Jacob Owca, summer sales intern at Madison Media Partners, is going into his senior year at Edgewood College, where he studies communications. We asked him some questions to better get to know him, his passions, and his role on our team. You can connect with Jacob on LinkedIn.
Why are you interested in studying communications?
I could fill up a blog post with a dissertation on why communications is the most valuable field of study in human history. I got the opportunity to lecture a college class this past semester and tutor a ton of students, and I’ve realized that you get to know people much more deeply in a classroom or an office than you might in a bar or on social media. The relationships we build in those academic and professional settings are more important than we realize, and it’s those relationships that call me to teach at the collegiate level when I’m a little older.
What was the first job you ever held?
I’ve been cleaning houses and caring for pets since I was 11. The first job that put me on payroll was a utility clerk gig at Metcalfe’s Market. They held a grocery bagging competition amongst all the clerks, and I lost to a kid who was nearly half my height and a year younger to me. Bagging wasn’t my calling.
Tell us a little bit about your role here at Madison Media Partners.
I started back in June, and really, I’m a jack-of-all-content-related trades. If you need someone to make a good video, take some pretty pictures, or write something concise and thoughtful, I’ll do it.
Can you describe the mission of Madison Media Partners in your own words?
The keyword in Madison Media Partners is the first word – Madison. My colleagues get the opportunity to build strong connections between themselves, their clients, and the Madison community. Madison Media Partners has the tech, communications and media expertise to build the digital bridges that make those connections.
What’s a piece of wisdom that’s been shared with you by an employer, colleague, or peer?
The Ph.D. holder who allowed me to lecture her college class told me not to worry about things I can’t control. That advice gets me through life, makes me appreciate the people I love most, and eases my temper during my commute. I’m forever grateful to her.
What’s your favorite thing about Madison?
There are too many things to name, but I really like Olbrich Botanical Gardens. That place is the pinnacle of beauty.
What are some of your other favorite spots around town?
Anybody who reads this should get some quiche and a mocha at La Baguette bakery on Mineral Point Road, and then grab a few albums at PrePlayed up the street. The people at those brick-and-mortar stores deserve it – they run awesome, hassle-free businesses. Heed my advice. You’ll be happy you did.