5 Guilty Pleasures that Prove I’m Still a Kid at Heart

  1. Taylor Swift

Today as I was making my evening commute home my Spotify stopped working (and I am too annoyed by ads to listen to the radio) so I resorted to playing music that I had downloaded on to my phone. I hit the shuffle all and T-Swift came over the speakers.

The next thing I know my volume is at 95% I’m dancing in my seat, and busting out all the lyrics to “Blank Space”. While many people may age would likely be embarrassed to admit this… I am totally willing to own it! I would never say that T-Swift is my favorite artist, but that girl knows how to write a catchy tune.

Truth be told, blaring T-Swift on my drive home tonight put me in the best mood I’ve seen in weeks.

  1. Boy Bands

Just like T-Swift, I think a lot of my peers would be self-conscious about being caught rocking out to the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Fall Out Boy, Fountains of Wayne, and Jesse McCartney. And I can totally understand that, because I would be too. But can we all just admit it? We love them!

If you’re ready to face your boy band guilty pleasure… check out this playlist. You’re welcome!

  1. The Lizzy McGuire Movie

Last year, prior to moving in with my boyfriend Ethan, I lived in a house with two other girls. One Sunday afternoon while I was at work I got a text asking if they could go through my movies and watch some of them. Naturally (like any good roommate would) I told them to go for it! Later that day I came home to the two of them sitting on the couch watching my copy of the Lizzy McGuire movie. This literally made my day! Even better part, just like me, they knew all the words to every song. At that moment I knew… these are my people.

  1. The Cinderella Story

Guess what movie we watched next… no explanation needed.

  1. The Lego Movie

The idea of a movie revolving around Legos seemed really weird and cheesy to me at first, but seriously, if you haven’t watched this movie… do yourself a favor and check it out. Not only is it hilarious, it has some wonderful adult humor, and actually sends a very good message to young adults as they enter the professional world.

As always thanks for reading.

Best, Faith

Help the Next One in Line

In recent weeks I was asked to prepare an exit essay for my portfolio class. As I was writing the essay I did a lot of reflecting over my last two years here at Central in the Communication Department. Based on that reflection I would like to pass on my two cents to anyone who might care to know.

Help the Next One in Line,Always Stay Humble & Kind

Over all I feel like I gained a decent amount of knowledge during my education at Central. I have really honed in my professional writing skills, thanks to the Public Relations major can confidently draft press releases, feature articles, sports reports, blogs, company fact sheets, and more.

But what were the classes that REALLY helped me feel confident as I move into the professional world?

As far as the in class courses that I found most useful, there are three that stick out. COM 208 Introduction to Public Relations Writing taught by Emily DuPlessis; COM 470 Public Relations Strategies taught by Cesar Garcia; and  COM 306 Introduction to Transmedia taught by Francesco Somaini. I found that all three of these classes added a great amount of value to my education, and taught me things that I currently use in my job with the EDA as a Public Relations Coordinator. The work I produced in these three classes are some of the work that I am most proud of.

COM 208 taught me the basics of writing for public relations. It made me comfortable with drafting press releases and familiarized me with AP style. This class was hugely important for me as it helped me land my internship with the EDA.

COM 470 taught me how to create a strategic communication plan for an organization, and how to pitch the communication plan. This class really pushed me to think critically and apply things that I have learned throughout my time in the major. I absolutely loved COM 470, I would take it again if I could because I found the content to be so valuable.

Finally, in COM 306 I learned how to create a human interest or feature piece for an organization. In this class I learned how to shoot video, record sound, and edit both.

All that being said, I have to be honest. If I were to make any suggestions to my fellow students, it would be that they complete their internship before their senior year, and look for an internship with a small organization. I have learned SO MUCH MORE from my internship than I have learned in all my classes combined. Since I interned at a small organization I was able to get loads of hands on experience and I was even offered a job afterwards. YAY!

