Filming with top politicans in Norway

Hey guys! Wow, long time no see… I haven’t even written anything here yet since I started my new semester. It got even busier than I thought 😅

Start of school has been good. Been getting to know a lot of new people, the new courses got me excited, and I feel like I have already learned so much in only a couple of weeks.

I’ve also worked 50% as social media manager for the “Ta Valget”-campaign, which focuses on influencers in Norway encouraging young people to vote this fall for the Norwegian election. Also learned so much about politics from this! I’ve always found it interesting, but now I feel like I actually know a lot more enough to actually feel confident when discussing politics.

I’ve also joined as myself as an influencer in some of the videos the influencers have shot with the politicans. Check them out (the first and third one has english subtitles!):




See you next time!

How I organize my study planner for college

Guess who’s sitting with a new study planner and getting ready for the second year of college? I’m excited!

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The planner is from organized.no, which I worked for as a study ambassador for this planner (so naturally I got it for free). 🙂 The size is A5.

I just got my class schedule, so I’ve already plotted these in. I’m also taking a class from last semester to aim for a better grade this time, but I’m not sure when the lecture is held yet. Hopefully it won’t crash with another class. 🙂 The classes you can see underneath are microeconomics, law 1 (which takes most of the time) and tax law.

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The pen is from a set from Target that includes 5 similar pens, but with different sizes of the tip.

The reason why I’ve plotted in the weekdays over again underneath is because I need to write down a reading schedule as well (self study). I didn’t have a good self-study routine last year, so that’s something new I’m trying out. A bit scared to write it down in case I’ve got a meeting or something, but I have promised myself to make school priority #1 this year, so I guess I should do it. Since my classes start pretty late (no classes before 11am!), I’ve plotted in some morning exercises as well. I’m also taking math over again (most likely without going to the lectures), so I’ve plotted that into self study for Wedensdays before tax law.

2722ca53-76e4-4373-8822-8da355755b45This is where I’ve planned the first month of August. I have a little “Focus”-section, where it currently has a campaign I’m working as a social media manager for, and school + helpmate-weeks, where I’m in a group to give a warm welcome the new students at my school. Also got “Monthly goals”, “Monthly To-Do’s”, “Hours spent…” and just little reminders to how to be productive.

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Now I just need to buy the books and I’m ready for my second year of college!

Do you have a study planner? Any tips for study planning?

You need to take risks to grow

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Hey guys,

New York was AMAZING. I’m editing a vlog in a new style that I haven’t had much of on my channel earlier, so I’m excited to share that. Speaking of “new style”…

Lately I’ve had a lot of new ideas and creations for new type of videos and channel ideas. But I’m scared. Usually I was never scared to try out new things. But then my creative side created a business side. I now have an audience that expect certain things from me. I have people on the business side who create money of my business. I have people around me who have opinions on what I do.

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A screenshot from the new vlog from New York. Yes, my friend Ellen got amazing hair.

It’s not just that, though. I could have my new ideas and have them as an side hustle. But you got limited time. This fall school is my first priority, and I wish I had more than 24 hours than Beyoncé do, but I don’t. As Marie Forleo said in a video I watched of hers (along those 50 other ones): “Saying yes to one thing, is saying no to another one”.

There’s a reason why it took a long time before I launched Career Material. Because I had so much other stuff going on. And then I realized that to keep a certain focus, energy and have time for something, you need to say cut off other stuff that means something you.

But then I again… I can’t always do the same stuff. No one can. It’s important to take risks and try out new things to grow and learn. I know this. But it’s terrifying (more than I like to admit).

I got so much inspiration. And that’s why I hate feeling like I got to stick with something old. I feel like I say “I don’t know what I want”, but I do know what I want, but I use than excuse to create another problem that will disguise the real problem. You get me? Is it  a bigger failure to never try new stuff and to play it safe, or do something that may disappoint those around you and yourself?

I have a meeting next week that will determine and maybe have a lot of saying for what I will do next. We’ll see. I’ll update you guys. 🙂

Is there something you want to do right now that excites you, yet scares you? Or if you have been in this situation… What did you do? – Mondelia

Thoughts on a flight to New York

Oslo time: 2am ish Monday July 17th
New York: 8pm ish Sunday July 16th

I’m on the plane, high up in the air. In about 2 hours I’m landing at JFK in New York City, the city that gave me the most terryfying, yet most exciting trip one year ago. The summer I left Norway to go to New York Film Academy. NYC gave me a connection I’ve never had before, and therefore it’s what I like to call my 2nd home.

