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May

My last article I put together was based on my friend Selin, who studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She gives great tips and advice to those considering studying abroad, as well as discussing her fun adventure abroad. So jealous of her travels!!

Here are the first two pages of my four page feature on Giuliana Rancic. Although I didn’t get to interview G herself, I found other interviews she had with college based magazines and used her responses from those. It was a lot of fun putting this together and I think the design turned out pretty cool. 

Here are the first two pages of my four page feature on Giuliana Rancic. Although I didn’t get to interview G herself, I found other interviews she had with college based magazines and used her responses from those. It was a lot of fun putting this together and I think the design turned out pretty cool. 

Page 7 and 8… this lists the top eight ways to find your own form of happiness with suggestions from Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project. Check out her website to start your own happiness project! 

Page 7 and 8… this lists the top eight ways to find your own form of happiness with suggestions from Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project. Check out her website to start your own happiness project! 

Pages 5 and 6… this is my health and fitness based article on the women Karena and Katrina, founders of the health program Tone It Up! Check out their website and watch their videos on YouTube for fun ways to exercise and stay motivated!

Pages 5 and 6… this is my health and fitness based article on the women Karena and Katrina, founders of the health program Tone It Up! Check out their website and watch their videos on YouTube for fun ways to exercise and stay motivated!

10

May

The end is here

Sorry for my lag in posts, my savvy readers! Last week my grandfather unfortunatley passed away. It was really difficult but I am so blessed to have been surrounded by family that were able to keep each other okay. I wrote my final column for the Vidette on it, and while it was hard, it was healing. I will miss the Daily Vidette so much, and ISU, and all of the amazing friends I have made on this campus. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I had not come to ISU four years ago. 

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01

May

Stress & bad timing…

Hello all,

Well, this is the last week of classes, so as we all know, the end is coming near. Students around campus are running around like chickens with our heads cut off. The library is open 24/7 from here on out, and it’s officially crunch time on campus. While this is the atmosphere at ISU, I know that it’s probably much the same on any campus across the country right now. 

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26

Apr

WORK IN PROGRESS: This is the rough draft of what my magazine cover looks like so far. Today I sat down and really started going through things, but I figure even though I still have more to do with my cover, I wanted to get it out there. Let me know what you think and what I can do to make it look better! I have other articles too, but I don’t know if I want to have stuff written for all of them on the front. Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated! :)
Stay savvy,
Renee

WORK IN PROGRESS: This is the rough draft of what my magazine cover looks like so far. Today I sat down and really started going through things, but I figure even though I still have more to do with my cover, I wanted to get it out there. Let me know what you think and what I can do to make it look better! I have other articles too, but I don’t know if I want to have stuff written for all of them on the front. Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated! :)

Stay savvy,

Renee

24

Apr

Stop and smell the roses!

Hello all!

As the semester is coming to a close, I find myself running in circles, attempting to find time to check everything off my list. As one of the features editors at the Vidette, my time is often spent in the office and my writing is now usually limited to my columns each week, with an occasional review. Without delving into detail, we have lost several of our features reporters within the past week and a half and needless to say, I thought it was time I got back into writing articles to pick up the noticeable slack.

This morning, I rolled out of bed fairly early (9 a.m. !!) and plugged the address to the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, IL in my GPS system. About ten minutes later, I came upon the entrance to the estate, and in my situation, the garden that I came to learn more about. After parking my car, I walked the path to Sarah’s Garden and met with two master gardener’s who I spent the next hour with learning about the history of the Davis family, the garden that David Davis’ wife Sarah tended too, and what the master gardeners do to keep the garden alive and thriving. 

Sarah's Garden

It’s crazy to me to think that some of the plants have been in the same spot since the gardens creation 140 years ago. It’s so cool to know that history was on this spot, and even honest Abe was on the lot at some point, although I don’t think he ever toured the garden. 

