Opportunities Beyond the Ridge

by Rachel Gromlovits on November 9, 2017
Opportunities Beyond the Ridge

Rachel Gromlovits is a student in the master of business administration program. She is also a graduate assistant in the Office of Career Services. 

As a Niagara University undergrad, the opportunities for me to expand my knowledge and experience beyond the classroom have been endless, and I am forever grateful to now be able to take advantage of more opportunities on and off Monteagle Ridge as a graduate student. Although I have tons of memories to cherish from my on-campus experiences through clubs and leadership opportunities, one of my favorite experiences occurred this past summer, far off the ridge in Sandusky, Ohio.

Immediately following my undergraduate graduation in May, I packed my bags and moved to “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” Cedar Point, a place that was more than just an amusement park, but a vacation destination that exemplified my childhood. For the next several months, I worked full-time as a Digital Communications Intern in their marketing department, focusing on video production and social media. I was able to put my educational background in Communication Studies to work, and more importantly, enhance my professional creative skills and portfolio. As someone who grew up as a self-proclaimed “roller coaster nerd” - especially for Cedar Point’s record-breaking scream machines - it was incredible to be on the other side of the camera producing content for social media platforms delivered to thousands upon thousands of fans.

Over a decade ago, I told myself that one day I would spend my summer working at Cedar Point. I didn’t know that my dream would eventually come to fruition, and even better, it related perfectly with my career aspirations of working in marketing communications, and I was even able to get course credit for it in the MBA program. It saddens me to know that this once-in-a-lifetime experience has come to an end, but I am proud of myself for taking on this new challenge and exceeding my expectations of what this internship could do for me. What I have gained from my Cedar Point internship goes far beyond marketing skills and portfolio projects, and I am certain that what I have learned will stay with me forever in both my professional and personal life.

For more information on the master of business administration program, please contact the MBA Office at mba@niagara.edu or 716.286.8051.