Hello from four floors up & happy Friday!
I hope that you enjoyed my last post – how to spend your snow day! Make sure to check it out for some awesome winter inspired activities.
Second semester has been filled with so many surprises and new experiences. I cannot believe that I am close to being done my freshman year of college! Time flies…
Today’s post is going to be a bit of advice mixed with some personal stories and experiences. My main theme for this post is focused on finding unique ways to get involved on campus. Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about how I have gotten involved on campus at St. Joe’s!
Love Your Melon
First, Love Your Melon. If you have not heard of LYM, head over to their site and check out their amazing mission and story. Created by two college students, LYM donates half of their proceeds to pediatric cancer research. They have awesome knit beanies, caps, and apparel, so I highly suggest checking them out and supporting their cause! I have about 4 beanies and still looking to buy a 5th, so you could say that I am obsessed.
One of the amazing aspects of LYM is the opportunity to get involved with their Campus Crews. If you are in college, do some research and see if your campus has a LYM crew. If not, consider creating a LYM crew at your campus! Once involved, you have the opportunity to promote LYM on your campus and collect points online. Essentially, when someone makes a purchase from LYM, they have the option to select a campus crew to support. For every purchase made, more points are added to your crew. After reaching 100 points, my SJU LYM crew received a Start-Up Bundle Kit, including LYM stickers and keychains. Visit the site linked for even more information about SJU LYM campus crews.
Also, shoutout to Dylan Eddinger for taking these awesome photos of my friends and me for the LYM crew on our campus. We had so much fun taking these photos to promote LYM on National Love Your Melon day during the fall.
This next one isn’t so much a club as it is simply learning how to promote yourself and sell your product! College is the perfect place to sell products if you enjoy crafting or creating something special. For me, I love creating beaded bracelets and considered selling them during high school. Now, I am really interested in selling my bracelets and received such positive feedback after posting about it on my Instagram.
I will definitely be dedicating a post to the promotion of my beaded bracelets in the future, so make sure to check back for that! I recently created a madauerbeads Instagram account where I will be keeping followers up to date on new designs and sales of my creations.
A huge inspiration to me in this area of craftiness is my RA, Greta. She recently started selling her hand-knit beanies. Visit my last post for more info on Greta’s awesome beanies! There is something special about creating a one of a kind product and then seeing others wear it with pride.
This semester I decided to get involved with The Hawk, the on campus newspaper at SJU. As Assistant Social Media Manager, I update the various social media platforms with feature stories.
If you enjoy editing, writing, or promoting various stories related to school events, consider joining the newspaper team on your campus! As social media manager, I have already gained immense experience promoting stories and live-tweeting events. If I was not on the newspaper, I would have never had these experiences.
As part of my position on the Hawk newspaper, I have had the opportunity to shoot at the basketball games. This has by far been one of my most favorite and memorable experiences at SJU.
There is something so exhilarating about shooting among other professional photographers in a packed arena. Not to mention sports photography is a whole other realm of photography, requiring a quick eye and precision.
If you enjoy photography and are interested in capturing photos at sporting events, ask around on campus to see what opportunities are available for you to shoot at. Be curious and see what potential events you can get involved in to photograph, whether they be sports, news, or lifestyle events.
I hope that you were able to take something away from this post! I think it is super important to always be curious and constantly look around your campus. Really think outside the box to consider what is missing at your campus. Think, “how can I make my college experience my own and share my unique qualities and talents with those around me?” Don’t be afraid to create a new club or share your vision with others. ALWAYS BE YOU.
P.S. – I hope you have a fantastic weekend and spread continuous good + positive vibes