Today, we welcome our brand new summer intern Frannie! I've invited Frannie to share a series of weekly posts discussing personal productivity from a college student's perspective. Frannie is both a talented student and a member of a family based business. I know that we'll all enjoy learning from her this summer! Lisa
Finally, the school year has come to a close. As everyone moves home for the break, the stress of classes and the responsibilities of living independently fall away and are replaced by the freedoms of summer vacation.
Coming home for the summer can mean a lot of things: time to reconnect with family and friends, finding a job or internship, going on adventures or traveling, having time to try new things or more time to dedicate to the things you already love to do. Though some people might prefer to spend their summer sitting on the couch playing video games, it often seems like most people begin their summers with goals to improve themselves in ways they might not have had time for over the school year.
Freshly out of my freshman year at the University of Oregon (where I’m studying journalism,) I have a lot of ideas about how I want to spend my summer. I want to read more, exercise more, dedicate more time to playing cello (something I loved to do in high school but had considerably less time for in college,) and spend tons of time with my family and friends. However, as a journalism student, the most important thing on my list is to begin writing more -- a lot more.
One of my main goals for this summer is to hone my skills as a writer while beginning to build a professional portfolio. The perfect opportunity for doing both of these things arose when I was offered a writing internship with Productivity @ Home a couple weeks ago. During my time with Productivity @ Home, I will be writing about personal productivity as a college student. I will be addressing issues such as:
- Finding a job.
- Navigating evolving relationships with family.
- Staying active during summer break.
- And any number of the many other stresses and struggles of college and the complicated transition of becoming a “real-life” adult.
I am so excited to begin my writing career with Productivity @ Home and to start sharing and exchanging ideas with a real audience. I hope that through this experience, I will be able to not only begin discovering my voice as a writer, but also help out at least a couple of my readers in doing so. But for the record, I am just a college student and thus a natural master of procrastination, so maybe writing about productivity will get me to reevaluate some of my own unconventional time management practices along the way. Until next time!
Franziska Monahan is journalism student at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. She is a member of both the production and news teams at the University of Oregon campus radio station, KWVA. She also contributes and produces stories for the new UO radio show, This Oregon Life.