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Meet Courtney Crites, McMaster University Student + The Newest Member of the OCC Content Team!

Aug 29, 2022 03:10 PM
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Hi friends, and welcome to Outcome Campus Connect! I’m so excited for you to get to know me, and to have the opportunity to {connect}!

My name is Courtney and I’m heading into my fifth (and final) year at McMaster University in the Honours Commerce with Internship program. If you don’t know what commerce is (there are so many people who look confused when I tell them what I study, so you’re not alone), I’m essentially in a general business degree program, but I get to focus on whatever interests me the most - which is both marketing and human resources. I’ve also already completed a minor in Innovation, which essentially focuses a lot on entrepreneurship, mostly because it’s interesting to me, but also because it sounds cool. Post-grad I’m hoping to go to college for a year to study public relations, and hope to get into something like corporate communications or influencer marketing, but of course, that is all TBD (to be determined).

Over the past year I had the privilege of working in two internships, which were both phenomenal experiences. For 12 months, I worked as a Customer Success Intern for a tech company, which taught me a lot about relationship management, becoming integrated in an organization, and time management. Now, I’m just about to finish a 4-month Communications Internship for a municipality - this has taught me so much about communications, my ability to be creative and problem solve, and the importance of being adaptable to change.

My biggest takeaways from my latest work experiences are:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions - your coworkers just want to see you grow and succeed! 
    Always offer your helping hand and show your eagerness to learn, and desire to immerse yourself in the company.
  • Stay curious! Take advantage of networking internally and of personal/professional opportunities/workshops offered by your employer!

As a new member of the OCC Content team, I’m most excited to get more experience in writing and content creation, to share my experiences and knowledge with others, to connect with both students and professionals, and especially, to be creative!

If you made it this far, I wanted to share some less-exciting but still fun facts about me - some things I love are: sunsets, going for walks and hikes, working at coffee shops, pottery, dancing (tap is my favourite), and spending time with my lovely friends and family.

Stay tuned for future blog posts and fun content by yours truly!

I’m so excited to share any insights I have and of course, what I continue to learn along the way.