Stories from an Extern: A Tale in Two Parts


The following article was written by Josie, Marian University student and week-long extern with the geeks & creatives of wisnet. She collected her thoughts over her time experiencing various aspects of the business and how we do work. The team here will definitely miss her and can’t wait until our paths cross again.

Wednesday, January 17

I’m not quite sure what to write for this so I’ll give it my best shot. When I first came to wisnet I had a no idea of what to expect. I started right out with a tour and introducing myself to everyone, I could tell this was going to be a really awesome place to work and learn. The staff welcomed me right away and Joe Truesdale got me involved right away observing.

I am currently a freshman at Marian who’s undecided major-wise, but interested in the fields of Marketing, Graphic Design, and IT. This externship opportunity has given me some great insight into possible future careers, as well as provided me hands-on learning for programs I may encounter such as WordPress, Google Analytics, and Trello.

Being here, I’ve learned a lot. I came in with very basic, limited knowledge of what goes into creating and developing websites. New concepts to me like SSL, SEO, wireframes, and the difference between things like static and dynamic content are examples of just a few of the things I’ve gotten to learn about during the last few days.

I had the opportunity to work on an actual current project, doing work behind the scenes inputting and transferring data, which I thought was a blast. I’ve sat in on many meetings between Joe and companies where they discussed the websites being designed, and then companies had the chance to offer suggestions for possible edits.

My experiences here have been nothing but great. Whether it was sitting in on a conference call, creating forms in WordPress, or going out for tacos, everything I’ve done here at wisnet I can honestly say has been a wonderful time for me. Educationally and enjoyably.

Friday, January 19

Today is the last day of my externship, and having been here at wisnet a full week I can say I’ve encountered a lot of new possibilities. Like I said in the write up I did a few days ago, the opportunities and things I’ve gotten to work on have really given me an idea of what I may do in my future career; should I choose to follow a path in an IT, marketing, or graphic design field.

The processes in regards to designing websites, as well as developing the layout to promotional materials like catalogs, are much more of an undertaking then I ever would have known if I had not taken this externship. Learning what goes on behind the scenes has really made me think more about what and how much work goes into things like websites.

This has been an unforgettable chance for me, and I’m so glad I was placed at wisnet. I’m going to miss everyone I’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the last five days, and look forward to hopefully getting to work with them in the future.

Bad day or second guessing your 2018 resolutions? Read this if you’re struggling… then, go fearless.


By: Jenny Knuth, art director / geek & creative @ wisnet

If you need a pep talk, reach out and get it. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. If no one around you is in the position to act as your mentor, give yourself your own pep talk. Ultimately, you have to do the work—the responsibility lies with you.

– Howard Behar, “It’s not about the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks”

With taking risks and stepping outside of comfort zones, comes not always having the answers and potentially a whole lot of second guessing oneself. Given the time of year, where society reminds us we should have a lot of improvements to make on ourselves and are not meeting our greatest potential, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Personally, I’ve been experiencing a bit of that perfect storm. Despite my last blog post, the fear of failure lingered in the shadows.

Coincidently, last week I was served up a sponsored Facebook ad and clicked through to an app called, “Peptalk.” “How did ‘they’ know?” I thought! This was exactly what I needed. A crazy December in the books – with a lot of self-induced stress over the holidays. On top of that, our geeks & creatives team has a lot of exciting, challenging client and personal projects lined up for 2018.

Back to the app that found me …

Again, I’m only 9 days into using the free version, but the daily reminders and audio are just the kick in the butt I need to reframe my thoughts. Here are a few samples:

Rise & shine

Believe in yourself

The glass is twice as big as it needs to be

The free app has some great features for daily push notifications/reminders and more audio for commutes and in between listening. Paid upgrades appear to offer expanded audio, offline access, ebooks and an elite group/community.

A bit more review-like feedback on the app:

Not sure it’ll be a long term daily use for me as the tone doesn’t quite fit my style. It’s good, but it has a very bold, “I am a champion,” and grind/hustle approach. I also have to say that frankly, I’m missing a woman’s voice in the Instant offerings, which are the daily produced compilations with multiple aspirational snippets and a super motivating & impactful music bed. That said, there are talks from women included – Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey, to name a couple, and they sound fantastic. But it’s pretty clear it’s male dominated and I’m having to dig into the content in order to find them, rather than the app serving up voices of women as much as men. While writing this post, I did submit feedback on this concern and within the day heard back from app support with the message, “Definitely agreed! We’re working on it. Thanks a lot for your support!” Regardless of that beef, it’s still a great tool to checkout if you’re looking for a daily dose of inspiration.

THE TAKEAWAY: Ask for or give yourself a pep talk if you need it!

We’re only human. And our inner critic is a *@$%!. No complaining, no excuses. Step up to your potential and own your resolutions because no one else will. At wisnet, we like to say we help our clients go fearless into the net. Today, I’m telling you personally and professionally – go fearless into your today, tomorrow, your year … and if you need a pep talk, we’ll be here.