I have about 1.5 more months and I’ll be 23. To me, that’s a very shocking and weird sentence to write. I guess 22 can be classified as one of the best and scariest years of my life. I graduated college, but that almost doesn’t even feel like a full accomplishment to me, because I always knew I’d work hard and graduate college. I got an amazing job, and the process was crazy and ugly and great in many ways, but I always knew I’d get a job. There wasn’t another option. Well there was…I thought I was going to be getting my MBA right after graduation. That didn’t happen right away, and I had to adapt again. If you know me, you know I adapt very well but get quite annoyed when it comes to things getting out of my perfect plan for “success”. I guess the overall reason I’m writing this blog post today is because I feel very overwhelmed, thankful, and freaked out about where I’m at in life, and I just need to clear my head.
So March was a very hectic, exciting month for me! I feel like every weekend I was doing something crazy. For example, during my Spring Break, instead of sleeping and doing nothing like I usually do, I ended up spending a few days in Phoenix and then attended the ABSEL Conference in San Diego. I actually presented two of my research papers that were accepted to be published, and learned a lot about myself in the process.
During the last month of 2018, I was lucky enough to visit SF with my brother and my boyfriend. I had been just once before, but this trip was easily my favorite. We visited Chinatown, the Painted Ladies, Pier 39, the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Mr. Holmes Bakery, and even the Mrs. Doubtfire house! Needless to say, there were plenty of photo opportunities, and I even got to see an old friend , Yonni, while we were there!
If you’ve read my blog before, or follow me on Instagram, you know that I love to spend any of my remaining dollars on aesthetically-pleasing food or coffee places. Why do I do this? As a business major, the one thing I truly learned in college is how much passion, hard-work, and creativity goes into opening your own business. Thus, if I’m going to spend any money and add to the consumerism mania happening in America, I’m going to drop my money on a small business or one that tries to differentiate themselves in all the best, possible ways. Teaspressa definitely qualifies as one such business.
Yusha is one of my most unique friends. Not only is she from China, but she is one of the most pleasant, stylishly chic, and intelligent people that I’ve met so far in my life.
I met Warren Buffett.
This past month I had the opportunity, alongside 19 other students from the W.A. Franke College of Business, to go on the trip of a lifetime. After an intense interview process, with an upwards of 200 applications, we were the ones that were selected to go and essentially shadow Warren Buffett and his teams from Berkshire Hathaway organizations. We flew to Omaha, Nebraska, and I had the opportunity to not only visit with Mr. Warren himself ( please read further to hear the crazy story of how THAT happened lol), but also got to visit and tour Oriental Trading Company, Borsheims Fine Jewelry, and The Nebraska Furniture Mart. This was probably the most iconic experience of my whole business undergraduate degree. I think I’ve officially peaked.
I finally visited Creamistry with my little brother over winter break, and I discovered what all the hype of liquid nitrogen ice-cream was all about. I’ve seen this place on Instagram so many times, and I was so confused on what was going on with this ice-cream. I really wanted to try it out myself, since I was in town for break and the concept of making ice cream right in front of you with liquid nitrogen sounded rad. In a nutshell, I loved it and I think it’s over-priced, but everyone should try liquid nitrogen ice-cream from Creamistry if they get a chance.
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.