Meet Spring Intern Christian Casagranda

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Major: Public Relations

Minor: Journalism

Extracurricular: Quinnipiac Men’s Soccer Team

Graduation: May, 2019


Where are you from?

Brooklyn, New York

What are you studying at Quinnipiac and why?

I am studying public relations because I want to one day own my own sports public relations firm. I want to work with professional events and professional athletes.

What extracurricular activities do you participate in on campus?

I am a member of the soccer team on campus.

Where do you find your motivation to succeed?

I think of where I am now and where I want to go. Everything I do now is in preparation to achieve my future goals. I also look at my bank account and get some little extra motivation as well!

During your free time, what are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about supporting my favorite soccer team, A.C Milan. I watch their games every weekend and when I watch their games I usually scream at the television the entire 90 minutes.

What is the most exciting place that you have traveled to?

The most exciting place I have ever traveled to is Barcelona. The food is incredible and the weather is a nice addition. It is also located right near the water giving the city a nice little breeze. The scenery is beautiful.

If you could check off an item on your bucket list tomorrow what would it be?

To work a professional sporting event and be featured and get some airtime on television.

Where is your dream place to live?

Don’t really have a dream place to live, however I would like to visit Los Angeles. It is a major city, yet has a relaxing vibe. It’s also warm and close to the beach, which is a plus.

What is your favorite thing about Quinnipiac?

The people and the scenery. I also really like my professors. They are full of knowledge and are always open to helping me when needed.

Meet Spring Intern Mckenna Cassford

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Major: Human Resources
Minor: Sociology & Marketing
Extracurricular: Bryant University Student Ambassador, Office of Admission Student Coordinator
Graduation: May, 2019


Why did you choose Bryant University?

Bryant was actually the first school that I toured and I instantly fell in love. I loved the way their program is structured so that I could major in the School of Business and still have a minor in the School of Science. While I enjoy Human Resources, I also love Sociology and wanted to be able to pursue it further.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose Human Resources because I love working with people and I do similar work at my job on campus.

What is your favorite part about this internship?

My favorite part of this internship has to be sitting in on interviews and observing to refine my own skills. I look forward to coming in each day knowing that I will learn something new.

Have you had any other internships?

I have not. Through my work as Student Coordinator in the Admission Office at Bryant, I have gained a lot of insight into the on-boarding, training, and personnel management side of HR. It was my campus job that inspired me to enter the world of HR.

What motivates you?

My motivation stems from wanting to be a positive influence for my 2 younger sisters. I’ve always wanted to be a good role model for them and motivate them to be the best that they can be.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I hope to have a steady life and to have traveled to at least some of my bucket list destinations. A dog is also a must!

What are your hobbies?

In my spare time I love hiking, reading, watching Netflix, and traveling. I’m always planning my next trip, currently I am looking into hiking trails in Acadia National Park for my trip in April!

Where is the one place you want to travel in your lifetime?

One of the first places on my bucket list is Athens, Greece. I was (am) a major nerd and have always loved everything about Ancient Greece.

What is the most exciting place you have ever been to?

The most exciting place I have ever been has to be the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico. While I am a big beach girl, taking the day trip to the ruins was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.

What are you most passionate about?

I’m passionate about my family, my friends, the environment, music, and history. With that said, my friends and family are not as passionate about my random fun facts and music choice as I am.

Does this Shirt go with these Jeans?

In many ways a first interview and a first date are very similar. A first date is an opportunity to present the best version of yourself to an individual who has no prior knowledge of you who are.  Essentially, the goal of a first date is to convince your date to consider you attractive or appealing in order to influence their decision to continue seeing you. Or it’s the opposite and you worry the whole time what embarrassing thing they’re going to do next and how you can possibly leave sooner.

My first date was not like your typical first date. The whole time I was looking for a way to somehow get out of there. We went to a very nice restaurant and he acted like a child. He showed up dressed very causally, was mean to the waitress, and he kept eating food off my plate when he was finished with his. So needless to say this date was clearly not a cultural fit for me.

On the other side of the coin, the goal of your first interview is to convince the company to hire you. Candidates for a job are selling themselves to their potential employers in order to distinguish themselves from other applicants, but also to prove that they are the best fit for the company. The purpose of interviewing is to determine if a candidate is a good match for a company, in terms of culture and experience.

A few weeks after my first date I was asked to be interviewed for the first time. When I was asked I got very nervous and my mom told me.

“Don’t be nervous, an interview is just like a date.”


Oh great! Just what I wanted to hear after my horrible first date experience. But, I didn’t let this stop me and I went on my first interview. It ended up going much better than I thought and it’s because I was able to successfully influence the hiring manager by letting them see who I was.

Prior to the first interview, I questioned myself; How should I act? Am I what they are looking for? Why do they want to see me? What should I wear? Are we going to have common interests?

All these questions made me nervous and made me second guess myself. But, I didn’t let them, I answered right back with my greatest strength keeping in mind these four tips:

BE WHO YOU ARE. You will be far more comfortable and confident being no one other than yourself. Do not deviate from doing or saying anything that you normally wouldn’t. Potential employers can detect candidates who are simply saying things that the employer wants to hear. Employers are interviewing you because the want to know more about who YOU are. They don’t want to hear the textbook answers to interview questions, so give them what they want! In order to do well, you must be the best version of yourself.

CONFIDENCE IS KEY. They want you because you are smart, organized, honest, and have a personality that fits in their culture and mission. Focus on conveying the traits you have that you think makes you distinguishable from other applicants, but also makes you a seamless addition to the company.

DRESS TO IMPRESS. Try on the outfit the night before. Be careful of rainbow hair and florescent nails. Look sharp, clean, appropriate, and professional enough to catch peoples eye.  Look the part! Wear something that makes you feel good that is suitable for the company, and if you have questions, ask! Look good, feel good, work great!

BE SPONTANEOUS. Don’t plan for things to happen a certain way or have any prior expectations.  Let the conversation flow naturally. Don’t be scared to deviate from your original talking points if the conversation goes in a different direction than you anticipated. Be open to different possibilities because a new opportunity may surprise you.

Tips are great to help you prep beforehand, but what happens when you are a minute away and it hits you that this is actually happening? Don’t panic and remember these four things in the moment:

First impressions matter.

Both your interview and date start the second you walk through the door. People never forget what they thought and felt the first time they met you. There’s no re-do or rewind for first impressions, so take yours seriously!


Come with a checklist.

It is a two- way street. You want to make sure you love the company or the guy as much as they love you. You want to establish what key core values are going to be critical that the company or your date has that matches your values.


Don’t complain about your past.

Avoid complaining about a previous employer that you hate or an ex you could do without. Instead, discuss what these challenging or negative experiences taught you and how they have influenced your actions moving forward. This will demonstrate your ability to think critically and consciously about how you act, which is attractive to future employers and dates.

Send a note.

A little note of appreciation goes a long way. Thanking an employer for the opportunity of having an interview or telling a date that you enjoyed the time both show that you took the time seriously. Don’t wait for them to send you something first. Acknowledging the time spent by showing respect reflects your interest and commitment to taking further steps.


After all, both interactions come down to similar questions, such as whether you can picture yourself being with the other person or potential employer. It is important to be adaptable to different personalities you encounter on future interviews and dates. There will always be crazy, unique, awkward and seemingly unexplainable personalities of people you encounter; however, being able to handle yourself in any situation, with anyone, whether the experience is going good or bad, is something that I learned made me most successful in both an interview and a first date.


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