I feel like I got sucked into college and am just now peaking my head out to get a glimpse of the real world! Between school assignments and family I haven’t had time for anything else. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and the count down is on! I can’t even believe that there are only three weeks left until the end of this term!
Since it’s been a couple of weeks, I thought I’d give you guys a little update on what’s been going on.
Going back to school to earn a PR bachelor degree was kind of a whirlwind. I had been working at the bank for a few months when I finally found out my credit transfer had been accepted, and that I got the funding that I needed. So yes, I jumped at the opportunity to go back to school and further educate myself. I’d stay in school forever if that was a possibility, so it is no surprise that I am absolutely loving it!
But school is damn hard. I’ve been putting in so much time and effort this term compared to the past. I think it’s really paying off! My grades are improving and I’m finally connecting with my classmates, something I didn’t do the first time around.
Break Through Conference
My peers and I planned a conference in our event planning and promotions class. I applied to be on the sponsorship/guest speaker committee to push myself out of my comfort zone and it was incredibly scary! My job responsibilities included finding potential sponsors and reaching out to them, as well as working with one of guest speakers and being their main point of contact. It doesn’t sound like much to write it out like that, but it was a lot of work and a fabulous learning experience! All of our hard work finally came together just this past Wednesday and we had a fabulous time! I even got on stage in front of a room full of people, probably about 100 people, and did a little 30 second speech to introduce one of our guest speakers. Public speaking is the scariest thing ever, and yet I did it! So I’m very proud of myself.
On top of planning this event, I’ve also been putting together a public relations campaign with my buddy Elaine for Mom2Mom Africa. They’re a local not-for-profit organization that helps children in Africa go to school. What’s so great about this organization is that 100% of the proceeds go directly to what it’s intended for, whether it’s new books, uniforms, food or even the post-secondary school that is currently being built. I love working on this campaign and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s done. There are a number of ways you can support Mom2Mom Africa, so feel free to check them out 🙂
Those are just two out of the six classes I have this term!
I also landed a summer co-op job and start in May. I’ll be doing social media for a charitable organization, which I’m very excited about! This is such an amazing opportunity and I feel incredibly lucky.
I haven’t had much time to grow my business, but I have done a few things this month. In fact, I officially registered a business name for myself! Talk about profesh 😉
Okay guys, I have been pretty busy with school, but I’ve also been working on a new website! It should be ready to go live by May 1, so just one more month! This website is for my freelance writing business, but I’ll be offering a couple other services, too. Because I will have a professional website, this blog will be a lifestyle blog again!
I still want to create more artwork, but with school and freelance writing, my other creative outlets will have to wait. There are a couple new zines in the shop, and another new one on the way. I’m going to be doing more drawing and painting soon, and you can follow along on my art Instagram account @nemethart.
I have a job interview in mid-April for a student work study position at my school for the fall. I really want a job on campus when I go into my third year so I can get more experience! Wish me luck!
To be honest, I’m really looking for more opportunities to learn and grow, whether it’s work or volunteering. I want to do all the things!
Who has time for a personal life? Apparently me, once in a great while.
Nuckfest Beard Competition
Nick signed up for the Nuckfest beard competition all the way back in January! We’ve been looking forward to this for a while, and it finally happened on March 24-26! Nick and I drove up to Barrie, Ont. and stayed in a little dive motel for the weekend. It was a lot of fun! We both met a lot of cool people, including my weekend pal, Rachel. There were well over 100 people there, some all the way California! I was surprised by how many Americans actually came, but I guess Nuckfest is a pretty big event.
Nick didn’t win this time, but that doesn’t matter.
I think we both really needed a weekend away and damn was it fun! I’m telling you, you should attend a beard competition even if you don’t have a beard just because of how cool everyone in that community is! We’ll be attending a smaller beard event on Canada Day in Stratford, which should be a good time! There’s also a beard competition going on in Ottawa on Canada Day, too, FYI.
Honestly, I never in a million years would have expected to attend a beard competition, let alone regularly! It’s a great time, though!
Finally, I decided to sign up as a local artist for the CAF Collective, which is a group of artists who will be creating a collaborative piece of art for the Cambridge Arts Festival this summer. I attended my first meeting on Wednesday night (after the conference) and it sounds like a really great project!
I wanted to start getting more involved with my community, especially the art community, and this seemed like a great first step. More on this later, though.
And that basically sums up March 2017!
So, I want to know, what have you been up to this month? Did you do anything exciting?!