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the Good, the Bad, and the Strugly

Everyone always complains about Mondays. They come after Sunday (the best and most relaxing day of the week!), and it’s the day everyone has to go back to work (or school) and (hypothetically) stop having fun.

But this week, I had one of the best Mondays I’ve had in a while! Here’s why (in chronological order):

7:00AM – my LAST class registration… EVER! So crazy to think about, but kind of exciting (I can pretend I’m not freaking out about graduating… right?). Anyway, no major problems to speak of…

8:15AM – a FREE pastry at Starbucks! @BostonTweet tweeted out that all day, at the Starbucks in City Place (right by Emerson), if you showed your student ID, you could get a free pastry with a purchase of any drink! So I got my usual holiday Pumpkin Spice Latte, and got a free Blueberry Scone along with it! mmm! (thank you, Twitter!)

10AM – a Boston Duck Tour! Yes, it’s November, it was cold out (but I had my P.S. Latte!), and it was a school day… But my friend Nicole and I bought discounted duck tour tickets on BuyWithMe.com back in August (wow that was a long time ago…!) and they were going to expire next week, and I didn’t have class until noon. So what better way to start my week than that? The duck tour was amazing, and reminded me that Boston is actually a really great/cool city (I catch myself complaining about it a lot, because of the cold, the smokers, and the distance from Seattle), with a lot of meaning and history built into the things I see and take for granted every day. (I brought my FlipCam on the tour – of course! – so I’ll be posting a vlog in the next few days with the coolest things I learned on the tour! Keep checking back!)

Here’s a snapshot from the Duck Tour:

our awesome tour guide pointing out something awesome!

12PM – TV News Producing Class… meh… nothing too exciting to report here. Except my job for my class was Graphics, and the producer hadn’t decided what graphics I needed to make yet, so I just kept checking my e-mail, and refreshing the HerCampus.com homepage to see if they had posted the winner of the New Balance Campus Fitness Blogger challenge!

1:30PM – I won! I got a tweet from @aahschlee saying “Congratulations to @cassidyquinn for winning the @newbalance campus fitness blog challenge for @hercampus!!!!” I was so surprised! I had been refreshing the HerCampus site, and hadn’t seen it pop up, so I didn’t think they had decided on the winner yet! But then I checked the @HerCampus Twitter page, and, yep, there was a link to the New Balance fitness blog winners! So it was official, I won! Woo! I’m really honored and excited to have won! Besides getting a year’s worth of New Balance gear out of it, hearing the positive feedback from New Balance fitness expert Holly Perkins (who chose the winner) was amazing! Here’s what she said about me:

“I choose CASSIDY QUINN!!!!!  Cassidy was absolutely engaging, fun, insightful, and offered so much content.  She created the most content by far of all the gals and used a great deal of video to make it extra interesting.  She was gracious and gave many “shout outs” to New Balance and really appreciated her swag.  She was very clear that her goal was to apply the suggestions I gave her, and also offer some other insights of her own.  She obviously put a ton of time into the creation of her videos, which were fun, funny, creative and crafty.  She really addressed the challenge at hand and offered some additional content.  She also incorporated Twitter a great deal- I had been following her all along. Love her.”

Thank you, Holly!!

(also, congrats to Meagan Aguayo for winning the Readers’ Choice Award!)

4:15PM – I got into a class I really wanted to take… using Twitter! As I said before, I was fairly satisfied with my class schedule as of 7AM when I registered. But there was one class I really wanted to get into: Social Media Marketing (aka Emerson Social Media, or #ESM). This is a 300-level class for Marketing Majors, with 2 prerequisites. So I didn’t think my chances for getting in were great… So, as I usually do when I am in class and have feelings to express, I took to Twitter to discuss my desires to get into ESM:

Tweet #1: I REALLY want 2 take the @emersoncollege #ESM class 4 next semester, hoping it doesn’t fill up b4 they let me in!#iwishiwasamarketingmajor

Tweet #2: @ZachACole I know, #ESM sounds PERFECT for me! but I’m not a Marketing major & haven’t taken the prereqs… ugh!

I had been e-mailing back and forth with someone from the Marketing department at Emerson, trying to see what I could do to get into the class (which basically was “wait it out, if there’s still spots left in a couple of weeks maybe we’ll let you in”). But then all the sudden, a new e-mail popped up on my phone, saying that the person from the Marketing department had seen my tweets, and I would be allowed to register for the class right then! Yippee! So, for all you Twitter-haters out there, there is yet ANOTHER reason Twitter is helpful – #itoldyoutwitterisuseful (I used that hashtag when I found out I got into the class!)

