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  • Nicole 9:12 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Chit-Chat with the Future Me 

    Once again, there isn’t too much new and exciting to report on the Internship front. But I am excited because tonight I am meeting with an AU alum who now teaches Health Education in DC. She is doing exactly what I think I want to do int future. I am really excited to talk to her not only about her teaching experience but also about the path that has led her to her current teaching position. We set this meeting up super last-minute (as in today lol) so I haven’t had too long to prepare but I have come up with some questions. I have a pretty general sense of what I want to know. How did she end up at the school she teaches at currently? What does she like/dislike about teaching? Does she have her DC Teaching license? What was her experience with the PRAXIS exam (test you have to take before becoming a teacher, like a SAT for teachers)? I’m hoping that I will be able to shadow her at her school and see what a day in her life is like. I’ll be sure to take notes and I will let you all know how it goes 🙂

  • Nicole 3:26 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Teacher   

    To teach or not to teach? 

    There’s not too much new on my end. My internship is going well but I’m pretty much doing what I have been doing in the past so I won’t bore you with the same old details. One thing that is on my mind is career planning. I may (or may not) have mentioned that I am doing a combined BS/MS here at AU in Health Promotion Management. This is really excited and I love my program. The more I learn about health promotion and education and simultaneously learn more about myself, the more I think I wan to teach in middle and high schools when I am older.  My internship definitely played a role in helping me figure things out. I have realized that I do not want to work with college age students as my priority population.  I also realize  that I would rather be teaching material to students than designing behavioral interventions. Or at least I think so… I think I would like teaching but I have never been in front of a classroom or had to create my own lesson plans. So I’m a little hesitant to say I want to be a teacher because I’m worried I haven’t yet gotten a feel for what the whole teaching experience would be like. So I have e-mailed some recent grads who are teaching. I have received replies from an AU alum and a family friend who is a teacher, inviting me to come spend the day at their schools with them. They both said that is the best way to get into the field. So I’ll be doing that soon. I’m really excited! So…that’s what is new in my life what about yours?!

  • Nicole 5:00 pm on March 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    As Promised… 

    I know I said I would blog on Sunday night but with my crazy schedule that has somehow turned out to be Monday afternoon. I’m sure you will all forgive me. Anyways, as promised I’m here to report on how Kate and my presentation went yesterday evening. It was great! The audience was super interested and asked questions. It was definitely the best presentation I have done with Kate so far. One thing I learned is that who you are presenting to can definitely influence the quality of your presentation. Is it a boss, friend, colleague, family members?  If the audience is interested and engaged and especially if they requested your presence, chances are they will make your presentation better. You can really feed off their energy. But there are times when presentations have to be made to people who don’t want to hear about your topic. Maybe it is an uncomfortable topic. I’m also a LOVE SHACK (Sexual Health And Contraceptive Knowledge) peer educator and I know that sometimes presenting on safe sex topics can be a little weird. But if you are in the field of health education (although this is not specific to health education by any means) it is imperative to develop the skills that allow you to draw your audience out. Y ou must be able to communicate your message even to disinterested parties. I hope to be a teacher one day so it is definitely something I know I will encounter. I’m sure we can all imagine having students who are completely uninterested in learning certain things.

    But like I said, last night we had an amazing audience. Even Kate seemed more enthusiastic than normal (and she’s normally very enthusiastic 🙂 Hopefully, we get to do a couple more before the end of the semester. My current task is trying to jazz up the Wellness Center  website a bit. Not really in terms of pictures of graphic design but with links about relevant health topics and miscellaneous information that would be interesting to the college population. If you can think of anything you would be interested in seeing on our Wellness Center website, leave some comments. Thanks 🙂

  • Nicole 12:45 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Brochure Time :) 

    So I finally have gotten around to posting the much talked about brochure I created. It’s no professional job but I was going for an informal tone that would appeal to college students and I am happy with the way that turned out. As far as my “taking stock” process”, everything seems to be right on track. I not only talked to my internship advisor but also my AU faculty advisor about my end of the year projects. I feel really good about the rest of the semester. I may not be this positive in a couple of weeks when I have finals, projects, and  an internship reflection paper due but that’s a worry for another day ;).

    In other news, I was writing an essay for a summer internship today and I was able to say that my communication skills had been strengthened by my blogging for the Career Center (and some other activities I did this year LOL). Who knew the resume building process could actually be enjoyable 😀 I think enjoyable is a great word to describe my internship experience thus far. Kate and I have another presentation to do this weekend. We went over it in-depth on Tuesday and I feel super comfortable about it. The more I do the less nervous I am. Plus, I feel well-prepared. I asked her a billion questions while we were prepping but it was worth it. Mucho questions=little nerves.

    That’s all for now but I will be sure to post after  our presentation on Sunday!

  • Nicole 12:52 am on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Taking Stock 

    So we are almost done with the semester…crazy, right ?! It’s surreal. I feel more like we are in the middle of the semester. I mean we did just finish midterms. And this is the point where I slowly feel myself getting off track. It’s so easy to lose focus. At my internship I have to make a conscious effort to stay on point. This week I plan on taking a step back and doing an inventory of where I am. I’ll go back to my goals and objectives and evaluate any progress I’ve made. What do I hope to accomplish before the end?

    It’s definitely important for me to stay in touch with reality though. With only 1 month left of classes I can only do so much. Making lofty plans that aren’t feasible will only serve to disappoint me at the end of my internship. This “taking stock” process is great to do with your advisor. Kate and I have 2 hours together to go over everything. I plan on asking her what she thinks of my work so far as well as what she views as really important for me to work on in these upcoming weeks. Between the two of us, I know we can come up with an action plan that will leave us both satisfied 🙂 Tootles!

