Wednesday, June 27, 2012

And So It Begins...

When I first tell people that I moved to Traverse City from January, the reaction I get 95% of the time is: "Oh my gosh, that's crazy! What made you do something like that- how did you end up in Traverse City?!"

Which is usually followed by: "Well, at least you had a mild winter to welcome you...don't get used to that!"

Well, allow me to introduce myself.

This is me!

My name is Meaghan Jameson and I am 22 years old. My interests include long distance running, all things wedding-planning, the Food Network and temperatures above 60 degrees. I am a graduate of the University of Florida, where I majored in Recreation and Event Management...and also serves as part of the reason I ended up in Traverse City. One of my graduation requirements was to complete a full-time internship during my final semester of college. Having grown up in Florida, I decided that fulfilling my internship requirement in a state that would give me a completely new experience would be an excellent choice.

Which brings me to my initial inquiry: How did I end up in Traverse City?
Answer: My winter internship with Events North... which is also the reason that I'm still residing in Traverse City- Events North's owner, and my amazing boss, Allison Beers offered me a full-time position as Event Manager and I immediately accepted.
I'm pretty convinced that I have one of the most interesting and challenging jobs in the world, and absolutely convinced that this is exactly what I hoped I'd be doing with my post-graduate life.

So what is the purpose of this blog, you ask? Well, it will serve as a behind the scenes look into what moving to a brand new city with a climate that is completely opposite of what you're used to (let me put it this way: it was 80 degrees on Christmas in Florida this year...I was literally dreaming of a white Christmas.) is actually like as a young professional. It will give you a glimpse of the transition of leaving the state where you grew up to move to a thriving city where you know absolutely no one...and how through the help of wonderful networking and socializing opportunities (like the Traverse City Young Professionals), you really can meet some superb individuals. 

It will even allow you to get to know some other Young Professionals in the Traverse City area, since the first week of every month will feature a different guest blogger. 

I'm excited to tell about my journey as a Traverse City Young Professional, and I hope that the feeling of excitement is mutual, because I have a lot to share with you!