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Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life – Robin Sharma

I have been at my first full-time job now for about a month. That’s right. After graduating in December, I finally have landed my first job! Salary, benefits, the whole 9. My official title is “Communications Specialist.” I basically do everything that’s on my resume in one single position, and I couldn’t be happier.

Of course with this new job comes a few new responsibilities. I have student loans to pay off, I have to buy a car, I have to do the whole 9–5 gig, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The truly daunting responsibility is slowly coming into focus: Maintaining myself.

Sitting at a desk all day is tasking on your body.  Sure I’ve read studies on standing desks, workouts you can do while sitting at work, how to stay healthy during an 8-hour workday, all that.  However, to me, that’s just one small part of the bigger picture.

Upon graduation, I’ve noticed that some classmates of mine have had the idea that now that they’re done with college, everything continues on, they just have a bigger (hopefully) wallet for it. Sure my time in college was fun. I did my fair share of partying. I worked through internships, I passed all my classes, and I did some projects on my own time to better myself.

Well I’ve been done with partying. I have a career. If I wanted to, I could go back and apply to grad school. I still have projects on my plate. But how does it all translate into my newfound adulthood?

Life is a constant learning experience. There’s no way around that. I’ve noticed that some people I went to school with, and graduated with, might not have had this notion sink in yet. Like I said, my main focus in life is maintaining myself. Now that can go several different ways.

First and foremost, I want to save for my future. I want a wife and kids and a house with a yard. However, that is achieved through working hard and being damn good at what you do. But how can you ensure that you are doing a great job at it?

Maintaining yourself. Read books, read articles, go listen to people speak. Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean your learning days are over. In all actuality, in the large scheme of time, they just started.

The quote I started this post with, I read the other day, and it really stuck with me. I’m not looking to live the Bill Murray Groundhog Day type of life. I want to make sure that every day, I am putting 110% into everything I do to make sure that I get the most out of life. Why? Because this is my life, and I get to decide its path.

It’s been 9 months since I’ve graduated, only one month since I’ve started my first job out of college, and already I can tell that this is the beginning to a very enriching and enjoyable life.

“If you don’t believe in the work you are doing here, go home. Work somewhere else.” – Ken H.

Why do we work the jobs that we do? For some, it’s to pay the bills. For others, it’s due to passion. People become accustomed to routine. Day in, day out: wake up, work, go home, eat, sleep. After awhile, this can wear someone down. Attitudes shift, productivity diminishes.

This is what I like to call “Workplace Complacency.”

Workplace Complacency is the pitfall of many businesses, but how can we battle it? The answer is through passion and curiosity.

Being passionate about your work is extremely important. Every opportunity is an opportunity to do your best work.

Being curious is also important. You’re never done learning. Supposedly, it takes 10,000 of experience to be considered an “expert.”

Start clockin’, baby. You’re in for the long haul.

After reading an op-ed on Mashable about the potential effect social media is having on the world’s literacy rates, it really had me thinking.

Some say that social media is killing this generation’s ability to express clear and concise thoughts. Facebook and Twitter are rife with grammatical errors, and it still baffles me that people my age don’t know the difference between “You’re” and “Your.”

While studies suggest people are reading less, I find that hard to believe. People everyday, although on their smartphones or tablets, are reading and taking in massive amounts of information all the time. Take a second to look around in the grocery store, on the bus, even the ever-dangerous texting while walking. People are on their devices looking at the news, Facebook, Twitter, and so many other sources of information for just that: information. It has become so prevalent that it can now actually be difficult to get out of the habit of being locked on to our devices.

We live in a day and age where people have become accustomed to social interaction online. People have even come up with online etiquette! It’s here, and it’s here to stay. People look for that daily engagement whether it comes from brands they love or friends they love to talk to. Admit it, we all love getting Facebook notifications or Twitter mentions and retweets. We love when people like our photos on Instagram. We love sharing things via these channels.

Hofstra University Assistant Professor of Writing Studies and Composition Ethna Dempsey Lay, who co-edited the essay collection Who Speaks for Writing: Stewardship in Writing Studies in the Twenty-First Centuryargues that what we are witnessing is a “sequel to literacy” meaning that we are finding new ways to communicate through the channels we are now faced with. However, on the other hand, she also brings to our attention that these social channels allow us to post immediately which has had an adverse effect on our ability to proofread and can also lead to the complete omission of revising.

As social media expands, new ways of communicating are being discovered every day. And while social interaction is at an all-time high, there are some cracks starting to show.

Recently, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer barred employees from working from home. The reason? To boost “collaboration and communication.” This now requires all employees to physically report to one of Yahoo’s locations.

“Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings,” Jackie Reses, Yahoo’s head of HR, wrote in the memo. “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

While it obviously frustrated employees, a huge debate erupted over the internet. Some also took the opportunity to recruit for their own companies calling for Yahoo employees upset with the ban to reconsider their career. Not only did the new rule seem to buck the trend in tech workplaces, but it also appeared to go against Yahoo’s recent efforts to bring more of the perks common at other tech companies to Yahoo. Under Mayer’s leadership, Yahoo has given employees free meals, freeiPhone 5s and initiated weekly all-hands meetings.

On one hand, I understand Mayer’s logic. Synergistic meetings and in-person discussions lead (quickly) to solutions. It also works to weed out employees who might not necessarily be working at Yahoo for the right reasons. Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider hears from a source that there are a “huge number” of remote workers in customer service, marketing and engineering, many of whom “weren’t productive.” For Mayer, the new rule will either force these workers to work in the office, which the company believes will help productivity, or force them to quit, which will help the company cut costs.

