Well this past semester has been quite the challenge, but I have made it through. With one week left in my undergraduate career I am reminiscent but also feel ready to move on to something exciting and new. This blog has been a great tool for me to get my feet wet in the blogging world, I have explored and learned quite a bit about blogging and how it works. I have especially learned a lot from all you! To all of you who have read my blog and maybe even learned something, thank you! It has been wonderful to know that my blog was valued and useful, I felt like I became part of something bigger than myself.
It is fitting that a chapter in my life is coming to a close as I begin to close up this chapter in my blogging career as well. I hope to keep blogging again soon, possibly in another format, maybe even in a professional capacity, hopefully on a more specific topic that will bring me even closer to you all!
Keep an eye out for me in your internet travels and more importantly keep an eye on your own personal goals. In the meantime strive for excellence in all that you do, know that you really are unstoppable, and most importantly never stop looking for your next adventure.
Starbucks, to blog for your company would be a dream. You have created a beautiful monster out of your company and your cult following is one to be admired and envied.
Something I noticed when going to check out their website and blog is that the Starbucks Blog is lacking the oomph that you would expect to see in a Starbucks creation. Blogs are tools of conversation and expression and seeing that the last post on the blog is from December and the one before that from July, it doesn’t look like that conversation really exists.
It is difficult to connect with Starbucks via their internet presence and I would love to be on board to help enhance that presence. Coffee is full of life, passion and routine (not in the boring way) and Starbucks could embody those qualities through their blog. People love coffee but this blog has the ability to make people excited about coffee again!
Through writing this blog for my Electronic Writing course I have learned a lot more about the blogging world than I ever knew existed. I find that the two key basics of blogging are knowing your audience and revising your writing to be as tight and concise as possible.
When you know your audience they feel a connection to you and your blog. If your audience can find community in your blog then you have done your job but if your posts are too long it may be difficult to grasp your potential audience’s attention. Short sentences and paragraphs are gold, especially if they are wrapped around content you and your reader can be passionate about.
So Starbucks, lets get back in the game. It’s time to have a conversation with your audience and get them excited about coffee again!
For the past week I have woken up everyday and started looking for jobs but I have only applied to about two. I am so intimidated by the process and the idea of actually getting a response back!
I am always feeling like I need to have everything perfect and I also really don’t qualify for any of these positions since they all prefer 3-5+ years of experience. What is an almost recent college grad to do? (I am buying my cap and gown soon, serious reality check.)
I came across one particular article about being insecure in your 20’s and about how as much as they are very romantic years they are also very stressful. The article links to a list at the end about 20 good habits to pick up in your twenties. I have read lists like this before and I see some common themes.
They encourage you to cut the bad out of your life: the negative people, the bad habits and the negative thoughts. Lists like this also encourage you to not compare yourself to others and to try to accept changes instead of fight them. These are all great pieces of advice but I also feel like they do not take the time to recognize that we are human and that all of the things that these lists encourage us not to do are also human nature and can not always be controlled.
Don’t get me wrong, these are all great things to aspire to but I also hope that everyone can still recognize that they are human and do not feel bad about themselves if they do not match up to all of these pieces of advice.
Well it’s back to the world of resume’s and portfolio’s for me. Do you think these lists of advice help or hurt us?
The work is piling on more and more as the end of the year grows closer. The fear of not graduating because I can not get my work done and the fear of missing out and moving on are ever present throughout my days here.
I just have to keep reminding myself to breath and focus on the little things that I love about my university. This article from the NY Times talks about how we can decrease “brain fatigue” by just going for a walk in the park. It says that right about now I should be taking a break from work and going for a walk so I guess I should enjoy my beautiful campus while I can and the work can wait…right?
Something I really wish I was able to focus on more right now is my job search but specifically my portfolio. Of course I have been creating my portfolio consistently throughout my years at school but I have not had the time in the past months to compile it all into one place. I have been given a lot of great opportunities here and would really like to showcase it. I just discovered WordPress Porfolio and I think that this along with a hard copy of my portfolio would be great. It would be able to highlight all of the things that the hard copy couldn’t and more.
So as the job search chugs along (slowly that is) I find myself looking for companies that are strongly geared toward social responsibility as well as companies that carry an authentic reputation. I came across an article about H&M on Refinery29’s page the other day and was really impressed. H&M is now one of the first companies to release the names and locations of all of its factories in its move towards even greater transparency and openness. Now that is what I would classify as an authentic company.
Refinery29 also caught my eye for another reason: the legging handbook (as I like to call it). They have gathered five different legging looks that aren’t your average baggy shirt and tights combo and it gets better…The five girls showcased give the low down on their top do’s and don’ts of leggings, I think every female should take a look, study it even. Some of these looks may even be office appropriate…sign me up!
It’s definitely a tie for which one is my favorite:
Which look do you prefer? Are leggings work appropriate (if done well)?
P.S. Doesn’t this look delicious and who doesn’t love a sweet Sunday read?
I present to you: Sheryl Sandberg
Yes you may have heard of her, she is the COO of Facebook and she essentially rules the world, but really.
I am taking a class called Representation in the Media and we have recently been focusing on women and their role in the work force. We read a New Yorker article highlighting her rise to the top and her strong work ethic. Sheryl believes that women are just as capable as men at getting to the top but most times they hold themselves back.
Sandberg spoke at a TEDWomen conference and she gave three suggestions on how to solve the problem of the lack of women in top positions. The first being that women need to “sit at the table”, we can not expect to get anywhere if we are just sitting back and not participating. Her second piece of advice for women is “make sure your partner is a real partner”, make sure that the person you’re with is going to support you and that you will be able to share responsibilities. Her final piece of advice is “don’t leave before you leave”, even before women begin a family but are thinking about starting one they stop taking on important tasks and by doing this you make yourself less valuable to your organization.
Although Sheryl has a bad rap with some women because of her unconventional stance, I really appreciate her viewpoint and think that if more women were as assertive, ambitious and confident as she is then the world would be a better place. To hear more of what Sheryl Sandberg has to say check out her TEDWomen talk & her Barnard commencement speech 2011.