For my last semester at Mid-Plains, I am required to have an internship where I have to log 180 hours of work. I had a couple lined up, but most of them fell through… I started to doubt myself and think that I wasn’t going to be able to find one in time, but like always, God had a plan for me and that is when He brought me to my first internship at McCook Christian Church.

McCook Christian Church

At McCook Christian Church, I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing man named Kyle Dellevoet. During my time working for him, I have come to know him better and am so very lucky to know such a God-loving and selfless person. With the church, I have revamped their website through Squarespace, created different marketing materials for their logo as well as their services and make their new sermon slides for every couple of weeks. I have also gotten the opportunity to work on my video editing skills by helping out with video Testimonies and other video projects that they do. I have really been blessed with my time working at McCook Christian Church.

Being a full time college student taking 18 credit hours, as well as being on the volleyball team at Mid-Plains, AND working a part time job for the fitness center at the college as well as my internship at McCook Christian, I definitely wasn’t laking in things to do. In fact I was already pretty overwhelmed… But being a person who doesn’t like to make things easy for myself, and always wanting to help anyone I can, when the opportunity arose, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to taking another internship. This is when I got the opportunity to work with Warner Real Estate out of McCook, NE.

Warner Real Estate

At Warner Real Estate, I work for two very successful, independent women that are a huge inspiration in my life. I have only worked for them for a short time, but I have enjoyed working with these two women! At Warner Real Estate, they wanted to market themselves in a way that would make them stand out among their competition, so that’s where I come in! We haven’t done much yet, but the plans are in the works!

These two internships are just the beginning of my career and although they were just start up jobs, they were beneficial to getting started in the field as well as giving me the experience I need to continue in my work. Through these experiences, I have gained more knowledge than I could have expected and I have met some pretty amazing people along the way. These contacts and experiences are just paving the way for me in what I am going to do in the future. I can’t wait to see what life brings me in my future career endeavors.


Feed Your Creativity: 5 Ways to Find Inspiration

Let’s be honest. As designers, people expect us to have endless creative ideas and sometimes that is just not how it works. Whether you are overwhelmed, have a demanding customer, or are just stuck in a rut, here are my top 5 tips to find inspiration for your graphic when you are lacking those creative juices!

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As designers, sometimes we just want to dive right in and get things started on the computer. Sometimes this works, but if you really want to be successful you need to take a step back and put some thought behind your designs.

Ask yourself questions like this:

• What is the purpose of this piece?

• What is the message that needs to be portrayed and how am I going to get it across?

• Where will this piece be viewed? Print or Web?

• Who is the audience?

Writing these things down and getting through these question is a very important part to the design process. Once you get these down, you can make a pleasing piece that has meaning behind it and is effective.

There are a variety of magazines out there dedicated to art and design. Rip out things that catch your eye and keep a book of all of these pieces. Whenever you need ideas or inspiration, these are a very helpful resource to look back on.
Stepping away from your computer, and getting outside can do wonders for recharging the mind and energy levels. If you’re stuck or uninspired, take some times to go outside and you’ll be surprised with what you might come up with when you come back.