Networking Event

When I think of networking events, I think of boring hand-shaking, and awkward small business talk. However, the Career Center at Grand Valley State University held an exciting networking event that worked on helping students improve their resumes, and discuss future career options. This event had flip-cup, “career” pong, ladder ball, and walking tacos! I had to chance to attend with my fellow classmate Tori Smith.

With each table, there were peers there to help inform us of vital information for us. Even though the event was fun and exciting, it was not at all what I expected. When I read about the event online, it said it would help with internship and career preparation. Although, there was important information shared with us, it was not what I had hoped. Next time, I think I would like to attend an event that was more geared toward professionalism rather than party games. Here are some pictures from the event, Tori was my photographer, because I was too caught up playing flip cup!

Wills, L. H. (2017, November 16). [Digital image]. Retrieved November 19, 2017, from iPhone

Smith, Tori. (2017, November 16). [Digital image]. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from iPhone

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Business Cards

 

One of my favorite things to do is create. I don’t care what it is that I’m creating, but as long as I’m allowing myself to release some sort of original expression I feel happy. This week I created a business card! It’s not perfect, but it’s something that I’m proud of. I used a software that was new to me, InDesign. It’s similar to Photoshop, but nothing like it all at the same time. It proved to be a lot more difficult for me, maybe because I had no background knowledge of InDesign.

 

With my anxiety heightened recently with finals quickly approaching, and huge life decisions happening, the thought of trying out a new software for a new project seemed like it would be exciting to do in order to get my mind off of things for a bit. It worked. That’s what life is all about, right? Finding things that help inspire you, and make your problems go away? At least, that’s what I’m doing right now. Life is a whirlwind, but I just have to keep moving, creating, and learning because nothing is going to get easier, it’ll only build strength!

I encourage you to do something new this week, and get yourself inspired!

Wills, L. H. (2017, November 14). [Digital image]. Retrieved November 14, 2017, from InDesign

Bumps in the Road

 

Even when life seems to be going perfectly, there’s always something in the way that I have to power through. I’m experiencing that right now. The last couple of weeks seems to be one giant, endless bump that I’ve been trying to climb over. It feels like the immense stress that I’ve been experiencing with school has triggered some sort of emotional escalation forcing me to deal with repressed emotions that I’ve been burying for too long. But, it’s November, and I need to be positive, and in the midst of all the craziness, I’ve been keeping track of all the things I’ve been thankful for this year.

To begin, I’m thankful for self-discovery. Self-discovery isn’t an easy journey for me, but it’s necessary to grow as a person, and evolve into the individual I want to be for myself, and others. The next thing I’m incredibly thankful for is my family: they’ve been constant throughout this entire endeavor. My family is there for me when I break down, and need support to get me back headed in a positive direction. I have learned that family is everything. So, this rough week had me reminiscing on amazing memories that I’ve made with my family. The picture above is a photo of my brother and I on a tiny, random beach we found in Florida, it’s one of my favorite memories with him. I edited it little bit in photoshop, and sent it to him–in typical brotherly fashion, he didn’t think it was nearly as cool as I did. But I also thought about the amazing experiences that I’ve had thanks of my family like getting to see one of my favorite artists this past weekend: Chris Stapleton. Finally, I’m also thankful for my amazing friends that let me call, text them, or talk to them just to vent. It takes amazing, selfless people to handle another person’s stress, which I’m forever grateful for.

It’s November, the month of THANKSgiving, so take time to think about what makes you feel grateful. Then, release the positivity back into the world.

 

Wills, L. H. (2017, November 7). [Digital image]. Retrieved November 7, 2017, from photoshop

 

Facebook Certification

Everyone spends their Sunday nights taking Facebook Blueprint courses, right? These courses are free, educational classes that only take minutes of your time to complete, but help you become more knowledgeable on the back-end of Facebook.

Did you know that 1.2 billion people log into Facebook daily around the world? That is 1.2 billion chances for marketers and advertisers to make important connections with individuals that could boost their business. Facebook is the perfect breeding ground for advertising campaigns: especially with all of the options that advertisers have to personalize their content to fit their target market.

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Facebook and Instagram both have policies that keep their advertising content safe and professional. This course teaches the acceptable content and policies for Facebook advertisements.

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The structure of a campaign is vital to understand the effectiveness of any given advertisement. This course makes it easy to customize, organize, and measure the performance of ads.

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Facebook is the perfect place to easily reach large, specific populations from all over the world. This course taught why Facebook the center for businesses trying to build relationships with their audience.

Life In My Eyes

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Nothing is more frustrating than when technology doesn’t agree with you, and you don’t have the timeframe to deal with it. I learned this first hand over the last couple of weeks while trying to complete a new project: organizing, creating, and editing a video. I’ve never tried playing with this form of media before, and it was an interesting process that is a lot harder than I originally thought. I have a newfound respect for people who are able to do this in order to create an effective message, and do it with exciting content.

In my video, I attempted to give a short, first person look into an average day in my life. Throughout filming, I found it harder than it should have been to remember when to pull out the camera! But overall, the video is pretty accurate in showing exactly what one of my days looks like–boring. I’m a busy college student with an average life, and I think that’s pretty well represented in the content. However with some really great royalty-free music, it made my day seem a lot bubblier that it was!

Wills, L.H. [Lynsey Wills]. (2017, October 23). Life In My Eyes . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD6KGdpilgA&w=560&h=315

Wills, L. H. (2017, October 23). [Digital image]. Retrieved October 23, 2017, from iMovie

Find Your Inspiration

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As of May 2017, I started a journey to self-discovery. I went from emotionally depending on negative individual in my life, to now, freely standing on my own feet. With October quickly approaching, I’ve had time to sit back, and reflect on all the things that have helped keep me inspired throughout the last four months. In this time, I’ve been able to fight a tough emotional struggle, and find my individuality.

In the beginning, I sat down, turned on good music (which I found Ed Sheeran’s lyrics pretty helpful: check these song lyrics out here), and thought about all the things that inspired to me knock out the negative influencers. I tried to understand what I was lacking, and slowly began to integrate those missing pieces. Meanwhile, I recognized what parts of my life were contributing to the negativity, and kicked them to the curb.

I created a list of six tips on how to look for inspiration in your life, as well as my own, through the website https://piktochart.com. My goal was to present these tips through personal pictures that remind me of all hurdles that I had jump over to get where I am today. These tips not only inspire me to keep moving forward, but help me with inspiration in school, in writing, and in journaling. Hopefully, when you look at these tips, you’re able to jump start some inspiration into your routine to help move you forward with your life’s aspirations.

Wills, L. H. (2017, September 28). [Digital image]. Retrieved September 28, 2017, from    piktochart.com