Charlie the Octopus and Oh yeah, I started another blog? + Random Thoughts

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Yes, I made a knitted octopus Charlie Chaplin. I didn’t really plan for him to turn out this way but he ended up looking strangely similar to the silent film star.

So what’s on the needles currently? Nothing. There is just too much going on in my life to knit anything with a big commitment. However, it does seem like I have a commission for one of my bow ties coming up from my new boss/supervisor. Yup, I have a job now, too.

And as I mentioned in a post before, I’ll be studying abroad and working in an internship there at the same time. I made a new blog for my adventures in Asia so check it out! I’ll be posting there sometimes and here sometimes depending on the subject. When I go searching for a yarn store in Hong Kong I’ll definitely be at least linking the blogs to each other.

I am just so ready for this semester to end already. Next week I register for fall classes! Holy poop, my college career is nearly half over. They weren’t lying when they say time flies fast. That reminds me. Today I found out that this last post I wrote to any rising college freshmen and college students in general was not completely unfounded in my unconventional thinking. I went to a networking/panel event today called “Empowering the Next Generation of Business Women” and all the wonderful ladies there said almost the exact same things that I wrote about. Women like them are definitely my role models in life. One day I hope to find success and happiness like them.

But back to reality. I’m trying this thing when I live in the present. My uncle gave me this book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and I’m trying my best to take his advice. Focusing on the Now is more difficult than you think. So, now, at this very moment I think I’m going to go to bed early (haha 11pm is early for a college student!) because I have a headache and an exam tomorrow that I don’t want to study for any more. There’s no use in studying if I won’t be putting my full effort into it so I might as well do something good for my health.

I hope to get back to blogging more so look forward to more updates like this.

These connections I’ve made

Like I’ve said before, I’ve joined APICS at my school which is an Operations Management organization of sorts. We’re kind of new and kind of the remnants of what graduating seniors that didn’t care anymore left behind last year. Well, I saw it as an excellent opportunity to get involved, and in a big way. I volunteered myself as the Secretary and the club is small enough that there was no opposition.

So APICS has these events or gatherings of both professionals and students where we can network and see a presentation about operations in the actual real world. This past Tuesday I went to one. Although I had so much work to do and things to study for, I definitely did not regret spending 3 hours away from school and getting to know more about what I could be doing in the future. The speaker was from Campbell’s Soup and the talk was about talent management. I was completely appalled by the fact that I actually knew some of those terms they throw around like supply chain and SAP. I literally learned about all of this stuff in the past week in my Marketing and MIS classes. It’s so nice to see that what you’re learning has a real world application.

I learned a lot about what kind of skills I should work on in order to make myself appealing to employers. They emphasized an understanding in Marketing, reassuring me of my desire for a double major in Operations and Marketing. However, they did cause some qualms. The emphasis on technology made me consider an Management Information Systems minor and I know for sure that I have no room for that unless I drop my Math or Asian Studies minor. And while I could see myself dropping Asian Studies, I would not want to because I want to be able to use college as not only a time to learn about my future profession but I also want to use college as a way to study and learn all I want before I am trapped. I have an addiction to learning, I really do.

I had some nice conversations with people from Campbell’s and DuPont. It was kind of amazing to talk to Campbell’s (DuPont’s been around my whole life because I’m from Delaware). My image of the soup company is like some large corporation who makes the chicken noodle soup with the possibilities. But behind every product or brand is a real person. And I could be that person one day.

Speaking of networking I went to a career fair of sorts yesterday. I talked to a few companies like Macy’s, Chase, Frtito-Lay, Pepsico, Target, and Enterprise. A few of them have amazing opportunities and internships for what I’m interested in. A lot of them are looking for Juniors and Seniors though. As a Sophomore who is dying for some hands-on experience, life is rough. I also have to decide whether I want to try for this study abroad internship in Hong Kong which is unpaid and which I have to pay for or to find an internship at home for the summer. Before I was thinking that saving up for the study abroad after my Junior year would be better, but now I’m thinking, if I can get into the Hong Kong program as a Sophomore, when I’m a Junior and these companies finally want me, I’ll be more than ready.

Now, I know most the people who read my blog are looking for knitting posts and I promise they are coming. I just haven’t had much time to knit or take pictures of my WIP sweater but this weekend it’s happening. I’m almost done the first sleeve and once I finish it I’ll get some pictures.

