Friday, April 11, 2014

When one ends and another begins

Today was my last day in the Creative Communications program, and this coming Monday I will be starting a new job at Manitoba eHealth. It's a little overwhelming to have such a big part of my life come to an end, and then two days later have such a big part of my life begin, but I'm really happy and grateful to be starting my career in such an amazing place. 

I'd like to say a warm and heartfelt goodbye to my fellow Public Relations majors. You are all amazing and talented and kind and I wish you the best as you begin your careers. I'll miss you all and hope that we can keep in touch.

Thank you to Melanie Lee Lockhart. You are an amazing person who truly cares about each and every one of your students. You have taught me so much and I know I wouldn't be the PR professional I am today without you. 

And goodbye to all the Advertising majors, Journalism majors, and Media Production majors. I wish we all could have been in the same class...but I guess it would have been hard to fit 70 students into one mac lab.

Well, it's been a blast and I have so many great memories of both Red River College and the University of Winnipeg. Now it's time to make some new memories! Here are some of the things on my to-do list now that I won't have hours of homework to do every night. 

- Send thank you cards to all the amazing people who have helped me get to where I am today.
- Skype with my Tomorrowland family. Like myself, many of the amazing people I met while working at The Magic Kingdom are or were students, so as soon as exams are done we can spend a few hours visiting on the computer!!!

- Sign up for a spin class.
- Go to the BDI.
- Keep updating my portfolio website.
- Go to the St. Norbert Farmers' Market when it opens.
- Bake again. Ginger snaps here I come!

Best of luck to everyone I've met during these past four years of school! Let's keep in touch.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort


Imagine this: pastel painted buildings with bright white trim, lush green lawns, palm trees gently swaying in a breeze, beautiful blue water surrounded by soft white sand beaches and the distant sounds of Caribbean music in the air. Think that you are on a Caribbean island? Not quite. 
You may be walking through one of the Caribbean Beach Resort’s five villages, each named after a Caribbean island. This is my personal favourite resort on Disney property and one of the most popular of the moderately priced resorts.
Each village in the resort is comprised of six, two-story walk-up buildings. There are no interior corridors, rather the main floor has a wraparound walkway providing a patio for each main floor room and the second floor has a walkway that serves as a balcony for the upper rooms. There are no elevators, so consider a main floor room if anyone in your party has mobility issues or if you have large items like strollers that you will take to the theme park each day. 
The rooms are the largest of any of the moderate resorts and are equipped with mini-fridges, a dining table and chairs and a small safe. The room theming is best described as “colourful tropical” so be prepared to leave the soft pastels behind you when you enter your room.   

The resort villages surround the 45 acre inland lake which has an island retreat at its centre which you can reach via the walking bridge. One of my favourite evening activities is to walk to Old Port Royale Centertown, which includes the store, table service restaurant and the food court, for a late night snack or to visit the refillable mug beverage station. 
This is not a short stroll. The resort is huge. It is important for you to remember that the resort is huge. At over 200 acres this is the largest of all of the resorts at Walt Disney World. The jogging trail that circles the lake is almost 1 ½ miles long. There are over 2,100 rooms on the property. 
Because the resort is huge, there is a dedicated internal resort bus that circles the resort and stops at a shaded stop at each village, at Centertown and the main pool area, and at Custom House which is the resort check-in and business services area. The theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney busses use the same stops and come by each 15 to 30 minutes.
Each village has a quiet pool. This is one of the best features of the resort. If you are looking for some private, quiet, relaxing pool time, visit the pool in your village. The resort has a large main pool complete with waterslides, water cannons, a child pool and play area, and the recreation staff organize poolside games. With so many family-friendly options available at the main pool, children are rarely seen at the village pools. 

