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My Personal Mission Statement

I will strive to create a positive, creative, and open atmosphere in my work and personal life. I will seek out and experience every opportunity to grow. I will recognize the needs of others, and the community, and use compassion and patience to collaborate and lend a helping hand. I will do what I can and inspire others to the best of my ability to eradicate social injustices and prejudices. I will embrace the ups and downs of my journey to learn, grow, and evolve into someone I am proud of.

 

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Disability & Diversity

For class, we had to watch and reflect about a video (link posted below) with a young man named Tyler, who suffers from cerebral palsy, among other disabilities, and his various life experiences and achievements throughout high school. I think Tyler makes a great point that it’s important to focus on an individuals’ abilities versus their disabilities. Ability awareness enables all of us to be creative in the ways that we can help people. Everyone should have the opportunity to succeed. I remember being in school and having classes with students with learning and/or physical disabilities. I thought it was important to include them and make them feel welcome in the environment. I think sometimes younger people get intimidated by people with disabilities because they don’t understand the extent of them and are unsure of how to help, but it’s important to learn that everyone wants to succeed and work together no matter what obstacles they face. Growing up, my mom had a boyfriend whose son was autistic. I also babysat my 3 cousins, 2 of which are on different spectrums of autism, and had babysat for a friends’ child that was too. It taught me a lot about how to communicate and alter your ways of going about things to achieve what the person needed. I also learned how special and gifted children can be in their own ways, which will carry on to adulthood. Emotionally I learned a lot of patience and compassion, to which I am very grateful. Disability and diversity awareness is vital and of utmost importance to all.

 

Link to video: http://imtyler.org/index.php/video/ 

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STRENGTHS & PERSONAL BRANDING

“What are your strengths?”

Do you hear that question and are uneasy to answer it? I’m sure we’ve all been asked this question in job interviews, school, work, etc. What makes it hard to answer?

I believe self-reflection is difficult at times. Sometimes it’s hard to take a look at yourself from the outside, and seems arrogant to list things that you’re good at. Sometimes we learn best about ourselves from what people around us observe. I think when it comes to personal branding it is important to get to know yourself, and to be confident. What do your friends like about you? What have your bosses or teachers complimented you on? What are some of your strongest beliefs or ideas? How do these all translate into skills?

I myself am a mild-mannered person. I’m more of a listener than a talker. I observe. I believe that helps me to hone in on solving problems. I’m very organized, I like to create a plan in any given situation and map out where to go from there. I believe this helps analysis and brainstorming, meetings, conflict resolution, and implementation within any career I choose.

If I take a look at what my peers have said about me, I can agree to the fact that I am kind, sympathetic, humorous, giving, and strong-minded. Feedback that I have gotten from previous bosses and co-workers have been along the lines of being organized, patient, hard working, and polite.

I believe these traits can make me stand out in my career. I have a great ability to sense what others are feeling and accept and respect various ideas and opinions. I am one to include everyone in anything that I do, and appreciate creativity and collaboration. I have a passion for helping others and carry out that goal whichever it may be. I am looking forward to using my strengths to stand out and help clients and businesses stand out as I pursue my marketing career.

 

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LOCAL BUSINESSES

Last week, I had to interview a business owner for one of my marketing classes. I chose the owner of a local pub, and it got me thinking about the differences between larger corporations and small businesses. I also thought about how the local economy can sometimes differ from everywhere else, and how important local businesses are to my community.

I believe La Crosse, Wi can grow and prosper into something really special, because we already have that feel, and are expanding. I’m excited to watch new businesses pop up and hope to see them grow. The downtown area has expanded greatly, and I’m hoping locals will frequent those businesses versus the chain restaurants and stores. I would like to see downtown be the main source of shopping instead of the mall.

I see the north side starting to use “Uptown” in a couple of business names and I think that could really be something that attracts more people to that area. I see that as a great opportunity to expand. Businesses could work together using the idea of Uptown to collaborate. Larger cities have different parts of town with different stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and each part of town offers something different and unique that attracts people, and I think that could work here.

Local businesses are the backbone of small towns and cities across the country and the world. As technology grows, I believe digital marketing is vital in making sure the success of these businesses prospers. I’m excited to observe my growing community while I finish school, and looking forward to working with it in my career when I graduate!

 

Photo Credit: Jessica Doering