Back to School List

But in all sincerity, I really like lists. I like being able to see objects and ideas neatly organized in a vertical line and be able to cross them off as I complete each task. When I was in elementary school, I loved getting my school supplies list and being able to check off every box as the new school year neared. Now that I’m in college, my list does not consist of crayons and notebooks, but of things I want to try and changes I want to see in myself. I have 19 days left of summer until I return to campus for band camp. Looking back at my Freshman year, it was great, but there a lot of things I wish I could have done differently so here are my goals for the academic year of 2012-2013:

  1. Step out of my comfort zone which is becoming more and more behind my computer screen. It may seem like I have a lot to say when I’m blogging but in real life, I’m actually very quiet and don’t say more than I need to. This year I want to meet more people, make more friends, and challenge myself. Because you never know, someone you meet in an intro marketing class may be a hotshot CEO one day and could land you an awesome job. It’s all about networking. I wasn’t exactly warm and welcoming to fellow business majors last year but this year I want to make more friends with people in my field. Speaking of networking, I want to go to as many career fairs and networking events as I can so I can make myself known to future employers. It’s never to early to start thinking about your future. I already got my foot in the door by going to last year’s Spring Career Expo.
  2. Get out there, and by there I think I mean the campus community. It seems like my Freshman year of high school, in which I joined only one club, had repeated despite my trying to prevent it. I want to be a more active part of the community. Being VP of the new knitting club definitely helps, but I want to get involved in business clubs and community service as well. I will not let marching band be an excuse for laziness because once Spring semester rolls around I know I’ll be too comfortable in my do-nothing-besides-classwork schedule to leave my dorm.
  3. Stay healthy, isn’t that everyone’s goal? I want to take advantage of the close proximity of the gym to my dorm and I want to keep up the Zumba I’ve been trying out this summer. I didn’t really have a “Freshman 15” problem but I will continue to have a healthy diet and not let my proximity to Main St. allow me to eat out twice a week.
  4. Work hard, party… a little. Rather than Jesse Ruben’s I Should Get Out More be my anthem I’m making Kyle Patrick’s Wild Ways my theme song this year. 
    I think I’ve been watching too much How I Met Your Mother, but I don’t want to tell my kids that I was a boring old grandma (figuratively) at the age of 20. And I want to have an adventure. YOLO, right? I kid, I kid.
  5. Be efficient. I claim that I major in efficiency, not that I’ve actually learned anything pertaining to my major yet, but I enjoy being efficient and lament when I’m not. I want to be efficient in dorm space, especially my wardrobe. This semester I’m only bringing what I wear and donating the rest. I actually want to try one of those 30 day challenges making outfits from the same few pieces of clothing. I want to be efficient with my time. I have lost track of hours wasted on Tumblr. I’ll have to limit myself to half an hour a day, and especially not when I’m done my work and decide to stay up a few more hours solely to browse the internet. And I want to be efficient in my effort. It’s so easy to spend more time on a class you like and is easy rather than a class that needs more attention that is boring. I’m usually good about this kind of thing so I want to keep it up. No all-nighters for me.
  6. Dress for success is something I fully believe in. While some of my male friends questioned why I even decided to get out of sweats during finals week I personally find myself more motivated when I take the time to get ready in the morning and wear a nice presentable outfit. Also, you are your own marketer. What you wear and how you present yourself says a lot about you, despite the saying “what’s on the inside counts.” I want to mark myself as an individual yet present myself in a professional way. With that being said, I definitely made some bad style choices last year and hope to never repeat them.
  7. Maintain my Etsy shop. I can’t give up. Not yet. They say that your business has to fail 3 times before a success. I’m not getting as many view and sales as I would like but if I kept up the work during school unlike last year, it might amount to something.
  8. Get paid. It would help if my so-called “part time job” working on my Etsy shop gave me a little cash flow but what I really want is a paid internship. Experience and money. Probably during Winter Session when I’m on campus.
  9. Study abroad. I am already talking about going to Hong Kong next summer for an internship program, which is sadly not paid and will cost me thousands instead of giving me thousands, but for a summer in Hong Kong? Totally! But we’ll see about that. I have to get through this semester first.

But enough about me. Any readers in school or college? Do you enjoy making lists like I do? Do you have any goals for this upcoming school year? Tell me what you think!