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The Plan

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The last time I posted, I was celebrating a birthday. The next time I post, I’m celebrating the new year.

Yes, I know that it is twenty-nine days past the new year.

But regardless of how many days have passed, it is the new year. That means it is a new opportunity to begin anew and to recharge. Life is a continuous journey, but one with many twists and turns to change.

So, here are five ways that I wish to change. Call them New Year’s Resolutions, if you will. Or not, because calling them New Year’s Resolutions puts too much pressure. They are simply a to-do list.

1–Start my career in the social media / marketing industry. I’ve known for a long time that my passion is in social media. I love to talk to people. I love to give advice. I love to interact with the hope that I am making a difference in people’s lives.  If I can do that on a bigger scale, nothing would make me happier (well, except for my daughter of course).

2–Watch my daughter continue to grow and raise her to be a smart, beautiful toddler. She is eleven months old now and such a joy to behold, however cliche that may sound.

3–Learn, learn, learn everything there is to know about social media. I’ve been using social media for awhile but I also realize that there is still more to learn, particularly since new features and add-ons are constantly being added and implemented. I plan on using SnapChat and Quora and implementing them to continue to grow my personal brand.

4–Read books. Read more books. I love books. I’ve always loved books. I love the written word. I love curling up in bed with a deliciously good book to read.

5–Write. I want to write more. Books, stories, poems, dreams, hopes for the future. I want to write more on the human condition to try to help and motivate others.

So, that’s it. These are my plans for 2017. Comment below and tell me what you plan on doing this year!

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Top 6 Things I Learned at SNHU

6 Things That I Learned at SNHU

 As I approach the end of my time at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), I would like to share the top eleven things that I have learned. (Note: These eleven things are not in any particular order).

1. Time Management

Since I take online classes at a brick-and-mortar college, 95 percent of my education is dependent upon me and how well I can get my work down on time. Like most online students, I have extremely busy with work, personal life and school. This means that I have had to learn how to prioritize and plan. I have to plan my work in advance. I have to take it one assignment or task at a time. Once one task is done, then I can move on to the next. This is the key to managing my stress level. I’m glad that I have had to learn how to manage my time because this will be extremely important post-graduation.

2. Teamwork

Taking online classes at a traditional brick-and-mortar school, it may seem as if I don’t have many opportunities for collaboration. Not true! In my Writing for Public Relations class this term, my professor divided the class up into two groups. I am a member of group A. Every week, we work on a different project together using a Wiki platform. One week, we created a flier for an organization. Another week, we wrote news leads. It is an interesting experience as we all learn to set aside our differences and work together to create a project. It has helped to bring new ideas that I alone would not have thought of.

3. Leadership

Teamwork is tied closely with leadership. Teamwork cannot happen without leadership, and vice versa. On SNHU’s social media site, I am one of the Peer Leaders. I motivate new students by giving advice and sharing personal stories. I learned that being a leader is not about giving orders. It is about setting an example, accepting and receiving feedback, and working as part of a team. It is about motivating others and holding others accountable. Leaders are the first people to get up and do something. They set the bar high and expect others to follow.

4. Motivation

I have to stay motivated at SNHU to succeed. Since I don’t have to attend class three or four days a week, it is up to me to make sure that I know what the assignments are and when they are due. It is up to me to make sure that I do these assignments. For me, motivation comes in the form of my impending graduation. I have three classes left, after this one, and then I am done. When I am that close, that’s even more reason to keep going. Another way that I get motivated is (call me crazy) is by watching SNHU commercials. Those commercials are really entertaining.

5. Networking

Since starting at SNHU, I have tried to cultivate my online presence by polishing up my personal brand. I have a LinkedIn profile, which I use to connect with fellow SNHU students and alumni, as well as connecting with people in my chosen field. I also have a Twitter account for networking and promoting this blog. Networking is about making friends, connecting with industry experts, and putting myself out there. I communicate until I get heard loud and clear. I make a name for myself so that I am not just some random person out of a million with a Facebook page.

6. KISS

Chances are, you are familiar with this acronym. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Silly. As a Communications major, I do a lot of writing for my classes. I write news releases and articles. I create brochures and write memos. In each of these assignments, I am realizing the value of using short sentences and common words. I have to write to be understood and not just to impress.