Student Blog The blog of William Woods University Undergraduate Students

16Nov/151

Build your own and make a difference…

Hey! Lisa posting here, again.

woman blowing bubbles

A carefully reconstructed representation of me creating my personal bubble

I spent most of Friday the 13th inside my personally-constructed bubble.  

I was doing the things that I needed to get done. Most of the time I was listening to albums (yes, played in the LP format!) on my headphones. Listening to Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath & Paranoid, Cream's Disraeli Gears, and The Stone's Let It Bleed--my playlist from Friday--just never gets old.

In some ways, it seems to re-center me.  I compare the me that existed when these songs were new, to the me who exists now, and realize I still have the same core ideals.  I still want to make a difference in the world.  I still want to speak for those who can't. I still stand up to bullies. I still believe in equality.  I still want to save the wolves, the whales, the earth. I still reduce, reuse and recycle.  I think globally, act locally.

person silhouette milky way

Simulation of what the Lisa Bubble Universe looks like to an onlooker

I am still an idealist, but one who has been tempered by ennui, pragmatic and harsh realities and real world mundanities.

Later that night I left the Lisa Bubble Universe. I ventured onto the interwebs, and discovered that on the evening of 13 November, all hell broke loose in Paris.  I began reading about the horrific acts of terrorism. The simultaneous attacks in six different locations around Paris was called an "act of war" by the French President. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the carnage.  The eight suicide attackers, all had explosive belts, were sent in to the pre-selected targets in retaliation for France's air strike campaign against the IS in Iraq and Syria. Estimates given on 14 November, place the number of dead at 128, with over 300 injured, and 80 of those in critical condition.

Harsh reality, indeed.

It is the idealist, optimistic me that came back to school. I still want to go forth and do good, thinking globally and acting locally.    However, we all live in the real world, and the pragmatic, realist me dictated my choice of classes. Because I was pursing a second degree, my general education requirements had been met already.

I would be able to customize the emphasis in my degree, because I had electives I could take and still would fulfill the degree requirements for my BFA. The idealist wanted to take the studio art courses. The pragmatist took courses like Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Public Relations, and Web Design, so I would be able to combine the knowledge and skills gained from those courses with those from my past work history.

Another great opportunity afforded to William Woods students is the "Internship."  This semester I have had the opportunity to work as intern with the social media strategist for William Woods. I am gaining invaluable experience and course credits. In addition to "job shadowing," I also am learning, by example and from research, methods and metrics for engagement in social media channels. While I may have worked as a web server administrator in the past, none of my past job duties included these kind of activities.

SunnyPoliceStation-Banner1I also have a social media project. The Show Me Innovation Center is a non-profit entrepreneurship and innovation center that fosters the development of home-grown businesses and encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship in Callaway and surrounding counties.  It makes startup capital, business services, mentorship, and training resources available to community entrepreneurs.  My challenge is to enhance the website, develop and update content, increase its visibility, and to increase engagement and readership via social media channels and its Internet presence.

I am already making a difference, going forth and doing good things. I have the guidance of a seasoned, generous WWU staff member, who encourages me and is my safety net.  I get to work independently, and I get the benefit of benevolent oversight.

How great is that?!

-Lisa