Establishing a study routine for my 2nd year at college/business school, working on an important campaign and my 3rd single, having some struggles with balance, and filming with YouTubers! Welcome to my first monthly career/college vlog!
A different feeling
I feel calm, but yet excited. I feel like something is different.
This year has been all about figuring out who I am. Or well, “You don’t find yourself… You create yourself”. Isn’t that what they say? I guess everyone kind of does that all the time, especially in your teens and 20’s, but this year is something different.
I’ve explored different options. Tried out new things. And now I’m onto this transformation where I’m heading into a new direction. It might work out, and it might not. But is there one thing that’s for sure: You don’t know by just trying it out in your head – you have to execute in real life.
A pic from yesterday that I posted on Instagram in collaboration with Daniel Wellington. ❤️ Finally, I cleaned up and can actually SEE my desk!
This week I’ve prioritized school a lot and turned down other things (for example seeing one of the world’s biggest YouTubers on stage in Norway – hopefully another time, Miranda Sings!), and that has actually had an impact on this feeling I’ve had lately. It’s actually been… Refreshing. I haven’t hung out that much with friends and kind of just been focusing on school. I feel like I’ve had to time to be by myself and think more about my own opinions, thoughts and feelings. And not just that, but it has also helped me on the creative side. Now that I’m prioritizing school so much, I’ve also had to prioritize what kind of creative work I want to do. That has led to cutting out things I’m not that hyped about creating, and been more focus on one and one project. I spend more time per “big” project than just small things that in the end take a lot of time from things from the big things I could have created, if that makes sense. Sharpening my focus is definitely important, especially in this world today where we are constantly distracted.
Something different I posted on my YouTube channel last week. ❤️ The voice-over is from this post I wrote on my way to New York this summer.
But today is Saturday, and I put off time tonight to hang out with my friends. ❤️ Love to see so many people I enjoy and love in the same place! But first… Tax law homework. See you! xoxo Mondelia ❤️
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!
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.
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.
This 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.
These two pages includes deadlines and exams. I’ve written my exam-goals and study tips to achieve them.
Lastly, I’ve taken some use of the “Notes”-pages and plotted down tips & tricks from YouTube. These are study related, and on this page I’ve taken the summarized Thomas Frank-version of Marty Lobdell’s “Study less, study smart”-lecture.
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
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.
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
Is it important to attend college?
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?
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