Published on June 3rd, 2019 | by Chad T.


Shanell Wolzen

Shanell Wolzen is a 20 year old student at the University of Central Oklahoma majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in both Psychology and Journalism. She is Vice President of Communications for the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at her school and an intern at The Link Builders. She is aiming to become an affiliate marketer and work in brand and reputation management.

What are your favorite books?

I’ve been a big fan of poetry books, just as every teenage and young adult girl in America has. I love books by Rupi Kaur like The Sun and All Her Flowers and Milk and Honey. Two of my all time favorite books though would have to be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Mystery and thriller have always been something I have been drawn to.

What’s your favorite film?

I would have to say the moview Split. My first two years of college I’ve studied psychology, and I have always had an interest in extreme mental health and mental disorders. It was so intriguing, and we as a society don’t speak much about mental disorders, so it was great for this movie to shed some light on the topic!

Describe your typical day.

I wake up around 9:00 AM, prepare myself for the day starting at 10:00 AM with my internship with Nick Cuttonaro and The Link Builders.

I log on and prepare myself to learn, and also get plenty of love from my cats as I work on the computer (as to which they enjoy to lay across the keyboard, taking several ‘no’s’ and moves for them to get the hint). I make sure to fulfill my position requirements for my sorority as the Vice President of Communications, which includes running social media and public relation campaigns.

My work days usually end around 4:00 PM, which then begins the time I spend with family and assisting my dad, Brunke Wolzen, in his art. Of course, though, with building an online platform and business, the work is always available and ready to go, so I spend much time after hours learning and working.

What’s your favorite thing about working in your industry?

I love the freedom and ability to create. Being 20 years old, I’ve always been the employee of someone else with a simple job with simple guidelines and not much room to create or improve. Now that I work with Nick, I have more room to be creative and express opinions or ideas. I also can do my work from anywhere, just as long as I have internet. Talk about a dream job!

What was your first job?

I began coaching competitive cheerleading at the age of 18. I cheered for 15 years competitively, and you don’t have much time with that and school to have a job, so I waited until I aged out.

I still had a passion for the sport following my years of competing, and I wanted to give back to younger girls with the same passion. I worked every night from 4p.m. to 9p.m. teaching a new class or team every hour. I also spent some time managing accounts. Though a simple job, it was one of the most fun and exhilarating jobs I’ve had.

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