I do not move in to Albany until the 13th because I am living in the on campus apartments. I am not sure if you guys want to wait that long to meet up, but if you do I am up for meeting for a drink, or getting together for lunch or something.
I think writing a little bit about ourselves is a good idea, but I tend to be a bit long winded, so I apologize up front!
My name is Kim. I am 23 years old. I will turn 24 during orientation week! I have lived in NJ all my life, so I am looking forward to moving and trying something new. I am close to my friends and family, so I will miss them like crazy, but a 3 hour drive home is not that bad. Hopefully I have the time to get home every once and awhile.
In college I was a double major in Communication and Art with concentrations in Public Relations and Graphic Design. I did not take part in Greek life, but I was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta the communications honor society. I also held leadership positions in the student newspaper and the Public Relations Student Society of America. I worked two jobs my through college, as a marketing manager during the week and a customer service representative during the weekends.
After college, I got a job as a marketing manager for an international home décor company. Unfortunately, they went through a merger and I was laid off in December. In January I started working as a Program Director for the YWCA. I enjoy the job, but it is definitely not for me in the long run...my last day is Friday the 5th, so I am pretty excited about that!
I also went back to school for my masters degree after I graduated from undergrad. My masters is in Corporate and Public Communications. I did my mini dissertation/defense on the topic of Relational Development in Massively Multiplayer Online Role Play Games. I am in the midst of writing a book chapter on electronic tribalism. I have spoken at a few conferences about my thesis findings and my thesis is under review for publication. I love the topic of online communication and relationship development and since technology is always changing it is a fascinating topic to explore.
As for hobbies, I love to read (anything horror, mystery, or sci fi), I like hard rock/heavy metal/alternative music, and I enjoy going to concerts. I enjoy going for walks, painting, and photography. I can be really shy at times, but I open up pretty quickly once I get comfortable.