For a truly relaxing experience, be sure to spend some time on one of the seven beaches that surround the inland lake. They are equipped with lounge chairs, volleyball nets and hammocks. In the evenings, you can sit at the outside patio at Centertownyou and catch the fireworks from Epcot’s IllumiNations .
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is Breathtaking


While the Wilderness Lodge isn’t my favourite Disney resort (you can read about the Caribbean Beach Resort in my next blog post) it is stunning and the most economical of Disney’s deluxe resorts. When you enter the cavernous, eight-story high lobby, themed in style and décor that is designed to evoke the spirit of the great US national parks, you can’t help but pause to take a closer look. Prominent in one corner is the massive stone fireplace that rises through all eight stories and out the roof of the main lodge. There are several comfortable lounge and rocking chairs in front of the large fireplace. Nearby is the bubbling spring that starts in the lobby, passes under a glass wall to the outdoors, then flows through the gardens until it becomes a waterfall that plunges into the Silver Creek Springs pool. The pool area has hot and cold whirlpool spas, a waterslide, and a large family-friendly pool. Adults may want to retreat to the quieter Hidden Springs pool tucked a short walk away behind a sound-dampening row of trees.



When my mom came to visit me this summer, we spent two weeks at the Wilderness Lodge. While she was hoping for a more “princess themed” resort experience, we couldn’t beat the location and amenities of the Wilderness Lodge. As one of just four Magic Kingdom resorts, the Wilderness Lodge is only a ten-minute boat ride to the theme park where I worked and boats came every 10-15 minutes giving me a much shorter commute to work than the staff busses. In addition to the pools there is a general store, lots of walking trails and bike rentals. In the evening, you can view the classic (aka old fashioned) Electrical Water Pageant from the resort beach, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and beachside movies are shown each evening on a large inflatable screen. The rooms echo the theming of the resort so expect lots of wood and dark colours. All rooms have a balcony complete with a small table and two chairs and the higher your floor, the better the view. Some rooms offer views of the nightly fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. This is a large resort so expect a long walk from your room to the boat dock and to the restaurants.



We didn’t visit the fine dining restaurant (Artist Point). We ate most often at the quick service restaurant called Roaring Fork. There is a large indoor dining area as well as a number of tables and chairs outside between the hotel and the pool area. This is the location where you can purchase and fill your refillable mugs throughout your stay. The Roaring Fork offers both hot and cold options at breakfast, lunch and dinner with dinner specials that change daily, great soups and a truly awesome chili. They have a signature Wilderness Salad that is meal sized and worth a try. We occasionally ate at the moderate table service restaurant called Whispering Canyon Café. This is considered a “unique/themed” dining experience and the servers work hard to entertain guests during your meal. The serving staff play games and create challenges between tables and there is a long-standing joke that takes place whenever someone asks for ketchup. If you’ve been there to see it, leave a comment and share your experience below.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 Things I Miss Most About Working at Disney World



1. The people. CPs stick together forever! Rueben, Chris, Nancy, Amy, Ashley, Jonathan, and ANDRE! There are many others but there isn't enough room in the post to list them. I miss my closest friends from Florida and the fun we used to have together at our apartments, in Downtown Disney, in the theme parks on our days off, and at work in Tomorrowland. It makes my heart hurt to think of how less than a year ago we were all together, complaining about the hot and rainy weather, the mean guests we would occasionally encounter, and the awful and always late busses.

2. Knocking on the door. It's a safety thing. Some doors backstage open both ways and I can't tell you how many times knocking on the door saved me from getting a broken nose this summer. Sometimes I knock on the door out of habit today when I'm at work or school and it takes me right back to Tomorrowland.

3. Walking around the park after-hours when there are no guests around. Quiet, peaceful, eerie, and just plain cool, there is nothing more awesome for a super Disney fan than walking around the park as though you're the last person on earth (and sometimes it really felt that way).

4. Free admission into any Disney theme park in the world. C'mon, that's pretty self-explanatory.

5. Push, the talking trash can. He was a unique character exclusive to Tomorrowland in The Magic Kingdom, and now he's gone. Disney's contract with the robot's creator ended and it appears as though Push won't be coming back. I wonder how his girlfriend Pullina feels about that? #BringBackPush

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Friday, March 14, 2014

"Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas."




Taking the monorail is a great way to get around Walt Disney World. If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend a bit of time in the middle of a jam-packed theme park day or if you don’t plan on going to a park but still want to enjoy your day seeing the sights of Disney, consider spending time riding the monorail.

The monorail is one of the prime methods of transportation for shuttling guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to the parks or to move guests to and from selected hotels to the parks and back. It is also a no-cost way to sight-see during your Disney vacation. There is no limit to the number of times you can hop on and off the monorail in a single day.

