A Much Needed Update

I realize I haven’t written on this blog since before the New Year. It is now almost March. These last two months have honestly been a blur, filled with all things school. I thought that I should update you guys about what I have been up to lately, since all my Facebook is filled with are articles that I write or share with my network. I have a lot of exciting things to share with you guys, especially those of who who haven’t seen or heard from me in a while.

Let’s start with before finals week last December. I was asked to apply for and then offered the position of the Content Marketing Editor for the 2015-2016 school year. This includes being editor-in-chief of College Avenue magazine, the publication I have been on staff for the last two years. This is a huge opportunity and honor for me, because not only will I be the editor-in-chief of the best student magazine in our region, I will be doing it as a junior. All of the other media heads appointed for next year are rising seniors, making me the baby of the group. I also feel like the underdog in some regards because I am so young. I hired two girls under me, both freshmen with insane passion and skill set. I’m excited to be working with them next year to better College Avenue’s name in the Fort Collins and CSU community. In this new position, I really want to make an online presence for the magazine, and help distribute it better so people know its name and at least what it is. That’s my goal for the next year, and I’m excited to act on it.

My latest article for College Avenue - first time really getting outside my comfort zone for an article.
My latest article for College Avenue – first time really getting outside my comfort zone for an article.

This is the first time I’m really going to be sole editor-in-chief of something. When I was in yearbook my last year, I was the Senior Editor, so I had a huge say in the final publication of the book, but I still worked under the EIC (don’t get me wrong, I love my EIC and still are friends with him today!). Now, I finally get the opportunity to call the shots.

I’m excited to work closely with all the other media heads and get to know them better. Journalism has always been a place where I have felt a sense of community and belonging, and I’m finally starting to feel that this year, after being involved for a year. We’re already talking about doing collab issues of the magazine, a crossover between the Collegian and College Avenue.

This semester is just about a lot of training to be EIC. I get to take over the last issue we publish for the year, which is a little nerve wracking, but I think I’ll be ready for it. I have also been taking part in a lot of meetings with the current and new media heads, and the pro staff. I’m just excited to implement some change, to leave the publication better off than I found it.

Another area that has been consuming a lot of my time has been finding and applying for internships. I have two interviews this next month for two newspapers in the Northern Colorado area. I want to begin interning now, because ideally, next summer I would do my internship for my merchandising degree at a place like Marie Claire, so then I will have a few publications under my belt. I’m willing to do anything that will get me to where I want to go after graduation, New York. I just have to keep my expectations in check and know that everything will work out the way it needs to.

I have been looking at a lot of different options, mostly magazine focused, or doing something from a copyediting/design perspective since I don’t want to write news for a paper. I want to intern more than anything this summer to get my feet wet in the industry. I know I’m qualified, it’s just if other people deem me as qualified.

School is fine so far. My classes are rather mundane compared to last semester, but my favorite has to be my online journalism class. Is is taught by the guy who used to be the journalism advisor to student media last year before he left to get his PhD. I couldn’t have been more excited to get to work with him again, this time as a professor. In that class, we get to potentially have our work published on this global multicultural magazine called Culturs which was started by one of the professors in the journalism department. With that, we have to write our beat in a global and cultural context, so I naturally chose fashion. I have learned so much just from writing the stories for these assignments and I’m excited for the rest of the class, though a little anxious for this transmedia project we have to do.

Casual selfie per request of my accounting teacher who is using it to learn all our names.
Casual selfie per request of my accounting teacher who is using it to learn all our names.

The fashion side is so-s0. Haven’t done much lately, and have been super negligent towards my blog. It’s hard to make time to blog when all of my writing is going to either College Avenue, The Fashion Report or class. Between those three, I can usually write about what I want. In a few weeks for spring break, I’ll have some time to pick up the blog again, when I’m not running around all over Denver for who knows what errands I’ll be packing into 10 days. The cool thing I did end up going to was Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century at the Denver Art Museum over break. I absolutely loved the exhibit, mostly because Cartier really responded to the different eras with the designs of his pieces. Definitely a must see.

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century at the Denver Art Museum
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century at the Denver Art Museum

That being said, Greek Orthodox Lent begins tomorrow. I can’t believe how quickly Lent has come. I always mark it as the beginning of spring, because it represents a fresh start. Ever since college has started, I have a greater appreciation for Lent and what it means for Orthodox Christians.

I also have decided to grow out my hair to donate to Locks of Love. It’s been an item on my bucket list for a while so I want to finally do it. Your 20s are a time for experimentation, so why not? I also realized that I am a person who needs constant change. I love having short hair, but I also miss having longer hair. I’m excited to grow it back out again, but this time for a cause.

Sorry for the ramble. Almost done, I promise. And by almost done, I mean two things.

Number One: OCF retreat. Last year, this was my favorite weekend of the entire semester. This year was even better. Now that we all know each other, it made it easier to just dive into the weekend right where we left off. There were new faces which is always great. OCF is such a welcoming group of people, no matter where they come from that make it so you don’t feel judged or exclusive. That is one thing I love. Another, for this retreat in particular, was using a GoPro camera for the first time. I was able to check it out from the journalism department at school for the weekend. I made a montage of the weekend, documenting the trip. It was amazing because I was able to play with video editing a little bit more, a skill that I’m not super strong at. It was overall a great, great weekend.

Drive on the way back from OCF retreat in Hot Sulphur Springs
Drive on the way back from OCF retreat in Hot Sulphur Springs

The last thing I wanted to say is that I have loved going to CSU games this year. I have gone to two basketball games, starting this semester. They are so much fun and make me realize how much I miss watching basketball and how much I enjoy it. It is the perfect way to spend the weekend, because we get free tickets as students and because our Rams make the experience worthwhile (they are 23-5).

Game #1 I went to vs. San Diego State. It was the White Out game and we won!
Game #1 I went to vs. San Diego State. It was the White Out game and we won!
Game #2: vs. Air Force. We also won!
Game #2: vs. Air Force. We also won!

So that’s what I have been up to since my last post. I know it’s a lot, but I have had a lot going on in since the New Year! I’ll try to keep you guys posted more frequently!

XO,

Alexa

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