Lessons Learned So Far!

As I have mentioned before this semester is filled with interesting classes, and I feel as if I am learning a lot. Luckily not in the old fashion way, tests, which if you ask me only shows what you can force your brain to remember for one hour, after that it is gone and you will never use it again. Instead now we are focusing on developing ideas, brains storm and talk to your class mates to apply it, learn about if from real life cases and than apply it yourself to a case that is relatable for you.

If you ask me that is the best way to learn, because in todays age there is to much information out there to simply being able to remember it all. To instead learn how to apply, relate, and problem solve is what allows students to really develop useful habits and will make them ready for “the real life”.

To celebrate that I will know give you all three take aways from my time so far in ADPR 4300 with Dennis Jenders as an instructor.

1. Whatever you do, always do it with passion.

It does not matter if you know things if you are not passionate about them, in todays work place you will be working in a team setting and that passion is what will drive the whole group to reach new limits. This applies to most industries, people want to follow and be around other people that share their passion, and that passion can take you places you never even imagined. With that is off course an understanding on how to express that passion, that personal brand in other places than just face to face. You need to express that across all channels where you are being judged, social media, such as Facebook, Twitter are huge today. Every employer will look at you across all those different channels and either say yay or completely forget you.

2. You cannot know it all.

In today’s day and age there is an unlimited amount of tools, skills and resources out there. Learn how to master some of them, and when I say master, I mean that if the world was struck by an apocalypse (Jericho) style, you will be able to recreate those exact tools/systems that you have mastered. All other things you need to be familiar with, all other things someone else on your team has to master, and that mix of skills that all relates to the same topic will make your team complete. This goes for new technology, you cannot master them all, but it is essential to you become familiar with them fast and master a few ASAP! The workplace is ever evolving and you need to adapt quick and carefully.

3. There are no limits.

Everyday people will tell you that things cannot be done, because you do not have enough experience, enough money, the right education, guess what, they are all wrong. There are no limits by excepts the limits you except, the limits you set. Not enough budget to award advertising on TV, well find a solution that is outside of the box I like to call comfort zone. Great example is the Lung Cancer campaign, No one deserves to die, very limited budget but amazing results. That is what we all dream about creating, but we have to realize that it is highly unlikely to reach those results every time, but we also have to reach the state of mind to never settle for ok, never ever just give people what they think is okay, instead give them the unexpected, give them you all. My girlfriend Caroline told me today that she has to go the awkward extra mile, and I agree that it is an hard extra mile to wander, but it goes with the grass is greener on the other side. Because in order to reach that grass we have to walk the extra mile, maybe even 10 extra miles, but believe me it will be worth it.

That is what I have taken away so far, obviously I could have mention the importance of certain programming, the difference between content and noise, the importance of being prepared, or the best practices for a Facebook page or a Twitter account. But instead I chose the abstract lessons that I believe truly will help me no matter what the future holds.

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//sebastian

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Back In The Rhythm Of Life

Hello everyone, hope all is well. As we all know it is the middle off the week, and what a week it has been. Here in Milwaukee things are really falling back to the normal, practice everyday and school everyday. As soccer has started obviously the body is starting to feel it, not a surprise that we are working hard but it still leaves a sense of sourness and tiredness that sometimes follows into the classroom. But it is mostly felt at night when I am about to go to bed, do not get me wrong it is a great time and I would not like to spend my time doing anything else, but still it makes you tired. I saw a classic meme that looked like this, quit funny and actually how I feel. But as all people who work out knows, it is a good sore.

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When it comes to classes, all I can say this is the first time in my college career where exactly every class is of deepest interest. I literally walk in the class room and try to absorb everything that is being said because it is simply that interesting and important in the field of work I hope to step into after college. It is all about marketing, digital marketing, using social media to brand yourself and your business, develop content strategies that further your business, and making films and documentaries. Could not have picked a better bunch of classes. Obviously hard work ahead, but who cares when its this interesting.

All for now,

Sebastian

Back To Routine

Hello sweet people, I hope you all are well and that the cold has not gotten to insane levels wherever you may be. I landed inChicago yesterday after a long trip from Sweden. Really enjoyed my time spent home, I guess it is true what they say there really is no place like home. I got to see so many old friends, and just hangout with the family. Off course a lot of tears when it was time to leave, but not all tears are bad as I believe Gandalf said the lord of the rings movies. I forget which one, but still he had a point.

So I just completed the first day off classes,and I must say that I have never been this jet lagged before, I was sitting in class thinking dang this is an interesting class, but why is my mind shifting into sleep mode? And why am I having this discussion in my head instead of taking notes? Obviously in another world, but that should be fixed after the weekend.