There are three monorail lines: Resort Hotels, Magic Kingdom express and Epcot express.

1. Resort Hotels travels in a loop from the TTC to the Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort, the Magic Kingdom Park and the Contemporary Resort before returning to the TTC. If you want to see the most iconic Disney hotels, the monorail is a great way to do it. Each hotel has a monorail station themed to match the hotel. I recommend lunch at the Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Café, afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian and a self-serve, all you can fit in the bowl Dole Whip at the Polynesian. All of the hotel grounds are beautiful so there is lots to see when you visit. If you are on the Disney dining plan, you can use your meal credits at the hotels as well.

2. Magic Kingdom has an “express line” and travels from the TTC directly to the Magic Kingdom and back. If you park at the TTC and want to get to the Magic Kingdom as fast as possible, or back to your car just as fast at the end of the day, this is the line to take.

3. Epcot has another “express line” and travels from the TTC to Epcot and back. This is my favourite monorail line because it travels over a part of the Epcot theme park and around the iconic globe of Spaceship Earth in its centre. The best time of day to take the Epcot monorail is just before the nightly Illuminations as you can see the show and fireworks from the monorail as you travel.

Each train is identified by one of twelve unique colour codes and I heard this summer that some guests play a challenge game where they try to ride all twelve of the different coloured trains in a single day. This summer, two of the monorails were used as traveling billboards with one wrapped with a promotion of Monsters University and another one promoting Iron Man 3.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Disney's "Four Keys"


I learned a lot at Traditions last summer.

During the famous full day of training known as Traditions, I learned about the history of Disney, the different parks, specifically The Magic Kingdom since that where I was working, and the utilidors and how to manuever through them.

But the most important thing I learned that day was Disney's Four Keys. At every meeting and training session, and on every poster and sign-up sheet, there is at least one key that makes its way onto the page or into the presentation. They're so ingrained into everything that Disney and its cast members do.

The ordering of the keys is also very important. Before anything else, safety is the most important in every situation. When helping a guest, working backstage in the stock rooms, and even taking a break in the staff room, safety comes first.

Courtesy! Oh my gosh, I know so many people who would rather work for Universal Studios down the road than Walt Disney World just because of this key. Courtesy is second to safety but is a lot harder to carry-out sometimes. Sometimes it is hard to be courteous to guests who are being out-right mean or won't leave you alone because they want free stuff, and their friend got free stuff, and they read online that they could get free stuff if they asked nicely, and they just can't understand why you aren't giving them any free stuff, and they're going to speak to a manager if you keep ruining the magic of their vacation by not giving them free stuff.

Show. This one makes a lot of sense, especially for an entertainment company like Disney. The park needs to look good, the cast members need to be 'stage ready', and nothing can ruin the illusion. For example, someone who works in Tomorrowland wearing their space-themed costume woud get terminated if they were seen stepping into New Fantasy Land. You just can't do it. Even when collecting strollers at the end of the night when the whole park has been cleared of guests, cast members still have to stay in their land.

And efficiency. Simple enough. Don't be wasteful and do things quickly.

So those are the Four Keys. Another topic I may talk about in a later post is "Safe-D Begins With Me". Look forward to it!


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

10 things you didn't know about The Magic Kingdom's utilidors

Guests call it 'backstage', but cast members call it the utilidors. Here are 10 neat things about the 'real' main floor of the park. 

1. Most cast members call the park 'upstairs' since we know the ground level is actually beneath the park.

Custructing the utilidors before the rest of the park.
Source: http://www.bigfloridacountry.com/wdw/utilidors.shtml


2. The utilidors is a huge tunnel system. Bigger than the park actually.

3. It's a confusing maze. I'm sure some people know every nook and cranny in that maze, but after almost three months of working at The Magic Kingdom, I still needed to use the giant maps posted on the walls to get to any area that wasn't Tomorrowland.

4. There's a place called "Pin Replenishment" where cast members who trade pins with guests can replace ones that have fallen off their lanyard, or ones they have given away as 'magical moments'. Outside of Pin Replenishment was my favourite place in the utilidoors. The display of every Disney cast member pin ever created, neatly pinned-up behind a clear window. Now that was a magical place!

5. No one is allowed to take pictures in the utilidors, although some people have. I saw a few folks take selfies with their work friends, but the backgrounds in the photos were unclear enough that it doesn't bother anyone.

