It has been almost half a year since I last wrote on this blog. Not without surprise, I have been just as busy as ever, and now my senior year is well on its way. When I last wrote, I was laying out my next few months ahead as winter term was wrapping up.
Spring Term: My spring term class last year ended up being one of my favorite classes I have ever taken at Alma. As mentioned in my previous blog, I took a communication class that focused on Environmental Communication. We directly partnered with an organization called FLOW – For Love of Water – located in Traverse City, to create a strategic communication plan and analyze the communication processes they use externally. It was great practice for hands-on work and practical application of some of the skills I have been learning throughout my time here at Alma.
Summer 2014: This summer, I returned to Detroit to do a second internship with dPOP! working with the social media team in the position of “Senior Vice President of Social Butterflies.” To say that interning with them is fabulous would be far too much of an understatement. Everyday with dPOP! I am challenged to try new things, learn new skills, take risks, and just let loose and be myself. I met many new people and built closer bonds with others I had worked with last summer. Most importantly, I was able to define some of my professional goals and objectives and examine where I hope to be career-wise.
Back in Alma: I have officially been back in Alma for a month. I have been busy working three jobs – Editor in Chief of The Scot (our yearbook), interning with our Communications & Marketing office, and working for the Quicken Loans recruiting team as a Campus Ambassador. Each of these positions are fairly time consuming and challenging in unique ways, and they all align very well with my development as a professional and with the jobs/career I see myself in. Just a few short months from now I will begin searching for jobs post graduation. I cannot believe that my story at Alma is now in it’s final chapter.
Senior Year: Aside from the jobs I am working, I also have an action-packed class load to fill up my last year here. This semester I am taking three classes outside of my major to challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone, learn new skill sets, and really grasp the value of a liberal arts education. In a normal week, I can find myself out doing photography, writing a SWOT analysis, annotating articles in regards to communication issues in an organization, and doing the cha-cha slide. Interesting mix of classes, don’t you think? I am also working on an independent study in which I will be analyzing the way the college connects with its alumni through all channels of communication. I know I have a challenge coming my way with keeping myself afloat, but I am excited for what all of these projects/classes have in store.
All in all, I am trying to make the absolute most out of this year and be sure I accomplish everything I wanted to do before leaving Alma behind and taking on the title of “alumna.” That’s a scary thought, and it is only eight months away.