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Senior Projects & Sweet Potatoes

Senior Projects & Sweet Potatoes

Since public health communication theories are making my eyes glaze over, I figured I would reward myself with a quick blog post.

Yesterday, I met with my client for my senior capstone project. She’s the owner of a U-Bake Store just south of the Twin Cities called Gooters Dough To Go. The visit was not only delicious (so many yummy free samples always available in her store!) but extremely productive and relevant to my career. For my project I have to develop a public relations campaign in the form of a plan book for her business. It has to be entirely realistic and usable so besides the grade I get, she can implement it in her store. At first, I was having minor panic attacks. After yesterday’s meeting I realized I can do this, and more importantly, I want to do this. Walking around her store, hearing her struggles and her triumphs, I completely forgot about my grade. I want her business to succeed and I want to be able to provide a plan to help it do so. I breathed a huge sigh of a relief on the way home. I had enjoyed my day, I was eager to begin, and for one of the first times since I picked PR as my major, I was confident in my abilities and decision.


It was a long struggle to decide what career would be best for me. I finally came to realization at the end of my freshman year of college that many careers would probably bring me happiness, but I had to choose one. I’m thankful fate and research led me into PR. A simple moment like assisting my “first” client and realizing I was eager and enjoying myself was really all it took. The 40 responses within 24 hours to the survey I sent to a list of her customers wasn’t half bad for my ego either. Who knew primary research could actually be enjoyable?

Outside of school/career life, I have been cooking avidly lately. I’ve always loved food, but since the beginning of the semester I have been challenging myself to cook new, healthy meals every week and I’ve been falling more and more in love.

Tonight’s dinner for example?


Homemade chicken nuggets, a pecan/poppy seed dressing salad, and (not pictured because of my poor timing skills) sweet potato fries. Seriously so, SO good. I suggest poppy seed dressing for anyone who isn’t a big fan of salad. I don’t like Ranch or French dressing, and Italian leaves too much of the leafy taste lingering but Poppy-seed dressing hits the spot.

Yes, I realize I need a phone that has better than a 2MP camera. As soon as my ship comes in.

When did you know your career choice was the right one? Any good sweet potato recipes out there? I have 3 huge ones left after making the fries.

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