6. The main entrance into the utilidors is actually at the back of the park. And you can only enter the main entrance to the utilidors after taking a bus ride. It's part of how Disney screens the cast members coming into the park. 

7. The utilidors isn't just a tunnel system that lets cast members and characters enter the park in secret spots. It has the Mousketeria, a small library with books and movies, computer rooms, training centres, and lots of dressing rooms.

8. It...doesn't smell very nice. Partly because all the park's sewage and waste is being sent below, but also because the tunnels have dumpsters below each of the lands.

9. The floors (especially under the lockers and in the dressing rooms) are covered in lost pins that have fallen off of people's lanyards! Yes, I know, I have a problem with pins. 

10. Costuming is in a completely separate building, a bus ride away from the utilidors. So is Cast Connection, the cast member-only store where damaged products are sold for 75 per cent off.

If you know any other neat things about the utilidors, leave a comment below.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Being Stage Ready



Are you stage ready?

Are your nails clean and free of polish? 
Have you shaved off your facial hair?
Is your hair a natural colour and pushed back from your face? 
Do you have your lanyard and does it have at least 12 pins on it? 
Are you wearing your name tag? 
Do you have your water bottle and poncho and are they awkwardly attached to your belt? 
Are your glasses all one colour? 
Is your make-up neutral and fresh? 
Are you wearing black socks with your black, logo-free, runners, or white socks with your white, logo free runners? 
If you're wearing a ribbon in your hair, does it match a colour on your costume? 

If you answered yes to all these questions, you are stage ready!

Disney has specific rules about how you should look when working, and they refer to it as being 'stage ready'.

I didn't mind the costume rules when I worked at The Magic Kingdom this summer. I got to choose between pants and shorts (yay pants!) while other girls who worked in the bake shop or at The Haunted Mansion ride had to wear those long and heavy skirts in the heat. There was one thing about my costume that I didn't like much though. 

Tucked-in shirts! Someone out there has said 'tucked-in shirts look more professional than shirts that are free from the confines of the waistband of your pants', and so now the majority of Disney costumes require cast members to tuck in their shirts. I wish they would change it though because tucking in your shirt after it came out when you reached for something high on a shelf is not very professional. 

Dan! He worked in custodial this summer in Downtown Disney and loved it. : ) 
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Majors no More? The Future of Creative Communications

The idea of Red River College's Creative Communications program losing its majors (Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Media Production) has been around for a long time. Four years ago CreComm bloggers were talking about it, and four years from now future students will still be talking about it.

Opinions vary when it comes to this topic.

Some instructors and students support the idea for reasons like, 'the majors relate to each other so much already anyways', 'it could give students an advantage over past graduates who focused only on one field', and 'students wouldn't need to worry about limiting their portfolio and could get a more rounded education'.

Some instructors and students don't support the idea for reasons like 'there's barely enough time to cover just one major in second year, let alone four', 'you lose specialization and the title of having majored in journalism or advertising', 'and 'there is a limited amount of equipment and space available for certain majors.'

Here is my personal opinion.

I would like to see Creative Communications lose the majors, but I don't think it can unless a few things change.

First, let me explain my choice. I am so happy to have chosen PR as my major and would make that choice a hundred times again, but as I look back on what others in my graduating class have done this year, I'm a little jealous of some of the things they did in their majors. Designing posters, key-framing animated videos, writing articles and interviewing politicians, creating apps and making personal websites, things that would look really good in a portfolio along with the event plans, strategies, and media kits we create in PR.

I knew that it would be valuable to have experience as a journalist when I enter the PR field, which is why I became the Sports and Lifestyle editor for the college newspaper. As section editor I'm constantly reading other students' articles, writing my own articles, and receiving news releases from local organizations. It has been a great experience for a PR major like myself, because instead of just writing news releases and pitch emails in class, I'm receiving ones that have been written by industry professionals. But try as I might, I still won't learn everything the Journalism majors will just as the Sports and Lifestyle editor.

It would have been nice to minor in one of the other majors, but it would have been even better to major in all of them! : )

But like I said, things would need to change in order for that to happen in real life.

