Why I Love My Job

At Washington State University, I work within the Office of Admissions as a Cougar Connector. Cougar Connectors give tours, answer phones, and make cold calls to possible future students letting them know more about the university. I have been working my way up the ladder in the Office of Admissions and have absolutely loved my time working with current, former and prospective students. My favorite part of this job is when I get to answer phone calls from students. Being the first person a student has talked to in Admissions, it is always nice when students call in and have questions I can answer for them. There are many things that I cannot answer questions about such as student accounts, IT questions and financial aid.

When talking to students who are genuinely excited and wanting to get into WSU, it is really exciting for me to answer their questions. The best part about talking to students is when they call to check on their application status and I am able to tell them that they have been admitted into Washington State University. The other day I had a girl call in and told her she was admitted. She screamed to her mom (and in my ear) that she got in then proceeded to start crying. Apparently her mom and dad both went to WSU and she wanted to be able to keep that tradition alive. Mind you, she was from the EAST COAST! It was awesome having someone so far away be so excited about the opportunity to come and study at WSU.

When I first started college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but while working for the Office of Admissions and studying Public Relations, I have learned so much about admissions and the processes of admitting students and realized that this is what I want to do for the resy of my life. I never would have believed when I was applying to college if someone said to me “You’ll be the person on the other side in just over 4 years.” I am hopeful that after graduation in May, I will be able to get a full time job doing the one thing in the world that I love most, helping students achieve their dreams by taking that first step and going to college.

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My Current Relationship

Thomas and I have been dating since September of this year. We have known each other though for about 3 years now.

How We Met:

I met Thomas while hanging out with my previous boyfriend, Kyle. Kyle was in a fraternity called ACACIA with Thomas’ roommate and we ended up going to his room in a different residence hall to hang out with him. Thomas was there and I felt like instantly we became pretty good friends.

Since the day we met, Thomas was always the guy I went to for car trouble, computer trouble, and phone trouble. Even during my freshman year, when I spilled Top Ramen all over my Blackberry, he gave me an old phone of his to use until I was able to get a new one the next summer. He has always been the most giving, helpful and thoughtful friend I have ever had.

When Kyle and I broke up last fall, Thomas was there for me when many others weren’t. My relationship with Kyle wasn’t the best, or the healthiest so my friends just laughed and said “FINALLY!!!” when we broke up. But I was heart broken. It is hard not to be, especially when he was attached to my hip for the last three years. Thomas was there to let me cry, he was there as a shoulder to lean on. I never thought Thomas and I would be more than just friends, but when I came back from my internship at Walt Disney World, he asked if he could pick me up from the airport. I was gracious for his willingness to do this for me and accepted. He helped me move into my apartment and was just the same friend I had always known.

A few weeks after school started, Thomas and I were hanging out watching a movie and he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. It was a shock to me but I obviously said yes.

Thomas and my relationship is not perfect in the slightest. We talk maybe once a day, but unlike all of my other relationships I don’t completely rely on him for everything. I don’t rely on him as my only friend or the only person I can hang out with on a regular basis. We are both very busy people and though we talk almost every day, we definitely do not see each other every day. Since we are both seniors in college, we have a lot of other things on our plates like work, studying, applying for jobs, etc. so it’s nice to be able to do my own thing and still be able to go on dates and have fun with a guy I like.

At this point in our relationship I find myself thinking about whether it will last after college. We both are very close to our families and since his live near Olympia, WA and mine live in Florida, I think we might be heading into a roadblock. Right now, I am trying not to think about the possibility of us breaking up because we both want to live near our families after graduation, but I also don’t want to think of the consequences of long distance after college either… Let’s just say, I’m going to have fun, make it last and in about six months I’ll figure out where to go from there. 🙂

Why I Love Thought Catalog

There are many reasons to love certain blogs. One of my absolute favorites was actually reccommended to me by a friend this semester, thoughtcatalog.com

ThoughtCatalog is a favorite blog because it talks about everything and anything, funny and serious, current and past. It encompasses the things I think about on a daily basis such as life, love, and learning. It also talks about things I have not thought about. It creates thoughts in my head and pushes me to learn more about the world.

