Have I ever mentioned that my goal in life is to have my own talk show?
Seriously though. I’ve watched Oprah since I was 6. I’m not so much into the “Vlogging” concept, but I am into talking to people.
See, the way I see it is if people make millions off of talking to people, then that must mean people are interested in the lives of others. And if I like talking to people, and you like learning about other people then…
Ladies and Gents of MNU Blogs, I present, my first talk show. I’ll be interviewing real Pioneers in their real day to day lives. Title suggestions for the show are welcomed and encouraged.
Now, before you watch, let me make this perfectly clear: I lack all video production skills. Judge how awful the editing is if it’s what you feel the Lord calling you to do.
This is a video coming at you from a Cabin Fever experience. We were given a few hours to look around at the outlet malls in Branson. Those who know me know that I LOVE pranking people. Nothing destructive, just good fun. Well, I guess what goes around comes around. Thanks to Gabe Crumpley for this awesome footage.
This past week, I spent doing a J-term called “Groups and Group Dynamics,” aka Cabin Fever.
8 students piled into a van with Professor Hamilton and headed to a cabin in Branson for a week. We had class room discussions in a living room around a fireplace and tasks to accomplish as a group, such as building a tower out of recyclables that was 30 inches tall and could hold a brick off the ground for longer than 30 seconds. or searching for our own names on tombstones in cemeteries (I was set up for failure with my name.) Or bowling a game between 120-125 with a partner who was blindfolded. Or cooking meals for the group with 2 others.
One could speculate that all of these tasks would keep us busy. However, we still made time for the best part of the trip.
Ladies and gents of MNU blogs, I present to you: #CF2013: the Instagames.
What’s an instagame you may ask? Instagames are competitions on Instagram where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter. We made them trending topics so we could compare and contrast and laugh.The categories included:
#HarkMamilton- pictures of our professor that he didn’t know were being taken. Funniest wins.
#SleepingSelfies- pictures with people in the group asleep. Only rule: cannot be in the sleeper’s bed.
#BlindSelfies- pictures with the person who was blindfolded on trust walk day (each of us had to be blindfolded for an hour,) that the blind was unaware of.
#FlatbillFriday- gangsta pictures in our matching pink sparkly flat bills.
I hate finals! But who feels any differently? It’s almost like professors hate giving them too. Oh, and I have 3 today. 3! Speaking of 3, that’s the time my alarm went off this morning so I could come to Ihop to study. It seemed like a good idea at the time I set my alarm, but no matter how you spin it, studying for tests that cover everything you’ve learned over the semester is stressful!
Therefore I present to you you: Top 7 ways to avoid taking finals.
7. Marry a Royals baseball player. No finals ever again.
6. Become a professional blogger.
5. Start a successful Disney band, such as the Jonas Brothers.
4. Trophy wife seems too good to only be mentioned once. Marry a Chiefs player. Like Matt Cassel.
3. Become friends with Ryan Seacrest and get your own reality TV show.
2. Use the semester to become a professional cup stacker.
1. Be a contestant on the Bachelor and find “true love.”
Over and out!
*Disclaimer! I know the wise and intelligent answer is to just study….and I will be taking my finals. This is a joke. Laugh.
What a crazy semester it has been- I don’t think I can say I’ve had crazier!
A few things I won’t miss about Fall 2012.
No Shave November. (featured: Jordan Dages)
Studying and working on projects like… a cute metaphor that is not coming to my mind at the moment. (featured: Rachel Boan)
Cramming my brain with an infinite amount of ways to market products..
What’s interesting is that, all the things above are truly the things I enjoy the most about MNU as well. Any university will have No Shave November contests. Anywhere you go, you’ll spend long hours studying and writing papers and being creative. Any marketing classroom you enter, you’ll learn about the newest, the best, the coolest way to market products or services.
The difference between anywhere else and MNU: the community. The relationships. The fun!
Sure No Shave November is disgusting. But you know who isn’t? Jordan Dages. For all prospective students out there- meet Jordan. He’s hilarious and has Duck Dynasty quotes for days.
