Its on my mind

19 Jan

So I rarely talk about the details of my job for obvious reasons but tonight you need a little background. I work for an organization that facilitates international exchange programs (professional fellowships and internships abroad) and services the J1 Visa for international students/young professionals to come to the US to work. I’m the communications specialist so I handle our social media and online marketing as well as events, fundraising, and dabbling in a little design.

Because we’re an international exchange organization my colleagues are from various countries. I share an office with an intern from South Korea, almost lived with former co-worker who’s German and out of 25 people in the office, three  aren’t bi lingual. When my organization began, it only offered programs to Germany, hence the very strong German relations and high number of Germans working in the office. German isn’t the only language, we have people who speak Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Korean and French.

It’s fascinating.

Cultural differences is something I’ve rarely dealt with in my life. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY and went to Catholic school from prekindergarten to high school graduation. I didn’t have a single black friend growing up nor did I know a Jewish person. I took Spanish till tenth grade (weak), studied abroad in Ireland (zero language barrier), get the idea?

Today I had lunch at the German Consulate House.




How awesome is the view of 1st avenue and the UN?

It is so cool to be surround by different cultures every day. From having lunch on German soil today to saying “peace out cub scout” to my German co-worker and her giving my the most puzzling look. I’m learning about cultural differences as much as I am about organization, social media, marketing, etc.

The actual German Consulate was in the dining room, how cool is that!?


Anyways, that has been on my mind for a while now so I’m glad I shared it with you. Oh, and the grilled tilapia on a bed a lobster risotto wasn’t too shabby either 😉

Other things that have been on my mind;

1. Tall Pike Roasts


2. Quaker Chocolate Rice Cakes


3. Carrots in my water. Okay it was an accident.


4. Sweet Potato Fries. Possibly my new obsession.


5. Yogi tea. Good for the soul.

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6. Syracuse. Yea I’m crafty.



Oh and I’m doing hot yoga for the first time tomorrow. If I don’t report back, I’m at Yoga Sutra, lying in a pool of sweat.


6 Responses to “Its on my mind”

  1. Leanna January 20, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    I hope you like your Bikram class! You’ll have to fill me in on how it goes.

  2. BostonRunner January 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I looovee hot yoga! Let us know what you think!

  3. Kat January 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Hahah….Carrots in the water…you could be at the edge of a breaking trend. I’ll jump on board 😉

    What a cool thing to be able to do – love that you got to see the consulate!

  4. alex January 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    thanks for the blog love! i’m completely and utterly envious of your NYC posting!!!

  5. Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] January 27, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    That is so cool! My dream job!?

    • Shannon January 27, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      One of my best friends is a grad student at Harvard for International Educational Policy and she always says how she’s getting a Harvard degree to have my job! lol

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