First Day of School Excitement; not just for kids.

It’s the first week of school!

University of florida social media graduate program

With it, comes a certain amount of swelling excitement as I optimistically contemplate the knowledge potential we will be unlocking over the next 12 weeks.

A passionate student of all things Social; I am continuously seeking out content that offers an upper hand within the industry. As a 32 year old mother of 3, I’ve had a late start to the social scene. For the past 3 years I’ve been playing catch-up in a traditional underdog format.  The hours, effort and dedication that I’ve zealously applied to social are sure to land a solid knockout against any opponent.

But, there is always room for improvement.

One of my top role models, Gary Vaynerchuck, explains the boxing puns that I picked up after reading his book “Jab, Jab, Jab right hook.” The book propelled me onto a social path that has stimulated a habit of thinking so outside the box and stretching so outside my comfort zone; I’m confident in my abilities to bring intense value to any organization.

Thanks Gary. Still waiting for the chance to connect with you on the ask Gary V show. But I’m a patient gal. I know the chance will come!

I consider myself a lifelong learner and am determined to pursue new avenues to gain further insight to stay ahead of the social marketing scene. I’m exhausting my remaining VA benefits to earn a graduate level certificate; gaining technical skills to keep an edge and grow in my field.

More about me here

But the following is what I’m most eager to get started with.

This class, Introduction to Multimedia Communications, is one of the remaining two I need to secure my goal. However, I’m pretty stoked about the real world knowledge we stand to gain from the experience and insight our professor and TA bring to the table.

I am also excited to connect with other amazing social experts to gain perception and build bonds that last through our careers.

Because I truly believe…

team work, social media marketing

As of now I am a self-taught social analyst.  I’m excited (and maybe even a bit gitty) about learning the technical skills surrounding social analytics. I never saw myself as a numbers girl. In fact, I’ve always hated math. But when it comes to analyzing data, something about that just excites me to my core.

I mean, with analytics gone are the days of having a good idea, paying out the nose to see it play out, and then crossing your fingers to hope you can determine some sort of ROI.

Analytics is a game changer that will save companies millions and eventually probably even billions, and I’m passionate about finding new ways to deploy analytics in a user friendly manner.

Let’s get started!


2 thoughts on “First Day of School Excitement; not just for kids.

  1. Sarah – I love your drive and inspiration. I wish nothing but the best for you. I am also brand new in this field I have loved being involved in social media but if you asked me a few years ago if this would be my bread and butter I would have said an emphatic “Hell No!!” Well it’s 2015 and here we are…”Hell No” has turned into “Hell Yes” and I am trying to absorb as much as possible and at the same time think outside the box too.
    I feel you on the math thing too but I am eager to learn and understand analytics as I believe that is the driving force in all that we do.
    All the best this semester.

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