Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Leaving Your Comfort Zone

In our final blog post, we profiled one of our own BGSU colleagues who has decided to leave his home state of Ohio and move across the country to Los Angeles to pursue his dream career.  While apprehensive to live so far away from his family and friends, senior Brandon Bookatz knows L.A. is the place he needs to be to fulfill his aspirations of being a movie producer.  Watch as we talk to Brandon about why he chose L.A., what prepared him for the big move, and what he will miss most about his life in Ohio. The photos in the slideshow document his cross-country trip last summer from Ohio to California, and the memories he captured while interning in L.A. 

Check out Brandon's travels on this interactive map featuring links to some of the sights he visited on his adventure across the country.

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If you would like to see examples of Brandon's work check out the videos he created while an undergrad at BGSU.  View these videos and more on Brandon's Facebook page.  

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Sight Seeing on a Budget

If your planning on traveling over the winter months, check out some suggestions we have from our recent experiences over our Thanksgiving break.  Here is how Kayla spent her holiday in Manhattan while maintaining a college budget.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Taylor's Last Post

As the holiday season is upon us that can only mean one thing for a college student....FINALS. If you are a college senior this means crunch time and a level of input you are not exactly willing to make as you feel a severe case of "senioritis” set in.

Seeing as this semester is coming to an end it also means the end of our lovely blog. Kayla will be graduating in the next few weeks and begin taking the next steps in her career, as I try my hand at my last internship of my college career.

I hope our blog has led you to some interesting resource material as well as provided you with both entertaining and informative advice from our own personal experiences. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog, which has led me to a deeper reflection of my college experience thus far, while mentally preparing me for my future that lies ahead.

I would also like to say thank you to all of our twitter followers and facebook sharers. We greatly appreciate your support and input over these past few months. While we have come to the end of the road, we do have yet one last post for you, our readers, followers and collegiate conenxion enthusiasts.

We have created one final online story which will be published next week that profiles a BGSU student not only taking the plunge in his career, but leaving his comfort zone of the flatlands of Ohio and traveling to Los Angeles, California. We hope to spotlight his adventure as inspiration to all those graduating seniors about to take on their own dreams!

Happy holidays everyone!

Posted by: Taylor Ray

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kayla's Last Post

With Thanksgiving already behind us and Christmas quickly approaching, there's a lot on everyone's minds concerning family, friends, and of course, school.  With my graduation ceremony almost two weeks away, I'm personally starting to feel pressures I've never felt before from all aspects of my life.  However despite these anxieties, I do feel that BGSU, my parents, and the experiences I have had that last four years of my life have prepared me for this epic moment.

I hope you, too, are feeling somewhat prepared to take on this next step of your life, aka the real world.  I hope this blog has helped you face some of the trials and tribulations that senior year of college brings, and I thank you for letting Taylor and I be part of your journey : )

With that said, embrace every moment you have left of "the best years of your life".  Whether it is a semester, a year, or a few weeks, take in every moment because soon your college life will be gone forever.  Luckily, the memories, experiences, and friendships you've made here will last a lifetime.

As I enter into my new phase of life, I will try to update you guys on my life and happenings. I wish everyone a safe holiday and a happy new year!

Posted by: Kayla Molczan

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Must See BG

Graduation is nearly a month away for Kayla, and it's time for us to reminisce about our college years by visiting all of our favorite spots BGSU had to offer.  Check out the map below to locate some of our favorite bars, restaurants and clubs and here about why we have grown to love them so much.

Our Stomping Grounds

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Senior night at El Zarape!

The girls and us at Kami's for happy hour!

The Big Kid Christmas List

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It’s holiday shopping time, and Black Friday is just around the corner.  Meaning it is time to start making a list and checking it twice this winter, with gifts that you will need for your upcoming adventure into the job market.  Check out these great gift ideas to ask for from friends and family. 

External Hard Drive: When commuting to and from work you may want to take some of your work home with you without having to tote around a cumbersome laptop.  With an external hard drive that is small, light and stylish you can take your entire life’s work with you from the office to home.

Timepiece:  Most professionals stress the importance of wearing a watch during interviews to show your future employers you are a responsible and proactive professional.

Professional Clothing:  Suites and dress clothes can be expensive, so what better time to ask for them than Christmas.  Your spring semester of college is interview season, so get prepared during the holidays for your upcoming interviews by shopping for a few business casual outfits to wear. 

Smartphone:  Time to upgrade your phone from your Nokia flip to a Smartphone with Internet access.  Stay on top of your e-mails when checking for job opportunities with trendy new Smartphones that are reasonably priced.

Coffee Machine:  It is no doubt you will need a morning wake up call, when you are no longer dreading your 6 to 9 p.m. class, but instead dreading your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day.  Save money by not venturing to Starbucks before your early shift, by making your own coffee at home with some of your favorite brews. 

Posted by: Taylor Ray

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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Dos and Don'ts of Thanksgiving Break

A Turkey.Image via Wikipedia It's finally here.  The holiday where it's okay to eat to the point of physical pain, sleep, then eat again.  We all know and love Thanksgiving and appreciate what the Pilgrims did for us back in the day.  But as college students, Thanksgiving break brings on meanings past the turkey and stuffing.  It's a time to relax with family, catch up with old friends, and run into your entire graduating class at the local bars on "the biggest bar night of the year."  Here are some Dos and Dont's from Collegiate Connexion to ensure you get the most out of your turkey break as possible : )

Do: Request all of your favorite foods from Mom and Grandma, and then bag up the leftovers to make sure you'll be eating good until Christmas break.
Don't: Tell your parents how you've been surviving off of the McDonald's dollar menu so you can use the cash they put into your account for beer money.  Some secrets are better left unsaid. 

Do: Take the best shower of your life in your impeccably clean bathroom at home, using your Mom's expensive shower and freshly-washed towels.  
Don't: Go into detail about how you and your roommates have yet to clean the vomit off of your toilet seat from last weekend's date party. They won't laugh.

Do: Call up your old friends, order some pizza, and have a girls night exchanging all the crazy stories from this semester.
Don't: Spend every waking minute with your BFF's. As much as Mom says it doesn't bother her when you're constantly MIA, it does. It won't kill you to pencil in some much-needed family time. 

Posted By: Kayla Molczan
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