college

Super Senior Year

I am currently in the second semester of my “super” senior year at St. Cloud State University. I feel like I am finally in the right place and know exactly what I want to do up until graduation. It only changed my major 4 times before finally landing on Mass Communications-Public Relations. I realized after taking the introduction classes that it was something I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I also was always interested in Psychology since it was my major coming into college. I decided that instead of it being a major, I would minor in it. There is really no rush into figuring out what you want to major in so definitely take your time until you find something perfect!

I am also currently working at H.R. Pesty’s, a local bar in the area and work for C&L distributing as a Budweiser Ambassador. I have learned a variety of skills working at both these jobs that I will be able to apply to any future job that I may have. I love working at both of these jobs because I get to talk to people everyday. I am an extremely social person so it kind of is the perfect place for me to be right now. It is nice to have a job that I already work with promotions and social media campaigns because in the future, I could see myself working for any company doing those types of things.

Now, I’m just waiting for the rest of my life to begin!

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Photo by Kaitlyn Anderman. ©Kaitlyn Anderman. All Rights Reserved.

 

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HTML & CSS

HTML and CSS codes are what make a website functional. The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) provides structure to a page and the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) provide the visual designs and layout. Both are very important during the development of a website but cannot be seen by the web user.

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Example of basic HTML coding. Photo from rpmwin.com.

I previously have used coding in COMM352 but just started learning the basics. I was surprised to see how many different HTML codes exist. Seriously check it out! The list of HTML tags most likely will be helpful in my future projects dealing with web design and coding. If you are curious about the codes that are in a particular website you can figure it out by pressing CTRL+U on Windows or COMMAND+OPTION+U on Mac. It all brings me back to my MySpace days when I was putting codes in to beautify my page.

Tim Berner-Lee was the inventor of HTML in 1989. He also invented the first webpage including Safari, Firefox and others. Without the invention from Berner-Lee you wouldn’t be viewing this webpage at all. It’s just crazy to think how far things have grown even since then.

HTML and CSS coding can be difficult at first but once you learn the basics, it’s only upward from there. Here is a clip to learn the basics!

 

21 is fun.

April 29th 2014, I turned 21 years old and was ready to take my partying to the bars! It was a great day for me that started with bloody mary’s and ended pretty early on account of all the birthday shots. After all the fun I had, it was rough to wake up the next morning paying for it all. I think I  laid in bed for two whole days and promised myself I would never drink again. (Something I’m sure a lot of people have said after a long night drinking)

Obviously that pact I made myself was broken by the next weekend and somehow I had to figure out how to deal with those serious hangovers if I was going to continue the fun. Here are some awesome tips how to avoid or cure your hangover!

Remember that it is okay to have some drinks and enjoy time with friends but to always remember to stay safe. If you think you or a friend of yours has a serious problem with alcohol please get them the help that they need. To learn more about alcohol awareness visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

South Padre Here We Come!

Spring break usually consisted of me working, working and more working but my junior year, I was determined to change that. I moved into a house with the same girls I lived with in my apartment the previous year. We always talked about going on a trip somewhere for break but could never make the plans set in stone and actually do it.

South Padre was finally decided on. My roommates Becca and Kortney and good friend of ours that lived down the road, Kaci and I were taking a 26 hour road trip across the country. On the way there we made countless memories that I will never forget.

Finally we arrived in Texas! I was so excited to spend the next 5 days on the beach with my best friends. There was lots of partying, eating and relaxing and well worth the 26 hour drive. It was an awesome experience and can’t wait to go on many other adventures with my friends.

It is always important to make time for the people you care about in your life and let your hair down every once in a while for a little relaxation. Sometimes dealing with all the stress with papers, projects and exams it is nice to just take a break! Go on Spring Break and keep those memories with you forever. You aren’t going to remember what grade you got on that math test 10 years from now but I can guarantee I will always remember good times spent with friends.

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Priorities

Halfway through my sophomore year I was still deciding on my major. I came to SCSU anticipating psychology, then thinking business, then maybe education. Honestly every major offered here probably crossed my mind at some point. I was still stuck on partying with friends on the weekends and wasn’t too worried about what I was going to do with the rest of my life.

It seemed unrealistic to me to figure out what I wanted to do at the age of 19. I put it off until recently when I realized I needed to finally figure it out. I decided on Mass Communications- Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. I enjoyed the basic core classes and liked how interactive a lot of them were. Designing, creating and editing media were something new to be, but something I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed.

It is important for me to find a healthy balance between school, work and my social life. Coming closer and closer to the end, I think I am getting more motivated to finish with a bang and make an effort to really try the best I can, because I know that I have the ability to do so.

No More Garvey!

As freshman year was coming to an end, I was getting excited to move into my very own place. I never realized the entire year of living in the dorms how lucky I was to not have to cook any meals for myself. Every meal was just a short walk downstairs.

On June 1st 2012, I moved into my very first apartment with 3 friends I met in the dorms. I don’t think any of us had really any idea what we were going to cook. I was thinking I would probably end up eating like a 5 year old child; Mac n’ Cheese, frozen pizzas, Ramen noodles, and chicken nuggets.

I pretty much stuck to that diet for a long while but recently I have been following this account called “Tasty.” They show you awesome recipes and step by step tutorials how to make deliciously easy meals that I have found perfect for college student satisfaction.

Check out these 10 Tasty meals that I found to be helpful with my lack of cooking ability!

Friends That Last Forever.

All through high school I had a pretty close knit group of friends. We all did everything together, we were basically inseparable. Most of those close friends left St. Cloud for college so during the first few weeks it was hard to not have them there.

Thankfully since I was living in the dorms with a lot of kids experiencing the same exact thing, making new friends wasn’t hard. I was so excited for my high school friends to come home and meet these amazing people who I’d been hanging out with. A couple of weeks into school they came to visit and I had a wonderful time with everyone that I loved.

These are my best friends from high school and a few from college. They all helped me become the person I am today, and I will forever be thankful for them.
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