Guest post by Summer 2015 Intern, Bryce Peck. 

Hi there. My name is Bryce and I have the good fortune of being the Summer Intern here at Department Zero. If you’re reading this blog post you probably already know how cool this place is, so it’s easy to say I traveled a difficult road to get to this opportunity. The journey began in my senior year of high school when I stumbled my way into my school’s in-house marketing group. As a member of that group I learned the basics of advertising and was privileged with the ability to go out into my community during school hours to acquire real clients for my school. I instantly fell in love with the challenging and unorthodox culture of advertising and I wanted to pursue a degree in the industry.

That pursuit led me to Kansas State University where I learned just as much outside of the classroom as I did inside. I didn’t want to wait until I graduated to begin working a challenging and character developing job so I applied to be a resident assistant. Just like in my high school class, I was given a staggering amount of responsibilities for my age, and I loved it. I’m talking about freshman, international students, older residents and even full families living in my community and looking to me for help. Then I was asked to create and manage events for that diverse group. It may sound simple enough, but it actually takes a good deal of creativity and some strong teamwork to put on a program that attracts both traditional and nontraditional students. Despite how difficult and stressful throwing such an event could be, I truly enjoyed it. So when I heard about Department Zero and how they focused on experiential marketing I was instantly intrigued. It seemed like the perfect fit for my aspirations in advertising and background in event planning.

Just like your favorite pair of sneakers, no matter how well the fit may start it always gets better over time, and so my fit at Department Zero is getting even better by the day. I can’t imagine ever finding a workplace that fits my personality as well as this place. I am truly blessed and humbled to be privileged the opportunity to work with this elite group of individuals. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the journey that lies before me at Department Zero.

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