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Marissa Prelgo

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: JX Event Venue
Company/Organization website: https://www.one23events.com
Destination: Stillwater, MN
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
- Set up weddings for 100-300 guests - Ensure that the venue(s) are up to event expectations - Attend weekly staff meetings to contribute on successes of weekend and what needs to become priority tasks for the week - Attend detail meetings with wedding clients up to 4 weeks out from the event - Give tours to clients/potential couples at any 3 of the venue locations

I accomplished...
My greatest experience during my internship was getting to lead weddings on my own and being one of the first people among the staff that was trained to open and close the newest venue that One23 Events took over, which was The Terrace at Stillwater Public Library.

I learned...
The greatest lesson learned from my experience is that problems will occur, but you need to remain calm and always find a solution. I gained this skill very quickly when it came to timing not being on the right schedule, set-up not looking exactly the way that we had imagined, etc. Learning how to overcome these challenges was definitely a lesson and now I feel prepared to overcome any task or issue that comes along!

Advice for others...
My advice to future students would be to go out of your comfort zone and always take the opportunities that are given to you. If I was asked if I wanted to work 3 weddings in one weekend, I took that chance because it definitely taught me how to manage my time even more, become a lot more organized and gave me beneficial experience that I can put to use in this industry!

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