This experience reminded me what I have missed since being a features editor. While I love the experience of editing and designing the page, as well as being part of a close knit team of sub editors and our editor in chief, part of me misses the fun and interesting things that come along with being a reporter. For me, learning someone’s story is a very special thing, and getting to share that with the campus, whether they care or not, is really a honor. 

As all of my projects pile up and my work continues to cause stress, as well as the sad reality that in three weeks I move home to Champaign, IL and still have no job prospects, I am excited to know that my passion for writing and learning about different things has not faded away. Sometimes, I think I should cast my hopes of journalism aside, but days like today, or like my trip flying an airplane or even meeting the president of the university, all remind me why I love what I do. I am a good writer and I think that any place would be lucky to have me, and while my first job may pay me a salary below the poverty line, I know I can do great things and prove what I am made of. 

While I walked through Sarah Davis’ garden this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder what things were like for her when she walked those same paths. I learned that she was ahead of her time, an educated woman and interested in the world around her. I am excited for the next chapter in my life and hope that the path I create is one that I can look back on and be proud.

Those of you out there in college, enjoy it and honestly, go out and experience things on campus and off! Without my opportunity working for the Vidette, there are so many things I would have never done or known about and I think each thing I did just helped shape me into the well rounded individual I am, who will be walking the stage in 18 days (YIKES!) with only a few regrets!

Check out my article on Sarah’s Garden

Stay tuned to my page, as I will be posting images of my magazine in it’s final stages as well as my articles that will be on them!

Stay savvy,

Renee

22

Apr

Will attending college pay off for upcoming grads? Report finds 1 in 2 will be jobless...

27

Mar

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … nope, it’s Renee in a plane!

While it is only Tuesday, I feel as if this week is already passing me by quicker than I would like. The Vidette has been keeping me busy, but I guess I would rather have a lot to do than be twiddling my thumbs or getting into trouble. I’m really excited at the prospect of potentially taking to the skies by the end of this week!

My fellow features editor Erin and I have been contacted by a flight school that is housed in various locations across the country, including Bloomington, Illinois. If it works out, this Thursday or Friday we will have the chance to hop in an airplane and see area from higher altitudes. I am really excited about this possibility, especially since my oldest brother is a pilot who makes a living taking people from Point A to Point B.

While I anxiously wait to hear if this possibility can become a reality this week, I also continue to pour over many different job search and internship posting websites, hoping to find the perfect fit for myself. I always find it ironic when a position expects one to have two to three years of experience in the professional world, yet how am I supposed to get those two to three years of experience if most places want that? As I have gotten frustrated with this point, I have continued to pour over internship sites, searching for longer term (6 month) and paid programs that could give me more of the experience most jobs want from me.

My goal this evening is to limit my TV time and finally give myself the chance to become addicted to “The Hunger Games,” especially after the huge opening weekend the film just gained. Everyone has warned me “once you get to the games, you won’t be able to put the book down,” which has worried me a bit, because I have been known to stay up until 4 a.m. to finish a book once I get addicted.

In terms of College Savvy, I am continuing to seek a way to improve upon my content and hopefully find people interested and willing to let me interview them. At this point, my main feature is still up in the air, which worries and stresses me, but hey, last year I got lucky with my feature at the last minute and hopefully the same can be said for this edition. The sections I will be hosting are at this moment: fashion, beauty, health, finance, entertainment and the main feature, hopefully interviewing an inspiring woman who can motivate college women and recent graduates to do what they love and the rest will follow.

In other exciting news, I get to interview Dan Savage via phone interview tomorrow to talk about his new show, “Savage U,” which will air on MTV for the first time Tuesday, April 3, 10 p.m. central time. The show is of Savage and his sidekick Lauren as they travel across the country to several different Universities in order to talk about taboo topics, such as sex, dating, and relationships. Hopefully I get a chance to ask a few great questions and can write something that will excite ISU students to watch the show.

I’ll post more as the week continues and am considering putting up some of my favorite recipes I make while at school as I work on becoming a budding chef ;)

Stay savvy ladies,

Renee