It has been quite hectic and busy since summer ended. I enjoyed my time at Planet Bravo and could not believe it had to end. Below I attached a few of my favorite pictures from summer. I learned a lot from the children at camp this summer. Not only did I have the wonderful opportunity to learn new programs and work with amazingly talented people, but the children I taught had some of the brightest minds and personalities. I am so grateful for it all, and cannot wait to do it again!

As things happen in my life, I did not have to wait long after camp ended for opportunities to come knocking. I panicked the second half of summer, and the last week of camp everything became clear. Following camp, I had two interviews and accepted both jobs. At BMW I began as the sales receptionist on the weekend, but within the past month I have moved to full-time in the service department. In addition, I run the social media for Kymberly Marciano Photography. I get to have so much fun researching and learning about the fashion world, while doing something I love (being on Facebook!). I am excited to see where these two opportunities lead me in the next few months. 
 
Well, today is the first day of Summer so I thought it best to update this blog. I should be finishing my video tutorials for Planet Bravo's Techno-tainment summer camp. (Don't worry, Danny, I'm watching and learning these programs!), but a quick blog post won't interrupt much.

This week I started at the summer camp. It's really superbly cool. I am learning all types of programs (Adobe Premiere, Acid Music, Scratch Design, Fusion) and teaching it to groups of kids age 7-13 for the next seven weeks. We don't spend all of our time on computers, of course. We get to play all of the fun kid camp games with our own twist on them. Tomorrow we're learning one called Exploding Enchiladas. That just sounds like the best game. 

At camp we also do something called Surprise Seminars. These are 20-30 minute presentations and interactive learning with the kids about something that is not camp related. My ideas have included things like empowering young girls (which...I quickly learned that some weeks we don't have any girls at camp, out of 55 students!) and a yearbook style page for them to pdf and take home. 

After and during camp, I plan on freelancing, so if anyone has any ideas share them with me at raewynsmithwq@gmail.com.  I'm also looking for any job in the magazine industry or with kids - particularly pre-teen girls. I just know that this will help me with Warrior Queen.

Have a great day,
Raewyn
 
This is insane. I am one week shy of my last final and two weeks shy of graduation. GRADUATION. I cannot believe it is finally here.

 It feels so bittersweet and if you asked me as I left for  The Ohio State University in September of 2007, I would not have even guessed that this is where I would have been today. Back then, the plan was Ohio State for 4 years (3 if I worked hard) and graduation from a top journalism school with a journalism degree and a minor in politics (with a "program" of economics). I might be a little bit of an over-achiever.

I am proud to say though, that through the turbulence that led me back to California and ultimately CSUN, I never lost sight of my dream or my major. I've always known that this is what is right for me. Slowly but surely I've been working on the blog and making it legitimate to become a real magazine for teen girls to read someday. That dream will never die - even if I succumb to "failure" like 90% of magazines. I will still have Warrior Queen for myself, my friends, and most importantly my young cousins and future children. 

After graduation, I'm not sure what is to come yet. I'm applying for jobs, looking for freelance work and serving. I may not know what is exactly ahead, but I know that I'm going to greet it the same way I always do - with determination to succeed and dedication to myself. 

This area is where I can keep myself and whoever chooses to read this site updated on my career plans, goals and happenings. I will keep updating my articles and multimedia files as I create more. The Warrior Queen blog will be on a set schedule.

Thank you, to all that have supported me through this journey. From Mrs. Schaefer (C$) who always pushed me to realize my dream and do my hardest, to the Ohio State Alumni Association who still supports me though I transferred back home, thank you. Thank you to my mother, father, best friends, aunts, uncles, cousins and "adopted" family. Thank you to my professors at CSUN who created a fantastic learning environment, accepted my quirkiness and knew I could succeed (this especially includes you Melissa!!). Lastly, thank you to those of you who have already helped me with my career goals - Christina at LA Parent, Steve and Jim at Hollywood Music Magazine, Amber for the donations for Warrior Queen and Iman for your devotion to the movement because of your love for me. 

Summer's coming - and for me that always means a beautiful and exciting change! I am so excited to embrace this.

Raewyn