All of my classes seems to be very interesting this semester, however, they all also will require a lot of work. Gone are the days when a class or two could have been a breeze, but life goes on and the closer I get to graduation the harder and more interesting the classes seems to become.

Also, first day at the wave tomorrow, I have interned their before but this is the first time I am doing it for credit. Should be a fun day.

Sleep Well All.

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///Sebastian

Breaking A Long Period Of Silence With A Whisper

Hello fellow people in the online sphere my silence has been to long, and I keep asking my self why I have not taken time to blog. I think it is easy to say that I have been occupied with other things, in all honesty this semester had been crazy so far. Like there has been more to do this semester than all my semester so far, it probably has been like usual but it feels like so much more. I am correcting myself here, it is a lot more. More practices, classes that actually involve tons of school work, and my internship as well.

Going deeper in about my internship, I love it. I get to work from my bed, and I only work with soccer and that just happens to be one of my favorite subjects. I also get to shoot videos for them which is always fun, I am probably going to post them here sooner than later.

Huh, the thought just struck I have missed letting my feelings and life flow out on this little page of online paper. I guess I will do my best to keep this blogging thing going, please stick with me if there will be a couple of days filled with silence.

Well that is is for tonight ladies and gentlemen, sleep amazingly.

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///Sebastian

Corinthians 13

I just figured that I would post my exegesis of Corinthians 13, it is also a interpretation of the movie the mission. Looking at both main characters in the light of the love taught in Corinthians 13, and whether or not they faced their issues with the the lesson taught in Corinthians 13.

 

1 Corinthians, 13 The Way of Love

Exegesis 

Historical Context:

Paul saw a problem with how the people of Corinth lived their lives as Christians. Paul thought they practiced Christianity in an uncharacteristic manner. Paul wanted the people of Corinth to understand what Christianity were, and how a Christian should life his life. Paul thought that the leaders in the Christian churches of Corinth were teaching their followers certain aspects of Christianity that were different from that original teaching. The problem Paul saw was based around the city having different sections of Christianity. Instead of following Christ’s teachings, they followed the teachings of their church leaders. Different church leaders taught different aspects of Christianity and therefore the people of Corinth became divided into different segments of Christianity. Paul wrote his letters to Corinthians in order to end this segregation and unite them all under one teaching of Christianity.

Literary Context:

In the lines 13:1-13:4, Paul creates an argument for how important love is by mentioning characteristics that the people of Corinth live by. Paul ends this paragraph by saying these characteristics mean nothing without love. Paul mentions faith that is strong enough to move mountains, knowledge above all, and speaking multiple languages, are all aspects of the people of Corinth. However, Paul argues that without love, these characteristics count for nothing.

Paul goes on in 13:4-13:11 and explains exactly what love is. Gathered from the situation between the different religious leaders in Corinth, and Paul himself, there were certain aspects between them all that came in the way of their common love for God and what they actually taught. Paul writes that love is not jealous, rude or inflated. He does so in order to show them what aspects of their behavior will make them lose love. If we continue to live and have our life influenced by those feelings, we will not have love, and without love our other characteristics count for nothing. Paul continues to bring forward aspects of the Corinthians’ behavior that are wrong. In 13:11-13:13, Paul does so by calling them all childish, and explaining their behavior as something he himself has grown apart from: “when I became a man, I put aside childish things.” However, Paul ends by celebrating the people of Corinth. Paul celebrates their hope and faith, but he also says that without love to tie them together, they count for nothing.

Receivers:

This letter was written to the church of God in Corinth, but also for the people of Corinth. Corinth is a city filled with mostly Gentiles but also Jews. They were wealthy people. The city of Corinth’s location was advantageous for port trade as well as trade by land. However, the Christians in the city were not popular, and at that time all Christians were seen as strange. The Christians of Corinth were divided and following different church leaders; therefore, portraying Christianity in different ways.

Author:

Paul is the author of this passage and the whole two letters to Corinthians. The whole first letter shifts in tone, but the 13th passage, “the way of love”, is filled with a tone of certainty. This certainty that also involves an attitude of flaws in Paul’s own behavior, but even more in the behavior of the church and people of Corinth. However, the main point is a declaration of what love is, and what love is not. Paul writes a harsh but honest description of what love is meant to be.

Word repetition and meaning:

The word that is used most often in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians passage 13 is love; Paul uses that word so often because this passage is solely about the importance of love. Paul describes love for all that it is, and he also describes all other aspects of belief and how they are meaningless without love.

The second most used word is nothing. It is used often because after every aspect Paul brings up about being a Christian, he ends it with saying without love you are or will have nothing. Due to the extensive use of those two words the meaning behind this passage focuses on the importance of love. Love is so important that without it no amount of faith, knowledge or hope we have in our belief will matter.