Next to me is my sleepy 17 year old best friend (I like to call her the 17 year old btw, but her name is really Ellen). We barely knew each other one year ago, and now we’re on a trip together to work on our passion, meet new people and old friends from film school. It’s through our passion we met at home. Crazy how passion and hard work brings people together.

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The 17 year old brought Daim chocolate. I love her.

I’m not really sure how to explain this, but… Going back to New York is so weird. When being home, my summer last year felt like a dream. I’ll never forget the feeling I got when seeing the landscape of New York City just minutes before landing. That amazing feeling, despite trouble with the previous plane, emergency landings and spilling drinks on the guy sitting next to me. It didn’t really get to me before I was going to the airport earlier today. How I’m going back to NY. Like as if it didn’t seem true when I ordered the tickets, and the days after. And I’m not sure if I still entirely believe it before I land in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

I just listened to Lewis Howes podcast where he interviewed Lilly Singh. Lilly aka Superwoman who just started making youtube videos at the end of college, and moved to LA from Canada to build upon her success. It takes courage to move to a different country, away from your family and let go of the life you thought you’d be stuck with. I really admire her work ethic and the way she steps out of her comfort zone every single day.

And it all made me think and feel about the situation I’m in right now. I’ve always loved America, and dreamed of moving here one day to work within the media world. The feeling I got minutes ago, told me I haven’t let go of that dream just yet. Lately I’ve also questioned my “life” back home. I’m very happy with what I achieved back home in Oslo… But I do know, that I did somewhat settle for less. I’m not going to dive too much into that right now (it would be a 10-pages-essay), but settling in the country I’m already living in was easier. So that’s what I did.

But I’ve tried to make the most out of where I live now. I settled for my Norwegian YouTube-channel, making music at the studio, school and to work with what I have. I’ve had so much fun these past few years. But maybe I’m starting to realize that I’ve got other strengths to build upon, and that I want new (old) things. Maybe I’m realizing I don’t want to let go of my childhood dreams (these are thoughts I’ve had for a while, but me being on a plane to New York made me realize it even more). Maybe it’s not that “hard” to step out of my comfort zone. It’s actually pretty simple. Just book a flight to the destination, and try to make it work there. Why aren’t we human beings doing more of that? Fear of not knowing how it’s going to work out, probably. But it always works out when having the right attitude. Right now I’m feeling more than I’m thinking. And I haven’t done that in a long time. Often, our feelings can be more honest with us than our thoughts. 🙂

But now the breakfast arrived, and I’m already laughing my ass of with the 17 year old. I love how we’re so effing sleepy and uncomfortable in our small seats, but we’re still laughing like crazy. I love being with people who spread good energy no matter the circumstances. And thank God she also just pulled up her computer and debit card two weeks ago when I was at work and she said “So, are we going to order tickets to NY or what?”. I need those friends. Anyways, I actually made a choice the other day that will actually back up this post in a way. And now I see I finally, just finally, made the right decision about something I’ve been thinking about a long time. You’ll see.

Is it important to attend college?

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Ah, a big question for many (including my self). A lot of people have asked me “Why majoring in economy?” when the media world is my field and passion, which I’m going to explain in this post as well. I just want to write some thoughts and reflect around this whole “Do you need college?” thing.

My early life relationship to school

School has always been super important to my family. Both of my parents are doctors and went to medical school. I’m an only child, but if I had two siblings I’d guess at least 2/3 of us would become a lawyer, engineer, economist and maybe even a doctor as well. Luckily, my parents never wanted me to become a doctor, and actually have advised me from doing it. But if I had told them I wasn’t going to attend college after high school, I’d probably be sent to a boarding school in China. Just kidding (I hope… But at least something close it).

When I got my internship at 16 at Topp Magazine, the ones working there told me “You already got gold on your resume”. Here I was, 16 and a freshman in high school, with my own desk and computer at Norway’s biggest teen magazine. I got emails from students at journalism school who asked how I did it. I was in a position graduates from journalism school dreamed of. My YouTube channel also started to grow, and I was already in the business that I wanted to be a part of. I had my dream job, and I had gotten a lot of contacts within the business. After my internship, I worked at a PR firm for half a year at a “prestigious office” at Aker Brygge before I decided to focus more on my channel and school. My co-workers were students at marketing schools etc, and here I was. An 18 year old senior.

