Hello, everyone and greetings from all of us here in Washington, D.C.!
If you’ve had the opportunity to read any of the past blogs, I’m sure you can see we are having a blast here! I cannot wait to share with you all what we experienced today, but before that I will tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Brenda Feasby and I grew up in a small town called Payne, Ohio. I now attend school at the University of Northwestern Ohio located in Lima, Ohio, where I am pursuing a degree in Sports Marketing and Management. Once I graduate from college, I plan on using my degree to pursue a job in public relations or advertising for a sports team; preferably baseball. While attending UNOH, I also get the tremendous pleasure of playing outfield for the Lady Racers softball team! When I am not in the classroom learning, out on the field playing ball, or helping out with the Red Cross. I also get to take part in being our schools mascot, Torque, and practicing my toe touches for athletic events. Now that you have gotten to know me a little bit more; let’s dig in to what we got to learn today! Day five has been nothing short of incredible. Our day began in the Red Cross Headquarters where we had the chance to take part in phone calls with our designated DRD representative. DRD stands for Donor Recruitment Department and those representatives are the people helping us plan and schedule our blood drives at our schools.
My DRD is a wonderful lady named Ms. Marianne Hardesty and our conversation was extremely beneficial. Luckily for me, I have already had the tremendous pleasure of getting to meet Ms. Hardesty in person a few months ago when I helped out with my second blood drive at UNOH. Not only did we get to talk about the statistics of blood drives at my school, but we also got the chance to catch up and see how one another had been doing since the time we last spoke. The conversation we had ranged from talking about previous blood drives stats that we had hosted at schools, as well as some new ideas I plan on bringing back to my campus in the fall. The highlight of the conversation for me was when we discussed that upon my arrival back to Ohio from Washington, D.C., she would like to take not only myself and her, but also Ms. Alexandra Cole, District Manager for the Red Cross in the Indiana-Ohio region, to the main offices of the Red Cross for our region located in Ft. Wayne Indiana. There, they will be able to show me some of the behind-the-scenes of blood drive operations and also which dates would be the most effective in comparison to our statistics to host a blood drive. Overall, we all had pleasant and productive phone calls with our DRD’s from home. I cannot wait to meet with Ms. Hardesty and Ms. Cole when I get back to Ohio to share with them all the fun and innovative ideas I have to implement back on campus to help our blood drives be a success! Once everyone finished their phone calls, we met with our first presenter for the day, Ms. Patricia Brunker. We learned that not only does Ms. Brunker have an extensive background and knowledge in regards to the field of transfusion medicine for the Red Cross, but she also has a great Scottish accent! Ms. Brunker does a lot for the Red Cross especially in regards to studying and performing tremendous amounts of research on several different components of blood, such as: what it contains, the requirements of a typical blood patient, young donors, and donation for athletes. During her presentation, she was able to touch base on all these subjects and provide us with numerous pieces of information. The cool part about Ms. Brunker’s presentation was that before we got started she actually shared with us that she was currently on call and might have to stop briefly to take a call. Sure enough, about twenty-five minutes into her presentation she was called in regards to a blood unit situation.
Once she finished her call, she shared with us the details of the case and showed us how she handles situations like that on a daily basis. By doing that, she made it much more personal and we were able to listen and interpret exactly what goes on behind the scenes. It is pretty cool to think that she deals with situations like this all the time; I thought it was really neat that she got to share her true authentic self with us during our time together. Once we finished speaking with her our next guest speaker entered the room and his name was Mr. Nathan Groce. Mr. Groce is in presented to us about making the jump from the “Classroom to the Boardroom”. While talking with us he shared some insight on a few key topics and also stressed the importance of developing not only good job skills, but broadening our intellectual skills when searching and applying for a job. He touched base with us on how important it is to perfect our resume basics such as outline and content when going into a place of employment. Also, when looking for a job it is important to keep a checklist handy when searching. For example, one needs to know themselves and where it is exactly that they see themselves wanting to work. Second, is to properly prepare for the interview or even looking at various social media outlets and cleaning up your own content as a means to keep employers from finding anything suspicious. Mr. Groce gave us a lot of beneficial tips and advice that we will all be able to contribute and apply when looking for jobs in the future. Finally, the last speaker we met with today was Ms. Amy Daly. Ms. Daly is the Client Relations Program Director at the American Red Cross whose primary focus is helping advertise and propose more youth programs around the nation.
She spoke with us about some valuable advice on not only these awesome programs, but also tips on how to start Red Cross clubs on our campuses. The information she provided us consisted of how to submit and register our Red Cross club registration forms and also the appropriate number of people to have in our clubs. I cannot wait to incorporate the tips she gave us upon arrival back to Lima. I’m sure they will have an awesome impact on all the students! Once we finished hearing from Ms. Daly, we did our debriefing on the day. During this time, we took a few minutes to think of a word that describes our current state thus far into the program here. Everyone then stood up in front of the room and explained the word they chose; then we all took turns taping them up on the poster board. The word I chose that I believed best fit me in my current sate was “prepared.” I chose this word because I believe that this far into the program I have learned many helpful tips and tricks that I feel as though I now know more about this organization and fun creative ways to implement my ideas on campus; therefore, being prepared is something I feel more confident about. Being prepared is something that gives me reassurance and energy to get started at UNOH. Once we completed our debriefing, we had the rest of the night to go and venture off on our own. We all decided to make our way over to one of the Smithsonian museums and decided on the Air and Space museum. We got the chance to see a lot of historic artifacts such as Amelia Earhart’s flying equipment that she had with her on her many aviary missions; as well as the original propeller that the Wright Brothers used in their first airplane model. After we made our way through the entire museum we all split up. Half of us decided to take an Uber back to the dorms where we then walked a few blocks to get some pizza at a place called Custom Fuel.
The other group decided to get food from a really good barbecue restaurant before venturing back to the dorms. So far, my time here in D.C. has been incredible. It has been great hearing from not only all the speakers, but my peers as well. I have loved the opportunity of getting to talk and know more about them and their families as well as their dreams and future career goals. I cannot wait to see what the next and final week of this outstanding program has in store for us. I’m sure whatever it is will only continue to grow in excitement and improve our leadership skills even more. Thanks for reading!