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Simran Matken-The Old Soul

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I met Simran in 2016, somewhat only due to the fact that she was going to live with one of my best friends, Mia, who had been my first roomie in college. I had to meet the person that was taking over while I was off studying abroad instead of harassing Mia. I’m so beyond glad that Simran happened to be the new adventure in Mia’s life, because otherwise I would not have had the chance to meet such a lovely human.

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Do Yourself a Favor, and Visit Old Town Bucharest, Romania.

I recently visited Romania, which happens to be my home country, and I really wanted to do a blog post about it. Multiple blog posts actually. It’s quite a beautiful country, and it’s also quite a crazy country. I’m going to be honest with you all…it’s definitely not my favorite place. At all. Lots of things don’t exactly match descriptions, people aren’t necessarily friendly or civilized everywhere, and there’s a lot of ugly parts in the country due to Romania’s history of communism. Most of the problems Romania has, whether that be with government, the mentality of the people, architecture issues, or any other possible issue, are a direct result of its communist era. However, there are three main parts of this country that I truly believe should be visited by everyone anyway.

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At the top of the list is Bucharest, the country’s capital.

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Dracula’s Castle…My Favorite Place.

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If you know me really well, then you know I come from the country of Romania. If you know anything about Romania, then you know that Transylvania is in it and that Bram Stoker got his Dracula novel ideas from our land, supernatural beliefs, and folklore. Moreover, if you know anything about me in general, then you know that I’m absolutely and utterly obsessed with vampires and anything supernatural. I am head-over-heels in love with the fact that the Dracula Castle is located in my homeland. Recently, I visited my favorite place again, but this time alongside my brother and my boyfriend, Tanner. Here are some of the photos I took while drooling over my future home, as I like to dream of it.

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Job Shadow Experience with Stowebridge Promotion Group Inc.

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Through a selective interview process at the Northern Arizona University W.A. Franke College of Business, I was chosen as a candidate to job shadow the CEO of Stowebridge Promotion Group Inc., Ms. Kathy Finnerty Thomas. She actually received her Bachelor’s Degrees from Northern Arizona University, and then worked for Kodak as Director of Marketing and as  a part of Sales and Training. During my time at Stowebridge, I was able to understand and learn about the behind-the-scenes aspects of an advertising company from her, and the industry of promotional products as a whole. Not only was I invited to multiple company meetings alongside Ms. Thomas, where I learned how to conduct business with sales representatives, financial institutions, and customers, but I was able to see first-hand how a day in the life of an entrepreneur is like and what to expect of this type of industry.

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How My Business Organizations Have Helped Me Abroad

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As most of you know, I am a Business Management major at Northern Arizona University, and I am also in the process of gaining two Business Certificates in International Business and in Marketing alongside my Bachelor’s degree. My ultimate goal, however, is to specialize in Human Resources. Due to business being such a passion of mine, as you all can see by my fields of study, I joined three specific business clubs within my high school career and my college one. I am part of DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, and American Marketing Association. I have been part of FBLA for the longest though, with 6 years and counting. Most of my confidence and communication skills were built within this organization throughout high school, and even today in my second year of college.

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Scotland, You Stole My Heart.

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Scotland was definitely one of my top 3 places I visited while studying abroad. I actually loved it so much, that I feel like I should move there in my thirties or forties after I have my career in check. My life there would honestly be completely content, I believe. Everyone I met while in Scotland was so incredibly nice and friendly, the landscapes and architecture were absolutely beautiful, and nothing really beats the history of Scotland either.

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Goals for my 20s…Not just 2017.

 

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I recently turned 20 in November of 2016. It feels really unusual to tell people that I’m no longer a teen. I still forget that I’m not in high school …now I’m 20 too? It’s really nerve-wracking to me that I’m part of the 20s club, because it official means I’m an adult. Yes, you are declared an adult when you turn 18 in most places, but in the States you’re not really an adult until your 20s…specifically when you’re 21. I’m a year away from that. Im two years away from graduating university. I graduated high school, like, yesterday. Right? Maybe not, but it sure does feel that way. I decided that since I have entered a new decade of life, I need to revise my goals and priorities in life. Mainly, I decided to make a list of things that I find important to me. I wanted to make this list to remind myself of what I want to enjoy in the next ten years, and to just get some good stuff done before I get too mixed up in paying student loans,working for my future supervisor, advancing in my career, then getting married and reproducing aka starting a fam.

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Amsterdam, I Love You.

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The last trip I took on my study abroad experience was to Amsterdam. I never really thought that I would get to enjoy such a beautiful and famous place by the age of 20…but I did. This trip was phenomenal, and Italy had been my absolute favorite so far, but now I think it’s a tie between the two.

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Flat 14 Essex University Christmas Party-Lit as Heck

Merry Christmas from Flat 14 at Essex University! About a week ago, we all decorated our flat aka our kitchen and had an enormous last dinner together. I never thought Tanner and I would make such incredible and real friends while we were abroad. I am so thankful to have met every single individual that we lived in close proximity with, and I am so grateful for all our crazy and insane memories together.

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Study Abroad-Differences Between the UK and US School System

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Since I just finished my Autumn term at University of Essex in England, and I was on exchange from Northern Arizona University with this whole study abroad experience, I thought it would only be right for me to discuss the major school system differences between the U.K. and the U.S. for those who are curious or wanting to study abroad themselves.

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