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I’m A WGU Alumni Ambassador

I received an email a few days ago. I’m now officially a Western Governors University Alumni Ambassador. That means I get to travel some and help with WGU events and also answer questions about college from prospective students. This is pretty exciting. I have wanted an education gig for a while now, and while it’s not teaching directly or even really being employed by a university directly, it’s something that I can do and gain a lot of valuable experience from I think.

Why I’m Excited About Being An Alumni Ambassador

It’s a volunteer position. I don’t have enough volunteer experience on my resume. Everyone else’s LinkedIn profiles have volunteer experiences to the brim and I’m just sitting here like, I taught through Americorps for like 6 months once. Volunteer experience is becoming more and more important. Employers really look at that stuff. It shows them a little bit about your interests, plus that section is usually full of plenty of additional experience.

As an Alumni Ambassador, I’ll get professional social networking and marketing experience for sure. I’ll be active on LinkedIn a sharing information about college a lot. I’m pretty sure that I’m also expected to help with any events near my area that WGU does. I will also be able to help with lots other events, maybe even have a good excuse to travel some.

There’s a meeting I have to attend at the end of the week. I’m sure I’ll know more then. If anyone ever has any questions about college or continuing their education, I am available on LinkedIn. You can also message me through my Facebook page. I can also answer any questions about my experience at WGU. If you’re a fellow creative writer or artist, but are also contemplating a business degree, I’m also in a unique place to be able to answer questions about that. My blog is about my creative writing. I post short stories every Friday, but I also have a business side.

Anyway, that’s that email. I’m an official WGU Alumni Ambassador.

I Got An Award

I also got a second email yesterday. Apparently I recieved a “Capstone Excellence Award” for my MBA capstone project. I’ve seen people post about these excellence awards in Facebook groups and I never got one on a paper. Getting one for my capstone feels like a big deal so I’m going to brag about it. I get an official certificate sent to me soon. My digital certificate is also on the way. You know how I feel about certificates from my previous blog post about the LinkedIn Learning and Udemy platforms; I put in the time and effort, so if I get a certificate of any kind for something, I’m going to put that on my brag shelf, too.

That’s two pretty awesome emails in a week, in my opinion!




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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