Derrill Miller, J. - 2013 WIU Graduate
College is a time where we go into a new life journey not knowing what the future will bring, but it’s always best to know that with hard work, a vision, mission, and dedication the world will open up and give you great things. When I first started college I never imagined the road I would travel. The start of my second semester of my sophomore year I was selected to travel with 20 other college students on an all expense paid trip to South Africa with Coca-Cola, that introduced me to a new culture and experience.
While on the trip The Coca-Cola team became family and vowed to help us reach our goals for the near future. As my internship came around for graduation, I called those at Coca-Cola and expressed how I needed to fulfill a requirement for school, and they made it happen. The summer of 2012 I moved to Atlanta, GA to intern as a Coke Ambassador that gave me hands on experience and knowledge in a rich growing company. I had the opportunity to learn the history of Coca-Cola, interact with “guests” as they visited The World of Coca-Cola attractions, and even help with major corporate events. Once my internship ended, I knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing company and team.
In the start of 2013, I started my research on finding the best position that I knew I could excel at, that position was for an assistant event planner for a new marketing project Coca-Cola started in New York City. It was a process in receiving the job, but I kept an open mind and within a mater of time I was offered the position as assistant event planner for Coca-Cola in New York City. I’m excited and scared at the same time, but with the help of WIU Career Services and my mentors I know I’m prepared to take on New York and this exciting start doing what I love.
My wish is that every student takes on every opportunity that comes knocking, enjoy it, use it, and build from it. I never knew this experience would have turned into my first career after college.