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Exactly Erin: DC Guide to Survival

by Erin on May 10, 2014

Guess who’s going to be in my neck of the woods?

My awesome job advisor/ boss/ friend Regina Martel is moving to the east coast and starting a new job! YAY! Congratulations Regina! And guess where she’s moving? Washington DC! Huh I could have sworn I knew someone from there. Oh yeah. Me! So here I’m going to write a quick “survival guide” for anyone looking to go to DC or any city on the east coast:

1. The Metro Rail is a great thing but you have to know Metro etiquette. When you go up or down the escalators you stand on the right side and walk on the left. The left lane on the Metro DC metro Rail escalators are the fast lanes so when people are late for work they will walk up the left side of the escalator. It’s really hard to do that if someone is standing there and whoever is late will either have to ask you to pardon them as they move around you or they will have to wait until all of you get to the top. Be ready with your money to pay or your Metro pass to scan and don’t doddle. Also keep up with the news and the happenings of the world. You’re in our nation’s capital so you have to keep up with the goings on.

2. Take advantage of all the free things! I never had to pay to go to the zoo or to a museum until I came to Colorado. When I got to the front door of the zoo and they asked me for money I had no idea what they were talking about until a friend explained it to me. Hahaha silly Erin. With that said don’t forget to explore. There is ALWAYS something happening somewhere and with the Metro at your finger tips all you have to do is pick somewhere exciting and walk around. Whether it’s a fair, or social event, or a farmer’s market there’s only a matter of time before you discover something new.

DCoffice 3. Network. Unlike college you won’t just be put into situations where you’ll meet lots of friends. In any kind of city the more people you know the more you will be able to do. Want box seats to that sports game coming up? Want green tickets to sit up close at the next presidential inauguration? You need to know a guy who knows a guy. If you want to meet people start at your job or join some kind of club/group you’re interested in and make friends there. Then as you get to know that friend you will meet their friends. At some point you WILL come across someone that works for the government or has some kind of influence within the city. This is great! Be genuine, be sociable and you will build a nice support system for yourself in time. Everyone is playing the game so no worries you aren’t the only one out there looking to make friends.happy hour

4. Be street smart and walk confidently. The city has all types of people and though most are busy doing their own thing they will still take notice of you. Make a point to walk confidently, keep your valuables somewhere where you can be aware of them at all times and be aware of your surroundings. It’s ok to look around from time to time to check your environment especially if you have earphones in. Having a wardrobe that fits a wide variety of locations can help more than you think. People in the city don’t talk to one another as much as they do analyze one another in passing. If you are wearing a sharp looking suite in downtown DC those around you will take note. They will also take you more seriously than if you are wearing sweats and a t-shirt. A lot of your interactions will be based on your image. 

5.  One thing I’ve noticed about people from the west going east is that they get flustered with how fast paced and distant the people can be. DC is cutting edge and all about making progress.lean in the city It takes time to learn the flow of the city so it helps to have friends but the number one thing I think a person should do if they feel overwhelmed is to pull themselves aside wherever they are and ground themselves. It’s easy to feel like you’re spinning if you just aren’t used to how a new city works. Move aside and ground yourself in that moment. Focus on the task at hand or use your senses and experience the area around you in that moment. Are dogs barking? Anybody chitter chattering around you? Is it hot? Is it cold? Remember that you are in control of your life and if you don’t like what’s happening then you can get up and change it. No one will blame you for getting a little assertive if it means you are changing things for your own health.

 

GOOD LUCK TO YOU REGINA! You will shine I just know it :) Have a great summer everyone and I can’t wait to blog for you all next year!

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Haus of Hunter: #TTFN

by Hunter on May 9, 2014

“Time is nothing but a line. We leave everything behind.” – Lady Gaga, “Wonderful”

Looking Back

My second (and second-to-last) year of college has been a game-changer, to be sure. Between renting my first place, paying my first bills, adopting my first cat, and working my first job, I am now, officially, no longer a teenager, and there’s no going back.
Thank goodness.

