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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It’s all coming to a close.

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? And just a few weeks after that will be my finals week, and just a week or so after that it will be Christmas? Because I can’t. As everyone says every semester, this semester has gone by so quickly for me. This month, with my birthday last week and Thanksgiving next week, especially flew by. This was definitely a good thing, though. I’ve had a fairly easy semester, but everything seemed to pile up on me this week. I had a test yesterday, a big paper due today (over a book that I read the last 200 pages of in the course of about 36 hours) and a group paper due next week that we hadn’t started until Monday night. (On a side note and a word to professors out there: Group papers are stupid. I won’t even get into my rant on that. Believe me, every student in the world will agree on that.)

Luckily, with my paper being turned in today, the majority of my stress has been lifted off my shoulders. And after this group paper and presentation, it’ll be an easy breezy rest of the semester for me. At this point, it looks like I’ll only be taking one final the Monday of finals week at 8 a.m. You might think that sounds terrible (and in a way, it does) but I’m looking at it from the point of view that for the first time in my college career, I will be done with finals on Monday around 8:30 a.m. That’s crazy talk for me. I do have one scheduled for Friday, but it’s just a paper so it can be turned in anytime before that. If you’ve ever talked to an Oklahoma State student about finals week, it’s pretty much guaranteed no matter your schedule, you will ALWAYS have a final on Friday. That’s just the way it is. They must love us so much, they want to keep us here as long as they can.

Hopefully, my rambling on papers and projects and finals and school didn’t bore you too much. How’s school going for you students out there? I’m sure, like me, you’re all ready to pig out on Thanksgiving then get three weeks off for Christmas (again, OSU loves us, so they only give us three weeks so we have to come back early…it’s evil). I’m sure I’ll get around to writing before then, but until then, have a fabulous week! 🙂

Back to the grind.

When my blog assignments for my electronic communications class ended last semester, I told myself I wanted to continue with this blog. Obviously I haven’t done a very good job, have I? Fortunately, my persuasive writing class will be assigning some blog posts in the next week or so, so I’ll be back to it.

I hope everyone had a great summer; I know I did. I took a couple of summer classes and worked a lot to save up some money (boring, right?), but my hard work paid off because I got to spend about a week and a half in Breckenridge, Colo., with my family and five days in Jamaica with my boyfriend. Both trips were amazing. We go to Colorado every summer so I’m used to that, but Jamaica was a new beachy, sunny, all-inclusive experience. We’ve already talked about booking a trip for next summer, and I can’t wait!

This is an actual picture we took. Amazing.

The best part of our trip by far.

It’s too bad my time in Jamaica feels so long ago. I’ve been back in Stillwater for three weeks now, but school is already in full session. I think this is my first semester I can honestly say I’m genuinely enjoying all my classes. I’m all done with my basics and finally in classes much more related to what I want to do (which I’m not exactly sure of yet). I’ve got graphic design, persuasive writing, promotions, media law and the random-but-interesting subject of criminology on my plate. So far all my professors seem great and educated in what they’re teaching, which is always a plus. 😉 I have my first exam on Thursday…it creeped up so quickly on me.

I’ll stop rambling now. But hopefully I’ll be a little more consistent in writing in this thing from now on. I’m not exactly sure what interesting things I’ll have to say, but hopefully I’ll think of something. 🙂

The video-making process

I really enjoyed this video project a lot more than I thought I would.  When it was assigned, it sounded hard, but my nerves and mind were set at ease once we started working with iMovie.  I loved the program!  I have a Mac Book laptop, but I’ve never really gotten into any of the iLife programs.  iMovie was so fun and easy to use and I’m so glad this class introduced me to such an awesome program.

Although putting the video together on iMovie was pretty simple, other aspects of the process were not.  In my head, I pictured getting a few takes of my friends making fun of silly Facebook statuses.  Easy, right?  Little did I know, it would take more than just a few takes.

