I knew it had been awhile since I have posted, but when I got on and saw that it had almost been a month, I wanted to cry! (Well, not really, but I was pretty bummed).
I haven’t been ignoring this blog because I don’t want to update… I’ve just been hella busy. Mostly all good stuff though. Thought I’d update you on some upcoming things I’m working on that I’m pretty excited about:
The things I’m having to do at work are all fairly far out, but they take a lot of planning and preparation, so they’re definitely on my brain.
National Leadership Summit: Haven’t really been doing too, too much with this yet because a lot of the work I need to do is contingent on other things happening first. However, I will be in Washington, D.C. May 14-16 for the event and I’m super excited that I will finally get to hear Arne Duncan speak live in person. Just need to figure out the web/social strategy for all of this (which I love doing because I’m a nerd).
Summer Academy: This isn’t happening until mid-July, but boy is there a lot to be done. This year I am excited because I have the opportunity to be on the Summer Academy team, which will give me the chance to get an inside experience on how Summer Academy happens. I am also rolling out the social media policy I spent months writing and am charged with designing and presenting training on that and some other stuff TBD.
City Year Boston Engagement: I was recently asked to meet with a group of corps members to train them on personal branding and how they can be better brand ambassadors for City Year. I always really love having the opportunity to meet with corps members and share my knowledge (recently participated in City Year Boston’s 18 Minute Networking Event which was a real pleasure for me). I’m meeting with this team in a few weeks, so I’m excited to develop the training and have great conversations around social media and how it can impact their futures in a positive way.
Persuasion Analysis: For my final paper for my Persuasion course, I am doing a persuasive analysis on Voices for National Service and its efforts to raise awareness of national service programs and to also protect (and grow) funding for CNCS. This is something I have become really passionate about since I started working at City Year HQ, and is something I am really lucky to have been able to explore on a deeper level in my graduate studies.
Communication Research: Right now I’m working on developing a survey for City Year that will be sent out to all of the Recruitment staff across the country with the hopes that it will guide our content creation and delivery for Summer Academy. This is the first time a pre-survey like this has gone out, and I’m excited to see the impact it could have. I also need to write a pre-proposal for what I want to do my capstone on. I still need to do some thinking around this, but as mentioned in my previous blog post, social media and its impact on activism is something I am really, really intrigued with. It’s definitely on the table.
Soccer: Per one of my New Year’s resolutions, I have signed up to play on a co-ed indoor soccer team and it has really been an awesome experience. I really like all of the people on my team and we only have one loss (a forfeit) so winning has also been great! We have the playoffs at the end of the month and I’m excited to see how that goes!
Visit Home: Next weekend I am going home to Rochester for the 10 Year Anniversary of the Cardinal Courier, the college newspaper that I was a part of. As part of this trip home, I’m meeting with the Career Services and Service Learning Directors to discuss how Fisher and City Year could potentially partner to recruit students to serve. I am also sitting on a career panel to talk about my career path and how the skills I gained at Fisher (specifically on the Courier) have helped to get me where I am today. Another integral part of that weekend is that I am thrilled to be able to see Doc Seward, one of my favorite professors, be inducted into the Jack Palvino Hall of Fame. He is such a great guy and I was bummed when I had to miss his Last Lecture Series, so I’m thankful I get to support him in this.
Memphis: In a few weeks I am going to go visit my cousin Dominique and the rest of the family in Memphis. Last time I went down it was pretty much a nightmare (she had gotten into a terrible accident) so this time I’m excited to actually get to hang out and have a good time. Plus, it’s the Beale Street Music Fest that weekend so I’m hoping to hit that up a bit. Would love to see Grace Potter again!
Alright, sorry that got a little longwinded, but there you have it. Apologies if I don’t do much posting over the next couple months, but as you can see… there’s some good reasons for that.