Katie Argotsinger

 

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Completing my thesis through YEA! has been a wonderful experience. My responsibilities are to help with the marketing aspect of YEA!, from helping to re-launch the website to writing letters of thanks for donations.

Working with YEA! I have gotten hands-on, real-life experience of how marketing works for a non-profit organization. Being able to actually physically do what I'm taught has made my learning experience all the more greater. Prior to this experience, I never knew how a non-profit organization such as YEA! would use marketing because we are only taught about marketing for-profit organizations.

I have also learned skills I thought I would never know how to do such as helping to create a website. Before working with YEA!, I had no idea how a website was even made. I have also met and worked with the board members, who have provided me mentorship and have taught me a lot. It's interesting to interact with various people in the community who hold such different positions and backgrounds, because in a classroom setting it is rare that students interact with anyone else but peers and professors.

Overall, my experience working with YEA! has been great. I have learned so many additional skills throughout my thesis project that I would have never learned in a classroom setting.

When I graduate in May, I will be prepared and ready to use my skills I have acquired through my experience with YEA! and my studies at USF.

 

Working Hard to Create a Webpage on TSW WebCoder
Working Hard to Create a Webpage on TSW WebCoder

 

Prior to working with YEA!, I never even knew webpages are made by entering 'code' into a program such as TSW WebCoder. The code has to be entered perfectly or else images won't load properly, spacing between paragraphs won't be right, etc.

 

Sending the Page Made on TSW WebCoder to the Web Using FTP Commander
Sending the Page Made on TSW WebCoder to the Web Using FTP Commander

 

After a page is created using TSW WebCoder, it needs to be sent to the actual internet using a program such as FTP Commander.

 

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

 

After a lot of work and after the page has been sent to the web using FTP Commander it is already to be viewed on the internet. I never thought I'd ever know how to make a webpage, let alone help to launch an entire site. Working with Ms. Clarke and for YEA! has taught me so much more than I ever expected!