Category Archives: College

Missing Spartan football

While I loved my time at Michigan State (most of the time), there’s not a lot about college that I miss. Homework, exams, getting up early to go to class. All my college friends can keep those and I’ll keep my salary 🙂

However, one thing I do miss is the atmosphere surrounding college football season.

Tonight is the first MSU game of the season and I’m kind of sad that I’m not on campus to enjoy it. I miss the crowds that flock to East Lansing, the random shouts of “Go Green! Go White!” and the camaraderie you feel with people you don’t even know – just because they’re fellow Spartans. There’s something about college football – especially Big 10 football – that can’t be replaced.

So, I will be wearing my ‘Michigan State Agriculture’ T-shirt to work, decorating my desk with some Spartan stuff and finding a sports bar with Big 10 Network so I can catch at least part of the game. I may not be home, but I can still show my pride in being a Spartan during football season.

Go Green! Go White!

Make your resume shine!!

When I started my job search about a month and a half ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So, like most people, the first thing I did was make sure my resume was in top notch shape. I had friends in the industry look it over and help me make it the best possible. Thankfully, all of their help led to many positive comments from those I was interviewing with. Since I had, what I would consider, a pretty good amount of success with my resume, I figured I could bestow some of my wise words of wisdom upon you 🙂 Enjoy!

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AgChat conference perfect for college aggies

Since I recently graduated from Michigan State (Go Green!) and just took an awesome full-time position a couple of days ago, I’d like to think that I’ve done a pretty good job at preparing for “the real world” and that I can offer some halfway decent advice to college students and recent graduates. My big piece of advice today for those college aggies out there: apply for the AgChat Foundation Agvocacy 2.0 Social Media Training Conference!

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Spartan summers

One of my favorite places to be is Michigan State University in the summer. This year is actually one of the first that I’m actually on-campus all summer (I’m continuing to work for ANR Communications while I continue the job search) and it’s just so pretty!

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It looks…kind of like…a light up ahead!

So, looking back on my last post, I realize how scared I was just a week ago looking forward at what my future might look like without student teaching the picture. “Dark twisty path” I think is how I phrased it. Well, now I can confidently say a week later, there is definitely a light up ahead!

I cannot adequately describe how thankful I am for my great friends and network, in person and online. When I said I was switching gears, every single person around me was supportive and willing to lend a helping hand. Professionals in the industry who have only ever met me through the #agchat community were willing to read over my resume and cover letter to offer their advice. My friends in East Lansing helped me set up job shadow visits to get a feel for what working in agricultural marketing and public relations might be like. Everyone was there at exactly the moment I needed them the most. How amazing is that?

For those who are curious, I’ve started applying for positions and have even heard back from one to learn more about me. I’m excited to see where the next few months will take me and I finally understand that things happen the way they should, even if it’s scary when that shift first happens.

BONUS: I was so glad to read this post and know that I’m not the only person who crazily changes gears at the last minute!

An early life crisis and the stress that ensues

To say something hasn’t been nagging at me for a while would be complete denial. The fact of the matter is, though, I have been really fearful to say anything for worry that people or — let’s face it — I would be disappointed in me. Well, I’ve said it out loud to a few people so I guess I’ve reached the point where I can say it online.

I’m not sure that I want to student teach.

Even considering not student teaching makes me feel guilty, like it’s somehow saying I don’t think being an ag teacher is a good job. That’s not the case at all. How could it be? My dad is an ag teacher; many of my mentors and friends are ag teachers. It’s an amazing job to have. Just maybe not the right job for me.

Now, none of this is to say that I won’t change my mind tomorrow or in a year or in five years. However, today and yesterday and for the last few months, I have felt as though life wants me to take another path.

For the past year (as many of you know), I’ve taken on several jobs/internships. Two of them have been very communications focused. I’ve also been doing some freelance writing work that I have really loved and, for the past three years, I’ve been involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). All of these areas are things that, when I think about turning them into a career in communications, I get excited about. I wish that same thing were true of teaching.

So it sounds like I’ve got it together, right? Wrong. It’s two weeks from graduation and I’m hurtling myself into the great unknown of job-hunting. I’m still keeping student teaching as an option, but – finally – I’m going to start seriously considering some positions with different groups in and out of the state. I want to look at for-profits and non-profits, corporate businesses and marketing/PR agencies. I’m going to keep my options wide open and try to figure out what’s best for me in the long run.

Unfortunately during this same time period, I have a ton of work due for school and projects for my various jobs going on everywhere. Just last night I ended up in tears, mainly from the stress of everything culminating at once. I’m definitely going to be relying on friends and family to talk me through all of this and reassure me that it’s going to be alright. I’ve got a long few months ahead of me and right now the path through the woods looks pretty dark and twisty. Here’s to hoping, though, that there’s light on the other side.

Eureka! Dinner for one

I will be the first to admit that I am not a cook. Sure, like a lot of people, I love the Pioneer Woman and I try to emulate her greatest recipes when I can. However, my own cooking abilities? Not so hot. Which is why, you might be surprised to find out, this post is all about cooking!

As a college student, it is HARD to find meals for one person. Even when I cut recipes in half or have my boyfriend over for dinner, I still usually end up eating leftovers for days. Most websites out there with recipes for two usually involve either expensive items or items that no normal college kid keeps on hand due to a lack of use. And — can I just say? — there are only so many days in a row that you can eat spaghetti.

After years of an inability to find one-woman meals, I finally found a dish that works out great for one! It actually was a recipe from my aunt that I’ve found can be cut down in size to whatever I want. So, without any further ado, below is my recipe for a delicious bean burrito that works PERFECTLY whether you’re single or a college kid like me just trying to keep the leftovers to a minimum!

Super Duper Easy Bean Burritos

Ingredients
-As many chicken breasts as you want (I’ve found that 1 breast=2 burritos, which is perfect if you can eat two in one sitting or only want one night or work lunch of leftovers; also, you can use whatever chicken you want–I actually like boneless, skinless chicken thighs too)

-Bean dip (I buy the Tostitos mild pre-made stuff–no hot, hot, hot for this chica)

-Salsa (any kind you want, but I think the jar stuff works better than the fresh stuff)

-Tortilla shells

-Cheese

Directions
Cook your chicken (any way you want it, that’s the way you need it, any way you want it — i.e. boil it, fry it, grill it: I don’t care. Just get it fully cooked, please.). Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Shred your cooked chicken with two forks. Mix your chicken with as much bean dip and salsa as keeps it all together. Put chicken-salsa-bean dip mix in tortilla shell. Cover with cheese. Close tortilla. Cover with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!