23 Tips for the College Graduate

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There are many students in my class that are graduating this year. Which is really exciting because I’m graduating with them, just with a different degree. At first, it made me nostalgic thinking about my years after college. Then, it made me think of things that I wish someone had told me about secrets to life. It’s important to know what to buy when you move out of your dorm or even how to deal with those crazy roomies. But below are life lessons for life after college:

1.) Always keep learning. Never stop discovering and understanding new concepts.

2.) Be more respectful than you should be to others.

3.) Always say thank you. Even if it is for the smallest gesture.

4.) Your parents are awesome.

5.) Save at least $20/ week for the purpose of seeing new places.

6.) Travel. Travel a lot. And travel to other countries.

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Reasons to Watch the USA at the World Cup

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Soccer may not be America’s sport, but even the most hardcore American football fans must admit that the World Cup is a big deal. Other than the olympics, it is the only worldwide sporting event that people actually care about. It is without doubt the biggest sporting event in the world. That is why I don’t believe you can call yourself a patriot if you don’t cheer on the USA in Brazil this summer. 

People on the left and right both bemoan a lack of national institution that bind all americans together. We used to have the military draft, but Vietnam showed that conscription could divide us just as easily as it could unite us. I think the US soccer team is a perfect institution to fill this void. Here are a few reasons:

1) It is apolitical. No Republicans and Democrats here.

2) The team is multi-ethnic, multi-racial etc. What’s…

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A letter to my teammates.

I had my last lacrosse game as a Penmen this past weekend and these are some final thoughts I shared with my teammates before the game: 

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to say thank you, I have learned so much from each and every one of you. You have all been a part of a very important chapter of my life and because of that you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Your time at SNHU is going to fly by, so enjoy it. Continue to meet new friends, try new things, and get involved. The good and the bad, you’ll learn from it all 

Respect one another, but more importantly act in a way that will earn the respect of your teammates and peers. If others respect you your thoughts and ideas will travel further.

Be a leader, not a follower.

Lastly remember,

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  

                                                                                    Keep in touch 🙂

I guess it’s true…

ImageYou really can break a habit in 21 days! I was a dessert lover before this Lenten season. If you looked up dessert lover in the dictionary you would see a picture of me substituting ice cream for meals, and chocolate for healthy snacks. I could never turn down a cookie or cupcake, and when I would stop for a snack before class I would always have to grab a KitKat or Hersheys bar.

 

The first week or so was pretty difficult… Every time I would be in line to check out in our student center on campus I wanted to just grab some candy, or after games parents would bring us homemade desserts that looked delicious and I would want one so bad.

 

But as the days went on it was easier and easier for me to say no to my temptations (unfortunately all of the calories I didn’t consume from desserts, I managed to take in from eating extra meals and extra large portions. Maybe portion control will be my next habit to fix!).

 

And (almost) 46 days later I am a new woman!

 

During the past couple of weeks I haven’t even thought about dessert or chocolate. I can walk by the ice cream stand in the cafeteria and not even be tempted to look at the flavors of the day. It is AMAZING!

 

With Easter coming up this Sunday I should be so excited that I can finally eat dessert again, but I find myself not even craving it anymore. I am slightly terrified that once I have one bite of something sugary it will be downhill from there, and I will want to eat EVERYTHING sugary all the time. However, I am hoping that not only did I break my sugary habit over the past few weeks but that I also developed some will power!

Social Media is Hard.

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Last semester I took my first social media classes. It was the first semester of my senior year, and I was looking for easy electives to fill my schedule. I was in three social media classes expecting to listen to lectures about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Being in my early twenties and on just about every social media site known to man I was thinking the classes were going to be a walk in the park.

 

But boy was I wrong.

 

I was taught to create content, schedule posts, and track and interpret analytics. I had no idea that there were methods behind what to say and when to post it depending on who your audience was! I had never realized the time and effort it takes to create a successful brand image on social media.

 

Something that I found particularly intriguing was learning that social media should not be used to sell a product to customers; it should be used to build relationships. I believe that this rule of thumb makes it more difficult for certain types of businesses to create successful social media content.

 

For example.

 

After learning all that I have about social media I decided that I would get my Dad’s business (Dominick’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce) out on social media. His sauce is locally made, hand packed, and available mainly in the Capital Region (around Albany, NY). I developed a social media strategy for me to follow, looking at who his target market was, what type of social media they are most likely to be one, and what type of content I would create.

 

On paper my strategy looks great. However, the implementation has been much harder than I had expected it to be. It is very difficult to create content. I can only post so many pictures of the sauce in different places on Facebook, and creating tweets is even harder! It has also been hard for me to gain followers on Twitter, I think this is mainly because the majority of the people who purchase the sauce are not on Twitter.

 

In order to create better content I think that I need to follow more local businesses and see what they are successful with on social media and what they are not successful with to give me a better idea of how to create content for a company similar to my Dad’s.

 

If you create content for a small business I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment or email me at JennaCrupi@gmail.com !

Terrorism and the Boston Bombings

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I am not a Bostonian, but I do attend school in Boston and therefore was in the city when the Boston Marathon Bombings happened. As the one year anniversary of the event approaches, I’ve done some thinking about the bombings and terrorism in general. Here are a few thoughts:

1) Terrorism is rare. We all have a much higher chance of dying in cars on the highway than we do of dying in a terrorist attack. Therefore, as hard as it may be, we must not be afraid of terrorism.

2) If we do start to fear terrorism, we lose. Terrorists WANT us to cower in fear and ruin our way of life. They know they can’t win any sort of ground war against the United States so they instead try to wage a mental war, they try to strike fear into the heart of every…

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“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters” – Margaret Peters

ImageTime really does show us what matters in life, and I believe that the things that matter in life are what make us truly happy. As time moves forward we learn to appreciate things like family, friends, and education more than we might have in the past.

 

Going from high school to college was when I realized how much my family really mattered to me. Don’t get me wrong I always loved my family, but I would get in the occasional fight with my parents, and count down the days until I could “get out of this house” telling my parents I couldn’t wait to go to college so I could move out and never come back. Typical teenager stuff, I wanted to get as far away as fast as possible.


 

But once I went away for college all of that changed.

 

I must say I had a pretty miserable freshmen year. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, my roommate and I didn’t get along and she moved out, lacrosse didn’t go how I had planned it would, and I was too shy for my own good.

 

My family was the only thing that could make me happy that year. I would count down the days until I would get to see them, call my parents 10 times a day, and just seeing pictures of any of my aunts, uncles, and cousins would make me smile.

 

A lot has changed since my freshmen year. I finally adjusted to college, made new friends, and figured out how to make the best of my college years.

 

However, one thing stayed the same, how much my family matters to me, and how happy they make me.