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Background Info! February 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 15:23

Feb 8th 3:23 pm

OK so you may be asking yourself “Self, why is this chick so interested in working for TOMS Shoes?” well I’ll tell you the story behind it. Its actually a short story, but I think its pretty interesting.

On Feb 1st 2010, (exactly one week ago) Blake Mycoskie came to my school to speak. Now, I had heard of TOMS Shoes before but I really didnt look into it so much. I just didn’t bother to find out the history behind it. But then I saw that the founder was coming to speak so I thought this might be a good chance to go find out what this company was all about. So I went to hear him speak and WOW I cannot even put into words how I felt once I left his speech. I was so inspired I felt like I should go right out and do some community service work. I felt like I wanted to be apart of this company like a year ago and I felt a little disgruntled that all this time this company had been operating and I knew nothing about it. I couldn’t believe I was so ignorant of something that was so awesome! I mean, this company is like the business embodiment of everything I have been looking for in my life and that is not even a slight exaggeration. I knew I wanted a job that was laid back, with cool people, something with a purpose and a cause, something that was about more than making money. A job that I could feel good about, a place that will utilize ALL of my abilities including my creativity and unparalleled organizational skills….. a place just like TOMS!

Then I went into freak out mode. I realized that TOMS was a very desirable place of employment and I might not have a chance of getting in. I found this thing, I think it was on their blog, and it said that last year TOMS had 4,000 applicants for 10 positions……. TEN POSITIONS!!!!! and this was a year ago! Im sure there will be 1,000 more this year! What the heck was I thinking ? How did I expect to stand out in a stack of that many applicants. But then I found the name of a person who is currently interning at TOMS, Sarah Walpert. I looked her up on facebook and we chatted a little and she made me feel allot better, she made me think that I could have a chance after all. Maybe my dreams weren’t so impossible as I one thought. Just to quote a small part of our dialogue …….

Sarah:  “I think it’s great that you are so into TOMS… you have to be to work here, because like you said, it’s reallyyy competitive. On that note, they have to choose someone, right? So why shouldn’t that someone be you?”

She was absolutely right! Why shouldn’t they pick me? No reason I can think of. As a matter of fact, I think TOMS and I would be an excellent fit together. They would LOVE me! So I started on my quest. The mission: become apart of the TOMS family. How to do this? Well get the internship for one thing, and the deadline is fast approaching. I have exactly 20 days to complete the application with all the thought provoking questions, redo my resume and have it reviewed by as many people as possible, and write an amazing cover letter that will make TOMS realize that they want me just as much as I want them. Well I have allot of work to do so I better get to it!

Carpe Diem!

-Alecia

 

Hello world!

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 11:04

This is a blog I have created to track my quest to getting an internship with TOMS shoes. If you don’t know about TOMS you should really check out the site here, it’s a really amazing company and one day I will be employed there. :) Well I hope you enjoy the blog, it should be an interesting journey.

One for One

 

Countdown Extended…… May 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 13:14

So I’ve been getting allot of emails asking me about my application status so I thought I should let everybody know. I just heard from TOMS today and unfortunately I did not get the summer internship. I understand that they have so many awesome people apply and there just isnt room for us all but it still kind of sucks.

Oh well, I am off to my plan B destination for the summer and I will be applying for the internship again next year.

I probably wont be posting much over the summer because I plan to be really busy. But I will be back in full force as soon as the fall semester starts back up.

Until then. Ciao!

-Alecia

 

TOMS Blog April 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 14:20

Hey Everybody, Check out the new post on the TOMS Blog featuring my school and environmental organization (SAGE) on Earth Day!

http://www.toms.com/blog/node/824

 

TOMS @ Georgia Southern EARTH DAY!!! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 19:54

Every year the Student Alliance for a Green Earth (SAGE) hosts its annual Earth Day Celebration on campus at Georgia Southern University. Vendors and companies from all over town come together to support green living and and a healthy environment. This year SAGE’s Earth Day Celebration had a new and welcome addition. Merle Norman, the only TOMS vendor in Statesboro, came out to show off the newest line of TOMS Shoes. The students of Georgia Southern couldn’t be happier. TOMS Shoes fit right in with the theme of Earth Day especially with its special line of vegan wrap boots and classics. As the event went on a continuous line of students came by the TOMS table at Earth Day. Most of them overly excited to realize that there was a convenient location to purchase TOMS right in town. A Merle Norman associate brought out all of the latest styles that they had only seen online. Overall the day was a great success. TOMS and Mother Earth work well together and students cant wait to see what they will come up with next.

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What NOW?!?!??? April 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 22:25

Ok so now that the barefoot race is concluded and all of the One Day without Shoes madness is over, I find myself wondering, “What’s next?” Earth Day is coming up this week and my campus organization SAGE is having a huge event to celebrate the day. I have arranged for Merle Norman (the ONLY place in Statesboro that sells TOMS) to have a table set up to sell their TOMS so that’s pretty cool. We have some leftover finish line signs from the barefoot race so I think that we may have a couple mini barefoot races at the event. I’m not sure we will see how it goes.

