Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Change of Location: Follow me on "Keys to Communication"

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I am now transferring my blogging efforts over to "Keys to Communication," a WordPress blog that will focus on my life post-graduation as well as my observations and ideas about communication.

But before you go, watch my interview with HigherEd Live about my transition from student ambassador to full-time higher education employee!

See you at my new location!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Post-Grad Life: Week 1 (Hint: It's pretty great.)

As a senior in college, you experience a mix of feelings pertaining to the "real world."

Will I make it?
What will I do with my time?
Will I make friends?

Now that I'm in the "real world," I can tell you that post-grad life is awesome. I've done a lot of this:

Sitting on the beach...

...Reading on the beach....

...Cycling with my dad....

... and hanging out at the oldest bar in NV.
I have to admit that while its great to be back home, I am anxiously waiting to move into a studio apartment in Manchester. I'm excited to start work. (I'm rather lost if I don't have responsibilities.) I'm also thinking about starting CrossFit. There is a gym within walking distance of the apartments I am looking at and I could go in the morning before work.

So, I just wanted to let you know that post-grad life is pretty cool.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Buy My Book: It Takes a Village is now available in paperback!

I've told you for months about the book that Liz Murray and I were writing for our senior seminar project. I'm thrilled to announce...

It can be purchased via Lulu for $8. Any profits will go towards helping Liz Murray (my co-author) and I get started in our post-graduation lives. I will be working as the social media coordinator for Southern New Hampshire University and Liz plans to continue working as a journalist either in Burlington, Vt. or Boston, Mass. It’s going to be a new adventure for both of us!

Please feel free to contact me via email ( or Twitter if you have any questions!

Thanks to everyone who has helped us with this project!


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hired in #HigherEd!

If you aren't friends with me on Facebook, you don't follow me on Twitter and we aren't connected on LinkedIn, then I have some awesome news!

Yesterday, I accepted a job as the Social Media Coordinator for Southern New Hampshire University!

My responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for day-to-day execution of SNHU’s social media presence across a variety of social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & YouTube.
  • Monitor multiple social media platforms on an ongoing basis.
  • Working in conjunction with SNHU’s Content Director, curate a social media
    content calendar.
  • Produce, post and publish blog content in support of in-bound marketing
  • Support the curation of a detailed monthly social media report highlighting
    ROI related to branding, customer service, and lead generation.
  • Provide training and assistance to various internal stakeholders on how to
    leverage social media to meet and exceed divisional goals.
  • Monitor trends and applications in social media tools and appropriately apply that knowledge to increase the use of social media at SNHU. 

Want to know how I got the job?

Social media. (I know. I know. "Typical Gabbi.")

My future boss, Seth ODell, and I had been Twitter acquaintances since I started tuning into HigherEd Live my freshman year. When I saw that he tweeted about an open position in March, I direct messaged him asking for more details. It was sort of on a whim. I didn't necessarily think they would want someone fresh out of college. 

Within two weeks of submitting my resume, I had a phone interview. In mid-April, I drove down to Manchester for an in-person interview. Two hours after they interview as I was pulling back into St. Mike's, I got the off-the-record offer.

Yesterday, I accepted. I said from the get-go that I'd go anywhere for the right job, so I'm headed to Manchester because this is it. 

(Tip to high schoolers/college students: When career counselors say that networking is the way to a job, they aren't lying! It really does work.)

Watch out, New England! You'll have to put up with my for a few more years. :)


PS: I was also in the Talent Show last weekend. It's a grainy iPhone video, but I'll post it in case you're interested! It's a mash-up of Toxic, Sweet Nothing, Radioactive and Can't Hold Us.

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