Looking back on my semester spent at INIE leaves me bittersweet. I’m going to miss the work I did for them and am sad to leave before a lot of the ideas for restructuring I had are put in place. There are many different things I learned during my time at INIE, none more important than the importance of passion. I learned how important it is to have a passionate, open-minded team around you and how to lead that team through an objective. These are lessons that I will take with me for not only the rest of my undergraduate career, but the rest of my life.
While my time at INIE wasn’t necessarily the most exciting thing I’ve ever done, I learned valuable skills and practical life lessons that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. I know understand what it means to actually work in a team environment, and exactly how strong of an impact the people around you have. The membership development campaign I created and the research done for it showed me how much people value quality and will overlook other things if they feel as if they are getting value. If people feel good about spending their money, they are more likely to do so again. Working with Jessica and Alexa showed me what good leaders looked like and how to emulate that with a team of my own. From the other interns at INIE, I learned that everyone has a different and unique skill set and you shouldn’t put someone down because they think differently than you. There are positives and negatives to every situation, the trick is to stay open-minded and listen to those around you. Once again, I’m very happy with my semester at INIE am looking forward to my next internship at RedEye Coffee.
A day to give back after the consumer frenzy Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Meant to make people think about the true nature of the holiday, Giving Tuesday is a day that should be devoted to giving back to the community. While it is an absolutely novel idea, it really holds real and practical results that benefit communities and nonprofits world wide. With over 1 million gifts given and close to $200 million raised online, Giving Tuesday is growing and expanding with each coming year. I think Giving Tuesday is something that is sorely needed during the holiday season as people tend to get wrapped up in buying and getting gifts for others.
My correlation with Giving Tuesday was website manager. While I wasn’t the front of the campaign, this was something I was well acquainted with and could do with relative ease. However, as website manager, there were a lot of emails I received asking about the website and things that needed to be added. It was interesting to interact with different types of people and maintain a professional attitude. I found that, if acted upon quickly, it was very easy to service these people’s requests. However, with the passage of time, people became more and more irritated. This was important to learn because I realized how quick a customer’s emotion and attitude could change if there was anything missing on the organization’s side.
Moving forward, I am looking to working with Alexa to finish up my Membership Development Campaign. Although I was unsure on what she really wanted in the beginning stages, I feel like my plan has come to fruition with my self-driven research. In the next coming week, my plan is being presented to INIE’s board and I am very intrigued to see what they say.
Remember those surveys I posted a link to on my last blog post? You should remember because you should have taken them – if you didn’t …
STOP READING RIGHT NOW AND GO TAKE THEM!
I’m serious, go click on the surveys.
Alright, thanks, now that you’ve done that we can move on. So yeah, those surveys? We’ve gotten over 250 responses to them so far! I could not be more proud of the turn out these surveys have received. With the IRB conflict and the resulting delay in timeline I was aiming for 100. I didn’t think we would make it past 250!
Unfortunately, an overwhelming proportion of our respondents HAVE spayed and neutered their pets (well that’s not unfortunate, it’s great, but for survey purposes not so much…) which means it is hard to get valuable information on why people DON’T spay and neuter their pets. Luckily, we thought this could happen and decided to include questions on why people DO spay and neuter their pets as well.
So as you can tell in the first graph, the first response offered is “I have spayed or neutered one (or more) of my pets,” and that had the most selections of 167. If we ignore that selection and solely look at why people haven’t spayed or neutered the next highest selection is “Other.” Which is extremely interesting to me because we offered choices for all of the most common excuses not to spay and neuter pets. After going through these “other” responses I found the majority were for a perceived health reason. Whether that reason was animal’s age or fear of complications.
As for the reasons why people do spay and neuter their pets the most selected response was “No desire to breed” followed by “Behavioral.” This is somewhat what I expected from the responses, but the 37 “other” responses are what intrigues me. Most of those selections were also health related, stating that spaying and neutering their pets lead to a decrease in cancer or disease risk.
As I plan to continue my work with Be the Solution after this semester, I am not quite ready to close the surveys (so if you ignored all my hints earlier, you still have time to go do that survey). I look forward to the more responses we get!