Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe, To Which Location Should I Go?

By Career Advising Fellow, Danielle Golinski

As I write this blog, I am currently on my way to visit my extended family in New Jersey for the Christmas holiday season (don’t worry I’m not driving). Yes, sometimes work goes with me wherever I go, even when I’m on vacation! Although I find myself constantly plugged in, I plug myself in at different locations and I switch things up on myself. Where will you find me tomorrow? Who knows, but read on and find out how my brain works!

One thing that I have learned about myself, starting this observation in college and continuing now into my fellowship, is that I have a hard time sitting still for extended periods of time. Why? Because I get easily bored and that little small distractions every now and again or a little stretch of the legs are my friends. My “tapping foot” effects me in my personal life in watching movies (personal note: I have a very difficult time sitting through movies even if it is a super interesting movie. I shift around in my seat every 10 minutes or so and by the end of the movie I am sometimes the first person to stand out of their seat and stretch!) and naturally rolls into the work environment. Now, I absolutely love having an office where I can keep my belongings and have a home base, but if I find myself with an extended period of time to catch up on emails or projects, you typically will not find me at my desk. Where will I go? Anywhere! I’ve been found in the classroom in the SPDC, in the student center surrounded by the buzz of students grabbing a coffee or meeting a friend for lunch, in the library (naturally sitting by a window for outdoor distraction) engulfed in the rhythm of typing and research, sitting on the outside patio watching tour groups pass and listening to the chimes of Alamance, or simply relocating to a different building on campus to explore and find a quiet corner to crack open my laptop and get a few things accomplished. But where would you find me quite commonly during the last week of fellowship while the students were finishing up finals and wrapping up their semester? The downtown coffee house!

Coffee is brand new to me, summer 2014 to be exact is when I started to explore the non-tea avenue simply because I needed a stronger punch. Although I still despise the smell of coffee, the taste has slowly grown on me as I continue to find a concoction that is palatable. It has opened a whole new, enjoyable world to me: the coffee house. It is peaceful, relaxing, offers a lot of people watching and distractions, and commonly plays productive type music. Call me cliche, but the first time I went to the campus coffee house, I instinctually Instragramed my adventure. I was proud! Coffee houses allow an opportunity to settle in, casually drink a latte (skinny!), and crank away at work. What surprises me the most? I surprisingly get a lot of work done! It offers the best of everything that I need. I feel motivated by the hum of those around me, accomplishing things either personally or professionally. It caters to all walks of life, busy business professionals, mothers and their babies, college students meeting up for a cup of joe after class, or those just looking for a change in pace and environment like myself. For now, it has become a little oasis and a unique culture that I am looking to learning more about. As I eagerly anticipate heading back to campus I look forward to my time in the coffee house and relaxing with the college town around me. But one thing that I’ve learned that even better than a seat in a coffee house? Grabbing a window seat in a coffee house!


Author: Danielle G.

Danielle Golinski will be serving as one of two Career Advising Fellows for the Student Professional Development Center. She serves as a liaison between the students at Elon University and the SPDC. Before arriving at Elon, she earned a M.Ed in School Counseling from Rivier University in New Hampshire where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for Student Success. Prior to completing her Master’s program, Danielle attended the University of New Hampshire where she received her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Nutrition. Danielle has spent time working for the non-profit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Match Support Specialist, and for Work Opportunities Unlimited as a Career Resource Specialist. In her role as a fellow she is devoted to helping students work towards clarification of their professional and educational goals through self-reflection and experiential learning. With a focus on interests, strengths, and values Danielle works with students in all areas of professional development. She also partners with Greek Life and other organizations across campus to provide career-related programs and drop-in advising hours in an effort to meet student’s needs in a way that is convenient for them. Education/Training M. Ed., 2014, School Counseling, Rivier University, Nashua, NH B.A., 2011, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH Professional Interests/Background Career advising, professional development, positive psychology in career development, career services in higher education, mentoring, school counseling, and client-centered therapy Professional Activity North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE), Member 2014-Present Personal Interests New to the area, Danielle enjoys exploring all that North Carolina has too offer in regards to both indoor and outdoor recreation. During her free time she enjoys working out, experimenting with new recipes, being crafty, and trying to find as many things that Sriracha tastes good on. I can help you with: Career Exploration Connecting you with the Career Services Department for Support Cover Letters Interviewing Skills/Mock Interviews Networking Resumes

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