Today is April 18th, it has been 7 weeks and 2 days since I submitted my application to TOMS and still no word. :( However, they say no news is good news. At least I haven’t received an email saying “Sorry you’re just not awesome enough to work here.” I’m pretty sure that they do tell you if they have decided not to pick you so I’m not uncrossing my fingers just yet… or my toes. The other day I asked my magic 8 ball if I would get the internship and it said “very likely” so let’s hope it’s right. The school year is winding down now and there is no more time for me to put on any more TOMS events in this semester. I guess I’ll just have to continue to spread the movement by telling the story every time someone compliments my shoes…. which happens allot, especially with the ones from Style Your Sole.  It’s so strange to me because I have never really cared about anything as much as I care about getting this internship and it really scares me that there is a possibility that I won’t get it….. But I haven’t been denied yet so for now I will keep my head up and my thoughts positive. I know that I deserve this internship and hopefully TOMS will see that too.

Until next time,

Ciao!

 

Barefoot Race In The News!!! April 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 22:24

Ok so it seems that the barefoot race got allot of people’s attention. Not just on campus but in the community as well. Some news organizations even picked up the story which is so awesome! The Barefoot Race was featured in The George Ann, The Statesboro Herald, The Boro News, and several multimedia communications majors even came out to cover the race for class assignments!

Here are some links to the sites that have posted barefoot race coverage. I’m not sure how long they will be active so check them out quick!

The Boro News

The Statesboro Herald

The George Ann

YouTube Slide Show by theboronews.com

 

No Shoes Allowed! April 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 21:17

As you all know, today was One Day Without Shoes….. Today was the most fun, incredible, eye opening, painful, meaningful day I have had in recent memory. You all also know that today was the barefoot race that I have been planning for the last most and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life!

The day started off with me getting on the bus barefoot to go to class. I got a few looks from people who didn’t know why I didn’t have shoes on, but they would soon be in the know because there were so many people at my school walking barefoot! I couldn’t believe it. I knew that the movement was big but I didn’t think that many people would actually go through with leaving their shoes home for a day. Everywhere I walked there were bare feet! It was awesome!

My first stop of the day was to pick up the finish line signs for the race, after that I headed outside where there was a table set up for all TOMS supporters. People were decorating shirts and signing a poster to pledge to be barefoot all day. This was all so amazing but I had to get to class so I was off. After my classes for the day were done, many barefoot students came together for a barefoot walk through campus.  We walked from one end of campus to the other and back again. (And Ga Southern is no small campus) My feet were screaming at me so loud by the time we were done but I knew it was for a purpose so I kept walking.

After the walk it was time to prepare for the barefoot race. Thankfully the SAGE members helped me out with this part and we came together to have a great time. When planning this race, I didn’t have high expectations for the amount of people who would come. Of course, I hoped that we would have allot of participants, but I didn’t want to count on that too much and be disappointed. Well, I was definitely not disappointed today. We had about fifty people to come out to the race which was awesome! Everybody came together and we had a great time! I knew that the race would be good promotion for the One for One Movement, but I had no idea how much fun it would be. It was so amazing for me to see this event that I built from scratch come to life and be so successful. All week I was so worried that things were going to go wrong. Was it going to rain? Were people seeing the posters we put up? Did people care enough about the movement to come out? In the end it all worked out great and I couldn’t be happier.

Another great thing about today was my experience with walking barefoot all day. Before today, if you asked me I would have told to in a second that I would walk around barefoot all the time if I could. Before today I truly believed that statement was true. But now I am fully aware of just how much I need and depend on my shoes. I still love to be barefoot in certain places like around the house or at the beach but I now know that it is not an easy or fun thing to be barefoot all the time. Realizing this just makes the work that TOMS does that much more important to me. I feel like my eyes have been opened. Although I know that I still have no idea what it is like to live on a daily basis without shoes, I got a little taste of it today and it is not easy. Now I can truly understand the words “Life is hard without shoes.”

Ciao!

-Alecia

 

Down To The Wire April 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — alecia4147 @ 13:21

Ok so were down to only 3 days until One Day Without Shoes and the barefoot race. Im really excited but a little overwhelmed at the moment. I thought that it would be no big deal to plan this whole thing by myself but now its starting to take a toll. Ive had some major accomplishments. The radio station will be there, the newspaper is covering it, Ive gotten all the supplies and the prizes all worked out. It just feels like a bit much to not have any support. I thought I would have my organization SAGE backing me up but I’m the only one that seems to care about it. Well…. that’s life, right? The good news is that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m racing toward it. Tomorrow I will continue handing out fliers and then Thursday will be here before I know it.

I’m also really excited to go barefoot all day on Thursday! This will be my first time doing it and its sure to be an unforgettable experience.

For now, I have to go hang some sheet signs on campus. Later!

Ciao!

 

 
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