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29 Mar

I recently had been tasked with finding cool giveaway items for 10th graders which at first I thought would be a simple task and then I can to realize how out of touch I am with the “youths” (a term that people used to refer to me as).  I sat with my co-workers for over an hour trying to come up with things that sophomores in high school would receive to entice them to participate in a study.

While thinking back on all the cool stuff that happened while I was a sophomore, I could really think of nothing.  I had a cell phone but it could barely access the internet and what it could do was limited to seeing how many minutes I had used, texts I had sent and browsing the provider’s website.

What do kinds do these days?  I enjoyed sports and playing cards but both of those were shot down quickly because of the smart phone.  There are endless apps available for both of those things.  Then we moved on to ideas that would relate to cars, but then as I thought about it, I couldn’t drive as a sophomore and most kids at that age can’t afford a car anyway.

The other issue is that I work with mostly hipsters, college students and academics.  It is hard to think outside of our world, I know I have seen the fad of high white socks on kids but that idea was shot down because someone else suggested that kids would not wear them but if they had a funky argile pattern that might be more likely….

…..basically I am back to square 1, flashdrives and cool stickers.  I did learn something about myself though, while I feel like I might be able to speak for the masses at most times, this was not one of them and I need to read up more on what “the kids these days are doing.”




26 Mar

My mom and I at graduation.
Photo Credit: Ray Sand

Things have recently been very busy for me.  I became really stressed out at the end of November after I realized I was graduating college with a lot of uncertainty.  What would I do?  Where would I go?  The other thing, I was about to lose my job.

I had worked all through college at a wonderful creative and technical services place called the Hive, which was on campus.  The trick was though I was a student worker and after graduating, I would no longer be a student.  Therefore, I could no longer be working as a student.

Finally, in a moment of panic I freaked out and talked to my boss and it turned out that they did not really want to get rid of me either.  Instead, they offered me a temporary position so that I could pull myself together and figure out my next step.  This was immensely helpful and I took on a position with new leadership demands.

While feeling more secure for at least another semester and summer (I still think in academic terms), I looked into different options as to what I will do next.  I found a program that would allow me to move to Spain and work there as a teacher of English.  I applied and was accepted and I will be moving to Madrid in the fall.

I plan on keeping this blog although I might be changing the focus of it some as my life progresses and goes off in different ways.

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