Monday, August 30, 2010

Sophomore year = Busy year

Soo my first day back at school just ended, and I'm too tired to form coherent paragraphs, so bullet points will have to do.

  • started my first day as a ticket clerk. went pretty well, mostly just handed out All Sports Passes. They offered me more hours in the mornings which is nice...
  • but also potentially problematic, if I get the Library Instructor position I have an interview for on Thursday. This job would pay about a dollar more, so the choice is pretty obvious, still it's pretty hard to tell your boss you have really limited availability.
  • church at 830 in the morning is awful. Not sure how I'll be able to do it.
  • ward seems nice though. girl:boy ratio is about 3:1 again. fun.
  • not too interested in any of my classes. yay for GE's and self-centered professors
  • really excited to go to the Women's Center and start volunteering there. I really believe that Shirley and I are going to make a difference in this school and for women in general
  • so. much. homework.
  • comms app 10 days and counting
  • should I join Bradley PR? will I have TIME to join Bradley PR?
  • nice reunion dinner tonight with my old roomies ;) love them
  • still need to get some books. ha.
  • MY ROOM IS AWESOME. still need more decorations. need movie posters.
  • my new roommates are pretty awesome, too
  • will think of more later. so tired.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

On my way home

So here I am, waiting to board the first flight that will ultimately take me back to Utah. Words can't describe how excited I am to come back. The first couple weeks will be stressful with settling into my apartment, finding a job, and applying to the PR program, but I just can't wait to get back that familiar BYU atmosphere.

I had a great summer, though, especially this last week. I spent it with my good friend Heather in Florida, chilling at her apartment and campus and going to Universal Studios! Yes, I went to Harry Potter World. I can't even describe to you how amazing it was. My inner fangirl was literally screaming and gushing the whole time. The scenery is just so detailed; you can tell a lot of love for the books went into the making of the park. And the castle, oh my goodness the castle. It's something you need to see in person to really appreciate.

Here are some pictures of the wonderful wizarding world. I spent wayyy too much money here.





Mmm I can still taste that butterbeer now. Check out my Facebook for more pictures :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ode to Cincinnati / Loveland

Oh Great Queen City, my time with you is almost through
You have been good to me, old friend.
With your delicious restaurants - there is nothing quite like
Skyline, Graeter's, LaRosa's, and the Whippy Dip -
And your improving sports teams (Go Reds!)
And your green, green hills and treacherous roads.
Nothing beats Loveland's small town feel,
With the bike trail, the Little Miami River, and the Loveland Frog.
The way everyone adds an "s" to all the grocery stores -
I'll miss you, Kroger(s) and Meijer(s).
The laid-back nature of Midwestern people,
The scary but thrilling thunderstorms,
How you can drive half an hour and end up in another state,
All these are reasons why I love
Being from the 513.
O-H-I-O :)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Writing Prowess at an Early Age...

... well not really. But I thought you might find this amusing. I was browsing through all my elementary school stuff and happened upon this little story I wrote in 3rd grade. (This will be true to the original - misspellings and all. Only thing I added were paragraph breaks.) Warning - contains little to no character development and narrative direction, but contains plenty of plot holes. Enjoy!

What Happened on the Day the Teacher Wasn't There
By Chelsey Saatkamp

One Friday morning the class walked into the classroom and saw that the teacher wasn't there. "What do we do?" asked Chelsey.

"I don't know," said Daniel.

"Let's see if the other teachers are here," suggested Shelby.

"Ok, but what if they arn't?" asked Victoria.

"Well then we'll go home," said Shelby to Victoria.

"No way," exclaimed C.J. hearing this. "I want to party."

"Well that's another good idea," Amy said.

"Let's go see if the other teachers are here and if there not, then we'll party," shouted Randi.

"Shhh not so loud, you might get in trouble if teachers are here," whispered Katie. So they went to Mrs. Ehle's conecting door across the classroom. They went inside and she wasn't there. They checked Mrs. Taylor's room, wasn't there. They checked Mrs. Rorabaugh's room, wasn't there. They checked Mrs. Barnett's and Mrs. Miller's room, they weren't there.

"Wow, what do we do?" asked Chelsey.

"Party!" shouted C.J. "We can get the Tootsie Roll Pops!"

