Ch-ch-ch-changes


Friday was my last day at ME&V. Crazy. I was there for 4 years: 1 as a student, 1 as a part-timer and 2 full time. I learned so much there…started as a student, left as a professional. I’m sad to leave, but excited about my next steps.

I’m going to miss walking down the hall to talk to my sister.

I don't have any work-related pictures of Shannon and I, so here's us at New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO.

I don’t have any work-related pictures of Shannon and I, so here’s us at New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO.

I’m going to miss being able to turn around and communicate with Carrie, often without using words.

Cup String Phone

This one time (OK, Friday) Carrie and I set up a high-tech communication system between our offices. It was hilarious.

I’m going to miss Jessica and I dressing similarly without planning it…because the girls taught me how to dress.

My second-to-last day Jessica and I dressed like twinsies...we didn't even coordinate it!

My second-to-last day Jessica and I dressed like twinsies…we didn’t even coordinate it!

I’m going to miss all the great people I worked with.

My sister Shannon got everyone at the office to sign this for me :)

My sister Shannon got everyone at the office to sign this for me :)

I’m going to miss this view…watching puppies walk by all day and worrying about the ice fishermen in the winter.

office-view

While I will miss ME&V, on June 3 I will be starting at Far Reach as a marketing specialist. I’m remarkably excited about this opportunity and where it will take me professionally.

In the mean time, I have two weeks off! Two. Weeks. Off. My mom said I haven’t had two weeks off since I was in third grade. And it’s not like when you take two weeks off work and you still have to check email and worry about what’s happening while you’re not there. I have none of that. No work email to check, no Facebook pages to worry about, no nothing. I have two weeks of wide open freedom.

What am I going to do with my two weeks? Well, I’m taking a break from social media. For the first time in a long time, I don’t have to get on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks for work, so I can avoid them, and that’s what I’m going to do. No Facebook, no Twitter, no LinkedIn, no Pinterest, no Imgur. It’s going to be wonderful.

“But how are you posting this if you’re on a social media hiatus?” you may ask. Good question. This is pre-scheduled. I wrote it and scheduled it. At the time this publishes, I will have been free from social media for 4 whole days.

I also plan to spend lots of time outside, including at the Cedar Bend Humane Society walking dogs. I have to watch Arrested Development in preparation for the new season, and then watch the new season since it comes out May 26. I will celebrate my birthday. I might go some places (if you have recommendations of fun day-trips, leave them in the comments). I have a lot I want to do, but no schedule to keep. Which is perfect.

Come June 3, I’ll jump back into it and start a new chapter in my life. I look forward to it. But for now, I have 2 weeks of vacation to enjoy.

inbox zero

This was my inbox when I left on my last day. Beautiful. #inboxzero

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Happy Cinco De Mayo/finals week/graduation week!


More has happened to me in the past few weeks than I can even begin to document here. But I’m going to try.

Firstly, I was offered and accepted a full-time position at ME&V, where I’ve been working part time for nearly two years, as social media strategist/jr. copywriter. I’m excited to continue working there, doing exactly what I want to be doing.

Secondly, I found out I got Summa Cum Laude, which means my GPA is in the top 3 percent of the UNI College of Business Administration. I was also awarded the Purple & Old Gold award, which means I’m the top marketing major to graduate from UNI this semester. Oh, I’m also graduating with honors (but not honors with distinction like my sister). These awards mean I get/have to wear three medals.

Megan's Meanderings Medals

Thirdly, if you haven’t heard yet (if you have me on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve heard…several times), my dad, my sister and I are all graduating on Saturday. I guess that doesn’t happen very often, so we got some press coverage for it. There was a story called “All in the Family: Dad, daughters graduate from UNI on same day” in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

We actually got a quip on the front page…next to a pretty popular story.

Megan's Meanderings

We also got a homepage article on the UNI website called “Horns Aplenty.” What an awesome way to have your college graduation documented! My enemies are sad because every time they open to the UNI homepage, I’m staring them down with my sweet, innocent smile.

That homepage article, along with the Courier article, put us above mentions of Michele Obama on the homepage. Plus, our picture is totally bigger than hers.

Megan's Meanderings UNI Homepage

Lastly, my four-year stint at UNI’s Business and Community Services is coming to an end. I’ve worked at BCS for my whole college career, and my work there is the reason I originally got the internship at ME&V. Tuesday my BCS co-workers gave me my thank-you present. I’ll never admit it to them, but it almost made me cry…almost. They gave me this sweet UNI portfolio and pen so I can show my purple pride as I succeed in the “real world.”

Megan's Meanderings BCS Portfolio

It’s an exciting time in my life, and I’m sharing it with the people I love (awww). I can’t wait to move on to the next era in my life/career.