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Business Graduates

Haley Reggio

What I do now:
My daily mission is to be happy and help family, friends, and colleagues be happy as well. I own and operate The Social Media Lady which offers social media management and advertising services, content creation, and email marketing services.

My work/job consists of:
The majority of the work we produce falls into social media management: creating and curating content, scheduling posts on multiple profiles, monitoring social profiles, and assisting clients with marketing planning and execution. We also provide a multitude of complimentary services in the social media field.

Path to my current position (how I got from the past to the present):
I have been so blessed to learn about many industries during my journey to running my own company. The majority of my time has been spent in sales or marketing of insurance, country club memberships, event planning, small business services, and finally, temporary/permanent staffing. This variety in my background has given me keen insights into the daily functions of multiple business sized, types, and industries.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
LSUS offered everything I was looking for in a college experience. I wanted to move out of my parent's house, but still be able to go home to do laundry. I wanted an education I could be proud of and LSUS has a great reputation for the College of Business.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I was very active during my time at LSUS. Some of my favorite memories include a masquerade ball during my freshman year, rollerblading in the apartment parking lot during holiday breaks, and the dance number I performed with my fellow orientation leaders to "Welcome to the Jungle" in summer of '02. (I hope no one has a video.)

LSUS faculty who helped me:
I began as a student worker and orientation leader within my first semester at LSUS. I was lucky enough to build some great relationships with the staff in the Financial Aid Office and in the Counseling Center.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
I often tell my children that the most important thing I learned in college is that "I learned how to learn." I use skills and knowledge gained from LSUS daily, but the ability to seek out and obtain new skills and knowledge is infinitely more valuable.

Advice to college-bound students:
Find your balance early. Embrace the college experience, but make sure you do the work you are there to do.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Gather knowledge and experience from as many sources as possible.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Focus on transferrable skills. Learn a trade or skill set early that can be utilized in many different industries or career paths.

My toughest professional challenge:
My toughest professional challenge has been the occasional encounter with businesses or individuals that did not behave ethically. Everything else: just take one step at a time.

My toughest personal challenge:
Parenthood. Parenthood is my toughest personal challenge. Greatest gift, toughest challenge.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
The times of my life for which I am most proud are not defined by plaques, titles, or positions. Call me sentimental or crazy, but memories I have created with my family and friends mean more to me than giving the keynote speech at a trade conference.

I've learned this from life:
Happiness is a choice and a skill. It all starts with being grateful for your blessings.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Reading.