Written by Foundling Guest Blogger, Tiana, a Graduate of The Foundling’s Road to Success Program
Wow! I can not believe that I am going in to my senior year at Spelman College! It seems like it was just yesterday that I moved into Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall, my freshman dorm, on the hottest day of the year.
My time at Spelman has been unbelievably amazing, from interning with AT&T every summer, to serving as the Vice President and Communications Coordinator of Spelman College’s first LGBTQIA+ organization — plus experiencing one of the best homecoming celebrations on earth and building lifelong ties with my Spelman sisters. Spelman College has taught me so much, and I am extremely excited for what is coming!
During my time at Spelman College I have had the opportunity to rotate through three different internships with AT&T: Market Sales and Execution, Small Business Solutions, and Sales Operations and Corporate Communications. I even served as their Campus Brand Ambassador for the Atlanta University Center Consortium.
Each experience was completely different. The Market Sales and Execution internship afforded me the opportunity to learn the retail side of the business. I was able to interact with retail representatives, visit various stores, and track results on each of the stores in the New York and New Jersey areas.
Next, I embarked on the Small Business Solutions journey. I was uber excited because my dream goal is to eventually start my own small business. I did not learn everything about what it takes to run a small business, but I did have the chance to interact with small businesses that have service through AT&T. It was here that I realized my love for sales. I became an Excel aficionado, and even cold-called potential and current clients. I shadowed various account managers and was able to sit in on client meetings. While between rotations, I was selected to serve as a Campus Brand Ambassador. I was able to host informational sessions and give my friends the opportunity to join me at AT&T.
My current and final rotation with AT&T is within the Sales Operations and Corporate Communication department. My presence here will not go unnoticed, as I helped work on communications pertaining to the merger of Time Warner/Spectrum and AT&T!
On May 19, 2019, I will be graduating from Spelman, the country’s No. 1 historically black university, as a Political Science major. However, I did not begin my college journey that way. First I was an Economics major, then I switched to Sociology, and finally I fell in love with Political Science in the second semester of my sophomore year.
Tiana was a Foundling Road to Success student who still talks with her tutor for help and guidance while away at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, which is currently ranked as the top HBCU in the United States. Tiana has written multiple posts on her experiences at Spelman College, and you can read two of them at the links below!
- My Life at Spelman College: Interview with Foundling Guest Blogger, Tiana
- A View Inside My First Semester of College | Foundling Guest Blogger, Tiana (December 2015)
- Q&A With Stand-Out Road to Success Student