Archive for the ‘3-day’ Category

It’s come to my attention that I’ve been a naughty blogger and have completely ignored by blog for the last few months. Well, in my defense, I’ve been a little busy. Graduating from college became my priority, much to the chagrin of my social life and this blog. So, here’s the low down on what I’m up to these days:

1) I’m a college graduate – That’s right, no longer a “Senior advertising student at the University of St. Thomas”, I’m now (gasp) an alumni. It’s weird but it feels unbelievably good. A weight has been lifted. No more papers or ridiculous assignments. Don’t worry, plenty of people have told me I’ll miss college more than I think. In a way I already do. I miss the fun of freshman year but don’t think I’ll every miss nightmare group projects or not capstone senior papers.

2) I’m working at Periscope – Today was my first full-time day. I’m helping to craft social media strategy for some fantastic consumer brands. Most of my past experience has been more B2B and was not nearly as exciting as the projects I’m working on now.

3) I’m living at home – Back in Forest Lake. It’s not St. Paul or Minneapolis but there’s AC, a washer/dryer and a fully stocked fridge (luxuries I haven’t had for 3 years).  Driving my mom’s minivan to work when my car breaks down is a nice perk too.

4) I’m starting my own #healthrevolution – I no longer have going to the library as an excuse not to go to the gym.  I’m trying to get back in the swing of working out everyday and eating a lot healthier as well. Since I’m back home, I’m getting the whole family involved. They’re on board but turned off by wheat pasta and the words “reduced fat”. It’s not going to be easy but if health isn’t a worthy cause, what is?

5) I need to start training and fundraising for the 3-day –  I’ve raised a whopping $25 out of the  $2,300 I need to raise and it’s only 2 months until I’ll be walking 60 miles in 3-days. If you’d like to help my cause by donating to breast cancer research, I’d greatly appreciate it. http://www.the3day.org/goto/TaraOlson

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Still have not posted pictures.  I’m working on it.  It has been a crazy hectic week but I have some thoughts to share:

1) I’m extremely greatful for the thriving Ad/PR/Marketing/Interactive community in the Twin Cities. I cannot express enough gratitude for the kind people I have met through AdFed, Ad2 and MIMA.

2) I’m extremely excited for tomorrow’s Student Ad Summit. Wish it were here at St. Thomas instead of the U (my bias of course) but it’s going to be a huge day. Major problem will be deciding which breakout sessions to attend.

3) I have secured a free  copy of Seth Godin’s Linchpin and cannot wait to read it.  My Aunt donated to the charity Acumen and received a free copy of the book. As a thank you from Seth she just received a second copy, for free, and was kind enough to pass it along to me. He is a marketing genius! I love good causes.

4) I officially signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-day. I’ll be walking 60 miles and raising $2,300+ for breast cancer research. Looking forward to the experience and will be posting my fundraising site soon.

5) Time to go to bed. I’m getting up at 5:30 to get ready for the Ad Summit tomorrow and pack for my V-day trip to Mankato.

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