Studying is no fun. But you know who is? Rachel Boan. This girl has a heart for people, a mind of wisdom, and the moves like Jagger. She is everything I could hope to be and she kills it on the basketball court! It’s people like Rachel that will make you want to study, not because it’s fun, but because studying together somehow miraculously makes it a good time.
And the love/hate relationship of my life: marketing. I’m a marketing major. Clearly, I love Marketing. The hatred? I will never be able to mindlessly shop again. The picture above are buttons from JCP’s newest campaign. Just by walking into the store, you get these cute little buttons that have codes on the back. Everyone’s a winner- you enter them in online and get free JCP cash. What the heck?! Why didn’t I think of this!? And sure, maybe learning about all the different ways to successfully market products, services, businesses, and people will make me want to vomit at times, but at least the person who is teaching me all of this is cute and does not make me want to vomit!
For the official record, Prof Wallentine would hate to know that I took her picture during class and posted it not only on instagram, but now on this blog, but this woman deserves so much recognition! She makes learning fun, and cares about my entire being- how I am academically. How I am spiritually. How I am physically. How I am emotionally. I’m blessed to go to a university with professors like her. If I could grow up and be half the person she is, then this world would be blessed like none other. Lisa Wallentine, I love you for everything you are, stand for, and all you do. You push me (and the rest of your students) to be the best we can be and beyond. Your self sacrifice and willingness to go out of your way for your students is appreciated and we cannot express thank you in the written word!
From complaining to mush and everything in between- Coming at you from Spindle Lobby-
A few weeks ago I blogged about my Promotion Management class project.
For those of you just tuning in, our Promotion Management class was given the assignment of creating an Integrated Marketing Communications campaign for Blue Springs Harley Davidson.
After 3 months of slaving away at creating the perfect project to present to our client and about 7 all nighters later, I present to you:
“There is truly nothing more exciting than the sound of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the highway. Whether that bike be the highlight of a long car ride across the Midwest or a short trip across town, there is something to be said about the tradition and patriotism of a Harley.
At an early age, people adopt the idea of owning a motorcycle quickly. It is every young boy’s desire to own a Harley. Somewhere along the lines, reservations cloud the childhood dream of riding down the highway on a Hog. Some of these set backs create unanswered questions. Questions of safety. Comfort. Space. Association.
“Leave it to Harley!”
If it’s comfort you want, then leave it to Harley. If it’s safety you’re after, leave it to Harley. If you want a luxury bike with room for your everyday needs, leave it to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson to have you covered.
This campaign will break down the stereotype of bikers by using the influential and iconic Cleaver family of “Leave it to Beaver,” a popular television show the target market grew up loving and respecting. Overcoming the reservation of bad association will be the focus of this “Leave it to Harley” campaign. Because, after all, reserved, conservative families like to have fun too. The family friendly advertisements will use nostalgia to bring the target (and the target’s biggest influencers,) to an acceptance of motorcycles from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. The interior of the all new store will be masculine enough for the man’s man, but nostalgic to bring out the child at heart. The customer lounge and service will leave wives and significant others longing for a trip to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for their own escape from reality.
If it’s your wife’s approval you want, leave it to Harley. If it’s a safe, family-friendly environment you’re after, leave it to Harley.
For anything you want, you can rest in the reliability and comfort that you’re in the hands of Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. When you’re here, you’re family. So take a load off and just leave it to Harley!”
no semester long project would be complete without a photoshoot at 3am, right?
My project partner, Colin Starr, and me:
It’s a good thing we clean up nicely for GAME DAY.
A special shout out to Amanda Nigus who designed all of our materials and brought the campaign to life through the visual arts!
After presenting once to our classmates and professors, I am excited to share that our campaign made it into the top 3, presented to our awesome client Lori of Vibe Marketing, and we will find out on Friday if we were chosen!
I wish I could describe the excitement that comes with this title! Allow me to try.
