So I find a to-do list from four weeks ago today that reads, "Blog post." About a week after I originally wrote that, I entered a note in my phone that read, "Blog post title: 'Spring it on.'"
Well, here I am a month late. Since this spring semester has hit, I've never been more busy in my life.
Christ. I've never had more titles in my life! Well, let's get into it.
First and foremost, I've gotta keep those A's flowing in. I'm taking all upper-divisional classes this semester. Spring it on.
Perhaps the most challenging of my classes this spring is Communication Law and Ethics. As I type this, I am awaiting the return of our first test. There's just no way around knowing the stuff. It's mind-numbing memorization and hours of studying laws and the US judicial system. I even took this test a day earlier than the class so I could attend my ad club's Off-Broadway Tour.
In the fall, I was a Designer for the Northwest Missourian. I thought it was kinda funny; I got hired as a designer without even having taken the Media Design class required for the position. That's not a humblebrag, either. I was so clueless when I started at the Missourian. This spring, I'm editor. Funny how that works. Especially considering I originally applied for an Advertising Designer position in the first place. When they said I got the job, I didn't care which job that was. There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents. In my case, this happy little accident has me living in the newsroom. There are some days that this commuter is on-campus for twelve hours at a time. The latest issue we designed is perhaps the best yet. Check it out.
Social Media Manager
Following my involvement in AdInk in the fall, I intend to take our club's social discussion to the next level. I just completed a campaign to build hype for a keynote speaker at an event my ad club hosts every year called Off-Broadway. Joe Cox is head of social media at an advertising agency that I dream of working at, Barkley. His network is massive. A few tags in some funny posts got a lot of people seeing AdInk pop in their feeds, just as I had planned. Here are some of the posts I ran to hype this guy up.
Starting in January, I took up a remote internship for a Portland-based startup called Workfrom. It's this cool new tool that takes the guesswork out of finding a nice place to get down to business for nomadic workers all around the world. The work-from-anywhere world is closer than ever before. Take it from the intern five states away. I'll be assisting in public relations endeavors and focusing on boosting existing traction channels to make sure we spread the word to everyone Workfrom.co is a perfect fit for.
Knacktive is my university's flavor of a student-ran advertising agency. In the past, group projects in my classes usually ended up meaning I had to do everything. Not Knacktive. I'm digging it. It's still early, but everyone on my team of eight is swimming in seemingly endless amounts of information and research for our client. We're doing real work in this class. I think it's kind of funny, I'm paying tuition to do work. The best part is, that's work that will get me a job that really pays. I can't wait.
Just when I think my hands are full with all of the other hats I have to wear, I've got summer internship deadlines looming overhead at the same time. I'm so goddamn determined to get out of this town this summer! It's Kansas City or bust, baby. I've got my eyes set on some great agencies in KC, and a couple of couches already lined up to surf on. 'till then, I've got some applications to swim through.
Grown-up mode: engage. I've got a lot more responsibilities all of a sudden. I must apologize if it sounds like I'm complaining. It's not until I have nothing to do until I realize that I actually enjoy being busy. I'm not trying to brown-nose my university or my program, but I genuinely am loving my classes and the people I'm seeing every day. All of the opportunities I have to get established experience before I even graduate here is something I'd have scoffed at back in high school. Now, I wouldn't waste a second of it. I've got to make sure I'm getting my tuition's worth.
So, sure. There's a lot on my plate. Spring it on, ya bish.