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The Challenge Program

My First Week at TCP

By: Erin Sikora   Hello Everyone! My name is Erin Sikora and I am the new Marketing Assistant here at The Challenge Program, Inc. in the Pittsburgh office. I am more than ready to get started with my position, but let’s be honest, the first week at any new school or job is always a mix of emotions. You don’t really know what to expect which can be thrilling, but also nerve racking. I am...
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Firsts

August and September are months filled with firsts. First days of Kindergarten, first days of high school, the first chill in the air, the first colorful leaf signaling the first day of fall. This past year at TCP gave me an opportunity to experience a lot of firsts. My first real office, my first solo awards ceremony, and my first time using vacation days! Throughout all of these firsts, there is one that will always...
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That Crystal Owl Magic

Last year was my first attempt at being a part of the Student of the Year Competition and Crystal Owl Gala. (It was actually my first attempt at almost everything last year. Being 23 is hard). I was amazed by the fact that these students were all entering this competition because they felt TCP made some kind of difference in their lives. After the top 3 entries were chosen, another new aspect added last year...
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Behind The Scenes

When you work with an organization from the outside, you see a lot of results but never know how those results happen. You walk into a grocery store and there are all kinds of product on the shelf, fresh produce and deli meat, but how did it get there? You go to your local community event and there are prizes, food, and decorations, but how long did that take to plan? If you work for...
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A Stranger

Have you ever met someone, realized how important meeting them was, and then looked back and thought wow I was close to not meeting them. Perhaps some things are fate or maybe we just get really lucky sometimes. Either way, that is how I got my start here at TCP; a complete stranger happened to be standing right where I needed her to be. Career fairs are intimidating. They’re crowded, loud and full of people...
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