For the first 3 weeks of my past summer I spent in a classroom learning business statistics. One of the nice things about MNU is the summer courses- you can take a class for a few hours a day and in 3 weeks you’re done with a gen-ed requirement! I digress…
I was in the business office on a break one day getting coffee and a professor asked me if I would be interested in starting “some national leadership organization,” and included that there was a scholarship offered for doing it. Uh… yes please? As an entrepreneur at heart, I loved the idea of starting something while I’m at MNU that would be continued even after I’m gone. So long story short, I went through an extensive interview process, got accepted and then boarded a plane for training. I met 25 other wonderful interns there for training from all over the country. We had a blast and learned about what it means to start a chapter on campus.
When I got back to school, I began seeking out executive board members and advisers.
Ladies and gentlemen of MNU Blogs, I introduce to you, the dream team.
Adviser Ron Jackson
Co-Adviser Dr. Yorton Clark (featured bottom right, pranking my vehicle.)
2013 President Allegra Vieux (me!)
Vice President Stephen Rowell
Secretary Madi Collins
Treasurer Savannah Hoit
….nothing boring about this crew! We are an executive board devoted to leadership and changing the world. We have various chair positions filled as well, but we’ll save those potentially embarrassing pictures for another day at another time.
It feels like the longest week in the history of my life.
The elephant on the blog is the presidential election this week. This was my first year to vote, and I feel like an adult officially! To remind us to vote, Professor Ford wore a Romney mask to class on Monday. He said he went to Wal-Mart for marked-down Halloween items. He wanted both a Romney and an Obama mask, but they sold out of Obama faces. He then suggested someone in a Stats class see if there is a correlation between masks sold on Halloween to which candidate wins office. Needless to say, this prof is a jokester!
I will say that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday everyone on Facebook and twitter seemed very angry one way or another about this election. I almost felt like we were all going to split apart into separate societies at times because of how everyone was posting political rants and points of view. (exaggeration.) Longest 3 days ever!
But, the election is over. We have a president. And now we’re getting back on track with our lives. I’m thankful to live in a country where we can peacefully disagree with one another, discuss our points of view, and go back to being friends.
On Thursday during class, my good friend Emrald was chewing bubble gum. The administrative assistant for the business department keeps a treasure chest filled with candy for the students, and happened to fill it on this day. Lecture got a little dry and… well. We started screwing around. Long story short, I popped the biggest bubble ever and it got in her hair, covered her eye, and stuck in her eye lashes. Funniest moment of my day!
Then on Friday I was setting up for Senior Visit Day and a large group of people were out on the campus mall playing Ultimate Frisbee. My coworker and I were in a hurry so we took the above picture while driving about 10 MPH on a golf cart. Doesn’t seem that fast, but when there is no seat belt or door or road it feels like 60.
All of this to say, no matter what political party you represent, no matter how passionate you are about a particular candidate, here at MidAmerica we put our trust in the lamb, not the elephant or the donkey. At the end of the day, we care about each other and are friends to the end.
Can I just tell you how many hours of sleep I’ve gotten this week? Maybe like 3 total every night. Some wise person once said that you can choose 2 of the following: Good grades, a social life, or sleep. Don’t get me wrong, sleeping is one of my favorite activities. It seems like I have intentions every night to be in bed by midnight. Rarely does this happen, and the nights that it does, I’m up thinking about all the things I need to do until 2 or 3 am.
The point of this story is not to tell you about how horrible life is as an academic social butterfly. I’m here to tell you friends, there is a solution.
At this point in the semester, I have officially replaced water with coffee. I’ve never been a coffee person until college. One of the nice changes made in Campus Center this year is unlimited scans. Scanning in for coffee no longer needs to be justified! A good friend of mine, Rachel Boan, taught me a couple months ago how to create the perfect iced coffee in campus center. I know it might sound like I’m exaggerating, but I crave it more than I crave Starbucks iced coffees (which is everyday of my life.) It creates the perfect refreshing drink for meal times. Coffee is no longer a hot dessert after a meal, it’s to be enjoyed at all times! This little things in life, I suppose.
Be watching for a How-To by Rachel this week, and happy November!