Name: Alexandria Digby, call me Lexie!
Position: Marketing & Graphic Design Manager
Hometown: Fostoria, Ohio

Where did you graduate college and with what degree? I graduated from the University of Dayton with my bachelor’s degree as a communication/public relations major and photography minor in 2015, and just earlier this year I also earned my master’s degree in communication from UD as well. GO FLYERS!

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I had never heard about Lakeside until I found the job opening on UD’s Career Services website (thanks, UD!!). So my Lakeside story is just beginning.

What are you most looking forward to in your first year at Lakeside? I’ve learned so much about Lakeside and about my job already this summer. Once the off-season starts, I’m really excited to see a new side of my position; the planning and preparation that goes in getting ready for a summer at Lakeside.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer: It’s what we millennials call #adulting. I’ve already started to make progress on two of my biggest goals this summer. First, I began payments on my student loans. It was a hard pill to swallow but I’m proud of myself for starting them early. Second, I joined PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). I was heavily involved with PRSSA, the college counterpart of the organization, while I was at UD. So I’m very excited to get involved in a new way.

What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Now that I’m done reading textbooks and journal articles, I’m enjoying just reading for fun again – no deadlines, no note-taking, no ‘remember all of this so I can write a paper on it later’ – just casual, leisurely reading.

What is one of your proudest moments or major accomplishments you have achieved thus far in life? I would definitely say I’m proud of my accomplishments at UD. My senior year brought a lot of  surprise challenges, so to be able to graduate on time as well as win UD’s “PRSSA Outstanding Student in Public Relations Award” and the “Dayton Area PRSA Up & Comer Award” meant a lot to me. I was allowed to prepare a small speech to accept the first award, and being able to stand in front of my peers and professors and shine the light on my amazing parents who supported me so much felt really humbling. It was a great moment.

What is your dream job? I know that I’m already so lucky to have a job in my field right after graduation, so I’m very happy doing what I do now. I suppose in the future, I would just like to broaden my responsibilities as my skills develop. I’d like to handle more things from the public relations spectrum: media relations, ghost writing, event and fundraising planning or more.

What’s one thing you’ve learned about Lakeside so far? Aside from all the history and all the programs that Lakeside offers, I’ve learned that it lives up to the hype. When I started work in May, I anxiously waited to see the place fill with people. And once Week 1 hit, Lakeside did not disappoint. There’s always something going on, and there’s always smiling people everywhere.

Where’s the farthest you’ve traveled? Last summer I studied abroad in Rome for a month. Ever since my return flight landed in Detroit, I’ve been dying to go back. Living in Rome for a month was beautifully eye-opening and a big learning experience. I also traveled to Spain and Germany to visit two of my brothers, a.k.a. two foreign exchange students that my parents had hosted for a little bit. After having them become a part of our family, it was so surreal to visit them in their homes and immediately feel like a member of two families I had barely met before. I still keep in touch with them and will jump at the chance to go back if it ever comes my way.

Cottages in Lakeside all have interesting, quirky names. If you owned a cottage here, what would you name it? If you couldn’t already tell, I am a proud University of Dayton alumna and Forever Flyer. So it would definitely be something UD-related. Maybe “The Hangar” after a lounge in the student union, or maybe I’d just have a giant “Dayton Flyers” sign hanging from the front. I’d have to give it a little more thought.