It didn’t feel good, at first. I inarguably run the most pleasant blog series here at MyCSU (depression, anxiety, mental illness, I don’t judge), and I cringe now at my earliest posts, written in a desperate attempt to feel okay again. It worked each time, but it never lasted. For too long, I pretended I was happy when I wasn’t, I blamed myself for what others did to me, and it’s taken me until now to realize that I was not in the wrong. I do not deserve to be bullied, and I should feel outraged instead of miserable when people mistreat me.

My first major depressive episode might be over now, and it’s taken me until now to see a counselor about it, but I stress to anyone who might be reading this, depression isn’t normal. It isn’t healthy or natural to be unhappy for months, but that doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. You just need therapy like other people need insulin. We all have our own needs. I know I’ll get depressed again, and I also know that I won’t survive it on my own again. Talking to a professional is what makes the difference.

A lot of what’s helped, this past semester, is being done with AUCCs. I initially complained about having class until ten at night, but I prefer being busy - with film, with journalism, with the Collegian, with KCSU, with things that I love which bring positivity and passion into my life - over feeling like my life isn’t going anywhere.

Looking Ahead

I’ll be moving out of my townhome and into an apartment in June, and volunteering at the Collegian throughout the summer. Hopefully, I get this internship that I interviewed for yesterday, and, hopefully, it’s not too late to apply for a summer time slot at KCSU. I plan on attending group therapy sessions, and, of course, making time to visit home for a few weeks, and pay respects to my queen for one glorious evening.

OMG  

YAAAASSSS GAGA

SLAY MAMA

After that, I’ll be the features editor at College Avenue magazine. Then, graduation (le gasp). And even later still…

♪ Baby, you'll be famous, chase you down until you love me ♫

Thank you for reading – some of you have read since the beginning, have followed my journey since this here gem, and I know you’ll continue to do so, even a year from now, when life takes me beyond the opportunities I made for myself, this year, here, at CSU. So…

Ta ta for now!

Paws up, and go Rams.

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Epilogues by Kelly: The Last Epilogue

by Kelly T on May 8, 2014

Epilogue (ep·i·logue)

noun

1. a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel.

2. a speech, usually in verse, delivered by one of the actors after the conclusion of a play.

3 Years AgoForever a Ram!

In a galaxy far, far, away…okay, just kidding. When I started working at MyCSU (and writing this blog) 3 years ago, I decided to call it “Epilogues by Kelly.” I chose the name because blogs share your past experiences, blog posts are a follow-up on what’s happened in your life. Epilogues are much like blog posts, in the sense that they are the “after” and often give the reader a satisfying few pages of extra insight. But epilogues also look to the future, and I felt that was an important metaphor for my blog as well—no matter what happens, what happened in the past, you always have to move forward and welcome the future with open arms. That’s a really big part of my life, especially as I prepare to graduate next week and move across the country for graduate school! As much as I’ve loved my past, and my amazing years at CSU, I’m ready to move on and move forward.

As one door closes…

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and as sad as it will be to close the door on my CSU undergraduate career and say “goodbye” to all of the wonderful, life-long friends I’ve made here, it’s time for me to open a new door. In some ways, it feels like my parents were just dropping me off at the dorms. But when I realize how much I’ve grown as a person, how much I’ve accomplished in four short years, I realize that four years is both long and short. And I’m so proud of myself, so happy to have had the opportunities and experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have. It’s bittersweet! I feel so excited to move forwards, to have the opportunity to move to a new state and get one step closer to my dream career.

The final epilogue

Before I start getting emotional (this post was harder to write than I thought!), it’s time for me to sign off. I want to thank all of you for reading “Epilogues by Kelly,” whether you’ve been a long-time follower, or if you’ve read only one or two posts. It’s truly been a pleasure and a gift for me to write about my experiences at CSU, and I’m so grateful to have had the experience—I can’t express how much it’s meant to me! If you’re headed to CSU in the near future for college (or any school, for that matter!), I wish you the best of luck. I would encourage you to get involved, study hard, and enjoy your time in college. Four years may seem like an eternity, but I promise that it’ll go faster than you imagined possible! Thanks for reading.

