Austin, TX - Public Relations Major - Reliant Pest Control Sales

My Life!

About Me!

Hi, my name is Davis Friedman. I was born on February 28th, 1996. Fun Fact about me is I was supposed to be born on the 29th (Leap Year) but my hospital delivery room had a small fire, so they moved me to another one a day sooner. I could be 5 ¾ years old right now! I grew up in what used to be a small town called Burleson, but it has become rather large over the years. I have one sister and was blessed with amazing parents while growing up.I graduated HS at 18 and initially signed up to join the Air Force. It took months to get going because they kept asking for paperwork related to my childhood asthma (even though I took a pulmonary test and the doctor said I didn’t have asthma anymore) and even when I turned over my entire pediatricians file, they wanted more. So, I decided I would join the Navy and not tell them anything about my past medical history. It worked. I made it in and stayed over-night to swear in at MEPS in Dallas. Unfortunately, that’s as far as I’d make it because MEPS stored my information from my previous Air Force application. So, it was all for naught.

Since the military obviously didn’t want me/I was not up to their standard, I decided I’d save money and go to a community college. I attended Hill College in Burleson and graduated with my associate’s degree. In the fall of 2016, I began attending Texas State University, pursuing a Business Major. It wasn’t until I took Financial Accounting that I realized I did not want to have a job that revolved around numbers so much. So, having already had a semester of credits in McCoy Business School, I made it my minor and switched over to a mass communication major. In fall of 2017, I had discovered what I wanted to do with my career. Crisis Communications in Public Relations. People may find it odd that I want to work for a PR crisis team, but I see it as a way that my job will always be challenging with new problems that will keep me engaged and not bored at some 9-5 desk job. I graduate this May and have a summer job lined up at Reliant Pest Control simply to make money towards my college debt. I hope it will be a great resume builder and am looking forward to my future!

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My father has instilled a working behavior in me ever since a young age. Around the age of 10, I was forced to mow and weed eat the lawn every Sunday. When I turned 15, I began working as an umpire, calling T-ball and coach pitch games. I had to work because he made me pay my phone bill. Since then, I have continued to umpire every spring and summer. It is very good money, but there have been many weekends when I work 8am-9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The blue-collar work really takes a toll on you after a while, especially doing it all in this Texas Heat. I’m sure I’ll continue to umpire my entire life. I’m good at it and I enjoy it. Once I find a career, I’ll have to hang up my uniform, but there are a lot of old men who are retired that still come out there to call and I’m sure that will one day be me.

From 2017-2018, I worked as a valet attendant at the JW Marriott in Austin. This job has without a doubt taught me the most valuable lessons for life. I was forced to bust my butt every single day and there was one NYE night that I ran 19 miles running back and forth to cars in only a 6-hour shift. This job got me in shape and made me run more flights of stairs than I thought possible. Also, after parking so many vehicles in tight areas in Austin, I can now parallel any car/truck I step into. This is why I hated the job, while also being so grateful that I stuck with it for such a long time. It wasn’t the people or the job itself that made me quit, but the 45 minute/ 1-hour commute didn’t make it worth my while.

My new adventure will take place in Austin as well. Only this time I will be moving there for free, so there will be no hour-long commute. I took a job at Reliant Pest Control for the summer as a door-to-door salesman. This job has absolutely nothing to do with my degree in Public Relations, but I have to do it because of my degree. In just 6 months after graduation, the bill collectors will start knocking and that is why I took this job. I also believe that it will differentiate me from others when I do go interview for a PR firm. I cannot wait for the journey of my life to start, and to actually make some real money for once. I’ve been living paycheck to paycheck my entire life and am excited to make just 4k a month this summer. That is if I make enough sales! This will be my first “big boy job” so I am ecstatic to finally be able to treat myself and do things in Austin without having to worry about my rent/utilities.

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I was fortunate enough to have parents that made a healthy living otherwise I never would have gotten to travel everywhere that I did. I’ve been through almost every single state and have visited more than half. When I was young, I played travel baseball a lot. We would go play tournaments in Florida, Arizona, Alabama etc. Being a young kid traveling is whole lot of fun, but you don’t really get to make your itinerary. I was always having to do what my parents wanted and while they took me to a lot of great places, I didn’t get to see everything that I wanted when I was there.

My first trip by myself was a week-long cruise through Jamaica, Cozumel and the Grand Caymans. I was forced to pay for it entirely by myself also, but I wanted to get out of the country for the first time. It was everything I’d hoped it would be. My favorite place was the Grand Caymans. I got to swim with sting rays out on a sand bank in the middle of the ocean, and also got to swim with nurse sharks. The entire trip really put into perspective how lucky I am to live in a first world country, and also how beautiful these lands and waters are, that we must preserve at all costs.

My favorite trip I’ve ever taken was my most recent trip with a friend out to Los Angeles, California! We didn’t have to pay for a room and got to stay with my friends friend, Cody. Cody lives out in LA and owns his own marijuana farm. This was the first time I got an up close and personal experience with cannabis and it was wonderful. Learning just how much time and care goes into everything really makes it crazy how it’s still illegal in some areas. Not only did I get a learning experience, but we went out to Venice beach and I was able to see some famous areas such as Muscle Beach. Traveling the world is the first thing I want to do after my summer job is up, and I plan to go to Europe for a while to find out who I really am and what I want to do after school!