First, change the program length from two years to four years. Colleges are slowly beginning to award degrees for specific programs, and in a few years I think RRC will be able to award a three or four-year degree in Creative Communications. If this happened students would have more time to major in another field and add to their portfolio.

The number of students in the Creative Communications program could potentially double (75 students x 4 years instead of 75 students x 2 years) causing a few issues regarding space and equipment. But I think these issues could be avoided. CreComm wouldn't need to take in 75 students per year. They could limit it to 50. And more and more students have their own DSLR cameras and Mac computers and laptops (I myself have a DSRL and Mac at home), so in a few years lack of equipment would be less of an issue.

I'm sure there are other issues or ways the college could implement a change like this, and if you think of one leave a comment below. I'd love to discuss this topic more.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Why Hollywood Studios has the most potential

Hollywood Studios in Orlando FL, formerly called MGM Studios, has the most potential to grow and expand out of all the other Disney theme parks in America.

I've never liked the park that much. I'm not interested in the stunt shows or performances, there are only two big rides in the park and one of them scares me, and Fantasmic is my least favourite fireworks show out of the three (the others being Wishes in The Magic Kingdom, and Illuminations in Epcot). For these reasons I believed that Hollywood Studios would always be my least favourite Disney theme park.

But one day at work this summer I asked one of my eight managers, where did he see himself in the company in ten years? His answer surprised me and changed the way I look at Hollywood Studios.

He said he wanted to be the Vice President of Disney's Hollywood Studios because it had the most potential. If he were the Vice President, he would bring in three more adult rides to go along with the two that are already there, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. This would establish the theme park as the fun 'kid free' park and bring in the older crowd. He would completely renovate the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre restaurant with a bigger screen, nicer seating in the cars, and more entertaining movies (right now the screen shows the same five minute reel over and over again). Along with that he would bring in more Star Wars themed attractions and activities.

My manager also pointed out that Hollywood Studios has something that The Magic Kingdom doesn't. The ability to change without fear of an uprising from loyal guests. The Magic Kingdom today looks very similar to how it looked the day it first opened. Sure the buildings and rides have each been refurbished over the years, but save for a few new rides (like the loss of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) and the addition of New Fantasy Land, it remains the same classic theme park it has always been, right down to the old Robo-Newz bot.

Hollywood Studios, however, has seen a number of changes and additions to the park over the years, including the name of the park itself, with minor and short-lived push-back from guests. That is why I now hope to see more improvements to the park, until one day it moves up in my rankings.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Grocery Bingo in the Disney College Program!


Grocery bingo! It is a real thing, and contrary to what you may think, it is a lot of fun.

Let me start by saying that you should never expect to win at grocery bingo, unless you're from New York. Seriously, the night I played 50 people won, and 20 of them were from New York, and this was the day after a large group of us Canadians had arrived. Anyways, while there may be a pile of bags of groceries and toilet paper at the front, there are five times as many college kids playing bingo, so go for the fun not the food. 

Grocery bingo is one of the many 'outside of work' activities that Disney organizes for the college program interns working in the parks. They know how much we make working at the parks and the resorts, so they know that we'll appreciate the chance to win those much needed boxes of crackers and other necessities. 

When I was working at Disney and living in the college housing, there were a lot of activities to attend like movie nights, low-organized sport games, pool parties with snacks, and trips to the market. None of those events were ever as popular as grocery bingo. 

The actual game is pretty standard. Everyone gets a bingo board with sliders (yay, no plastic chips!), the host calls out the letter/number combinations, and each round players need to win by either filling out a line, all four corners, a 'T' or an 'H', or any other design. 

Between each round the host plays music, asks people in the crowd about what it's been like working for disney, and tells short stories about funny kids at the parks and roommate issues at the apartments.

Look at all that toilet paper
I never did win grocery bingo, but a friend I worked with had. Inside the bag were apples, apple sauce, ritz crackers, cereal, a loaf of bread, some dry pasta and pasta sauce, and some other items.

The toilet paper bags had toilet paper, dish soap, laundry detergent, and dishwasher soap.

If you ever have a chance to play grocery bingo, do it! At least once. It's a lot of fun, you get to meet folks sitting around you, and while you may not win, it's a nice change from always going to the parks and riding roller coasters on your days off. 
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year, New Banner, Same Great Show


It's a new year so that means it's time to look at the things in our life and see what we can do to make them better. For a lot of people that means improving their health by working out more and eating better, getting a new job that fits their lifestyle more or fulfills a life-long dream, or maybe letting go of old 'toxic' relationships so that they can move on to brighter and better ones.

