Arielle is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF). There, she studied English Literature, Human Communications, and Spanish Language. She was recently accepted into the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Journalism and Communications. There she will pursue a Master of Mass Communication specializing in Social Media.
Currently, Arielle works with A Gift for Teaching as an Event Planning and Marketing intern. There she manages all of the organization’s social media accounts using online tools such as Canva, Hootsuite, ConstantContact, and more. She also writes blog posts for the organization’s followers and potential followers, which can be viewed in her portfolio.
In addition to her social media work with the organization, she also works on A Gift For Teaching’s event logistics. These events include, but are not limited to, the Back-to-School Blast!, Back-to-School Drive, and Show & Tell events. For the Back-to-School Blast! event, she solicited, collected, took inventory of, organized, and managed donated items before, during, and after the silent auction that occurred at the event. Arielle has set up and participated in various Show & Tell events, and is currently working on a campaign for the Back-to-School Drive event happening in August. She plans on attending graduate school while working at this internship.
Arielle improved her Spanish and Communication skills from January 2014 to April 2014 when she studied abroad in Barcelona. There, she immersed herself in the Spanish language by constantly communicating with locals, and university staff and professors in Spanish.
From August 2014 up until she graduated in August 2015, she was the Secretary and the Social Media Manager of The Cypress Dome Society and Literary Magazine at UCF. She was responsible for creating and managing all of their social media, gaining a social media following, encouraging UCF students to submit their work to the Literary Magazine, informing them about events like Writers in the Sun, helping with the integration of the First Draft club, running book sales to raise funds, and more.
While doing that, she also implemented and began managing the social media for Frank’s Installations in November of 2014. She continues to manage the social media for this business and is responsible for not only keeping established clients interested, but also encouraging potential new clients to give their business to Frank’s Installations.
In the summer of 2013, she externed at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa in the front desk and other departments in the resort (Spa, Maintenance, Housekeeping, etc.).
Before all of that, Arielle got her philanthropic start in 2009 as a volunteer at A Gift for Teaching. She focused on managing the front desk, registering teachers, checking them in and out, and helping them around the free store. While studying and volunteering there, she also volunteered as a Dr. Phillips Elementary School tutor with the National Honor Society, as a Junior Achievement teacher with UCF, and as a Teacher’s Helper at Shingle Creek Elementary School with a class of 2nd graders.
Arielle takes pride in being a true student at heart, who will always find a way to feed her curiosity and hunger for learning. By working to get her Master’s degree, she will continue her learning and development so that she can be an extraordinary contributor to her community.
“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” -Og Mandino