My First Venture to Twin Falls and Chobani Idaho

Travel

Working on Chobani’s communications team, I knew it was only a matter of time before I found myself venturing to sunny Twin Falls, Idaho to visit our second hometown location and the largest yogurt plant in the world.

Having gone to school 10 minutes down the road from our original plant (and trust me, 10 minutes is NOTHING in Central New York), I am immensely familiar with our CNY plant and corporate headquarters. This week, after a year of employment, I finally had the chance to travel across the country to Idaho which is, by the way, beautiful!

Two out of three flights ✅ Next stop: Twin Falls, Idaho! 🥔

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I had a great time touring the plant and admiring the great differences between our two locations. Plus, there’s nothing quite like donning a lab coat first thing in the morning!

🥄Spent the morning touring the world's largest yogurt plant #CHOteam #itsalabcoatkindofmorning

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Let me begin this post by saying that Idaho is beautiful, or dare I say GORGEous. While this was a business trip, my co-workers and I still managed to squeeze in some time for some sight- seeing.

Shoshone Falls

Located a matter of minutes from the Chobani plant, this waterfall location was absolutely breathtaking. If you’re in the area, word of the Idaho streets is that this is the year to visit this location due to the gushing nature of the usually sparse water flow. Apparently it was a good winter for this waterfall.

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The Perrine Bridge

So apparently there are many people that actually jump off this bridge…I am not one of those people. I was quite content viewing the bridge from afar and then later walking under it and admiring it from the scenic overlook.

 

We also ate at a number of restaurants during our stay. The tourist favorite? Elevation 486. Not only is the food interesting (I had quail by the way – first time for everything!) but the view is breathtaking. If you are ever to find yourself in Twin Falls Idaho, this hot-spot eatery is an absolute must.


I’m very fortunate to have a job that allows me to travel to new and interesting locales. That being said, I’m happy as always to be back in New York!

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Singing in Chobani’s “Fruit Symphony” Commercial

Inspiration

All the years I spent pursuing my love of music, I never pictured myself in a national commercial. I am truly overwhelmed in the most positive of ways, and have so many thoughts and feelings regarding the amazing opportunity I was given. Right now, all I can say is that I am truly blessed and have led a very fortunate life. Thank you, Chobani, for being a force of good in this world and for helping me to live my dreams.

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Falling Into Place

Inspiration

Make things happen. Although I created the image featured above for my internship at Career Services, I can relate to this design on a very personal level. I live my every-day life with the mentality that I want to make things happen. That I need to make things happen. Living like this means that most days are spent making and creating in hope of reaching eventual end goals.

Reaching end goals is something that takes up significantly less time in my life and I’m guessing, in yours also. Said times are rare moments.

This week was one of those magical times when this actually happened. This week saw the completion of three main events that not only signify the end of my time in graduate school, but also illuminate the future that I am soon to have.

Here’s a recap:

  1. Sponsors’ Night: This past semester I have spent 9 hours every week interning for Syracuse University Career Services. I am so thankful for having had this experience and being able to develop my PR skills, specifically writing and graphic design. Although my last day is not until this coming Tuesday, the internship is essentially over, having culminated at sponsors’ night this past Monday. A way to celebrate the end of the semester and recognize the PR Practicuum students, sponsors’ night was a lot of fun and a great way to wrap up the semester.

New dress, free wine and good friends. I'll deem sponsors' night a success.

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2. Chobani Internship: I am extremely excited to announce that I have been offered and have also accepted a full-time internship position with Chobani this summer! My position will focus on internal communications (an area of interest of mine) and also allow for some community relations experience. Words can not describe how excited I am to be working for a company that I watched grow from nothing.  When I began my Master’s program last summer I  possessed the dream of working at Chobani. To now see this dream become a reality is overwhelming in the best of ways.

3. Campaign: This whole semester I have been working with five of my colleagues to complete a campaign for our client, the New York Beef Council. This project was actually a lot of fun to work on as I was able to design a lot of graphics and also make “cow pie” cookies for the presentation. That being said, it is always a relief to be finished with major projects, especially as the semester draws to a close.Yesterday we pitched our campaign to our client and were rewarded by her asking for a copy of our campaign book.

Congratulations to my wonderful team!

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In summary, it’s always fulfilling when hard work pays off. My time at Newhouse has been absolutely incredible and nothing short of life-changing. To watch everything fall into place is the best thing I could have asked for.