Ibra Diack, Terest Addott, and Todd Ursrey with STEM Intern Maria Briceno.

Southwire: A Great Place Full Of Great People

Maria Valentina Briceno
This has been a great experience that I will never forget because sometimes the best places to be are the most intimidating ones, and the best work you can do is the hardest work.
Maria Valentina Briceno
Beginning to work at Southwire was nothing but scary; the big machinery and the safety videos would certainly take the breath away from a normal person, even more for someone who had never worked in the past. As I struggled to remember all of the safety procedures and where I was supposed to go, I looked at the machinery, at all the movement, and when I heard the great noise, it made me feel small and insignificant.
Southwire is not a place for silly teenagers; it’s a place for big people who are serious about their work.
Luckily, the feeling did not last long. As soon as I entered the QC Lab I got the warmest welcome coming from the nicest people, and soon I began working in the lab as one of the crew, more than just as an intern.
At first, I started by building a database. Basically I was putting the information coming from the biggest and fattest book I’ve ever seen into this database in the computer. As soon as I was done with that, I began testing small samples of materials that are very important in the wire manufacturing business.
 My mom has always said that being a part of an internship is having businesses pay to teach you and I could not agree more. Working at Southwire has constantly been teaching me different things about working in groups, working as an individual, working hard, and maintaining perseverance.
For all that and so much more I would like to thank some very special people who helped me make the most out of this experience: Mrs. Sandy Sharpe, for allowing me inside and for helping me with all I needed to do to start working. Mr. Todd Ursrey, for choosing me as your intern, for teaching me all I needed to know and for being extremely warm and welcoming towards me. Mr. Ibra Diack for welcoming me and helping me get started. Michelle Abbott and Teresa Buchan for making me feel at home and always giving me a hand when I needed it. This has been a great experience that I will never forget because sometimes the best places to be are the most intimidating ones, and the best work you can do is the hardest work.
See the Wednesday, June 22, 2016 edition of The Douglas Enterprise.

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