A post-grad problem turned blessing.

Phew. I’ve been slacking.

I believe I mentioned in passing in a previous post that I had a great post-grad blog coming up. And here it is…I know so many readers have been anxiously awaiting. But it really is a story I want to share, but one that I couldn’t share right away.

Brief summary of the past year-ish of my life: I graduated from Oklahoma State University (go Pokes!) in December of 2012 with a degree in strategic communications. Although it wasn’t a full-time job, I was lucky enough to have an internship lined up for January – May of 2013. The internship was with Schnake Turnbo Frank, a PR and management consulting firm with offices in downtown Tulsa and Oklahoma City. I was super excited as I was pretty interested in working for an agency. I like variety and a fast-paced environment and from what I’d heard, that is what PR agencies had to offer. Unfortunately, at the close of my internship in May, the firm wasn’t hiring. I’d heard so many “my internship turned into a job!” stories that I couldn’t help be disappointed. From there, the job hunt began.

While I was looking, I waited tables at a restaurant I’d worked at on and off since high school. Finally, in September, I was offered a marketing coordinator job with a company that produced a liquid nutritional supplement. I wasn’t familiar with the product, but I’m into exercise and trying to eat somewhat healthy (I don’t always succeed), so it was interesting to me. I decided to stay on at the restaurant working Friday nights only for some extra cash, and because if I’m being honest, I was pretty attached to my management team and co-workers there. It was a tough goodbye.

Not two days after I accepted the marketing job, I got a call from…you guessed it, the PR firm. “We’re hiring an account coordinator!” Sigh. I had such mixed feelings. My initial thought was, Wow, that would have been great, but I found a job that I think I’ll like. I’ll pass. But as the days went on, the agency job stuck in the back of my mind. I started with the nutritional company and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. From the moment I accepted it, I accepted it with the stance of, “This is my first full-time job out of school. It might not be exactly what I want, but it’s a job.” The thing was, what I did want was a very likely possibility. I hated the thought of skipping out on a job within weeks of starting, but after consulting with friends, family, old classmates and other young professionals, I applied for the account coordinator position. I think a great piece of my advice my mom gave me was assuring me that throughout the entire application process, I’d have multiple opportunities to turn the job down if I wanted to stay where I was, so why not at least put my name in the hat?

Long story short, I got the job and it’s the position I’m at now. I love it, and I’m so glad I put my potential guilt aside and went for what I wanted. I am definitely a people-pleaser, and I was terrified to put my notice in at my previous job. I had every worst case scenario in my head. Would they tell me to leave right then and there? Would my boss freak out on me? None of the above happened. As everyone had assured me, my boss was completely understanding.

So today’s inevitable and obvious life lesson is: You have to do what’s best for you. I knew that from the beginning, but as usual, going through with it was the hard part. I’m a people-pleaser, and I hate upsetting people. Having said that, I am so happy at my current job, and I know if I had stayed at my previous job, I’d be going in every day wondering, What if I’d applied for that job like I wanted to? I’m so glad I did. I get the opportunity to meet all kinds of people in the hometown that I love, I learn every single day, and I know I’ll foster connections that will last a life time.

Do what YOU want, not what you think others will want. The chick flick-loving girl in me can’t help but leave you with, from The Notebook, “What do YOU want? What do you WANT?!” *crying* Here’s a video if you’d like to witness the beauty of Ryan Gosling (and who doesn’t?):

 

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Soundslide project

When we were assigned to make a sound slideshow about three weeks ago, I was clueless.  I understood the idea of the sound slide, but I could not for the life of me think of anything to do that would tell an interesting story while being visually appealing.  I was  After discussing the project with some friends, my good friend Brian suggested the graffiti contest.  At first, I wasn’t too hot on the idea, but when I thought about it more, I fell in love with it.  I knew a graffiti contest would turn out some great pictures while still being entertaining, and I was right!

The process of putting the sound slide together wasn’t hard at all.  The application we used (conveniently called Soundslides) basically put everything together for me; all I had to do was put the pictures in the order I wanted and adjust the time limits.  The only things I wish I’d done differently were simple rookie mistakes that set me back a few days.  Luckily, I was pretty ahead of schedule and still got my slideshow done with plenty of time.

Overall, I had a lot of fun interviewing and taking pictures and putting it all together into one finished product.  I definitely wouldn’t mind doing it again!  Check out my slideshow in the post below. 🙂

 

Graffiti contest winner Kaleb Nimz with his final art!

Graffiti!

Last week, Oklahoma State University’s Student Union Activities Board hosted its annual graffiti contest, right on library lawn in the middle of the day.  It was awesome to hear some great music and see some beautiful art between classes.  Check it out!

Congrats to Kaleb for winning the contest!  His was actually my favorite throughout the day; I loved the colors!

(Edited for spelling Kaleb’s name wrong! Whoops!)

Snow days

It’s been quite a week for students in Oklahoma.  My days have started to run together, but it will all be over tomorrow when we have to go back to class.  Although I’d love another day off, I’m getting pretty bored cooped up in my dorm with only Lean Cuisines, pasta and Which Wich to eat.  It’s getting a little ridiculous.

Edmon Low Library

That was from our mini-storm a couple weeks ago, when it seemed every single school in the state of Oklahoma was out of school except for us.  I trudged to class in the cold, but I’m glad we were repaid with three glorious snow days this week.  It was a little worse this time…

The parking lot of my dorm

It’s not quite this bad anymore, but I’m still a little worried about the possibility of having to work tonight.  I’m also supposed to make an hour drive home tomorrow for my grandma’s birthday.  We’ll see how that goes.

Unfortunately for us lazy college kids, it’s back to class tomorrow morning…for those of us who decide to go, anyway.  Living on campus, transportation to class isn’t a problem for me.  Yes, my nose might freeze off on the way to class, but it seems to me that commuters, even those who live near campus, are going to have cars stranded in parking lots and driveways unable to move.

We’ll see who shows up to class tomorrow!