Journal Entry #1: Getting Started
"One thing that has gotten my project off the ground is my mentor. My mentor has made me feel reassured that I made the right decision in choosing to intern at the Mansfield IDC with her positivity and approachability. Her name is Professor Krista Hill Cummings and she is a Marketing professor at Babson College but conveniently lives in Mansfield, MA."
Journal Entry #2: Fieldwork : First 8 Hours
"One of my tasks was to interview a small business in Mansfield and ask a couple of specific questions and then take photos. When I received this e-mail from my mentor, I was genuinely excited! I really liked how I had all the freedom to choose which business I wanted and ask the questions and take the images that I wanted to. It actually felt like a real internship in which I had to be independent and mature. I really appreciated that my mentor Krista Hill trusted me to do this task."
Journal Entry #3: Fieldwork 2nd Part
"I tweeted at Boloco, Panera, Legal Sea Food and Sweetgreen. Boloco and Sweetgreen both acknowledged the tweets, but Panera and Legal Sea Food did not. This is explainable though, because the two companies that replied are scaled much smaller than the bigger chain restaurants. I really liked being able to interact with these companies because even though there is a slim chance that this will actually get them integrated in the downtown of Mansfield, I thought that it was a really cool experience to say that if for some reason they did, I would have influenced their decision."
Throughout my Applied Learning Project, I kept journal entries that reflected my experiences, struggles, accomplishments, and thoughts regarding my progress. Below are two excerpts from my first two journal entries describing how I started my project and the first 8 hours of fieldwork.