In the fall of 2013 I thought that I was transferring to the University of Indianapolis for a better collegiate golf career, little did I know I would soon after fall into something better for my “real world” career.
In the spring of 2014 I enrolled into Top Dog Communication after deciding my emphasis was going to be better suited as Public Relations. After being totally overwhelmed and scared out of my mind during the first “class” on that late Monday night, I soon fell in love with what didn’t feel like a class at all.
My first client group worked with Daubenspeck Community Nature Park. We focused on rebranding them and to spread awareness of the park. Located on the city’s north side, in all of the hustle and bustle of the Indianapolis suburbs, is a serene green space that over takes 22 acres. We launched a new website, created flyers, wrote letters to schools for field trips, and made a new style guide… 12 weeks earlier I couldn’t even tell you what a style guide was. My next client group was Waycross Camp and Conference Center, and the Andy Gilliland and Friends Annual Golf Outing (AGAF) followed.
My skills grew with each client and my passion truly sparked with AGAF. With college coming to an end, I know that means an end to something that’s been a part of my life for 12+ years, top notch competitive golf. They say golf is a lifelong game, but I know for me it will never be the same. As the old saying goes, “when one door closes, another opens…”, Top Dog is leading me to my new door. It has possessed me with the skills to be more than just “a former Riley Kid” at my internship for the Riley Children’s Foundation. My work is not going unnoticed, and without my Top Dog experience, I can honestly say that wouldn’t be true. I may even get the experience to be a lead on a new project before graduation in May. There aren’t many college students out there starting their career before graduation… However, I’ve met a couple; they are now Top Dog Alums.
In life they always say “you have to start somewhere”, well Top Dog has been my starting point and my foundation to stand upon.