Main point:

This passage is simply about love and without it we are nothing. Without love we cannot elevate as humans, not even if our faith and hope is the greatest in the world. Love is the key within Christian belief and faith, and Paul provides an explanation of what love is.

Hermeneutics:

Gabriel shows throughout the movie that he is a man that strongly believes the only way to reach God’s kingdom of heaven is through love. That is love for thy neighbor, love for thy enemies and love for all who walks this earth. Gabriel does not fight evil with any material weapons, and he does not fight injustice with manipulation. Gabriel fights all who are wrong with love and forgiveness, and he believes that any mistake or fault that someone has committed can be cured with love. What Gabriel does could be defended from a Christian stand point by the commandment that we shall love our neighbor, as well as we shall not murder. In order to stand up to those who engage in violence, as well as those who only care for their own power and might, there is a strong possibility violence would be needed to stop it. Gabriel chooses to die a righteous man, instead of disbanding his beliefs and fighting back. Gabriel took the path of love to try and convince the violence makers to stop. However, that failed, resulting in Gabriel’s death.

Mendoza is a complex personality. In the beginning he is a man that rents himself out as a mercenary and he is capturing natives and selling them as slaves. He is in love with a girl but unfortunately that girl chooses his brother over him. Anger blinds Mendoza, and his love for the girl turns into quick-tempered anger. This emotion makes Mendoza kill his own brother, and he is left with nothing except an empty hole in his chest. Mendoza discovered true love in the village up in the jungle. He realized that what he had felt before was not real love, it was what he thought was love. Now he has found true love in all its senses and because of this, he knows that his feelings echo true love. Therefore he is not fighting the people who want to hurt the village because of quick temper, or by pursuing his own war glory. The objective of this fight is for Mendoza to stand up for those/what he loves; Mendoza is not doing this out of anger; he is fighting out of love. When the wolf comes, the shepherd has to fight the wolf.

I do not believe that either man is executing the love that is taught in Corinthians 13 in a perfect manner, I believe they are both living out those lessons of love equally. However, they are completely different people and due to that, the actions they take to live out love varies. Gabriel is a man that is fascinated by music; therefore he believes music is a way of showing the love that is taught in Corinthians 13. Gabriel believes that he can stop any wrong doers with his music, just as he did in the beginning of the movie when he first met the natives. Mendoza on the other hand, is not a man of music; he is a man with a history of violence. Mendoza is skilled with weapons, and therefore he chooses this route to try and protect his loved ones. They both strive to protect their loved ones, but they choose to do so with tools that they are familiar with. I am more familiar with weapons and fighting, and therefore I would have chosen to fight with weapons instead of fighting with music.

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///Sebastian

Damn You Finals

Hello world, I hope all is good with everyone. Here at Marquette it is getting stressful as finals are approaching, I got three papers due on Friday, and three presentations the first two days of next week. After that I got what I would call, the calm before the storm, because the week after is finals week. I got four finals coming up for finals week, luckily enough I will only be having one of them each day. I cannot imagine how bad the results would be if I would take more than one a day.

I actually went to a networking event tonight, two alumni came to talk to us. Only five people showed up, which I thought was awesome because it give me a greater chance to talk to them in order to get their in put on what they do and gain some valuable information about the industry. They worked with social media, and marketing across different media platforms. I have to say that they had intestine stories to tell. The event planners also provided us with hot chocolate and sandwiches, much to my liking.

And everyone heads up, because santa will soon be in town.

 

 

///Sebastian

Living On The Edge

Good evening, hope everyone a good break because tomorrow it is back to it all. School, and yeah more school. Soccer season is over, and that means that will actually have a chance to save my grade point average is semester. I really screwed up during mid-terms, just could not coupe with soccer and the tests that week. However, there is still time to save myself. Will I do it, maybe! Lazy? No, just not that interested in studying all the time.

It was close that my studying would have ended today though, I picked up caroline at the airport and on the  way back the police pulled us over. If I would have been driving, and the police man would not believed y little made up story about being in the country less than 30 days. Than I would have been packing my bags for a one way trip back to Sweden. Not the worst punishment, but you know it would be sad to leave everything behind. Luckily enough I was not driving, and luckily enough the police man was the nicest guy ever, so I would have been fine anyway.

Other than that, today has been real relaxing, just hung out with Caroline. Went for some grocery shopping, and finished a few papers. A classy Sunday for a classy guy, and now I will take my culinary skills and do some magic in the kitchen. And yeah wait hold on, I just hooked my self up with photoshop. I will learn that asap, but I love the fact that I actually have it.

Later sweet people of the world!

 

///Sebastian