Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A dream aloud

I've blabbed about Dowser and David Bornstein several times on this blog. And it's mainly because David is awesome (yes, we are on a first name basis). And what he has done with Dowser is a dream of mine. So working with him has been such a privilege.

Last semester I worked with a team on interviewing different social entrepreneurs around the U.S. and Canada. I spent hours uploading everything onto their website, but we didn't know if they would actually use our project.

Yesterday, we found out that they did. And it was so cool to see my byline on Today they posted another one. I've been giddy with excitement.

Check it out.


Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for President's Day. It allowed me time to go to Vegas with some of my best friends and enjoy the warm weather.

We got some good laughs out of this trip. And some new clothes. And a minor heart attack when I came home, checked my e-mail and realized that it's straight back to school and work for me.

But, for the weekend I didn't think about anything other than being in Vegas. And how lucky I am to have wonderful friends to make memories with.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Major love

There are some days when I know that I chose the perfect major for me. I had two experiences in the last few days where this was confirmed.

1. My comms law professor stopped in the middle of class, opened the door, and surprised us with pizza and drinks.

2. My comms 301 professor showed us YouTube videos of texting abbreviations sung by 13 year old girls.

It's these moments where I just think to myself...why would I want to be in any other major? Plus, it fits me perfectly. We do projects and papers rather than tests. The professors are chill. We have awesome internship opportunities. And, so much of what we do is based on gaining experience, rather than studying for tests. I need a major where I can be hands on. I need to be in an environment where I can be creative and around people that make me laugh. So for me, journalism is the perfect fit. And even if I don't end up working for a magazine or paper (which I probably won't), I like what I'm doing in college. And I like that the door is wide open for different opportunities. Because who knows where I'll be next year or what I'll be doing. And I'm fine with that.

Pics from the newsroom

Monday, February 14, 2011


This past weekend I got to go to TEDxBYU...which was even better than I had hoped for. On Friday I got to listen to social entrepreneurs from around the country talk about their stories and give us advice for 3 hours. Their stories were inspiring and incredible and made me want to just go change the world. It also helped that I had some great friends there with me, all of who are changemakers and involved in awesome projects.

Social entrepreneurship is that thing that gives me goosebumps. When I'm around these people there's some kind of electricity in the room and I walk away knowing that I belong there.

On Saturday I got to take two of the speakers to the airport. The two women that I got to spend an hour with in the car were so cool. I think that's the best word I can use to describe them. Just plain cool. One is a lawyer and the other has an MBA and both have travelled and started incredible projects.

I want to someday be considered that cool. 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fredette about it

I love watching BYU basketball games this season. Mainly because we dominate. And Jimmer is owning everyone's lives.

And I love watching the games with some of my besties.

Can't wait to go to Vegas with these boys. The two week countdown has begun!

Friday, February 4, 2011

I'm in need of a southern sunset

I need something to take my breath away. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wear me down

This semester is pushing my limits. How much can I pack into one day? I'm quickly finding out.
Outline of my day today:
8:45-walk to campus is the frigid cold
9-meeting with Adam (SSE co-president)
9:30-watch video for World Religions
4-meeting with one of my team leads
Then I come home and crash.

On the agenda tomorrow:
Collaboration lunch, work, class, and a conference call to New York with David Bornstein.

But hey, at least I'm busy with good things. And I've got my moleskin to keep me on track. 


So the other day Jordan and I found ourselves sitting at our kitchen table, each holding one of the world's hottest chili peppers. Jordan had made a deal and I joined in. Here's what happened: