA. Before becoming a member of Sigma Tau Delta, I had helped the group with a book drive through BWB, and since then, we have completed two more! As a future English teacher, I loved the idea of working with a company that helped promote literacy around the world, while helping our campus become more sustainable.
After completing our second book drive through Better World Books, I was informed by my BWB contact that there was a unique opportunity available that I should apply for – a 6-week summer internship for a Sigma Tau Delta member who had worked on a book drive through Better World Books! Thinking it was a long shot, but absolutely something I was interested in, I sent in my resume and hoped for the best! After some interviews and a lot of hoping and wishing, it was announced at the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta Convention that I would be the summer intern at Better World Books!
While in Georgia, (a state that I have never visited before) opportunities that I would never have imagined before have come up for me! I am living at Emory University, in housing set aside for summer interns in the area. With this community of interns, I am able to share my experience and the experiences of others from all different internships in the area, helping to make my learning experience exponentially larger. In addition to working on research projects in the office, I’ll meet with the managers and VPs of several departments within BWB, allowing me to understand as many aspects of BWB as possible, and the people who make it the unique company that is it. Within the next few weeks, I get to participate in “Atlanta Streets Alive!” on June 25, and hopefully the Amplifying Education book drive with the band Dispatch on June 21!
As I am nearing the half-way point of my internship (I can’t believe how quickly it is flying by!), I have already learned so much from my time with the BWB team! At BWB, I am constantly reminded that my thoughts and actions are meaningful. While some college students spend their internships making copies and delivering coffee, I have never questioned that I am valued member of the team, and that the research I am doing is important to the company and to the Better World they are striving to create. Everyone here at BWB has made a huge effort to reach out and welcome me into the office, while encouraging me to speak up and ask questions often. This experience has not only given me insight into the world of social enterprise and good business, but that every single person involved in that business should be valued and encouraged. This has been (and will continue to be) a wonderful learning and growing experience for me! Thanks BWB!