How Did You Spend Your Summer? Alumna Tezira Abe Was Interning at Golf Channel!

The First Tee alumna Tezira Abe
The First Tee alumna and guest blogger, Tezira Abe
Golf Channel, The First Tee’s proud media partner, has given three alumni of The First Tee a unique opportunity this summer…a 12-week internship at the Golf Channel studios in Orlando! The program allows these junior golfers to gain first-hand experience while developing work samples for their personal portfolio. Applicants are required to have been former participants of The First Tee program, enrolled as a junior or senior in college, pursuing a career in marketing, communications or journalism and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The three junior golfers that make up the class of The First Tee Golf Channel interns are: Timothy Briones, programming; Zack Waxler, marketing; and Tezira Abe, digital operations. Tezira shares how The First Tee helped prepare her for this exciting experience.

by Tezira Abe, alumna of The First Tee of Greater Houston

Tezira Abe Hi! My name is Tezira Abe, I am a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin, on the women’s golf team and a proud alumna of The First Tee of Greater Houston. Brian Ladet, program director at The First Tee of Greater Houston, told me that The First Tee had a partnership with Golf Channel to allow a certain number of participants the opportunity to intern at their studios in Orlando, Florida. The timing was perfect because I needed to complete an internship for my public relations major. I jumped at this opportunity because of the love I have for golf and The First Tee! This summer, I worked full-time as a digital operations intern, took two online classes and kept up with my competitive golf. Going into the summer, I was very concerned about how I would be able to make it through my time in Orlando with so much going on, but this is where the core values I learned from The First Tee kicked in.
Tezira lends a helping hand to  junior golfer at The First Tee
Tezira lends a helping hand to junior golfer at The First Tee. Photo credit AJGA
I joined my chapter when I was about 11 years old. One of the first things I learned was The First Tee Nine Core Values. Over years and years of living by these values, I have been able to do things I never imagined.

I have learned so many things at The First Tee but one of the greatest things that I have learned is how to be confident.

While at my chapter, I was fortunate enough to attend The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy, the Toro Future Leaders Forum, The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy, the First Tee Open selection tournament and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (twice!). All of these experiences taught me to be confident in uncomfortable situations with people I didn’t know. In addition, the opportunity to go through competitive processes allowed me to learn how to speak to people and make friends, whom I still keep in touch with today.   Golf Channel 2014 logo

 My internship with Golf Channel has been an absolute blast!

I have been able to see the ins and outs of the dotcom side of the business, as well as expand my knowledge on what goes into building and creating websites, both conceptually and creatively. Further, I was able to sit in on meetings that my supervisor organized. When she told me that I would be going to some meetings, I expected to be a fly on the wall, but I was soon being drawn into the conversation. As the weeks went on, I was allowed to have more and more responsibility over small projects and then I was given my own project! I could go on and on about the many ways The First Tee has helped me grow and mature, so I’ll close with this: If it weren’t for The First Tee and the people I have met along the way, I know I wouldn’t be where I am right now.