Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Go Big Red...?

My purple and red are clashing.

Yesterday seemed like a whirlwind. In the morning we had 50 FFA students for Montana stop in. They are on there way to the Annual FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, and are making some agriculture stops along the way. In the afternoon we had a group of Agricultural Communications and Journalism (ACJ) students from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, drop in, as part of Livestock Publication Council's Office Bombardment month.

I really enjoyed talking to the ACJ students, as I remember that it wasn't that long ago that I was in their position. And I truly believe that I am where I am now because of the networking I did with industry people, other students and making sure that my teachers knew the path that I wanted to take. Whenever, I talk to student groups there are a couple things I like to tell them:

1. Make your boss look good. If he/she looks good then the whole group looks good and that leads to more success and opportunities for everyone. Best piece of career advice I ever got.

2. Don't be afraid of hard work. There is no such thing as an eight-to-five job. Put in the time and effort and you will be rewarded. Yes, I haven't left the office before seven this week, but I know that in a few weeks, I'll have an all expenses paid trip to Louisville for our Annual meeting and show, and that's when I will be able to let loose and have a little fun.

3. Understand social/new media - I wasn't taught enough of this when I was in school. Take as many classes on social trends, website development, how to blog or create a podcast, video production. The more skills you have in your toolbox the more valuable you will be to your company.

And finally, back to the Go Big Red comment. The UNL students gave me this very pretty red mug as a gift for spending my Tuesday afternoon with them. It's a pretty neat mug - made from 100% U.S. Corn Plastic - of course. However, I am a pretty big K-State fan, and not real fond of Nebraska football, so I'll just have remind anyone that give me any grief that this is to show my support toward agriculture students, and not towards any other Big Red activities!


  1. AND that you have a set of UNL graduate friends - so your just all around supportive! I love reading your posts - they make my day!

  2. I'm getting LOTS of red grief too, Crystal!! When I walked into my new office, there was RED stuff everywhere, and a big corn-head. They threatened me that Friday's were Big Red day and I was required to wear red...but I told them all I own is purple! :) I did remind them that we are both great ag schools.

  3. Great advice Crystal! Keep up the great blogging!

  4. Thanks for the comments ladies. Corineah, they told me about a new grad program at UNL, hmm maybe one day I'll cross the border. Kelsey don't give in. Stand strong! Wrenn, that's for the compliment. Love reading all of your gals blogs too!


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