Everything is still brand new for Alexis Smith.

That’s fine, though, because Smith, who graduated from the Mississippi University for Women last month, isn’t going very far to begin her professional career. In fact, Smith already has started the next chapter in her life as the new marketing coordinator for the MUW Dining Services, which is managed by Sodexo. Smith started May 13.

“I want our students to enjoy going to the cafeteria or Common Grounds (a cafe in Fant Memorial Library),” said Smith, who is from Houston. “I have been brainstorming ideas to help The W students have enjoyable dining experiences on campus.”

Smith graduated from The W on May 11 with a degree in communications (minor in marketing). She said she will rely on her familiarity with the dining options on campus to help ease her transition to her first job as a professional. Smith said she is excited about having an opportunity to utilize her two fields of study in her position.

Smith said she “kept her options open” when she applied for jobs at the beginning of her senior year. She said it was hard at first transitioning from a college student to a professional, but she said she has learned a lot in only three weeks. Smith said one of her goals is to develop new ideas to get inform students about their dining options on campus. She said she will institute a beverage of the week in August that is discounted to coincide with the return of students for the start of the 2019-20 school year. She also said she will leave business cards for students to follow news about dining service events on Instagram and Facebook.

“Getting experience in marketing will help prepare me for what comes next,” Smith said. “You just never know what the future holds. I didn’t know I was going to go into marketing. I just knew I was going to be a news reporter, but I took my marketing job. I am not settling. I have experience in communications and marketing, and I am going to take this as a learning lesson.”

Smith said she is excited to learn things on her own, even if it is a departure from college, where she and her peers could rely on professors. Now that she is a professional, Smith is eager to ask questions and to tackle new challenges so she can continue to grow. She feels the training she received in communications and marketing at The W has given her a solid foundation on which to build.

“I learned a lot as a marketing student,” Smith said. “My time at The W has prepared me. I wasn’t pampered, so I am ready for when my boss tells me, ‘Alexis, I want you to do it step by step.’ It makes me willing to do the extra research and put in more hours to get the mission accomplished. Has it been hard? Yes, it has. It is definitely a challenge, and I am willing to face it.”

June 6, 2019

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