Wednesday, August 26

Self Introductory Speech

Well, I tried to stop time completely, but my speech class has begun anyway!

I also tried to convince MANY friend and family members to log in as Sara Bequette and complete my speeches for me, but no one would play along. I think they hate me! LOL

It appears no one likes giving speeches...

At least I'm not alone!

This is my "Self Introductory Speech." I had just posted my autobiography about my family and what-not, so I decided to talk more about work this time. It has nothing to do with having a boring (I mean wonderful) life!

[Edit: My cousin Rachel asked for the autobiography that I mentioned above... I'm posting it below.]

To begin, I turned thirty last January, am a wife, mother of three boys, work full time, and take classes online. (In short... I am tired! hehe) Here are the details:

I began taking online courses at AiO in November of 2007. I am working toward earning a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design. The degree is pivotal in my career growth. I work in the Business Development department in the home office of Western Construction Group. I create the advertisements and project profile layouts for each of our 36 offices nationwide. I also keep our internal intranet and external website up to date. I have worked for Western for over ten years. I hope to create a position such as "Art Director" with my own team of layout designers once I have obtained my degree. We currently pay tens of thousands of dollars each month for an ad agency to do the heavy lifting stuff, so I could definitely save our company money.

I married my husband Matt nearly a year ago on 08-08-2008. We had been together for more than ten long years, so it was about time! Ha! I could not put in the time necessary for my courses without his support. Not to mention all of the money we forked over for a new laptop, software, printer/scanner, and my new pride and joy - a Wacom tablet. We now live in a box on the corner, but at least I'm in school! (Ha... just kidding of course.) We own a house in Warrenton, Missouri - about an hour west of Saint Louis.

The online classroom appealed to me because I am the mother of three boys while working a full-time job. Our boys are ten, five, and three so they certainly keep us on our toes. My commute to work in Saint Louis is one-hour each way, so my time with our boys is already limited. I attempted going to a community college at night when my oldest son was little, but as my family grew - that was out of the question.

My company reimburses us 100% for school as long as the degree applies to your current position. I began researching online art colleges in the fall of 2007. I was thrilled as soon as I found AiO and knew this was the place for me. I had to write up a business proposal and pitch the idea to my boss to cover the cost, but he immediately jumped on board. So, here I am... ready to learn!

PLEASE - Any advise you can offer to make these better or less painful to show to the world, is greatly appreciated!


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  1. I'm so proud of you, Sara! I watched your video too. I didn't realize you are wanting to create your own department to save the company money. Brilliant!!!

    Thanks for posting the written auto, too.

    You're so stinkin' cute!!!

  2. Thanks Rach. To be brutally honest... heading out my own department is a bit ambitious for me. The thought of doing something like that scares the heck out of me, but who knows. Time will tell! In the meantime, my teachers love that stuff! *GRIN*

    As for the video, I looked awful and it was WAY obvious that I was reading, but I really didn't care. I just wanted it DONE! LOL

    Thanks for playing along... *Mwah!*

    Love you girly!


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