Big Break: Enjoying the ride

Posted by Mitchell Communications Group on March 21, 2014

Each year, Mitchell Communications Group recruits college students from across the country to spend their spring break with us in Northwest Arkansas for an all-expense paid, mini internship known as Big Break. For one week, interns are immersed in a real-life agency setting where they receive extensive training, meet with clients, create a strategic communications plan and more. This is the big week – and our interns will be using this space to provide a glimpse into their journey:


Day 4 of Big Break 2014 could best be described by the word “hustle.” Ironically, we had a nice conversation about Olympic speed walking at dinner, but that’s not what I am talking about. After much deliberation, we created our strategies and it feels like we sprinted a marathon with them. Now, I am sitting on my bed in the Chancellor Hotel thinking about how the past four days have flown by so quickly.

A big thing that they talk about at Mitchell is enjoying the ride. I knew before I began the internship that I was going to be challenged, but I had no idea that I was going to have a blast.

It’s easy to enjoy the ride at Mitchell when you see real people acting like real people. It’s hard to describe, but I feel like I’ve finally given myself permission to just love my own brand because of the people who I have been around this week.

ToriAbellera_BigBreak2014I felt so free when I realized that professionals I admire love bacon just as much as I do. They appreciate the remedies that dark chocolate provides. Chances are, they understand wearing thick-rimmed glasses because it makes me feel just a little bit cooler.

If there is one thing that I want to communicate it is that life doesn’t have to be a race or a marathon. It should be exactly what you make it. It could be a gallop, a trot, a waltz ... a ride.

-- Tori Abellera, Ouachita Baptist University