5:45PM – I took a nap! Mmm… that is all.

6:30PM – Emerson Fights AIDS Date Auction! Emerson Fights AIDS (EFA) is a 10-year-old organization/week at Emerson, where a bunch of events are held to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. This year, I was asked to be an auction item in the EFA Date Auction, where students can bid on their classmates for a variety of different dates. I was really nervous that no one would bid on me, but I ended up being won for $80! And I get to go to an opera with the boy who won me! So that was a good end to my great Monday, because not only did I get bid on (*phew*), but I wasn’t even one of the lowest items – woo!

But, of course, after my amazing Monday, the week could only go downhill…

My friend Elise, who was my roommate in LA this summer, has a blog called “e-strugs” (it’s hilarious, you should read it!) about her random struggles (strugs) in life, and in a post last week she said “The thing about strugs is that they happen when you start to take yourself too seriously-they provide some comic relief to be like ‘OK I’m not perfect.'”

And that is exactly what Tuesday did for me…

Tuesday, I woke up right when I needed to be in class (and I needed to finish some homework before class)… which was already a problem. But then, as I rushed around trying to throw on some clothes super quickly, I realized that my throat was dying. Well, I guess not actually dying, but it was swollen, in pain, and I could barely speak. I also realized I was really dizzy, more tired than usual, and my body was achey and tingly – clearly none of these were good signs. So, cool, I was sick. The teacher of the class I was about to be late for is a huge stickler on not having sick students come to class (to avoid contaminating the other students), so I knew she wouldn’t want me show up.

So instead of going to class (and before taking a much-needed nap), I called my mom, expecting to just talk about winning the HerCampus competition, the Date Auction, and my class registration. Instead, it ended up with me crying about how I don’t know what I want to do with my life after graduation Me: “I just want to go across the world and run around and make video blogs!” Mom: “how are you going to make money doing that…?”), and just overall not making myself feel any better in addition to my sickness…

So before I even left my apartment, Tuesday was not off to a great start. As the day progressed, my stomach started to not feel so great (I could barely even enjoy my Subway footlong!), my head started throbbing, and the temperature of my body was changing every few minutes… fun…

But just when my energy was at its lowest point, I showed up to the Greek Council Lip Sync Contest, where the Greek orgs on campus were competing, lip syncing to songs from the early 2000s. I didn’t really feel like dancing, or lip syncing, but I had already paid my $3 to get in, so I figured I might as well stay. And I ended up having a ton of fun! Dancing around to Macy Gray, Cher, Destiny’s Child, and Missy Elliot with my sorority sisters brought my energy way up, and put me in a great mood!

Here’s a picture from the Lip Sync:

go team AEPhi!

So Tuesday wasn’t the best of days, but it ended on a good note. And I think the reason why it had its ups and downs is exactly what Elise said in her blog.

On Monday, I was having too good of a day, so Tuesday had to balance that out (with sickness strugs). But just when I started to feel terrible about myself, and take the day too seriously, I decided to give in and make a fool of myself dancing and lip syncing (I also did an extra rendition of “Somebody to Love” by Justin Bieber once the competition was over) – I wouldn’t necessarily say that the lip sync was a strug, but it was goofy, and some would say it was embarrassing (though I’m tough to embarrass…), so I’ll term it a “happy strug.”

Basically, here’s my point: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Enjoy the days that go amazingly well, but be prepared for it to go downhill from there… but just when you think a day can’t get worse, do something random and you’ll be surprised by the difference it makes!

I hope you are all having a great week! It’s almost Thanksgiving (I leave for home in 2 days – yay!!)! Work hard the rest of this week, so that you can take advantage of family time next week, without feeling guilty about not doing work!

As always, thanks for reading!

— Cassidy

P.S. I know I’m not always the best at updating this blog very often… I always come up with the excuse that “I don’t have any time,” etc. etc… but here’s my new plan: whenever I am sitting around thinking “hmm… what should I do?” I WILL write a blog post (that’s how this post came about – not being allowed to go to class left me with some unexpected free time). Even if I can’t think of anything extremely meaningful to blog about…

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The update blog continues…

I’m now back in Seattle, and therefore I have more time for updates…!

Once again, let me just note that these updates aren’t going to be anything intellectually stimulating or awe inspiring… I simply thought I should fill you all in on what I’ve been doing recently – so read on if you want to know!

