By Kim Stuart
As we reach that point in the year where the flowers are blooming and the trees become a familiar shade of pink, it is apparent that the spring semester will soon come to a close. With the end of the academic year, it is impossible to avoid some sort of reflection on the events that took place, remembering the highs and the lows. In an environment like TAD, where so many projects and people come and go, it is important for us all to take a moment and recognize the growth we have achieved, both on an individual level and as a group.
Photography Team member Sloane Gartner noted how she has changed since joining TAD. She said, “TAD has really helped with making me a confident photographer. I used to be hesitant to take pictures of people or go in front of a crowd and take pictures of them, but now I can do it no problem. I like that TAD pushes me out of my comfort zones.”
TAD is a unique work environment that provides student employees with encouragement to try new things and take necessary risks to produce high-quality content. The number of projects that have been taken on, as well as the variety, have given both the professional staff and student employees the ability to show off and develop their skills. When asked about her favorite project from the year, one of the ones that came to Professional Staffer Brooke Bailey’s mind was the “Take Your Time Before You Sign” Campaign assigned to TAD by Off-Campus Life.
“These videos included people from almost every group at TAD: from writing to acting and filming. It was truly an effort from all of TAD that was really well received not only by our client but also by the community and ‘exploded’ on social media. What makes this campaign even cooler is that the efforts of our team and OCL allowed this to work and have people slow down and not feel rushed about signing a lease.”
The collaboration between such talented people is what makes TAD produce such great and dynamic pieces for clients. While the accomplishments have been great, the most unique and wonderful part of TAD is the Taddies that make it up.
“The people here are my favorite thing about TAD. I know that may be a pretty generic response but what I’ve learned from everybody I’ll be able to use for the rest of my life. So, it’s definitely been neat to see how each individual operates, then incorporating some of those things into my own workflow,” said Web Team member Avery Scarbrough.
From Secret Santa to Tadentines, TAD works to provide a friendly and welcoming office space that makes every employee feel like part of a family.
There is no better note to end this reflection on than the words of Brooke Bailey: “TAD is a great family with people of many different talents, and I am proud of each and every single one of them. TAD could not be as successful without each one being a part of this amazing team. I hope that each member here, whether they are graduating or staying, will remember one thing and that is to always use their talents to make the world around them a better place.”