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Visiting Chicago this time around felt different than the last two times due to the fact that Jennifer and I decided to stay in the city instead of commuting back to Waukegan on Metra daily. We decided to stay at Essex Inn, which is situated right in the center of everything on Michigan Avenue. It's in the process of renovating so things were a bit messy (one out of three elevators were out of order and our sink in the hotel room was the size of a dessert plate -_-) but aside from that, I think we got a pretty good deal considering that we're two college students traveling on a budget.
An excerpt from my Week 9 & 10 reflection email to my academic advisor:
As I’m wrapping up my ten weeks at HabitAware, I’m becoming more aware (pun intended) of the transitional phase between one stage to another, in my life and in HabitAware’s “life.” This past week, I finished writing blog posts for the HabitAware blog, with a dedicated blog post to sum up my entire summer experience with the company. I’m also in the process of contacting HabitAware’s pre-order customers one last time. In the ten weeks that I’ve been a part of the team, the core team has grown to accommodate company growth: a sales representative for the East Coast area, a friend of the team to help with customer service, and an exclusive distributor for Keen bracelets in Australia. Product-wise, we are reaching the end of the inventory from the first production run and two members of the team are leaving for Shenzhen, China again to supervise the second production run, with new designs and upgrades to our product. A few days ago, I joined the rest of the team to look at potential office space for September so that we can finally expand.
Welcome back. Take a look around. Do you see anything different?
Yes. That's right. My blog got a new facelift! In this blog post, I'll list some things that have changed:
1. "Read more" page break
To make the user experience better and improve website analytics, I finally decided to implement the "read more" page break, which means that the entire blog post will not be shown on the home page. Make sure to look for the "read more" on the bottom right of each blog post when navigating the home page. You're not done reading yet!
2. Facebook comments
Instead of using the Weebly provided comment system, I've made the switch to Facebook comments. Now, when you comment on my blog, you have the option to share it with your friends on Facebook.
The sidebar always seemed lacking to me. To add some visual appeal, I added a collage of my photos, re-ordered the elements within the sidebar, and added social media icons to make it easier to connect with me on other platforms!
4. New header banner
Did you notice that the photo of a plane and a stack of suitcases is gone? In its place is a banner with a collage of photos that have been taken the past 2 years. I hope that this change gives a more personal touch to my blog.
Did you know that I have 2 other tabs on the top right of my blog webpage? I added new photos to my dream board and revised my descriptions on my "about me" page. Be sure to check out my newly renovated personal website!
When I started this blog, I was an absolute newbie; I had no idea how Weebly worked. So as an ongoing long-term project, I'm hoping to categorize as many old posts as possible for ease of access and search. If this blog receives a significantly higher amount of visitor traffic, I might consider switching over to Wordpress (which also does better with SEO).
So why the change, Rachel?
As some of you learned, I was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for my semester abroad in South Korea (more on this at a later time). With the monetary award, I am also obligated to carry out a project that helps increase study away opportunities to students who are traditionally underrepresented in study away programs. For my project, I proposed to do a series of blog and vlog postings on here and on my YouTube channel (which I will post here when they are published) that documents my adventures abroad as well as my adjustment to an entirely new environment. With the newly improved blog website, I hope that it will attract more site visitors and make it easier for visitors to search for what they need.
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In a previous post, Jennifer and I decided on exploring Duluth on a daylong road trip. Little did we know that we would end up going on 3 road trips in 3 weeks.
A day into the 4th of July weekend, Jennifer and I last minute decided to road trip ALL THE WAY back to Waukegan, IL (about a 7-8 hour drive including breaks) to spend 2 days in Waukegan and 1 day in Chicago. We began the drive at precisely 6:15am (because Starbucks opened at 6am - we needed caffeine), stopped 3 times along the way, and arrived in the driveway of Jennifer's home at 1:30pm.
As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am currently one of thirteen students participating in the MacNest program at Macalester, where students are summer interns for a local Twin Cities startup for ten weeks as part of a one-credit internship. All of us reside in the Summit House on campus for the duration of the summer and are expected to to form a community where we share our knowledge and experiences organically.
So many Macalester students visit Duluth on a weekend trip sometime during their four years, so Jennifer and I set out to do it all in less than 12 hours past Saturday. We tried to do every free activity and ended up spending $60 total between the two of us for brunch, dinner, parking, and gas.
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