Welcome, Kathleen Sheil, for a second time to Cincibility! Read her earlier post here.
By Kathleen Sheil and Rachel Mecklenborg
On the night of Starfire U’s commencement, I was scared but at the same time I was proud of myself for accomplishing so many of my goals. I did many things I never thought I could do. I planned happy hours, a baby shower, and finished senior year with Starfire’s Annual Meeting, which was a night to remember.
Looking forward, I would like to keep my focus on event planning. I hope to find a volunteer or job opportunity in this area.
One of my friends, Rachel, has been helping me connect to others also interested in event planning. She’s a former event planner herself and loves meeting and talking with new people like I do.
We’ve met with event coordinators from a few different non-profits like Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mayerson Foundation, and American Cancer Society.
After meeting wonderful people and learning about some great organizations, I’ve decided to focus on planning parties for Make-A-Wish Foundation. I chose Make-A-Wish because I can plan parties and help children, which I’m also very passionate about.
I heard about Make-A-Wish Foundation from a young woman named Becky who was on my Capstone committee, and helped Starfire’s Annual Meeting be the huge success that it was. Becky now works at Make-A-Wish, and she thought volunteering would be perfect for me. I’ve filled out my volunteer form, and I can’t wait to get started. I’d like to help plan a Young Professionals Happy Hour for Make-A-Wish to spread the word about the organization and its mission. Eventually, I also look forward to planning Wish Parties for the children involved with Make-A-Wish.
This connecting process after my time at Starfire U has been very unique in so many ways. I am getting to know new people, and I’m beginning to feel like I’m living my event planning dream. The biggest challenge I struggle with is making sacrifices in my social life to accomplish my goals. I now realize my future comes first.
I can’t wait to reach for the stars in the event planning universe.