Monthly Archives: April 2015

Thanks @DECAInc!!!

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Hey guys,

As I sit here and reflect on what could quite possibly be my last ‪#‎CDECAICDC, I realize I have a lot to be proud of and thankful for.

First off, I was a member of the first social media team for the conference. I was a bit nervous about the position, but I’m glad I took the leap to say that I am DECA. It was a wonderful experience. It was something incredible to put on my resume that will help me in the future. It’s something that I truly thankful and proud of.

Second, I have made lot of friends. There are more than I can list. I have been able to make some lifeDECA Friendslong friends. I love my DECA family and I’m sure that we will all do amazing things in the future.

Third, even though I didn’t take home a medal, I was able to make industry connections I would have never made if I hadn’t gone to the conference. One of the judges for the travel and tourism event rekindled my desire to work for the cruise industry. I’m hoping to be on a ship this time next year.

Thank you DECA for everything. I’m the professional that I am because I participated. I can never repay the organization for all that it has given me

TTFN,
Nerd

The Debate about Sexual Violence!!!

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Hey guys,

I’m going to share something that not a lot of people know about me. I’m a survivor of rape. It happened when I was young, but it’s definitely something that still haunts me.

As we are here more about sexual violence in the news, I thought I would share my thoughts about the topic. Below is a video from YouTuber, Anna Akana that sums up my thoughts:

While Anna tackles the topic in a comedic way, she raises several very good points at the end.  There are many things that we as a society can do to change things. One, educate boys that rape isn’t even an option. Two, stop victim shaming. There are many more.

It makes me sad when you hear about young college age men, who decide to go to a party, have some drinks and makes some very, very, very, very bad choices. I know that the young men’s choices have ruined many lives.

Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd

I’m Part of the #CDECAICDC Social Media Team!!!

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Hey guys,

I got some super exciting news on Friday. I am 1 of 4 members of the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference’s first ever social media team. I still have very mixed feelings about the whole thing.

I’m having mixed feelings about the whole thing. I never thought that I would be chosen when I applied, but one thing that I pride myself on is taking advantage of every situation. I’m from not a well known city in Wisconsin that like no one has ever heard of.  As the current president of the Wisconsin Association Executive board told me on Facebook:

If by chance you’re in a situation causing you doubt in your abilities, don’t. DECA chose you to represent us for a reason. Knowing that, you can be fully confident in your amazing skills and talents as we are.

He’s right though. If DECA didn’t think I had what it took to do this job, they wouldn’t have given it to me. It’s funny though. People found out that I was on the team before I did via social media.

If by chance you would like to read the announcement, you can read it here.

TTFN,
Nerd

Wisconsin Badgers are in the FINALS!!!

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Hey guys,

Can we take a minute to talk about the Kentucky Wisconsin Final Four basketball game for a minute? I wasn’t sure how to feel about the game before it happened. Everyone I talked to before the game would put there money on Kentucky. Fear not! I was confident in the Badgers.

During the game, there were times that I was very nervous. We were losing at the very beginning of the game, but we clawed our way back into the game. We were tied at the half.

We had a dry spell in the middle of the second half. I was getting worried, but I could count one thing. The Badgers won’t give up. They will give it their all until the end.

Finals are tonight. I’m nervous, but I’m sure it’ll be a good game.

TTFN,
Nerd

Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism!!!

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Hey guys,

I had an awesome opportunity over spring break to go to the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT). It was a great experience and very valuable for my trip to Nationals for DECA.

While there, we got a tour of the darker side of La Crosse, the host of the conference, got to see the ad below.

20150317_090831Another highlight was meeting Wisconsin’s Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett. She was an amazing person. I can’t really describe what she had but she was really awesome to be around.

TTFN,
Nerd