Fallanca Reflects on Summer Internship Experience
Aug 28, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Senior Hannah Fallanca of the NC State gymnastics team had a unique opportunity this summer to complete an internship in Raleigh and receive class credit. She reflected on her time interning with the Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation, beginning her senior year, preparations for the 2014 season and expectations for the campaign.
While many students go home for the summer or work internships around the country, Fallanca worked as an intern for Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation (HSCSC) in Raleigh. HSCSC is a non-profit, business improvement district company, created in the fall of 2009 by the city of Raleigh, NC State University and the property owners and businesses on Hillsborough Street. The corporation's mission is to provide services and programs that improve the economic sustainability of the businesses and increase the market value within the territory.
"I had a blast working there," Fallanca, a parks, recreation and tourism management major, said. "I got to work 400 hours with them and I ended up getting eight credits for it because it was for my major. Every day was so different. Some days in the office, we had meeting after meeting. Other days it was more laid back and focused on social media."
In preparations for the upcoming gymnastics season, Fallanca said she focused on her strength and conditioning throughout the summer months. Specifically, she said that she enjoyed training with CrossFit, a program that emphasizes aerobic exercise, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting.
"I fell madly in love with CrossFit," Fallanca added. "Summer practice is always fun and laid back with a great team atmosphere, but it was tough for me to make the team workouts with my schedule."
Last season for the Wolfpack, Fallanca was named to the All-EAGL first team and All-Tournament Team on balance beam. She finished first on balance beam on three occasions throughout the 2013 campaign, including scoring a career-best 9.95 at the Sweetheart Invitational and matching the fourth-best score in program history on the apparatus.
Looking ahead to her final season, Fallanca will be one of six seniors on the squad, along with Heidi Ffield, Diahanna Ham, Kristen Harabedian, Ellen Marion and Stephanie Ouellette. Fallanca, a product of Winston-Salem, N.C., is excited for the increased leadership role that comes with being an upperclassman.
"This year is going to be so different, because I have a different role," Fallanca said. "All six seniors do. We are going to be leaders. These freshman that I am four years older than will look up to me as a big sister. All eyes are on us. It's a cool role to have. In the past I have always wanted to be a leader, but it hasn't always happened that way."
After winning the EAGL Conference Championship last season, Fallanca said the team is looking to improve small details heading into fall practice to take the next step toward making the NCAA National Championships during the 2014 season.
"We all want to improve on the small things that can cost us a few tenths of a point," she said. "Those kinds of things slip away and we don't usually work on it every day, but I know we are going to improve all of that.
"I really think we have the potential to go to Nationals this year and it would be an absolute dream come true. I know it's each and every person's goal this year to make it to Nationals."