Let Us Introduce You: Erin Sokol

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With her ever-present smile, junior Erin Sokol is everywhere on campus. Despite her schoolwork, involvement and a unique internship, her contagious laugh and positive attitude still manage to make an appearance every single day.

A marketing and accounting major, Sokol hails from Hudson, Ill. She spends her days at SLU in class and involved in her many extracurricular activities, such as Student Ambassadors, coordinating the Billiken Buddies overnight program, mentoring and leading in Freshmen in Business, and serving as vice president of foundation in Delta Gamma.

Sokol is also a campus apparel representative or Markt, a custom-apparel company in central Ohio. According to their website, Markt prints t-shirts and other clothing for schools, nonprofit organizations and Greek life. They specialize in screen-printing and embroidery.

“I applied on a whim,” she said. She started out with promoting their brand image — the company sent her apparel and she wore it to promote them on campus — and after a while, she became an intern. She estimates that she works about 20 hours per week for them.

Sokol has worked with several organizations on campus, such as Campus Kitchens, Housing and Residence Life and Delta Gamma.

Outside of SLU, she has also worked with Washington University in St. Louis and within groups at Purdue University as well.

She starts out by send ing emails to organization leaders who she thinks may be interested in ordering from her. Then she designs the proofs and gets them branded so that Markt is the only company that can print them. After everything gets approved, she helps the organizations with ordering the products.

While her post-graduation plans are still in the works, she hopes to one day work in business, and preferably in sales for the nonprofit sector. “Hopefully, I will be able to work at an organization that gives back to something bigger,” she said.

In the little free time that she has, she enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy and crime shows on Netflix, as well as reading inspirational books such as The Power of Now and You’re Already Amazing.

Her busy life is punctuated by quick moments of sanity every day. “I’ll be on the go between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. sometimes,” she said. “But seeing my friends on West Pine and the little bits of joy get me through the day.”