ThoughtCatalog’s motto is:

  • Thought Catalog content should be fun, smart, and creative, i.e., entertaining, journalistic, and literary.
  • The site should be beautiful and clutter-free.
  • We believe all thinking is relevant and strive for a value-neutral editorial policy governed by openness. The more worldviews and rhetorical styles on the site, the better. We want to tell all sides of the story.
  • We’re about today. But our mission is also archival. We want to catalog the times for tomorrow.
  • We want to help shape culture by empowering you to share your ideas and stories with the world.

These five points are exactly how I want to live my life and I think this is why I love the site so much. With guest bloggers, old and young, it makes the experience fresh every time I visit the page.

To visit thought catalog go to http://www.thoughtcatalog.com

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Why I Don’t Understand Twitter

So I understand why celebrities like Twitter. Their followers can see what they are doing in their daily lives and become more connected to the celebrities fo their choice. But what I really don’t understand about Twitter is how all of the people I am looking to get jobs from want me to have a Twitter. What am I supposed to “tweet” about?

All I ever see my friends “tweet” about is their day or hashtaging everything that comes to their minds. There are some of my friends’ Twitters that I like to follow because they post about sports and things like that but many of my friends and many celebrities take “tweeting” too far. I don’t want to hear about your bathroom experience or the fact that your dad just walked in on your and your boyfriend #awkward.

Though Twitter helped me get an amazing Career Coaching Session with a man named Joe Furino from Philips USA, I still do not believe it to be a good use of my time.

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WSU Teachers who have Inspired Me

Here at Washington State University, there have been many professors that I have really looked up to. Now that I am headed into my final semester of college, I really wanted to acknowledge their impact on my life.

My freshman year, I had a professor named David Warner. He was one of the most open and accepting people I have ever met. Though I had one of my least favorite General Requirement Courses with him, he was able to make the class more interesting and a lot more fun. Dr. Warner was an amazing professor and though last year he went through a very traumatic experience, I still believe him to be one of the strongest men I have ever met. If you have no idea who David Warner is, he was a professor in the Comparative Ethnic Studies department here at WSU. He is a bigger guy with the longest hair I have ever seen on a man. But his looks aren’t what makes him stand out in a crowd. It’s his personality and very loud voice that does. I believe that Dave is still recovering from an accident that happened last year, but I really hope he comes back to WSU as a professor because I feel that other students deserve to hear his testimony in the CES department.

My sophomore year, I attended a lecture for the Last Lecture Series held here yearly at Washington State. The lecture was from a professor that I cannot remember. She is a professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Though I have never had this professor before, I did attend her last lecture. She spoke about the different aspects of Communication as well as the Crisis Communication sector of many Public Relations Departments. Her lecture made a lasting impression on me due to her passion about the subject. She seemed to LOVE Crisis Communication and I felt a real connection to her while she was speaking. This lecture was when I really figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I want to work in Crisis Communication.

My junior year was a hard year. I was involved in Residence Life, working almost full time and was getting ready to fly down to Disney World for 8 months of Living, Learning, and Earning for the Walt Disney Company. So, there are no professors that I really connected with this year.

This year, I have a professor named Rebecca Cooney. She is probably the coolest, most interesting professor I have ever had. Since Rebecca teaches two of my Communication classes this semester, I have really been able to get to know her and feel like she could be a real asset to my future. In Rebecca’s classes I have learned more than in any other class I have taken here at Washington State University. Since she is the professor of the class I have to write this blog for and she will be reading this blog post, I just want to say that I am not trying to “suck up.” I really do believe that Rebecca has helped me learn a lot of things that I can ACTUALLY use in the Public Relations Field as well as in the real world, no matter what job I end up finding myself in.

All three of these professors have been very beneficial to my college experience because they have all pushed me in the right direction for my future. Not one professor here at WSU has ever put me down in my quest to have a great future, but many have not had any impact on me as well. But after taking classes with two of these three individuals I actually feel prepared for the real world and unlike with other classes I feel that the money I spent coming to college was actually worth something!