Work vs. Play

I've always been a passionate traveler. But I'd so much rather hike the Inca Trail than sit on the beach in St. Maarten. I was so lucky to get such a wonderful internship at the top advertising agency in Philadelphia right after graduation, but I was also very jealous of my friends who decided to travel the world before getting a big kid job. 

Erin is killin' it in Copenhagen, Victoria got an internship in Milan, and Lindsay and Davis are living it up in Brisbane, only after Davis traveled to India, Greece and Croatia. Let's just say, the FOMO is real. 

    Tambourine Mountains, Australia   Photo Cred: Davis Tousignant


Tambourine Mountains, Australia

Photo Cred: Davis Tousignant

Duomo di Milano, Italy    Photo Cred: Victoria Selover

Duomo di Milano, Italy

Photo Cred: Victoria Selover

Like, what? I wanna go. I've basically been on the Skyscanner app for the past 48 hours. If you haven't used Skyscanner before, you should. It's a global travel search site and app offering and comprehensive and free flight search service. It's great because you can browse prices across a whole month or year so you can search the best deals. I've been suing the "Destination Everywhere" feature that shows you air travel prices to... literally everywhere. Just keeping my options open, ya know?

I can afford to travel for now. I've had a job since I was 12 and have been saving for years. I basically only spend my money on traveling, food, and, when I'm feeling sad, new clothes.

I recently splurged on this amazing new vest from Zappos. Officially happy and pumped for fall.

I digress.

I don't have a car, mainly because I was saving for my semester-long study abroad trip to Buenos aires. I'm also living with the best parents (Hi Mom! Aren't you proud that your unemployed daughter is blogging now?). I have no financial restraints so why not travel while I can, right? Well, maybe. I was just so inspired by the people I met at my last internship and how focused they are on their communications careers. I've always been incredibly determined all through school and my internships. I'm very serious about my career, but I'm starting to think that what I need right now is to figure out what I want and get it together. I want a job that will further my career, even if it's not my dream job. However, I think I need to learn and mature a bit in other ways first.

Yup, that's me (practically) vertically climbing Machu Picchu.

Yup, that's me (practically) vertically climbing Machu Picchu.

I met a girl who stayed in our hostel room in Colonia, Uruguay named Vimi. She is originally from Vancouver, but after quitting a job she didn't like all that much, she decided to travel through South AmericaALONE! She knew that while she was young and didn't have to worry about vacation time (which, I believe, is much easier to get in Canada than in the U.S.) she might as well travel a bit.

Ever since meeting Vimi, traveling alone sounded like the ultimate learning experience. I asked if she was nervous traveling alone as a woman. She told me that if you're always afraid of being a woman, then you're never going to fully live and do what you want, because, the fact is, unless you really, really try, you're going to be a woman for the rest of your life. 

Me, Sheridan and Vimi in Colonia, Uruguay.   Photo Cred: Sam Maher

Me, Sheridan and Vimi in Colonia, Uruguay. 

Photo Cred: Sam Maher

Long story short, I am very passionate about furthering my career. But at the same time, I think traveling for a bit may put my post-grad life into perspective. Should I not waste any time and immediately look for a job or should I take a couple weeks to travel to Copenhagen or Alaska? 

Shelly, get it together, girl. 





Unemployment, Let's Do This

Alas, my incredible internship ended. The amount I learned this summer is irreplaceable. I want to thank everyone that trained and coached me throughout this experience. Unfortunately, there were no positions open that fit my qualifications so I'm back on the market! 

However, I'm thinking I'm going to take advantage of this time of unemployment. First, beach trip.

Since I didn't take any vacation this summer, I took a trip to my family's shore house to help with renovations with my mom. Our shore house is in Cape May Courthouse so, of course, aside of all the painting, Mom and I hit the beach and ate as much seafood as humanly possible. 

We went to this restaurant on the Cape May bay called H&H Seafood. It's awesome with BYOB and casual dockside dining that serves super fresh and inexpensive blue crabs. You can even walk over to see where they store their live blue crabs before they're cooked.

I quickly learned that blue crabs take a lot of effort with not much reward so I mainly munched on the big scallops, medium shrimp, and juicy corn on the cob. Nevertheless, everything was super tasty! 

Blue Claw Crabs and Corn on the Cob!  FYI -- Everything at H&H Seafood is steamed.

Blue Claw Crabs and Corn on the Cob!

FYI -- Everything at H&H Seafood is steamed.

So yeah, my irst week of unemployment = a week of beaching, eating seafood and drinking margaritas. 

I have some fun plans for these next couple months so don't miss out on my next posts!




Keeping up with the world throughout the chaos of college

As a 22 year old college student, I know how hard it is to find time to go to the gym, work a part time job, and even eat and sleep adequately. Keeping up with the news is one of the most important things you can do on a daily basis. It's easy! And it's not like you have to watch the news on TV for hours to be knowledgeable on what's happening in our world. 

Why it's important to keep up with current events

  • It makes the world smaller. Learning about news stories about communities on the other side of the world reminds you that your reality isn't the only reality. Allow yourself to be exposed to other ways of thinking and global problems that need fixing.
  • It makes you a global citizen. Creating global citizens is probably Elon University's number one goal for their students. Experiencing different stories and traditions from all over the world allows you to appreciate others outside of your cultural community. To be a global citizen means to choose to see one another as more the same than different. I believe that if we think of our global neighbors as people in exotic and unreachable places, we will use the distance as an excuse to validate inaction to some of the world's most pressing needs. It's only when we realize how closely knit we are all that the distance stops being an excuse. 

  • It's a great conversation starter which is great for networking. When speaking to a potential employer, it's important to show you know what's going on outside your immediate circle. Debating and conversing about pressing global topics, even if there are disagreements, allows intellectual respect to be shared between the parties. 
  • It's relevant. Everything is connected. What happens domestically affects the world internationally which then circles back to specific domestic changes. You should know why the gas prices are dropping and how that affects Americans as well as other national economies that depend on selling oil and now have no demand.
  • You will learn a lot. Never. Stop. Learning.

Easy news practices

  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • The Skimm
  • News app push notifications (CNN, BBC)
  • Morning news before class. Your morning news goes great with your morning coffee.