P.S. If you want to stay in touch or continue to follow me, you can find me on Twitter @kellytraut

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Life on Marz: Things I’ve Learned In A Semester of Blogging

by MarissaI on May 7, 2014

I can’t believe I’m writing my last blog post of the semester. It seems like just a month ago that I got an email from Regina telling me a spot had opened up at MyCSU and asking if I was still interested in the position (of course I was!)

But it wasn’t a month ago. It was four months ago.

Man this semester has flown by.

I’ve learned a lot in this semester, and I’d like to share my latest insights with you. Starting with…

1) I really really really like lists.

Can you tell? I don’t know if this has just become my signature way of blogging, or if it’s the trend of the industry (probably a little bit of both). But as long as I’m coherent and getting my point across, I think I’m ok ;)

2) Most people will look dumbfounded when you tell them you get paid to blog.

Or they’ll be skeptical. Or they’ll laugh. Or they’ll think you’re joking. What they won’t do is believe you right away and think it’s totally normal.
tyra skeptical

3) I still love social media

Especially Twitter. #TwitterFam #IthinkInHashtags #IPlanOutTweets #SocialMediaNerd

 

4) Tumblr isn’t as dumb as I initially thought.

There is actually some pretty amazing content up there from fashion trends, to cute animals, to gorgeous photos. And if I’m not careful, I’ll have a new addiction. Check out MyCSU’s Tumblr page here.

 

5) Working in a cubical is not nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be…

But then again, I only sit in one four hours a week…

ball pit. heck yes

6) I can overcome writer’s block.

In addition to MyCSU, I had to manage a blog for one of my classes this semester on digital promotion, and I have my own personal blog. I’m also a communication’s intern at Warner College, and of course, a student. So I write. A lot. Too much sometimes. But somehow through it all, I’ve overcome the writer’s block. Often I just have to start writing. I’ll have a vague idea in my head and while I’m typing it’ll solidify. Sometimes the opposite happens. I’ll start writing, get about two paragraphs in and realize I don’t actually want to write about whatever I’m writing and some other idea will hit me. Either way, writer’s block disappears.

Typewriter-throwingwriters-block2

 

7) Climbing 3 flights of stairs in the admin building is a daily workout.

cat-wants-fewer-stairs

8) Patience.

Inspiron 640m by Dell, you’ve been a trusty laptop, but dang son, you need to hurry up!

9) I don’t like to end on numbers like 10, 5 or 15.

That’s too normal.

 

I want to thank you for reading my craziness all semester long. I hope you had as much fun reading my insights as I had writing them. Have a wonderful summer, and I’ll see you back here in August!

Marz <3

P.S. The NFL draft starts tomorrow Winking smile 

P.P.S. This.

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Life on Marz: Time for some more M O T I V A T I O N

by MarissaI on May 6, 2014

 

T-6 days till finals start. I’m in need of some motivation and encouragement to get me off my butt and get started on this studying. If you’re like me, you could use some encouragement too. Also, if you’re in need of a study break, I’ve already compiled a list of four options that are less time consuming than Netflix here.


  1. keep calm and study
  2. Remember that everyone is different. Different methods work for different people when it comes to studying. Know what works for you and use those techniques.
  3. Choose your celebrity:
    natalie portman motivation ryan gosling motivation
  4. If you choose to study in a group, only study with others who are serious about the test. It’s easy to get caught up in, “OMG we should totally study together!” and then you spend two hours talking about how much you hated class. This is definitely one of those times you shouldn’t say “yes” just because it’s polite.
  5. “The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.” -Bobby Knight


  6. frabz-This-is-the-way-I-Walk-out-of-my-final-exam-6303c5
  7. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

  8. Literally sleep on your notes. It sounds weird, but whenever I had a hard test coming up in grade school my mom would tell me to put my notes under my pillow. I never failed a test (but I also studied really hard prior to the exam too). It never hurts to try!
  9. Listen to Yoda.
     there is no try
  10. Prioritize your studying. Which exam is hardest? Which will effect your grade most? Which is most important to you? Which exam is first?
  11. Diet and exercise! Don’t let yourself go just because it’s finals week. Exercising will clear your mind. Eating well will fuel your body AND your mind, enabling it for full information retaining potential.
  12. Puppies.
    puppies

Good luck with finals prep!!

Marz <3

 

P.S. All I’m gonna say is number 9