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What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Posted in Blog News, College Stuff, General, Health & Lifestyle, Links, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by Jill

Photo by Allyson Paynter

I started this blog in February 2008. I was taking the year off due to sickness. In my buckets of free time, I worked on this project, in hopes of making myself feel more prepared for college. I started college that September.

I’ve always referred to my college as College X, located in City X. Well, if you really want to know, I took Journalism at Holland College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. At the end of the two year program, I knew I didn’t want to work in a newspaper office. News reporting is way too stressful for me and there were only a few times I actually cared about the subject matter of the story I was working so hard to get right.

So, I went back to school for one more year in September 2010 to take Interactive Multimedia, again at Holland College. My tiny class consisted of 7 students and one amazing instructor. It was one of the best, busiest years of my life. I graduated with an average of 91.5% and knew it was a better field for me almost immediately. Before graduation, I had my business registered. I am now a freelance web and graphic designer.

Hopefully some day I’ll have a studio outside of my apartment but for now, Athena Studios is a one-woman show with lots of stuff to do.

(The lovely photo above is me on the night of my graduation.)

So. What now? I think it’s time I stop blogging on Kill Jill Goes to College for good. Not that this blog has been alive for a long time. But I’m done with college. My life has changed so much since I started this blog. For one, I love color! I’m not a little emo kid anymore (although I still worship Death Cab For Cutie). I lived in a lovely old house for the first semester this year and was evicted (the owner sold the house 6 months into our lease). I moved into an apartment, believing it to be a temporary arrangement- and now, on Monday, I’m signing a lease on that apartment for a year. Yay!

Below are a few words of wisdom I learned, all on my own:

  • If your part-time job is effecting your school work and if you can at all afford to quit, let it go. It isn’t worth it.
  • Use your student ID to get discounts on as many things as you can, while you can.
  • Keep your friends from past years at school. There are reasons you became friends in the first place. Don’t forget about them, just because you don’t see them very often.
  • Start networking while you’re still in school. To be honest, I do most of my best networking on Twitter. And last, but not least…
  • Don’t let the idea of a long distance relationship scare you off. You might just miss out on something amazing. (That’s right, kids. Kill Jill found her Kill Jack.)
That’s all for me, ladies and gents. Always say please and thank-you, wash behind your ears and be kind to one another.
Kill Jill… out!

Kill Jill: Behind the Wheel

Posted in City X, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Work with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Jill

This is the car I will be driving someday. (Just humor me, OK?)

My life has suddenly gone from medium speed with little stress to high-speed. With Wi-fi. And on a 3G network.

And I’m going to pretend I know what a 3G network is. Because I was hired (today!) for the summer as a tech support wench for a particular electronics company that shall remain nameless. Let’s just say Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans of their products.

In addition to this change in my life, I’ve also started driver’s ed. Yes, I’m 22 and now learning how to drive. Yes, I should’ve learned ages ago. I am fully aware. Now, I’m sitting in a room full of 16-yr-olds every Wednesday after school.

I even had to pass in my old driver’s ID for a new one, since I got my last ID while in another province. Giving that up was a bit weird, I have to say. I love City X but my ID was something I was still attached to- something that separated me from the pack. And now I’m one of the pack. Kind of.

And then there’s school. I have a month left and I am officially done Journalism at College X. What a strange, strange thought. I graduate in late May. The whole cap-and-gown bit. I’ll miss the program in some ways. In some ways, I so won’t. (Political stories just aren’t my bag, baby.) But some of the first-year kids have become my closest friends. They’re on their internships right now and I miss them already. And it’s only been a week!

I’ve applied to the Multimedia program at College X for next year but have yet to receive my acceptance letter. I’m confident though.

Another significant stage of my life has just flitted by like a feather in the breeze.

(Y’know. Like that one at the first and end of Forrest Gump. You know what I’m talkin’ about, right? Right?!)

(Image by themullett.)

10 Tips For J-School Students

Posted in Articles, Classes, Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Tips with tags , , on September 23, 2008 by Jill

Yes, my friends, that’s right. I’m in Journalism. That makes me a “J-student”. Journalism students are so cool and too busy getting the news and delivering it, we don’t even have time to say the word “Journalism”. Thus, we use terms like “J-students” like “J-school”.

So, because I have little time on my hands, I’ll get to the tips.

Photo by berbercarpet.

Photo by berbercarpet.

  1. When asked by a fellow journalism student during an interview, “What is your favorite thing about living in residence?”, do not answer “Well, the walls are pretty thick, which comes in handy.” I did this today. I tried to explain that that’s not what I meant… but I was busy trying to pull my foot out of my mouth.
  2. Always try to keep up with the news, even if it’s about boring old politics. (I’ve recently discovered that when certain political figures put their foot in their mouth, it’s kind of hilarious.) Also, keep up with local events, especially if you’re not from the area in which you are studying.
  3. Become friends with sites like, Newsvine and Wikinews.
  4. Learn to write faster than a normal person’s brain even works. (Or, if all else fails, buy an audio recording device. My good old mp3 player has one built right in!)
  5. Buy a notebook with a coil binding and, if possible, a hard cover. That way, you can flip it over and lean on it as you jot notes down.
  6. Become pals with your instructors. (Or, at the very least, don’t be an idiot in class.) They could easily become your best asset when it comes to applying for jobs and needing a recommendation.
  7. Learn the basics of iMovie. The way news is broadcast is taking an interesting turn- the web. A lot of news rooms now need their employees to know a little bit about making videos for the web and iMovie is used most commonly.
  8. Be able to name at least 3 serious journalists (Hint: Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly are not “serious” journalists) so when someone asks you who your fav is, you can actually answer it without looking like a complete tool. (This happened to me not too long ago. After a series of “ums”, I finally thought of someone: Ryan Porter, a blogger for Funny guy.)
  9. Do not compare yourself to the other students in your class. This will either make you cocky or, most likely, depressed.
  10. Be on time. Do you think any crazy and stressed editor is going to care that your roommate kept you up all night long? Not a chance. Grab a coffee and get prepared for life in the real world, sweetheart.

For more great tips, check out this article at