Wednesday, June 29, 2011


This past Friday, the Humanitarian Service Organization (a part of Service Activities) put on an Adopt-a-Platoon Carnival on campus to help raise donations for the troops. There were a lot of fun games, great volunteers, and A LOT of donations.

I spent the majority of the night hanging out with some of my Service family. At the carnival, we had a lot of fun playing twister, at the dunk tank, dancing, and painting faces. Afterward we went to my apartment at midnight and ate Taco Bell. I LOVE Service Activities! That doesn't seem like it really expresses how I feel, but I really, really love Service Activities and all the people involved. Granted, it is stressful, busy, and sometimes a pain in the butt, but at the end of the day it always brings me joy. Service is really a blessing in my life and I'm going to be sad to leave it behind when I graduate.

Robert Whitman

On June 16th I was able to host and attend the Newel K. Whitney Summit for the College of Business and Communication. It was another amazing experience, and I'm sure I'll have a few posts about it. But today I wanted to blog a little about what Robert Whitman taught us. Robert Whitman is the chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Franklin Covey; former
President and Co-CEO of Hampstead Group, LLC; one of four Managing Partners and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Trammell Crow Group; Bachelor’s degree in Finance from U of U; MBA from Harvard.

Pretty Impressive Guy.

Here is what he taught:
5 Critical Choices for Achieving Success
1. Believe in yourself
  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • Self doubt can inhibit us and prevent us from experiencing the best experiences.
2. Be strong in hard times
  • Do the work which your goals require of you. Do not give up when it gets hard!
  • Embrace hard times rather than run from them.
3. Put God first in your life
  • Seek first the Kingdom of God and he will help you in your career.
4. Stay away from avalanche zones
  • Remember Reinhold Messmer (mountaineer) and don't put yourself in dangerous situations.
5. Bring others with you across the finish line
  • Life is a team sport, don't leave others behind.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


This past week I was ill and I did not like it at all. I actually went to the emergency room because I was so incredibly dizzy and throwing up everything. The doctor diagnosed me with vertigo. The only thing I could think of was Alfred Hitchcock.

To help you understand what I felt like I will have you stand up, spin around 20 times, and then try and focus on the nearest object to you. If the object and everything else around you is still spinning, you know exactly how I felt. It was horrible. I couldn't walk, open my eyes, or eat. I took a day off from school and work to recuperate, but then it was back to the daily grind. I couldn't afford to miss work or school. But by Friday I felt A LOT better, and now I feel completely fine.

But now that I'm healed I have the strange desire to watch Alfred Hitchcock's interpretation of Vertigo. I'm sure it will be intense!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Salt Lake Expedition

This past week I attended an expedition to Salt Lake City to talk with employers about potential internships/employment opportunities. It was a lot of fun being able to see a different side of SLC (normally it's temple square and my sisters house). We were able to visit Richter 7, Love Communications, Deseret Book, and KSL, among others. We were also visited by a career coach who taught us the 11 most essential things for our careers (I'll post those later). It was so great to see how my degree can be used - and the variety of skills that I need to master in order to succeed. Good thing I've got a few months to become a pro before I graduate. :)
Part of our group at Spoon Me (a not so great frozen yogurt joint)

Rebecca and I in the KSL studio.

Katie and I in the KSL newsroom

I really learned so much about a career in communication from our trip, but the main thing I think I took away from the trip is that I'm not sure if I want to move to SLC. I was always a bit hesitant, but it felt right. But now I'm really 50/50. I've never wanted to live in Utah - and I just feel like there are more possibilities for me elsewhere. I guess only time will tell on that one.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gone for good!

I got my braces off yesterday and I cannot even express how happy I am! Life is so great when you're brace free.

Here is what I looked like the week I got them on:
And here I am recreating the picture:

And here I am normal:
I know you are probably super excited to see me brace free - and in case you know any attractive females that are looking for an amazing grin, send 'em my way!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ricks Gardens

I wish that computers had some sort of scent element. I'm sure some genius somewhere is working on it - but I wish that I could share with you the wonderful aroma I experienced today while walking to class.

I passed through the Ricks Gardens on campus, which I do every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but today - since spring has finally arrived in Rexburg, the flowers were in bloom. And with the air finally feeling warm, the breeze was able to send the scents all around me, and I was surrounded by the most intoxicating, beautiful smelling flowers ever.

I love spring! Even though it is not supposed to last long, I'm going to soak up the sun as long as I can today.