COLLEGE, LIFE

Goals Before I Graduate

It’s my last year of college. Y’all know that because I think I say that in nearly every post. Anyway, before I have to be a part of the real world, I have some things I would like to do and learn.

Things I Want to Learn

  1. Photoshop
  2. Marketing data analysis
  3. Writing and blogging tips

Things I Want to Do

  1. Go to Iowa to see the giant gnome
  2. Go to Bonnaroo
  3. Visit my friend at Purdue
  4. Go to the local farmers market
  5. Go on Spring Break with my friends
  6. Visit my sister at her school
  7. Go to an apple orchard

Things I Want to Improve

  1. My blog
  2. My resume
  3. My professional wardrobe
  4. My budgeting skills
  5. The meals I eat
  6. My writing
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COLLEGE, FOOD

Weekly Restaurants Part 1

My friends and I are trying one new restaurant each week in our college town. We want to make sure we experience as much as we can before graduating in the spring, and of course food is part of that experience. When my friends mentioned this idea I was very excited because I love food, taking pictures of food, and trying out new restaurants. We have a lot of different types of restaurants, so finding new places is not hard and has been really fun so far.

Restaurant #1: Turkuaz Cafe


This was the first restaurant that we tried. I like Turkish food a lot because it involves a lot of veggies and many simple dishes that taste amazing. They give you red lentil soup  and a little salad spread as a starter. It was the best red lentil soup I have ever had. I also really enjoyed the quinoa salad (I think it was quinoa, but maybe not). For my main meal I got a vegetable kebab which was basically a veggie stew with basmati rice. It was really good! Definitely the best basmati rice I have ever had and I love basmati rice. My friends all ordered pides which are similar to pizzas and flatbread. Overall we really enjoyed the restaurant. Everyone who worked at the restaurant was super nice and we got to sit on the floor which was cool!

Restaurant #2: The Irish Lion


The following week we headed to The Irish Lion. I was skeptical about this restaurant just because I knew it didn’t have a lot of vegetarian options. I ended up getting the vegetable medley. I really enjoyed it because I love veggies, especially the broccoli and mushrooms, and rice, but it is also a little boring for a meal out. Most of my friends got lamb burgers. Overall, it was decent.

Restaurant #3: My Thai Cafe


My Thai actually wasn’t a new restaurant for me, but I love it. I think there is something for everyone there, whether you like noodles, rice, are vegetarian, etc. Most of my friends got some kind of curry dish. I however  got Pad See Ew because I usually get rice dishes there, and wanted to try something new. It was so good. The tofu was so crispy and the best part of the dish. I was happy I was able to add on tofu as a substitute for beef or chicken. I will always go back to My Thai, so I definitely recommend it.

Restaurant #4: Scenic View Restaurant

We were ready for brunch this Sunday, so we decided to go to a place called Scenic View (the name comes from the view of the lake you get while at the restaurant). I was super excited to try this place because everything on the menu sounded good to me. I finally settled on Egg Florentine because I love poached eggs and it was an already vegetarian meal. It was so yummy and so satisfying. I didn’t think I would be full after eating this, but I sure was. My friends got an array of different brunch dishes and all enjoyed their meals too. I hope to go back again to try everything I didn’t try this time around.

Check back in a few weeks for the next edition of Weekly Restaurants 🙂

COLLEGE, JOB SEARCH

LinkedIn

At the beginning of my freshman year of college (in business school), one of the first things my professors told my class was create a LinkedIn. At the time, I had probably heard of LinkedIn, but really didn’t know what it was for or what it did. That year I did make a LinkedIn profile (I had to for a project, otherwise I may not have made one).

After creating my LinkedIn, I rarely used it. I didn’t post anything, write articles, or do anything beyond list my past jobs/experiences. Now that I am a bit older, and on the search for my very first, real job, LinkedIn is one of my closest colleagues. During my junior year, while on the hunt for an internship, I was constantly on LinkedIn, whether I was searching marketing internships or attempting to grow my network.

Here I am, in my senior year and I think I have a much better idea of what LinkedIn can do. This summer I had an internship in Chicago. Myself and the other interns got the opportunity to go to the LinkedIn office and learn about all LinkedIn can do. Those few hours had such an impact on my LinkedIn. Immediately following our meeting and the presentation I went to town on my LinkedIn profile. I changed my picture, background photo, and began revamping every detail of my profile.

The main things I have come to understand and appreciate about LinkedIn and in creating the ultimate professional profile are fairly simple.

  • actually have a picture
  • put your personality and skills into your summary
  • share articles, your thoughts, etc.
  • if you are searching for a job, make sure you let recruiters know that (you can change that in the settings)
  • actually go on the site or use the app (seems obvious, but it took me about 2 years to finally go on LinkedIn frequently)

I have benefited from the work I put into my profile. Recruiters have reached out to me, I have built a solid network, and I feel a little more in tune with the business world. Beyond that, I enjoy updating my profile. It provides room for more creativity than your standard resume, and with everything being online these days, LinkedIn is pretty dang important.

