Life Updates: I’m a grad!

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So, for a few life updates since I last posted. If you head over to the “about me” section on this website, you might notice a few changes. That’s right. Instead of “Penn State senior,” I am officially a “Penn State alumna.” It’s the most awesome and terrifying change ever.

One the one hand, it’s pretty darn cool to say that I’m an alumna. It took four years of hard work, a few tears, and maybe even a little blood and sweat, but I am now officially an alumna of the Pennsylvania State University with bachelors degrees in Journalism and International Politics with a minor in History. I also had my Schreyer Medal Ceremony and received my honors medal for completing the honors requirements and writing my thesis.

After a wonderful, whirlwind weekend of graduation with equal parts joy and nostalgia (yes, yes I did cry while singing the Alma Mater for the last time), I threw everything in my room into my car and drove home…

…Only to return to State College the very next day (even when I leave this place, I can’t stay away for very long). I had one more week of work before my job transferred me to a location closer to home (the plan is to work for the summer and job hunt). I also wanted to stick around to help celebrate a good friend’s birthday, so in order to deny that graduation actually happened and it’s time for me to be a “real adult,” I decided to stay in State College for another week or two.

State College summers are probably one of my favorite things. Ever since spending all of last summer living and working in State College, I realized that the only thing better than going to school at Penn State is living in State College during the summer. State College summers have all the perks of the regular year at Penn State with none of the lines or wait times. It’s basically a win-win.

I’m staying with one of my best friends who also just graduated, and we’re enjoying our time by putting out all the job applications in the world (which isn’t actually as scary as movies make you think it is — believe it or not, once you nail a cover letter, it’s kind of fun!)

Anyway, that’s it for now with the life updates. Always more to come!

Launching Girlnalist

This semester, I had a few extra credits to fill, so I decided to take a Journalism and Entrepreneurship pilot class taught by three professors. I expected the class to mostly deal with the business of journalism and freelancing — it’s common knowledge that many journalists spend some time freelancing.

While we did talk about freelancing and self-employment, most of the class focused on building and learning entrepreneurship skills, learning about startups and the startup mentality, and the innovation loop. Our final project for the class was to create a startup or business idea and then pitch it to the class.

After a mock Google-style design sprint, a few of my classmates and I came up with the idea of Girlnalist — an online network of resources for women in media and journalism. We decided to use this idea as our final project. But the more we worked with it and thought about it, we realized that this idea could actually work and was something we really wanted to pursue. So we’re launching Girlnalist. I could tell you more about it, but I think I’ll let our pitch speak for itself. Check it out (Oh, and follow us on Twitter at @Girlnalist)!

 

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