By Brandon Hall
Do you know God’s calling on your life? Mary Mahan hasn’t locked down all the details, but she’s been faithfully following the Spirit’s leading for the past year and knows this is where God wants her to be for now — serving him on an international scale.
Mary is a rising senior at North Greenville University in South Carolina, where she’s pursuing a degree in digital media. Her studies have spanned graphic design, journalism, public relations and photography. As she employs her many media talents over the summer, she looks forward to God’s direction on how he’d have her use them vocationally.
Q: How did you hear about TWR?
My school has some alumni on staff, so TWR’s name has been thrown around quite a bit in our department. I didn’t really know what they did until recently, though.
In February of 2018, I went to the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention as a volunteer, where I met Alan Lawton and Brandon Neal at the TWR table. I signed up for more information about their internships, and here I am.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship at TWR specifically?
During my junior year, I planned on doing a summer mission trip like I had wanted to ever since I was a freshman. But, due to missing a semester of school, I knew that I’d have to do an internship during the summer instead. While at NRB I heard about TWR’s mission to spread hope to the nations, and that they offered media-based internships. I had to jump on that opportunity.
Q: What do you feel your calling is, and how does this summer fit into that?
I’m still trying to figure out exactly what my calling is, and I’m hoping that this summer and constant prayer will help open my ears and eyes to what God has planned for me. But until God reveals to me what my career-related calling is, I aim to bring glory to his name with whatever I’m doing.
Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on over the summer?
I will be working alongside a mentor, Jeannine, to design a wide range of graphical content — big and small, digital and print, singular designs and large, cohesive projects. I’ll be working on projects with a different department each week and creating content with a variety of design programs.
Q: What challenges have you faced so far in your internship, and how have you overcome them?
The Adobe programs I’m working with updated this summer, so it took a while for me to acclimate to them again. I’m also working on meshing my personal design style with TWR’s existing style, branding and content.
Q: What are you looking forward to learning or doing during your time here?
I've only been in graphic design for about two years now, so I'm definitely looking forward to expanding my knowledge of design and learning from Jeannine and my other colleagues. I also hope to learn about working in tandem with such a large organization and to see how it looks when everyone's first goal is to serve the Lord and bring others to him.
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
I’m still trying to figure that one out! I think I would like to work with some sort of international, nonprofit organization. I’m not sure what role or job I would want in said organization, but I hope to feel a more specific calling over this summer.
Q: What’s a fun or unusual fact about yourself?
- My second semester at university, I tore all four major ligaments in my knee, plus two minor ones, all at once while jumping on a trampoline.
- I have crooked fingers.
- I had three consecutive betta fish growing up, all of whom I named Carl.
Brandon Hall is a 21-year-old writer from central North Carolina living in and only by the grace of God. Born with a passion for communication and the arts, his outlets include creative writing, musical theater and competitive speech and debate. He is currently a junior at Regent University pursuing a major in communication studies.