COLLEGE

Senior Year & Random Thoughts

This blog post will be a little random 🙂

It is officially my senior year of college. It is pretty bittersweet as I am excited to graduate and start something new, but I have also loved college, and know I will never get to experience it the way I did again. So far, senior year has been fun, but also hard. My classes aren’t as easy as I thought they would be, but it is good that I will be learning and challenging myself. I am taking 3 marketing classes and 2 entrepreneurship related classes. My marketing classes are pretty fun so far. I think the data analytics class is going to be really beneficial for me.

Other things I have been doing: I saw Kendrick Lamar in Chicago. It was awesome! I was very tired for the first day of classes though. I saw Zac Brown Band for the first time too! Football season started which is fun. Ok still hoping we will be good this year, but that is a little doubtful.

I am going to try to keep up with my blog a lot better this year than last year. I think a lot of exciting things will be happening, so I am definitely going to share on my blog.  I have been working a lot on my adventure__with__ellie Instagram. I am always so happy when a company or restaurant reposts my photos on their account. Related to that, I think I am going to start monthly food post on here. My friends and I are trying a new restaurant each week. I love trying new food places and I think it will be cool to experience as much from our college town as we can before we graduate.

Things I am considering: I am thinking of finding some kind of race to train for. I can’t decide if I should train for a shorter, faster race, or a longer race. I honestly don’t like running as much as I used to, but I think training for something may help me like running again, but we will see! I am also thinking of starting my vlog channel up again. I miss it, but at the same time I don’t have a lot of interesting content to film. But it’s something I am thinking of doing again. The last thing I have been contemplating is going vegan. I am already vegetarian, and have tried being vegan before. I am quite a foodie though, so I am going to think over it for a while longer.

I am rambling at this point, but let me know if there is anything y’all would like me to blog about in my next posts (food, college, my weekends, school, job search, goals, goal setting, running, music, TV, or anything else).

COLLEGE

Job Search Tips

My senior year of college began just a couple of weeks ago. It’s crazy to think that I have been blogging since right after my freshman year of college ended. But that’s besides the point. Something that is going to be at the top of my list of priorities this semester is my job search. I only have a matter of months until I will hopefully be starting on my career path. I had an internship this summer so hunting for an internship or job is something that I have some experience with. I want to share some of my tips for looking for jobs and staying positive throughout the process.

1. Write down various jobs or companies that you would like to work for- even if it isn’t your dream job it is important not to count it out. It could be a lead into the job you have been dreaming of your whole life. You have to start somewhere. I know I had a long list of places I would like to work for and I wasn’t completely perfect for some of the more “reach” companies I wrote down. But they can still be an option and a goal.

2. Work on your resume- whether that means making your first ever resume, updating it to reflect new experiences, or having someone edit it to make sure it highlights your accomplishments.

3. Practice writing a cover letter- many companies ask for these and it is your opportunity to show in writing how you are a good candidate.

4. Update your LinkedIn- just like your resume, make sure it is up to date. LinkedIn is a great place for recruiters to reach out to you and vice versa, so make sure your profile is accurate and representative of you (profile photo, background photo, experiences, strong summary, etc.)

5. Connect on LinkedIn- follow companies and connect with employees from companies you want to work for. I would recommend finding commonalities between yourself and the person you are connecting with so you can reach out with a message when connecting.

6. Don’t be afraid to inquire about a company or job via email, LinkedIn message, or call- I know I have sent emails to companies and recruiters to show my interest in the company and ask for any advice to help me stand out when going through the recruiting process.

7. Don’t just look for the best salary- obviously money is a huge part of your job search and ultimate decision, but especially with an internship, look for something where you can gain meaningful experience and try something potentially new. You want to make sure you are happy at work with the actual job, culture, and coworkers around you, not just the amazing paycheck.

8. Stay positive- it can be hard looking for a job or internship. It is something you have to work hard at and block out time to do. Additionally, it is easy to get discouraged by a bad interview or a rejection letter. But know that there is a company out there that matches your skill set, values, and personality even better. I definitely struggled with this at times, but I was lucky to find a company that I really enjoyed interning for.

9. Use your resources- family, friends, advisors at school, past coworkers, career websites, alumni from your respective university, etc. These resources may hold the key to a referral for an interview or an opportunity you have never even considered.

10. Do your research- Before sending an email, attending  career fair, or going to an interview especially, make sure you know about the company, the specific role, and what has been going on with the company in the news. The recruiters will appreciate the research you did and will most definitely ask you about these things in an interview.

I know some of these tips were kind of basic, but I just wanted to share some things that I do. If you want me to elaborate on any of these tips in a later post, I would definitely love to do so! If you are in the midst of a job search/change, or like me, trying to find a place to begin my career, best of luck!