Still, I chose to attend business school after high school to learn more about economics and business law. I knew it didn’t really “need” to, because I already had a strong network and resume. But It’s not a secret that because we have this “system” there is a pressure to attend college, but I was actually excited about it. Even though I kind of needed to create some sort of excitement around it anyways, considering I knew it was not an option to not to go to college.

What do I think now?

I just finished the first year of my bachelor’s degree within economy and business law. I’m in my room and I’m thinking… What did I learn this school year? I mean, there are some interesting things I’ve catched up upon. But have I learned more here than in an everyday work life? Not to talk about I also got a super nice debt (that will be fun to look at when my bachelor is over).

I’ve watched a lot of Gary Vee’s videos lately, especially the ones where he talks about college:

Now, I would not discuss if education is important in general. We should all have the rights to learn how to write, read and basic math. If no one was educated, it wouldn’t really look right to the world. Knowledge is super important. But is it important to attend college? This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Now I’m not talking about becoming a lawyer or doctor, but for example business and marketing, like Gary talks about.

The first thing I have to say when the question is “Do you need college?” is… Well, you don’t really need anything in life (except water and food). Do you really need that degree and piece of paper? We’ve all heard plenty of times the sunshine stories of people with no college degree who makes millions of dollars and did just fine. I think, as for nearly everything else, it all comes down to the individual. What you want in life, how the circumstances are for you right now (and if they are not like you want them to be, create that environment now) etc. One thing I do know and like to say, is that your education alone is a very small percentage of it in a work setting. The education can be what you make it, and the degree will probably not hurt you when seeking a job. But if school doesn’t sound motivating at all, and you’re a hard worker who got a great idea? Go for the business idea! Maybe it will include you taking a part time job on the side, but you can still work smart and hard with your passion project.

It’s what you use it for that counts. I’d like to be better at drafting contracts etc., which I’ll learn more about the next years since I specialize within business law. A lot of people have asked me “Why economy?” when I work within media, but that’s exactly why: I don’t feel like the professors at a school can teach me more about how to make it in the social media world than what the internet can, and what I already have learned from work experience. I chose economy & business law because I wanted to become better at something that is not my main field. If I’m going to college, I might as well choose a major where I can learn something that can help me with my future businesses. I’ll admit, personally, the thought of having no college degree scares me. But I’m not sure if that’s because of the system of society or my parents (not that I have anything against going to a boarding school in China, but I’m perfectly fine here in Oslo).

If you want to work within marketing, already got a lot of work experience and strong connections, I’d say you’ll do just fine without an education. By all means, still go to college if that’s you dream, but I wouldn’t feel like I needed it. At least use school for more than just the classes. Network and make connections. Create relationships. Make the most out of it! But remember that people would want to work with you because you can show results within your field. Not the grades or the name of a degree on your paper.

What’s very, very important, is that no matter what you choose, you got to believe in yourself. I don’t care how cliché that sounds. If you keep doubting you and your ideas, it’s automatically going to be so much harder.

So, to make a conclusion: I think no matter what you choose – as long as you’re a hard worker, have belief and got a good head, I wouldn’t worry. Maybe I’ll write a post in 5 (or 10) years from now on with the same title, but with a bit different (and better) answer. Maybe even a “10 questions to see if you should attend college”. I still got two more years of college left as well, so we’ll see. What are your thoughts on this?

Monthly goals: July

Hey guys!

First of all: Thank you SO much for the support on my blog and new YouTube channel! Almost 1000 views on the blog today… I’m stoked!!

So, let’s make the first “Monthly goals” post on this blog! I looove writing down my goals, and the most fun part: Actually doing them. It can be scary to share your goals in front of the whole world (You know, in case they don’t happen. But that’s not an option, now is it?), but I think it can also be a huge motivation to actually do them. They can be both personal and work-related. Let’s go!

July – my goals:

  • Launch Career Material blog (check!)
  • Launch Career Material YouTube channel and the trailer (check!)
  • Work my first week as a social media manager for a very important campaign with Nordic Screens (almost done!)
  • Plan a video idea or two for the campaign to encourage young people in Norway to vote.
  • Upload at least 4 videos to my Norwegian channel
  • Plan and go to New York to film! (Halfway done! Ordered tickets today!)
  • Decide what elective courses to choose this fall for my new semester at college.
  • Create a study plan for the new semester.

First picture: At work today! When Ellen and I ordered a spontaneous trip to New York City! 2nd picture: On my way home from work. That watch is sponsored by the way.

When we ate sushi for dinner… And donuts.

What are your goals for this month? Tell me in the comments below! xoxo