Hopeful Week 8

This week started with a bang, to say in the least. I had originally planned to be out of town mid-week for my mother’s birthday and a dentist appointment (need to get that in before the move!), which made

the week crazy enough. Now, I have a job interview Wednesday morning in Washington D.C.—super exciting? Yes. Totally messed with my plans this week? Also yes, but I’ll take it! Now, I’m gearing up for a drive this afternoon to Washington D.C., and I’ll be back in Athens (900 miles and roughly 16 hours of driving later) on Friday—Wish me luck!

Aside from the crazy travel schedule, classes are beginning to come to a close. We have our Economic Development Policy presentation next Wednesday, where I’m focusing on rural economic development—there’s also a paper component that I need to start drafting. I have to start thinking about my fundraising plan, also due during finals week. Also on my plate is my portfolio defense on next Tuesday (Eeeep!!).

To make things more complicated, we have to start thinking about the move. If I get a job, when it will happen; if I don’t have a job, when it will happen; renting a truck; finding an apartment; getting settled; yadda yadda yadda.

One thing at a time. Travel, school, move. If I focus on more than one at a time, I might go crazy.

Remember when I said I was ready to get out of school? Looks a little scarier now that it’s almost here!

Hope everyone has a less stressful Week 8 than I do!

-Amanda

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A Whirlwind Week

This week we I had some very exciting PA experiences.

First, myself, Dr. Ruhil and the other students in class (like fellow blogger Amanda Janice) traveled to Portsmouth to visit the Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Our public policy class has been centered around the repurposing of the plant, which the Voinovich School has been contracted to assist with. Out class has been tasked with coming up with policy background information (my group is working on the economic development portion). At the plant we toured the facility and learned the history of the plant. As a history lover, I really enjoyed learning more about the Cold War-era happenings and how the plant adjusted once it was over. It really gave me a different perspective on the project, as well as a new energy for learning more about it. (Check out the virtual museum here.)

Yesterday, Senator Voinovich himself visited my organization theory class to talk with us about public-private partnerships. During his time as mayor of Cleveland, he utilized public-private partnerships to makeover the city’s infrastructure. It was great to hear how it worked from the person who engineered it. I definitely suggest you check out the George Voinovich Archives oh the OU Library website.

In other news, we’re starting to get down to the wire with week eight just around the corner. I can’t believe the last quarter at Ohio University EVER is almost over, (as we are switching to semesters next year) it’s hard to believe.

Have a great weekend!

Thoughts on Nearing the End of Spring Quarter

The weather is starting to look beautiful (aside from the rain) and the flowers are blooming (or so says my allergies), so I suppose it is officially spring time.

Just when it gets to the pretty part of the quarter, that’s when all the work seems to happen (funny how that works…)! I’m ramping up my job application productivity and am now actively searching for places to live in D.C.! Scary, but pretty awesome. Tonight, a bunch of second years are getting together at the library to work on our portfolio. This way, we can get feedback from each on edits and just have some overall moral support. This is one of the many reasons why I love my cohort. My portfolio is due in 11 days to my committee (Eep!), so it’s probably a good idea that we are working on it now.

In class, we just finished an “ask” simulation, where we role played a one-on-one fundraising scenario. It was informative, we got to ask questions, and we were able to critique/learn from each others presentations. I’m still not convinced fundraising is something I’ll want to go into, but activities like these make me feel much more confident.

We are beginning to work on the major portion of the class paper in Public Policy. I’m going to be working on the economic development portion (surprise!) and am looking forward to being able to use not only what I know of the PORTSfuture project, but also economic development in general.

I’m especially looking forward to this weekend—my mom is coming to visit for Mom’s weekend! I haven’t gotten the chance to go home much this quarter, so it will be really nice to be able to spend some time with her. I’m, of course, really excited about the move to D.C., but it’s a bummer to know I’ll be so far away from my family. My little brother was in town for Palmerfest this past weekend, and it was great to see him, but the time together is always too short.

In your opinion, what are the best and worst parts of making a big move? What are ways that you have found to cope with the bad parts?

Happy Week 6!

My First Time

My first day on the job and already I had had three different people explain the project to me. There was a big, daunting map on the wall in every office. Our tasks centered on the reclamation of a former nuclear diffusion plant in Pike County. The project was called PORTSFuture and involved a website, community survey, and environmental testing.

Even that first day in the office, everyone knew why I was there. They seemed excited to have me aboard and hopeful that I would feel as passionately about reviving the area as they were. It was easy to share their enthusiasm and passion.

For the first project, I roamed through archives of photos only recently released to the public. My job was to organize all the pictures into folders according to theme. Everything from aerial land views to staff Christmas parties was documented in the 1,000 or so photos. I was intrigued by what the candid shots said about the work environment but most amused by the pictures of the old billboards. Some were from as far back as the 1950s! Most of them were about maintaining security within the plant, a relatively serious subject, but their phrasing or stated reasoning for being safe was usually humorous or dated. PSA designers back in the day certainly knew what they were doing!

It may have been a very long project, but I can’t think of a better way I could have been introduced to the PORTS efforts.