Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Journos in SD

I haven't done a personal post in a while! It's not that I don't like to anymore, it's just that there have been lots of things coming up that I've been writing! I've especially been doing many more review posts lately, which isn't always a bad thing.

So if you didn't know already, I am the Living Section Editor for my university newspaper, the Vanguard Voice. If you'd like to see some of my work, click here.

Every year, the Associate Collegiate Press (ACP) holds multiple conventions, and on the west coast each year, there is a national journalism convention. Last year (my first year), it was in San Francisco, and this year it was in San Diego, about two hours from where I live. 

We stayed at the Catamaran Resort, which is a Hawaii-themed type of resort. I don't have very many pictures of it, but I must say that it was pretty nice and fancy if you ask me.

After the worst of the rain! It still looks beautiful. 

The only problem was the rain. There was a rain storm here in Southern California over the weekend, so everyone was panicking as if they were about to die. I, personally, love the rain, but I definitely underestimated the power of the storm this weekend, so I came unprepared as far as extra clothes went. I only had just enough for the three days. The hotel was outdoors so to get to our hotel room and get our clothes from the cars, we had to run through a few puddles in the pouring rain, and everyone around me was screaming, which probably didn't help much.

Most of what I learned at the conference were things I learned last year in San Fran, but I learned a lot about the importance of utilizing your site for mobile and other things about photography. All in all, there were some pretty good sessions.

Beyond the sessions and the learning, one of the things I love most about these conventions are the people. I love getting to meet aspiring journalists from all around the country because we all share the same passion for journalism and writing and sharing our stories and thoughts with the world. These conventions reaffirm and remind me of my love for writing and why I do what I do. It is so inspiring to get to spend time with these people who all share the same love that you do. It's a really cheesy thing to say, but it's so true.

The first night was spent mingling a little bit at an indoor luau (complete with virgin Mai Tais), which I didn't do much of because everyone seemed pretty into their own group. However, one of the girls I did meet was Dana, a girl who is friends with some girls I met at the convention last year and who is also an intern for the Indie Chicks Magazine, an online magazine/network that we are both apart of. 

Later that night, the rest of the group I went with was in their rooms but it was only 7 or 8pm that Friday night, so my friend Catherine and I went on a mini adventure to Ross, Target, then Pieology!

On the next day of the conference, the weather was better, which was nice to admire and for just the entire day in general. I definitely appreciated it.

 Of course, I also had to take an #ootd picture at least once while I was on the trip, right? (Photo creds to Catherine McGrath Photography!)

Blazer: borrowed // Black Top: borrowed // Red and Black Tribal Print Leggings: Ross // Black Booties: borrowed // Gray Leather Bag: Forever 21

My lovely friend Catherine (who has been taking my outfit photos lately) had to unfortunately leave for work, leaving me alone in our hotel room. It's okay though, I'm just glad she came for the time that she did!

I had a lot of fun at this convention, as always. It sucked that the weather wasn't ideal, considering that it is San Diego, but after talking to people from almost anywhere else in the country, they all said they appreciated it so much more than their snow. And it showed too in the short-sleeved shirts, shorts, dresses, and clothing like that in the middle of the rain storm. No big deal. It's okay. I know I'll be back in San Diego sometime soon, hopefully to explore the city more, because it is definitely a nice place to be.

I really love conferences/conventions and would love to go to another one this year! Any suggestions?


  1. I went to the ACP convention in Chicago last year and had a blast!

  2. Ahh you're so sweet Kriselle!! I love you girl!


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