Hey, everyone! My name’s Vanessa Bermeo, and I’m from Mount Kisco, New York. I’m a senior at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York, and I plan on attending The University of Iowa for the next four years. I plan to major in Journalism and Mass Communications. I’ve always been fascinated with social media marketing because I’m really into Instagram and other social media platforms.  I’m an avid Instagram user, and the idea of being able to manage other people’s Instagrams for them piques my interest!

My parents are from Ecuador and haven’t gone to college so I’m excited to be the first in my family! Growing up as a minority, in Westchester County was tough, to say the least. There was always the stigma that Hispanics wouldn’t succeed at my school, and I’m proud to say that I’ve defeated that stereotype and am going to well-recognized university. As a first generation student, I’m looking forward to the entire college experience! I’m not exactly sure what my college years will entail but I’m psyched to be living on my own. One thing I am sure I am doing during my college years is joining their local newspaper, The Daily Iowan.

Besides being a minority and enduring the hardships that come along with it, I was also raised around machismo culture. This meant having my dad repeatedly tell me that in order to find a husband, I had to be the perfect housewife. Most of my childhood years were spent cleaning the house so I wouldn’t be scolded. Also, if I ever wanted to leave the house, I had to make sure I cleaned or else I wouldn’t be allowed out for the day. This is another reason why I am excited to go off to school because I want to prove to my dad that I can do more than just clean.

Some of you may be wondering how I’m interning during the school year. Luckily, my school offers a program called ASPIRE, in which students from the senior class are exempt from class and finals, if they find an internship. The point of this program is to allow students to explore careers they might want to pursue in the future and gain experience. As of now, I do not have any marketing or communications experience, but with this internship, I’m looking forward to working with a team and gaining more knowledge about the communication industry. I’m excited to meet actual clients, and learn about what Texter Communications does for others!

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Hello! I'm Catherine Guerra. I’m from Bedford Hills, New York, just a short train ride away from NYC. Currently, I'm a senior at Fox Lane High School and excited to be heading off to Lafayette College this fall.

I'm a first generation student with Guatemalan parents. They've taught me to be the driven, optimistic, and quick-witted person I am. They also taught me Spanish growing up, so that may be why I'm a self-proclaimed polyglot. I love learning new languages. I've been studying French in school since I was 12, and I’ve recently been trying to teach myself Korean.

As fun as communicating with people is, connecting with animals is even better. I grew up with three rabbits, a dog, and I even used to feed neighborhood cats with the local “cat lady.” I moved often until high school, but two things always stayed the same: my family (pets included) and my school district.

I’ve always been drawn to languages and psychology, and most recently, it has been digital marketing. Since I’m very interested in marketing, I hope to double major in that and Psychology. I might explore the option of designing my own major because a marketing major isn’t offered at Lafayette.

This is my first internship, but I am really excited to be a part of the team! I have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint because of the Mastering Microsoft course offered at my school, but being a teenager in today’s world requires me to have knowledge about most social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr too.

This being my first internship, I have a few expectations. First off, I know I will be taking on more responsibility. I will have to be self-sufficient in getting things done well and on time since I am not just representing myself anymore. My goal is to be more independent when it comes to that sort of stuff. I don't want to have a future employer constantly remind me of what to do or when to do it. Most importantly, I expect this internship to help me determine if this is a career path I will want to keep pursuing.

I want to learn more about marketing in general. If it bores me, then I guess I have to look for something else to do with my life, but I really hope it doesn't! I know this internship will show me how to use social media for a purpose other than personal. That being said, I want to gain self-control and not get distracted by temptations on my phone and laptop.

This is a lot of information to take in, but please feel free to reach out to me or fellow Texter Team members!