I also recorded my voice-overs on my iPhone voice memos app because I felt that quality would be the best.  I recorded all my voice-overs as one file, thinking that would be the easiest…it wasn’t.  I thought I’d be able to cut the audio in iMovie just like I was able to cut and edit the video.  I ended up having to go into Garage Band and edit all my little 5-second clips into individual files in iTunes.  Even though it was tedious, I have to say if that was the most frustrating part of this process, I don’t have much to complain about!

Overall, I enjoyed making this video.  I’d say it’s my second favorite project we’ve done next to the soundslide.  The video was a lot more fun to put together, and iMovie a much more fun program than Soundslides, but I thought my pictures for my soundslide were more visually appealing than my video.  I hope everyone enjoys watching my video as much as I enjoyed making it! 🙂

A growing issue in today’s society

I know I’m not the only one who’s ever logged onto Facebook, only to find a news feed full of stupid/pointless/pathetic/weird statuses that, let’s be honest, no one really cares about.  For a video project class assignment, I thought I’d make a PSA poking some fun at this problem.  Enjoy! 🙂

Shout outs and thank you’s to my roommate Kaitlin and our friend Brian for being the stars of my oh-so-fancy movie! 🙂

Vacation, all I ever wanted.

Here we are.  The last five weeks of the semester.  To me, it doesn’t sound too bad.  It’s only five weeks, only 25 days of class, only shortly over a month.  But I feel like because I have that mindset, it’s going to go by slower than ever.

But hopefully time will fly and summer will be here before we know it!  I’m very much looking forward to this summer.  I’m hoping I can gain some kind of PR experience with either a paid internship somewhere in Oklahoma City or helping my mom out with some press releases.  I’m also hoping to see Chelsea Handler with my best friend in June and Britney Spears with my sister in July.  If I can get the money together, those are two shows I don’t want to miss!  And go ahead, make fun of my Britney love all you want.  I get enough of it from my boyfriend! (blog plug!) (P.S. Femme Fatale is awesome!)

Now for the good part.  My family and I go to Breckenridge, Colo. every summer.  When my sister and I were younger, we complained every single year that my parents never took us anywhere for vacation besides Colorado (besides Dallas, but Oklahomans know that doesn’t count as vacation).  My dad graduated from the University of Colorado and my parents lived in Boulder for a few years, so they love Colorado.  And now that I’m older, I don’t blame them.  Anyone who’s been there knows it’s beautiful, and it’s very nice to get away from Oklahoma’s 100 degree heat during the summer.  We do all sorts of things, though: white water rafting, Alpine slides, Jeep rides and of course shopping and eating out. 🙂

My sister and I on a Jeep ride

And now for the REALLY good part.  As I said, Colorado is pretty much my only vacation…I’m not complaining, but it’s true.  I’ve literally been there every summer since I was born.  So when my wonderful boyfriend seriously mentioned going on a vacation this summer, I was all for it.  Behold the beautiful Maya Beach in Mexico that I will be residing in come August!

Barcelo resort in Maya Beach

That looks like an amazing ending to what will hopefully be an amazing summer! 🙂

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!

The making of a podcast

This symbol has haunted me for about the past week.  I clicked on it daily to start yet another GarageBand file to begin recording, editing and editing some more.  Before this project, I was definitely no expert on podcasts but I’d listened to a few, and I had no idea how much work went into making one.

Using GarageBand was definitely an experience.  I’ve been writing for my school’s newspaper this semester, so I’ve had a little experience with GarageBand, but recording was about as far as I got.  When it came to editing, my partner Greta and I were both pretty clueless.  But after hours spent with the program, we eventually got the hang of it, and I think we both had more fun than we planned with this project.  When I told my boyfriend about it, he said, “That sounds like a pretty fun project.”  My response? Ehhh, not really.  But 10 hours of work later, it really wasn’t so bad.  I actually enjoyed putting everything together into one final product that I truly felt proud of.  We ended up re-recording all of our parts on Tuesday night, but I think it was worth it.  Not only was it a LOT easier than going through and editing out every little “um” or awkward pause, but I think it made the podcast a lot better in the end.  I’m proud of the work we did and I hope Greta can say the same!

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!