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Being an events apprentice…by Cheryl Cordingley

14 Oct iMADdu Blog | Comments Off
Being an events apprentice…by Cheryl Cordingley

Hi! This is Cheryl writing. I am the Events Apprentice at iMADdu this fall. Since this is an introductory post I will talk mostly about myself. I grew up in Herndon, VA and graduated from Westfield High School. Then I continued to Virginia Tech where I majored in Theatre Arts and minored in Women’s Studies. Now, I tell people this, but really what I did at VT was so much more. When I tell people that I majored in theatre they assume that I want to act, but in fact I focused on stage management, set design, and set construction and really don’t enjoy acting myself. Also, I actually started out with a Math major as well, so some people overlook the fact that I love working with numbers. In fact, I am also currently tutoring several students in high school level math and loving it.

So on to iMADdu. I found the position on internships.com and applied mostly because it was labeled as an events planning opportunity. But when I received a reply (much more than most of my inquires apparently warranted) I started really researching the company. The name caught my attention first. Making a difference has been a common theme in my life, from community outreach theatre to campus programs in college, and continues to be a goal of mine every day. Only after a discussion with Mona did I start to understand the depth of inspiration and drive behind iMADdu. On the selfish side, I wish I had had something like this while in school.

Through my soul searching the past 8 months or so, I have come to understand that I have very little knowledge of what I would like to eventually “do” and, after much difficulty, have come to embrace this. Talking with people at iMADdu has only encouraged me. I look forward to exploring the world of events planning, or as I sometimes call it business stage management, and discovering its intricacies and quirks.

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