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My favorite genre of music is Rap/Hip-Hop. There’s the classic 90’s rap including; Biggie, Tupac, NWA, Snoop etc. Then you have the 2000’s Hip-Hop that artists like Nelly, Andre 3000, Eminem, Ludacris and a lot more. Every time a 2000’s song comes on you have to stop what you’re doing and sing it. Finally, my favorite of them all is 2010’s rap. So many artists have been able to come up and produce music from nothing with the advancement of technology, and while others may hate on the fact that not everyone should make music, I envy the artists that chased their dream. Even a dummy like Tekashi 69 made a name for himself, and that’s all anyone is trying to do in this world.

My second favorite music is 80’s rock! There’s so many great bands that are still popular to this day. My favorites being Motley Crue, Queen and Guns N Roses. In my opinion, the music being made today, won’t last like these songs have over 30+ years. Songs like; We Will Rock You, Sweet Child O’ Mine and Home Sweet Home are written in the music history books already. I wish I would’ve been born in the early 70’s, so that my teen years could have been living during these times. If I could’ve attended one concert/festival in my lifetime, it would have been the 1985 Live Aid concert. 100,000+ people packed a stadium, and you just don’t get that type of turnouts these days.

My third “favorite” music is country. I really only listen to the previous two genres but living in Texas I have grown accustom to others playing country. I like a lot of the songs, but honestly, I couldn’t tell you who is singing them. I don’t know country enough to be able to say “Oh this is George Strait” or “oooh Luke Bryan”. I know the songs and can even sing along to some of them, but just never know who it is singing it!

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My Top Hobbies

I don’t really have as much time as I did when I was a kid for hobbies. Some of my favorite things to do are; play Xbox with my friends from back home, shoot hoops at my apartment complex and go out with my dog. I’ll start with the one that definitely takes up most of my time and that’s my dog, Luka. He has gotten me out of the house a lot more ever since I found him in January. Our favorite thing to do is go to 5mile Dam in Kyle. I enjoy it because it’s kind of like a day on the beach, we bring drinks out there and music and he loves it because he gets to swim non-stop all day. I was curious as to what breed he is, and now I know he is a Pit/Lab mix by how much he swims! When were not at 5mile, he usually drags me to the park every day, so he can socialize and get all of his pent-up energy out!

Every now and then I’ll go out to my apartment and shoot around for an hour. I don’t usually play pick-up games but if I’m out there and somebody asks me to play, I always do. Growing up, basketball was my favorite sport to practice because it doesn’t require anyone else. Just a hoop and a ball. I’d say football is my favorite sport to watch but hands down basketball is the most fun to play. I would call myself pretty good considering I’m only 5’8”. I can’t jump and dunk like others but being short my whole life has taught me how to be very shifty and elusive down low.

My favorite hobby is connecting with my hometown friends via Xbox Live. Because of Xbox, I’ve been able to stay close with a lot of people from my friend group in High School. Ever since I was 10 years old, I’ve had an Xbox. I wish that E-Sports and gaming was as big as it is today because I could’ve easily been a pro. At one point when I was 11, I was on the #1 ranked team in the world in a game called Gears of War. Unfortunately, I was 11, and the game was rated Mature, so I couldn’t compete in any tournaments. I did get invited to Toronto to play in an MLG tournament before they knew how old I was though! Now, I just play casually and to have fun with my friends.

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Growing up, Family has always been the most important thing in my life. I am so grateful for all of them. I have a very large family because both sides of my grandparents divorced before I was born. They then remarried someone else and basically doubled the amount of cousins I would have. I was the first male born into my mom's side of the family, followed shortly after by my two cousins Kenton and Nathan. As close as I am with all of my family, us three have a different bond because we were around each other all the time. Luckily, we all lived in the same town and were just minutes away from one another.

My great-grandpa, Arthur, is 95 years-old and still wakes up every morning to swim a mile. He never had fast-food until he was around 85 and is the epitome of health. He makes me feel so unhealthy when I go over there because he'll have his healthy cereal cut with fresh bananas and strawberries to top it. My great-grandpa on my dad's side just recently past away at the young age of 100. Both of great-grandma's also both lived to be 90+ so i'm not sure what is in our genes but I only pray I can live a long and healthy life like all of my grandparents!

Now my sister. Growing up with my older sister was just as you'd imagine it to be. She'd pick on me, i'd get mad and pick on her and so on. It got worse whenever we we're both teenagers, but thankfully that stage has passed us both by. After some years of growing up and maturing, I couldn't imagine her not being there for me if I ever need her. She's is someone I can trust with anything and know that she'll do her best to help me out. It is a huge plus that she had the most adorable baby boy named Greyson. I love being an uncle, I get to do all the fun stuff with him and then when he whines or poops I get to pass him off. It'll be a good trade off when he's about 4 or older when I can tire him out for her!

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Hands down my go to meal is PASTA! I can eat pasta everyday, for the rest of my life and that's a FACT! There is so many ways you can eat it also, with a variety of different sauces that completely change your meal. My go to restaurant here in San Marcos has been The Italian Garden. They give you such big portions relative to the cheap price they offer. I've definitely have kept them in business these last couple of years.

Being from America, Burgers and fries are my second favorite meal. I probably eat burgers more than anything else. I have yet to find a top spot here in San Marcos, but know of a couple in Austin that I will eat at regularly whenever I move there! Make sure that meat is cooked though, I don't play around with that blood in my meat like some others do!

The best meal I have ever eaten was my grandpa's slow cooked pulled pork. He made it one year for Thanksgiving, but he had accidently left it in the cooker for too long and that caused it to sweeten with juices. I ate two full plates of just that and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. He hasn't been able to replicate it, and ever since I have been dreaming of the day he does!

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