“Look for an internship with a small organization…I was able to get loads of hands on experience and I was even offered a job!”

Anyways, these are my take away after four long years of hard work, and I hope that these words might reach a new PR student somewhere and help them along their way.

 

That’s all for now.

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Best, Faith.

My Success Looks Different than Yours

A big part of being a senior in college is career preparation. In our final quarters we are required to take a portfolio class, a capstone class, and in some cases we have to prepare a senior project. All of these things are required by the University in efforts to prepare us for “the real world”.

Earlier this week, in my COM 475 class, our professor invited a guest speaker, a CWU alumni who has 8 successful years of work with Microsoft under his belt. He was brought into our class as a way for us to not only network, but also learn from a “successful” professional in our field.

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Students asked our guest what he did in college to get where he is today. As you could probably guess, he said all the usual things. He got involved in multiple clubs, got good grades, worked part time in a related field, and networked. No surprises there.

Lucky for our guest, he networked with the right people, and was able to use his connections (and his hard work) to land a job with Microsoft before he had even graduated. From there he was continually promoted, climbing his way up the chain of commands.

There were two specific questions that he discussed that day which really stuck me. One being “How many hours do you put in?” and the other being, “How do you maintain a work – life balance?” His answers to these questions shocked me, and really made me realize that my idea of success will always look different from others in my field.

What Work – Life Balance?

Our guest speaker explained to us that he puts in anywhere from 80 – 100 hours a week. EIGHTY to ONE HUNDRED hours PER WEEK!!! He explained to us that he gets up every day before the sun has risen and is almost always one of the first to arrive to the office, showing up around 6:00 or 6:30. He makes work related phone calls while he is commuting, works from home in the evenings, and answers his emails while putting his baby down to bed.

When discussing how he maintains a work – life balance, I think the most fitting answer he could have given would be “what is a work – life balance?” However, this wasn’t his answer at all. While I don’t remember his exact answer, I remember him telling us that he just recently got back from vacation, where he spent time sitting on the balcony… WORKING!!

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All of these things that he does seem extreme to me, but these sacrifices and long hours he has put in are what have allowed him to climb the ladder in a big time company like Microsoft. These are what have made him “successful“.

Not My Kind of Success

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are hundreds of thousands of people who would kill for a job with Microsoft. I also realize that promotions within a company like Microsoft is a huge accomplishment which takes an enormous amount of dedication.

With that being said, I am sorry, the life of our guest speaker sounds like absolute living hell to me. Do I love my job? Yes! I absolutely love my job, and I feel lucky every day to be working at the very organization I have had my eyes set on since sophomore year. Not only am I working in my field, but I am also working towards a cause that is important to me.

However, If I were asked to put in 80-100 hour weeks on a regular basis, no matter how much I love my job, and no matter how much money I was offered I wouldn’t do it. Here is why…

Life is short, life is unexpected, and it can all be taken away in the blink of an eye. My purpose on this earth is not to work my body into exhaustion. Do I want to provide for my family and make a comfortable living? Of course I do! However, I also want to have free time to spend with my friends and family, enjoying life.

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For me, success is not an 80-100 hour work week, where my career cuts into my family time. For me, success is not working myself to exhaustion in order to climb the ladder and get a pay raise. Do I work hard? You bet your entitled ass I work hard! However, when I leave the office at 5 or 6, I leave my work there!

For me, success is not living in the city, spending hours of my day sitting in traffic, and working my fingers to the bone for some big fortune 500 company like Microsoft or Google.

For me, success is working in a small town, for a grassroots nonprofit, where I can give back to my community. Where I can go home at the end of the day and focus on my family. Where my commute is 15 minutes, not 1 hour and 15 minutes. For me, success is right where I am, right now, living a slow pace, small town, nonprofit life. And for that I feel blessed every single day.

Here is a little quote to sum up the point I am trying to make… don’t be so concerned about being “successful” that you compromise your happiness.

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