    • Anna 2:26 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of taking stock…don’t forgot to post the flier you worked on 😉

  • Nicole 4:08 pm on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Sorry I have been Missing In Action. Last week was midterms, which I’m sure everyone can relate to LOL. And instead of spending my Spring Break doing something fun and exciting, I actually got my wisdom teeth pulled on Monday. Not something I want to repeat but overall my experience has had minimal discomfort. Thank goodness!

    So since this week is Spring Break I haven’t been going to my internship (obvi, LOL). But it is the perfect time to think ahead for some of the assignments due at the end of my internship.We have to keep weekly journals and turn them in to our advisor once a month. That’s definitely something that can easily get away from a busy student so I have to make sure I stay on top of that. Blogging helps, because I normally have similar themes in my journal entries as well as my blog posts. We also have to write a 10-12 pg paper on one of the topics provided to use from out faculty advisor. I have written the first paragraph which is always the hardest thing for me to do. Now it’s time for me to buckle down and do the rest 🙂 Over spring break I would love nothing more than to laze around, but I am well aware that I will be a much saner person at the end of the semester if I get a significant amount of work done now. I am really bad at sitting and working on one thing for hours on end so I do a little bit at a time. If I’m working on a paper, I write one paragraph every once in a while. It makes my work seem way more manageable than telling myself I have to write 5 pages by the end of the day. 5 pages is a great goal to have but it often overwhelms me and I end up not writing  anything at all cause I think it will take too much time. So I set small very achievable milestones for myself. It makes me way more likely to actually do work and when I have written that paragraph I can say I accomplished my goal for the day. Crossing things off my to-do list is such a mood-booster for me 🙂

    Leave some tips about strategies that work for you when doing long-term projects. Enjoy Spring Break !

    • fblume 4:19 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I break it down and reward myself at the end of each chunk. My reward usually involves chocolate or an episode of PAWN STARS. But I have to be careful because reward can quickly morph into procrastination.

  • Nicole 1:26 am on March 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alcohol education presentation, soc ambassadors, wellness center   

    A Week Of Firsts 

    This was an eventful week for me. I made my first brochure all by myself which I handed in to Kate. She really liked it. She is still going to make a few changes I’m sure, but I will be sure to post the final copy for you all to see. So after that, we just have to make copies and put it in all of the bags to distribute.It is crazy to think that something I made from scratch will be in there. I was so nervous about what to include/not include and how everything would come across to the student population. I am such a second-guesser (is that a real word, even?) LOL. That is definitely a characteristic I need to refine. In my field I will constantly be designing health promotion programs and materials for them and I need to be confident in my work.  Well, the positive feedback from Kate was great  and  has boosted my confidence tons. It is something I plan to keep working on 🙂 (More …)

    • FB 1:20 pm on March 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You never have to second guess yourself when you have terrific colleagues or a great boss to give you input on your work! It’s great to get feedback, and so cool to see your confidence grow! Good question about “firsts!”

  • Nicole 3:21 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advantages, , spring break   

    Something To Show For Yourself 

    I’m coming up with a flier that highlights some of the top Spring Break destinations this year and tips for staying safe. Kate made a great point that I can use this flier as part of my portfolio to show potential employers. Honestly, I had never considered that I could even have a portfolio. I think of those as more for models and art students. But really, a student of pretty much any major can develop a portfolio that showcases their work. Having something tangible to show at an interview is a great advantage. And be creative when deciding what to include. For instance, an example of my blog post could be appropriate when I’m applying to some jobs. The flier is another great example. Those are all the ideas I have right now (LOL) but you bet I’m gonna think up some more. For those of you in other fields and internships, can you think of some things you could include in your portfolio? P.S. Look out for my flier to be included in some Spring Break bags available from the Wellness Center 🙂

    • FB 1:36 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s really cool! And yes, save it for your portfolio in hard copies and electronically! YES, put this blog on your resume! Can you put a link to your flier in a blog post, or better yet, get an image of it up here when you’re done?

    • Nicole 4:53 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yep…I’ll be sure to do that once it is finished 🙂

  • Nicole 8:29 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: choosing internships, happiness   

    Choosing the Right Fit 

    I must admit, my internship was a complete stroke of great luck. Kate gave a presentation in one of my classes and afterwards I asked her if she would be interested in having an intern next semester. She said yes and the rest is history (good lesson: it is alway a good idea to have a conversation with people in your field. You never know what it will lead to). Despite not having gone through an extensive job search process, I couldn’t be happier with where I ended up. I’m working on stuff that I’m interested in. My advisor is super respectful, appreciative, and enthusiastic. She is also really accommodating of my crazy college schedule. She gives me tons of freedom with my assignments. I can definitely tell that she trusts me to do a good job. (More …)

    • fblume 12:28 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve given two great insights here. First, talk to people in your field. (But it WASN’T luck – you took the initiative!) Second, find the best fit. Thanks!

  • Nicole 3:49 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting Acquainted with Yours Truly 

    AU is known for its SIS program, its school of Public Affairs, and uber political students. And yet I’m none of the above. I ended up at AU by fluke (a post for a different time). But let me say, this has not stopped me from absolutely loving it and finding my own niche separate from anything even remotely political. I am a junior here at AU from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. I’m majoring in Health Promotion with a minor in business administration. What I love most about Health Promotion is that you can take it in so many different directions. I have lots of ideas for what my future career. My major requires two internships so between that and summer jobs I’m hoping to try out a number of these potential career paths.  So where to start?

    (More …)

    • fblume 12:05 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to the blog! You are in a great program and you’re right, there are so many possibilities! I can’t wait to hear more about the program you develop!

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