One Last Hoorah

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Well, the time has come to wrap up the worst semester of my entire life, submit the final blog post, and close the junior year chapter.

Full disclosure, I am listening to Lemonade as I write this.

The back half of EC457 was spent working with nonprofits, designing a proposal, and getting hands on experience with social media nonprofits. During this time, there have been also two books guiding the discussion and driving the actions behind the proposal. The first book is Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach, the second one is The Networked Nonprofit, by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine.I have spent a good chunk of time reading and evaluating both.Aesthetically the books are drastically different, yet they still have a few key similarities that cannot be ignored.

SIMILARATIES 

  1. Overarching Mission: Not surprisingly, both books have the same goal: How to use social media…

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“Do I look like someone with a plan?”

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Part Two.

In my last post I reflected on my recent changed of heart in regards to my major, and ultimately, future plans. This post is a continuation of that, where I hopefully come to some conclusion.

In the 3.5 years I have had twitter I have had two different bios.
My first one read: “Keep on dreamin even if it breaks your heart”.
(Yes this is a country song OK)
My second (and current) one reads: “Do I look like someone with a plan?”.
(No, this is NOT a reference to The Dark Night.)

If I had to explain myself in two sentences, I would say those two do a pretty good job.

When I was 17 and a junior in high school I took a personality test that told me I was as type A as you could get while still being a functional member of society. As…

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A Quick Reevaluation

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(This will be a two-part post)

As I wrap up my third(ish) year as a college student, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what has lead me here and where I will be in a year or two.

A few posts ago I mentioned doing a follow-up assignment for a job opportunity I was presented with. What I failed to mention in that post is the existential crisis that the same exact follow-up assignment caused.

During that same post I discussed what motivates me to do better and be better.
(I’m still searching for the answer, P.S.)

A few posts prior to that I touched on my Freshman year and how I ended up being an English major after spending five years thinking I was going to be a doctor. What I failed to mention in that post is the reaction I got to this decision and…

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#WhenIWas & Kid Cudi

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In his more recent song, “Love” Kid Cudi sings:

“Don’t be so down, c’mon young homie
You’ll be okay, you’ll find real love
All of the stories, the hero gets lonely
Now is the time to show what you’re made of.”

I would not consider myself a huge Cudi fan, mostly because he isn’t one of my main go-to artists, however I do like a lot of his music. I would also say that I became an even bigger fan after he released this song and gave me a chorus to quote via text to fellow females friends after some heartbreak (yes I have sent it to kiddos, no I am not ashamed).

Speaking of heartbreak, yesterday (Tuesday April 19th) on twitter, #WhenIWas was trending. For those we didn’t see this hashtag, it was set up to bring attention to when and where women are assaulted, harassed, or put in…

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Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other

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This last Monday I was sitting at an interview trying to convince the young professionals across from me that I would be a great fit for their team and company. About half way through one of them asked me “What motivates you?”.

Que me blank staring into the camera like The Office.

Like the yuppie (in training) I am, I answered the question in a serious and professional manner and the interview continued. However, in the past 6 days I have been continually going back to it, what does motivate me?

Flashback to 2013, after graduating high school and enrolling in my first semester, getting out of Moorhead was my main motivator.

The following year, getting back to school and not dropping out (again) kept me going.

This year, however, it has been a little more complicated. I had a  lot of motivation this fall for a lot of different reasons, and…

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Networks, Life, and Some Waters

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When asked a fun fact about myself, I always resort to the “I’ve attended four different universities” bit and watch as the crowd ponders how I’m still enrolled and on track at this point. Having attended so many colleges in different parts of the world has left me with a large contact list of people to call when it is 2AM and I’m crying on the bathroom floor of a gross bar (this, however, is a story for another time).

What does drinking vodka waters at 1AM with kiddos you won’t talk to in a year have to do with networking, though? Well, it has to do with connections; with bonding.

Do I like the taste? God no.

Do I like to people I get them with? Yes.

Do I like the nights we’ve shared and the stories we tell? Yes.

Those people and those connections are what get me…

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The Value Of “Unplugging”

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A few months ago I made the decision to turn off push notifications for all my social media apps, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Currently the only things I get notifications for are my messages and calls, nothing else.

I’ve admitted that me and the insta go back and forth. The gram has an uncanny way of making you feel like your life is either significantly better than everyone else’s or significantly worse. For example, what do people post pictures of? Well, couples (duh), rad cities and sites, over-filtered selfies, nights on the town, impressive yoga poses. I’ve spent the last twelve months trying to convince all 300ish followers of mine that I have it all together, between my couple pics, Ireland photos, “artsy” shots of my dog, and comical captions, I’ve just been trying to reel in the stupid red hearts. The last few weeks I’ve realized…

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