I’ll start where I left off last time… What was I saying? Oh yeah, LA was amazing, but lacking a bit in the rain category…

Here’s some highlights from LA:

— My internship! I interned at the Burbank Bureau of NBC News. I got to do a lot of things, helping out with stories for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show. One of my main tasks was to make affiliate checks, which consisted of calling a bunch of the NBC affiliates on the West Coast and seeing if they were covering stories of any national interest. It was really interesting and educational to hear all the news of the day all across this side of the country. I also helped out the NBC producers and reporters by logging a lot of tapes (typing up exactly what is said/shown on the video) of interviews and B-roll (video not of interviews, like the video that is shown over a reporter’s voiceover in a package). I also researched stories, pitched stories I found myself, and even got to go out in the field with a producer and cameraman a couple of times! It really was an amazing experience – I learned so much and met so many people who all taught me about the business and gave me advice for entering the business myself in a year…!

One highlight of my internship was waking up at 2AM to go to the 2010 EMMY Award Nominations, hosted by Sofia Vergara (from Modern Family) and Joel McHale (from The Soup and Community)!

The beaches. I was a lifeguard the 3 summers before this one, so I definitely need a lot of tanning and swimming time for it to feel like summer…! I was a bit surprised when I first got to LA that all the beaches are about 45 minutes away from LA, but my friends and I still got to explore lots of them. We went to Santa Monica, Malibu, and Venice (pictured below). All of them were nice for different reasons. Santa Monica has the pier (it even has a roller coaster!), which is beautiful and fun. Venice has the best people-watching for sure (so many crazies!), and Malibu – well, I guess it was too cloudy when I went for me to really appreciate it, but I’ve heard it’s beautiful!

Jumping over waves at Venice Beach

The San Diego County Fair! I hadn’t been to a fair in a while, so when one of my friends mentioned the option of going to San Diego for the day to go to the fair, I was super excited! And I was not disappointed once I arrived… after fighting through traffic and getting lost trying to find a parking lot, we walked through the fair gates and were immediately overwhelmed by all the giant rides and more fried food stands than I have ever seen in my life! Of course, we were curious… so between all of us, we got fried Oreos (I always thought that sounded disgusting, but they were actually really yummy! – picture below), fried avocados (mmm!), fried artichoke hearts (my favorite – picture below), corndogs, and mini donuts. I felt so fat and American, and had way too much fun feeling this way…! We also went on the ferris wheel, which had a beautiful view of the sunset! And there was even a chairlift, which we rode from one end of the fairgrounds to the other – it felt really weird being warm and snowboard-less on a chairlift, but it was really cool!

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Jay Leno! The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tapes in Burbank, right across the lot from where I worked this summer at NBC News. One of the perks as an NBC Universal employee is that you get discounts on a ton of things related to the brand (including things at Universal City Walk – like IT’SUGAR, where I bought a WHOLE POUND of discounted candy…). This, of course, includes getting tickets to Jay Leno. So the other NBC News interns and I scoped out who the guests were going to be during my last week at NBC, and we found out that the one. The only. ZAC EFRON was going to be on the show. Naturally, we reserved tickets for that day – duh! What straight girl would not want to stare at Zac Efron for an hour-long show?! The show was really fun – it was really cool to see that the show is live-to-tape, and Jay does not stop during the taping to redo parts (though he did go back at the end to say “Steve Jobs” a few times, after saying “Steven Jobs” the first time). Jay Leno went to Emerson, so my friend from Emerson came along to the show, and we ended up getting to take a picture with him before the show started! I also got a souvenir – the cue card with the names of all of the day’s guests written on it!

my souvenir from the Tonight Show

NBC News interns (+ friends) with Jay Leno!

In-N-Out Burger! I know this is clearly a very typical thing for Californian newbies to mention… but really. It’s so good! It has every aspect of a good restaurant for a college student:

1. it’s cheap.

2. the food is good.

3. there’s a secret menu! If you go online to their website, you can find different things to try that aren’t on the menu in the restaurant – try Animal Style (on the burger or the fries) – it adds a ton of stuff to your burger… for free!

4. free stuff! The drive-through guy gave me and my friend hats once (see photo below)

me looking really attractive while eating In-N-Out by the pool

In our sweet (and free!) In-N-Out hats!

That is all for this update… the last and final part will be coming soon, and will include the pinnacle of my trip down to the warmer part of the West Coast.

All I can tell you for now is, I lost everything but my dignity in Vegas…

— CQB

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Olympics and Paralympics STUFF Special!

It has been wayyyy too long since I vlogged… and yes, I know the Olympics and Paralympics are over… but in this Special Edition of Cassidy’s Coverage Vlogs, I will do a little show and tell for you with all the wonderful stuff I collected at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Make sure to watch all 3 parts! (and give a thumbs up or subscribe to my YouTube page…!)

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