"But wait," said Katie, "Where are all the teachers?"

"They're probably at a meeting," Cody said.

"No, they would leave a note on the chalkboard if they were at a meeting," Chelsey said. (I love how I made myself the voice of reason).

"Let's go party, I want a Tootsie Roll Pop," C.J. exclaimed.

"Ok ok we'll go," Jade said pantly. (pantly?)

They walked back to the classroom, still no teacher, so they moved Jade's, Austin's, C.J.'s and Marshal's desk to make a table. Then the class got started. Laura got the candy and put it on the table. Steven got the cafeteria food and passed out. (...) Victoria got decorations from rooms and put it outside the room and hung it up. Then suddenly Amy said, "Where are all the other kids that are in other classes?"

"Amy, who wants to know right now, besides the other kids would probably tell on us if they saw us so just have some fun and stop worring," Randi told Amy. Then all of the sudden the party began. Everyone ate and fooled around and told jokes and tricked others and alot more stuff I could think of. (a true creative mind, I had).

About two hours later they heard a door slam shut. (climax begins). The class stood still for a moment, then started to put everything away. They put the candy away, the decorations away, turned on the light and turned the music off. They heard it again. They were more frightened then ever. Chelsey went to go see what was making that noise. "You silly, it was only the wind blowing the door." (from inside the building...?) Everybody started laughing.

"We were scared of the wind, " Vince said.

"Let's go home, it's time anyway," Julie said.

"Yes" everyone said all the same time. "Let's go home." So they all all got their backpacks and got ready to go home. As they went to their buslines they remembered that their teacher's wern't there so they walked home.

On Monday when they got to school their teacher was there. "That's funny, she wasn't here on Friday," Chelsey said to herself.

When she got to her desk Mrs. McAteer said, "Why are Jade's, Austin's, Marshal's and C.J.'s desk here in the middle?"

"Oops we forgot to put the desks back away on Friday."

"Friday?"

"Yes Friday, you were missing Friday." (Not sure who's speaking here...)

"You silly children Friday was a holiday!"

"Oh so that's why nobody was here!" answered Jade. (lightbulb!)

"Yes."

"But you never gave us the note!" Laura said.

Well I guess it's my fault when I don't give you the note," she winked.

The End.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

See Professors, I have been studying :)

John Wherry, ex-CEO of the National School Public Relations Association, once said that good public relations has four main components:
  1. Do a good job
  2. Do a GOOD job
  3. DO A GOOD JOB
  4. Tell people about it
Basically, if your company or association is doing a good job all along, your work will speak for itself and there will be no need for damage control later on. Here are a few people and organizations that still need to learn this lesson:

- BP (Exxon-Valdez who?)
- Apple (Antennagate anyone?)
- Lindsay Lohan
- Google Buzz (it's gone? but I didn't even know you existed!)
- Toyota (yeah, STILL recalling duds)
- Network TV - particularly the Big 4 (there's a reason 80% of Emmy-nominated shows are from cable)
- The Cleveland Cavaliers

Those doing a pretty good job:

- Old Spice (campaigning like a man, man)
- Facebook (now boasts over 500 million members)
- Android (just because I hate Apple. And so should you :P )
- Warner Bros.

See, I haven't been living under a rock this summer :) Now time to research these further. Bring it on, case study.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Unproductivity for the win

So as my flight back to Provo looms closer and closer, I've tried to look back at the things I've accomplished this summer. And truthfully it's not much. My American Heritage course is only 1/5 complete. My tanning plan has actually gone backwards. Exercising was a joke. PR studying = haha. Reflecting back on this had me down for a little while, but then I realized that I probably put too much stress on myself in the beginning. I mean, it's summertime. A time you're supposed to enjoy. And I have enjoyed it. I've enjoyed being back in the great Queen City, having fun with all my old friends, seeing my family, watching movies, relaxing, and earning enough money for next year's rent to boot. Just because I haven't checked off every little thing on my list doesn't mean this summer was a failure. I have till April to do AH. Still two weeks and Orlando to make my legs a little less translucent. Exercising, yes I need to get better at. And PR - heck I can study that on the plane.

Just needed to write this down so I could feel better. Now back to my movie ;)