I have been evaluated…

I just had my big employee annual performance evaluation today…

(doesn’t that just sound intense?!)

My palms have never been so sweaty before and my breathing was all shallow and weird… it felt like I was about to meet Ryan Gosling.

My evaluation went amazingly well! And it exceeded all of my expectations. I love my job so much. Honestly, it has been the best possible year for my professional development and I am so grateful to all of my mentors who have helped me along the way.

What more could a twenty-something young professional want? (nothing!)

Well, now I want a celebratory margarita & a pedicure…

Why I Write

I came to a realization around 11:10 a.m. today

It’s long and rambling, but it was a big realization.

The story starts way back with a few facts. In high school I wanted to be a journalist. In college I decided that I wanted to be a writer of any sort.

I have always loved to write.  I joined the newspaper, took writing courses, forced columnist and writer Steve Duin to take me under his wing. I love to write and I so desperately wanted to write for a career.

A friend once asked me why writing was my focus in college. After a long pause, I told her

“I love to tell people’s stories that would otherwise go unheard.”

The moment of clarity has always stuck with me. And today I brought that quote back into my life.

Today I went to interview a professor. It was supposed to be a typical interview for an upcoming newsletter. To me, it was just another day and another interview at work. Right when I stepped inside of his office, I was blown away by his liveliness. This professor was filled with such light and joy answering my questions for my story. What was just a typical story interview for me was actually the highlight of his day. Although his subject and projects have no particular interest to me, he was so excited to be the subject of an article. Each and every question he answered with enthusiasm and with passion.

You would see him walking across campus and never know his story or passion. He is a man who cares deeply for his subject and for the students he teaches. And I have the pleasure of telling his story. 

Although I am not a writer for The New York Times or Rolling Stone, I am a writer for the University of Portland. And I am telling people’s stories.    

Dear Lisa Rudgers… (the perfect self-marketing campaign)

I usually don’t blog more than once a day, but what I just stumbled upon is truly incredible.

As a Communication Studies graduate, I learned a lot about creating your own brand. And having your own indistinguishable voice. Those two aspects set you apart from all others and will help you land your perfect job.

Meet Lindsay Blackwell. She started www.dearlisarudgers.com in hopes of landing the University of Michigan Social Media Director. The target of the campaign is Lisa Rudgers, the school official who will ultimately make the hiring decision. If this doesn’t catch her attention, I don’t know what will…

Lindsay is a 2010 graduate, a millennial, a true new media marketer. She started her own campaign, one that has garnered more than 15,000 visits, to land a job.

This is the power of social media.

I am so impressed by her creativity and the thoughtfulness behind this campaign. I am in awe of Lindsay Blackwell and from one recent graduate to another, I wish her the best of luck!

It’s official! I’m a real person with a real job!

Today is my first day of real, official, salaried job! Six months after graduation and I can proudly say that I am a real-life college graduate with a job! I am an intern success story…

First off, I don’t think I could have felt more loved or supported from my little excited FB update. 64 likes, 11 comments?! Thanks for the support people!

First Day of Work!

My mom always took a photo of us G-E kids for every first day of school. And I thought my first official day of work shouldn’t be any different! Lame, but you have to continue the 20+ year tradition…

My job as Staff Writer for the University of Portland Marketing & Communication department mirrors my internship as Media Relations Assistant. I loved my internship and I just know that I am going to love my job. I really wanted to be able to write and in turn tell people’s stories.

And I get to do exactly that!

I will be continuing my work with media relations writing features and press releases while also working with marketing to promote the university’s RISE Campaign through stories, features, and releases.

I work with a wonderful group of people (hey Amy & Bridget!) and I am looking forward to the upcoming year of being a full-time employee of the University of Portland! Waldschmidt Hall is a pretty awesome place to work if I do say so myself.

I’m officially an adult!

Now I must deal with understanding my benefits… Health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan OH MY!