“Hey Cara, what are you doing after graduation?”

“Hey Cara, what are you doing after graduation?”

 

DSC04143I am going to give you a quick life update. As many of you are aware, I will be graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in 15 short days.

Now, the first thing everyone wants to know is what you are doing after you graduate.

Well, I am here to tell you just what you want to know and the answer is I do not know!

I have absolutely no idea what the future holds for me, and to be completely and utterly honest I do not really want to know right now.

Life is a great big adventure and my adventure is just getting started. Now that is not to say I have not thought about what I am going to do, but for now I am going to walk across a stage in 15 short days and step into the unknown. I am going to go home and watch my little brother play baseball. I am going to watch one of my best friends get married! I am going to take some time to be intentional about my decisions and then I am going to get a job in my field somewhere that I really want to work, doing something incredible.

Details about my life updates:

I am graduating with a BA in Communication with a minor in Religion and an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising.

Recently I received notification that I won an award for Leadership in Innovation. The award “honors a student who has demonstrated innovation through thought and action, and who has contributed greatly to the improvement of the PLU community or student experience in a transformational and groundbreaking way.” Someone else nominated me for this award, and it is an honor to receive it.

If you are still reading, you are probably wondering why I am going to DC during my last week of college courses. My friends, Brooke Wolfe and Olivia Cook, applied for a research grant under the DJS Fud (the same fund that fully funded my trip to the Philippines to film More Than a Mission) to do field research on the reparation process at Georgetown University. We will be interviewing students, faculty and staff who are members of the Working Group, which is the institutions innovator in appropriate response to the institutional racism that has existed on their campus for decades. I am here to help with their interviews and to do video and audio recording of the interviews for archival purposes.

On another note, my friends and I’s app, ParticiPoints, recently received 3rd place at the PLU business plan competition (think like Shark Tank), winning $2,000 to help us with launching the app. The app is fully functional and in the app store. If you are a PLU student, please download it and check it out, if you are not a PLU student you can still download it and see what we have been up to, it just will not be particularly relevant to you. We plan to do a full launch in August 2017. Therefore, I will be working on that with my business partners throughout the summer.

My documentary, More Than a Mission: Stemming the Sex Trade in Angeles City, premiered last week and we will be submitting it to film festivals as a student produced documentary short. When we are finished showing it at festivals we will begin distributing to the public. I will be making a few small changes to the doc prior to submitting it in the coming weeks.

Additionally, PLU just launched their Peace Corps Prep program and I will be one of the first four people to graduate with this certificate. The program requires a series of course work, internships, language proficiency, resume and interview prep and volunteer hours specific to the sector of the Peace Corps you would like to serve. My certificate prepared me to work in the Community Economic Development sector and I am currently in the process of applying for positions with the Peace Corps leaving around February 2018.  (So keep your fingers crossed that they accept me.)

Beyond that, if there is anything else you would like to know feel free to message me, set a coffee date, give me a phone call sometime, but please for the love of all things holy do not ask that dreaded question anymore.

With so much love,

Cara

On the Road Again….

Guess who’s back, back again…

(if you aren’t singing “Shady’s back, tell a friend..” after reading that are we even friends?)  

I’m back and I’m off to my newest destination, Washington D.C.

Since my last adventure, my head has been buried under a pile of books, well rhetorical books. As a Communication major, there are not many textbooks involved, but I have been frantically editing my documentary, More Than a Mission: Stemming the Sex Trade in Angeles City while attempting to finish all my course work.

 I know if you “follow me” on social media you probably have this perception that my life is but a dream, hopping from one tourist destination to another in pursuit of the best panoramic views. What you do not see, are all the weeks I spend in the library from open to close, only leaving my place to attend a meeting or one of my several jobs.

Throughout the last four years I have managed to juggle work, school, being a student-athlete *now retired*, co-founding a business, and co-curricular activities, among other things. 

With that many balls in the air, occasionally, I am bound to drop one.

 Like this morning, when I slept through all three of my alarms and my friends had to find my house and come knock on my door at 4 am to make sure I didn’t miss our flight to D.C, or last night when I forgot to send the updated draft of a t-shirt design to my boss. (Thanks Rob for putting up with me!)

Okay Cara, why are you talking sh*t about yourself?

I’m not. I’m just writing to say hi, everyone. My life is not as put together as it seems and if you are struggling to get through something right now whether it be work, school, death of a loved one, running a start-up, feeling lost, I am right there with you. And I am here to say keep chugging along. The grind is worth it. The tears are worth it, the lack of sleep is worth it and the half hour friend dates because that is all the time you have, is worth it.

To my fellow graduating seniors, it has been one hell of a ride and I am so excited to step out into the unknown, knowing that no matter what I will always have the support of my squad. Because if we can get through this, we can get through anything.