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By: Leia Baez
The application. The interview. The training. It started like any other job, but for freshman Meleah Groenjes, going to work means having a good time and getting paid for it.
Groenjes, a public relations and advertising major, is a member of the Mobile Energy Team. But the name doesn't exactly illustrate the fun Groenjes has at work.
Groenjes is the "Red Bull girl."
Driving around in the racer, which is the Red Bull vehicle, is just one of Groenjes' duties.
"We try to be spontaneous at events and catch people who are in need of energy so they can sample our drink," Groenjes said. "We usually go to extreme sporting events because energy is obviously needed."
Groenjes' MET covers the Midwest territory, which covers about four states and gives her the opportunity to travel.
One of Groenjes' assignments was to drive to Bear Mountain, S.D., to visit a ski resort.
"We put on a pair of skis, headed down the slopes and gave out samples of Red Bull to other skiers," Groenjes said. "I love going to work."
Groenjes said the main objective of her job is to advertise and promote the Red Bull Energy Drink and make emotional connections.
"I have learned that it is about more quality that quantity," she said. "It is better to give out one drink and make a connection with a future consumer rather than to give away a lot of drinks and not get to know each individual."
But it has been more than just fun. Groenjes said she has already learned a tremendous amount of information in the four months that she has been on the MET.
"This is helping me with my people skills and given me several opportunities," she said. "I am able to experience a lot that will prepare me for the future."
Each day at work is different for Groenjes.
"We usually try to stick with a theme every night," Groenjes said. "Some nights we will go to pizza places and other nights concerts. It is always different."
If the MET knows of an event that will be more beneficial, the MET is free to do whatever they think will work out best, Groenjes said.
Also, MET shifts range from early morning to late night.
"People aren't always working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so we try to work for everybody," she said.
"The only downfall to my job is dipping my hands in the ice-cold water in the cooler to grab a Red Bull," Groenjes said.
Groenjes is just one of a few students who can actually say they have fun at work.
"Sometimes I don't even consider it work because the places I go are the places I would rather be anyway," Groenjes said. "I am having fun and getting paid for it."