Tuesday, October 1, 2013

So Why College, Sarah?

Hey Loveys,

I know I gave a brief announcement that I'll be returning back to college as of January. I also realized that I didn't really give much information about the whole "why?" part.

So why college??

Well let's take a small step back in time to my first bout of college from 2007-2009. I went to school in London, ON.. Fanshawe College (whoot!) for Fitness & Health Promotion. At the time I went to college, I knew I really enjoyed working out.. so why not go to college for that?

Side note - I think kids are too young in high school to be picking a career they want to do for the rest of their lives. I'm still SO YOUNG and I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I don't know how a 16 or 17 year old is supposed to know exactly what they want to do without ever having 1. done anything ever, 2. lived on their own or 3. lived in the REAL world.

So I went to college for Fitness. Basically my whole college program was dedicated to making personal trainers. That isn't a bad thing! I know a lot of very successful personal trainers, but I quickly realized that the art of personal training wasn't for me, I knew I kind of wanted to be in the "business of fitness". When I graduated I had a diploma in Fitness & Health Promotion. You can't really be any more specific than that. Back then obviously this was a great accomplishment! I had a full time job coming right out of college, had my own apartment, life was GREAT! Growing and learning and developing personally however, I've come to realize that my diploma was much too specific for me, and it kind of limited where I could go in terms of my career.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job and the people I work with and I have loved all of the jobs I've had! I just know that some of my interests are changing as I'm growing as a person and going back to school is "step 1" of trying to figure out where I want to go and what I want to do! This blog has actually helped me realize what I love doing! When choosing a career, I think it's important not to pick something because you know it makes you money, because you won't ever be happy. You have to find something your passionate about and go from there. This blog has quickly become one of my passions and so has everything social media and marketing/pr related! I love love love it! It's what I do on my spare time and I can't say more than just how much I love it.

My future school!
So I'm choosing to go into a marketing program in college because I feel that graduating with a diploma in marketing is extremely transferable. A diploma in Fitness & Health Promotion kind of limits a person to staying in the fitness industry in some capacity. With a diploma in marketing, if I want to stay in the fitness industry then I can totally work in marketing in the fitness industry. If I want to work in the music industry, I can do marketing/pr in the music industry. If I want to work in the fashion industry, I can do marketing/pr in the fashion industry.

See where I'm going with this?

It just opens up a lot of new doors for me that aren't currently available for me! I also really enjoy being a student and I always have.

I also think that going back to school at a later age is going to help me be successful. The first time I went to college, well, let's be honest... the only thing I was really concentrating on was boys and vodka. I didn't do poorly in college by any means. I did study sometimes lol.. but I also went out and drank a lot probably 3 nights a week... and sometimes more. Want to see?





Yeeeah... well we all have our time, right? :)

I do hope I make some friends in college, however I know my focus now isn't to go out and party, I'm kind of like half over that. I know how well I want to do in my courses and I know I want a great job when I graduate and that's a lot of motivation for me to do well.

So there you have it!! I hope that makes sense. It makes sense in my brain. Lol!

Onto a lovely fitness update. This week I've been working out with Trainer Friend. He's putting me through this medium-brutal workout where we do 2 rounds of like 6 exercises, but instead of doing heavy weights with lower reps, we're doing lighter weights with lots of reps. Yesterday we did chest, and hamstrings and biceps and shoulders. Today we did back, quads and triceps. I am a bit sore from yesterday's workout so I can only imagine what tomorrow is going to bring! It might be just a light cardio day, or if it's nice out a run outside!

Q: Have you gotten some good workouts in this weekend?
Q: Have you done college more than once? How was your experience the second time around?

19 comments:

  1. so during college all you you concentrated on, were boys and vodka......well you have yourself a great man, and you've graduated from just vodka to good vodka....lol....Your going to do amazing as always. Love you daughter.

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    1. Hahaha, like you're surprised. Thanks father!! Love you too.

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  2. I first attended the University of Guelph for about three weeks, but soon realized the program was not for me at all. After taking a year off to work I went back to school and am now in my second year. Looking back I know that I was not even close to being mature enough to be on my own, or make choices that would be effecting the rest of my life. Round two is much more exciting and productive for me, I wish you all the best!

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    1. Thanks Cait!! I'm so glad you comment. I'm glad what I'm thinking is going to be good IS actually good for you!! xo hope all is well!

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  3. you gotta give me the best college experience when i go! oh wait, ill be in college when u are! maybe i'll look at george brown as an option :)

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    1. Why would I be giving you a college experience? Good luck with the subway, and the millions of people... haha. I know you love both. xo

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  4. I think what youre doing is amazing!! Good for u! You should be very proud for getting out there and starting up again!!!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! I'm sure it will make for some awesome blog stories! :) xo

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  5. I have done my best not to be pigeon holed into one thing or another while at school. I think its best to keep as many doors open as possible. It sounds like this degree will open up many doors for you. Good luck :)

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    1. Thanks Jaclyn!! Good luck to you as well! :) xo

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  6. Hey! I love reading your blog because I just moved home from having lived in Toronto over a year and I really miss it :( But, I had to comment here to say that what I went there for was to do a year diploma at George Brown in "Sports and Events Marketing". I did a Business Commerce degree in University but after that I took a year off and decided I need something more concentrated. ANyways... this program is FANTASTIC.. I met a lot of friends in my class (mostly because it was a post graduate program so no one really knew anybody in our class!).. the classes were interesting, teachers were great and our Internship ended up being the best! (I landed a job for 4 months at IMG sports and entertainment industry). Anyways, I just wanted to say that I think it is a great choice to go back to college if your not certain what you wanna do! and George Brown Marketing is great - not sure if your doing the same program I did but I am sure they are all great!

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    1. Hey Shannon!! Wow thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoy reading! I'm glad I give you enough content to come back to! :P.. I"m not doing the sports marketing, it's just a business admin marketing program and I"m going to do some social media certificates at the end! :) I'm glad my school is really close to me, life is going to be so different!!! xoxo

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  7. I think it will be a great experience. I know what you mean....16 and 17 years old is way too young to make a decision on what to do with the rest of your life.

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    1. Hi Karen! I'm glad you agree!! Live and learn I guess, right?

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  8. Your Dad's comment was so cute! Congrats on your choice to go back to school; expanding your mind is always beneficial :)

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    1. Hey Suzanne! Haha, ya he's a funny guy. And thanks!! I'm super excited to see what my mind can expand to!:P xo

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  9. I've just gone back to uni to do some postgrad studies in a completely different field (IT instead of music/education). And you're totally right, you take uni/college way more seriously later in life. I have never worked so hard on studying. Congrats on your decision to go back to school :)

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