For me my resolutions were simple. 
  • Continue to do well in school and graduate in a few months. 
  • Bake more, because I love it and haven't allowed myself the time to do it.
  • Meet with old friends regularly, instead of twice in a year
  • Go back to learning Hangul on Memrise (which has been an easy thing to do with their awesome app!)
  • Purchase a membership to CPRS while I'm still a student
  • Update my resume and creative portfolio
  • Update the logo for Kpop Town
  • Take a trip to Chicago or Toronto sometime this year

Over the weekend I was able to cross one off my list. Above you can see the design for Kpop Town's banner on the Red River Radio website. It's nothing special, just the show title, tagline, and an illustration of myself wearing my cat-ear toque. Yes, I actually own a cat-ear toque, and just in case you were wondering, it is the warmest toque I own. 

But it is a big improvement from the show's first design which was pretty flat and had more of a wifi signal symbol rather than a radio signal symbol.

Original show design


I also had a chance to write a brief description about the show. Something short and fun that would appeal to my audience. At first it was going to be a simple explanation of what I talk about each episode and the music I play, but I felt it didn't convey the energy and excitement Kpop Town has, so I wrote a description that was more fun and contained a lot of commonly known terms in the kpop world.

"Kpop Town is fangirling, lip-rubbing, and aegyo making awesomeness that will make you want to jump up and dance like a smoky girl (or boy) when you listen to the latest Kpop news and hit singles on this weekly online radio show. Tune in to Kpop Town on Red River Radio every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. to hear current kpop music from popular idol groups and solo artists from South Korea. Each week your host Natasha, certified ‘Shawol’,  ‘Nasty’, ‘Kissme’ and ‘Starlight’, will talk about the latest news from the kpop music industry and will update you on all the Korean stars you love to hear about."

Be sure to listen to past episodes of the show on iTunes or on the Red River Radio website here. Also tune in to hear the show live every Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. You can stream it live off the Red River Radio website, or listen to it through the TuneIn Radio app.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Being the Sports and Lifestyle Editor for my college newspaper


Happy New Year everyone!

The winter break was a blast and full of some amazing opportunities, but now it's time to get back to school and back to work.

Although most of my posts have been about my time spent working at The Magic Kingdom in Disney World this past summer, today I'm going to talk a little bit about what it's like being the Sports and Lifestyle (S&L) editor for The Projector, Red River College's bi-weekly newspaper. I know, a lot less exciting than rollercoasters and fireworks shows, but still pretty interesting.

I began working as the S&L editor last March. I was just finishing my first year in the Creative Communications program, and there were a few reasons I applied. It would look great on a resume, I'd still get to use my interviewing and article-writing journalism skills while majoring in PR in my second year, and it would help me form relationships with the first-years, something that has been really hard for my fellow second-years from what I have heard.

So almost a year ago I filled out the application for the position and dropped off my package at the Student's Association office. Soon after I was being interviewed by the new Editor-in-Chief Meg Crane, and then I received an email saying that I had gotten the job. Yay me!

Little did I know that the position was assigned immediately, not at the start of the next semester in August. I and the rest of the new editorial team worked hard to send out the last two issues of the paper in March, and then we returned in August when the fall classes began.

Being a section editor has easy and hard parts. Editing articles is easy for me, and so is finding news stories to write about. Finding people to write the articles is a little bit harder. There have been a few issues where I feared I wouldn't be able to fill my section due to a lack of writers, but some how each issue has come out with a full S&L section.

Over the year I have seen amateur writers turn into hard-hitting journalists, and every time I see a new article appear in my inbox, I’m always amazed and think to myself ‘these guys are writing better articles than I did this time last year!'

The Projector team has started discussing the timeline for hiring next year’s editorial team, and already I am sad at the thought of my position coming to an end. I look forward to seeing who will apply and encourage all of those who have an interest in writing for the paper to send in their resumes soon. It doesn’t matter what your major is (look at me, I’m in PR) all that matters is that you love writing to inform people on what is taking place in their world.

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