On the other hand, is it fair to completely cut out “Work from Home” days?

I can understand the need to boost productivity, however, employee morale has a huge impact on the work that gets done on a day to day basis.

All throughout my college career, I learned how to work for others. This how you do this, this is how you do that. Clients, deadlines, meetings, research, more research, planning, more research. It all makes sense as to why we do it, but what about working for yourself for a change?

I’m still rolling on my new-me-after-graduation kick, so here we go.

If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that life is too short not to do what you love. While college taught me how to serve others, both through work and personally, it also taught me to serve myself and do everything I can to be as great as possible. So far, I am trying every day to be productive, creative, and put my entire self into everything I do.

I am in complete control of the outcome of my life. I see what I want, and I am currently working towards my dreams. So while I work in an office, working for my bosses, working for my clients, I can say this: I work hardest for myself.

I’m only 23, so it’s hard to know exactly where I will end up in life, but as I said, I am in complete control. So if I have any say, I know now that not only am I ready to achieve my dreams, I am prepared to get there. I’ve been reading up on industry news, books from the old pros, and honestly, I think it’s in all of us to work for ourselves and build the life that we want.

So work for yourself above everything. There’s no use in wasting time doing something you don’t love. Look after yourself and live the life you want. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary.

With graduation firmly under my belt, it’s time to venture out into the real world. Being an adult started on the 16th, and I haven’t looked back since. I can say I look at things differently. I find myself trying to take in the world around me more. Why? I don’t know. Maybe graduation has instilled a sense of finite time to do what I want, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything I experience from here on out requires deep reflection to find the meaning behind it. It just means I have new responsibilities but also new opportunities, and it’s my job to recognize and go after those opportunities.

As for my time spent at Marquette, it’s strange to think it’s already over. It was in the blink of an eye that I found myself no longer a freshman but waiting for my turn to cross the stage, shake hands, and exit the stage a new man. I can’t thank Marquette enough for everything it has given me. The opportunities, the experiences, the people I have met truly have made me feel that I have received a top-notch education from the greatest school out there. Sure my mom would have liked it if I went to a university that had a football team, but I wouldn’t have traded what I did have at Marquette for the world.

People come and go in and out of our lives. It’s a fact. The friends and faculty I have met during my time in college, though, will stick with me for a lifetime. Many students spend their 4 years getting an education. Personally, I spent my time educating myself not only in the field of advertising and marketing, but in the field of life.

When I considered attending Marquette, I did what any potential student does: research. I explored every nook and cranny of this university to make sure that I was making the right choice. Putting four years of my life into the hands and expertise of others is a very daunting decision. However the one thing that stood out to me is the overall theme of “Be the Difference.” To me, that is a lifestyle that speaks volumes of this university. The phrase mentions nothing about classes, nothing about campus life, just “Be the Difference” as an open invitation for us to find what it means to us personally. College is undoubtedly a time for young adults to find out who they are. That, coupled with the sole purpose of a university in being the difference and creating a positive change in the world, is the perfect equation. It’s all about how each individual student can spend their time here and, again, be the difference. What can they do personally as they develop here at Marquette that will reflect upon the world?

Even though I didn’t meet my wife at the Square Dance, which is apparently the #1 place to find that special someone, I wasn’t even halfway through the first semester of my freshman year, and I already knew that I was right where I was supposed to be and one day, I would be more than proud to tell people exactly where I had graduated from. Job interviews, off-hand conversations, “Where did you go to school?” I knew after being on this campus and interacting with students and faculty that with the biggest smile on my face and the biggest love in my heart, my answer would and always will be, “Marquette.” The caliber of students that graduate, and have graduated, from this university gives me faith that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Marquette University prepares its students for the real world. Cura Personalis, “care for the entire person.” The real world is a lot more than a job and an education to get you that job. The real world is daily interactions with the human race. Some people may take it for granted, but when I walked across the stage at graduation, I realized just how unique and grand my time at Marquette was been and how well it has and will continue to serve me,  a whole person.

So, I guess this is the part where I say something about going off and “doing what I love and love what I’m doing,” but to me, that leaves a bit too much wiggle room. So here is what I plan on doing: “Make a life, not a living.” I have said it in an earlier blog post, but right now, it’s the perfect start to my new adventures now that I have left such an outstanding university. Marquette has prepared me, one, to be fully functional in my area of study, and two, to take what I have learned and apply it to my own life. Not only did I learn and study to make my way into the world of advertising and marketing, I learned how to be the very difference Marquette hopes for all of us to be. My time at Marquette proved to be challenging, enriching, and life-changing. I can honestly say I would not be as proud as I am today to call a university my alma mater if I had not attended Marquette. I plan on making a life, not a living, I hope to continue to grow as a person, and as Saint Ignatius told the Jesuits, I plan on going forth and setting the world on fire.

Thank you Marquette. I can’t express how much my time here means to me.

 

A new internship comes with new clients and new experiences. After only a couple of weeks, I have learned so much. When people ask about my internship, they usually think, “Oh you’re in Social Media. You just sit on Facebook and Twitter all day.” However that is only halfway true.

The key to a strong audience starts with an engaged audience. If you can’t reel ’em in, good luck keeping ’em around. Meticulous planning and strategy go into digital campaigns and social communities. Knowledge of consumers within specific industries matters. People connect with a message for a number of reasons, finding the right one is what counts.


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