Portfolio

The following portfolio contains my work in marketing copy, opinion writing, and devotional material. I promise my clients wit and creativity in every project I undertake.

I am soon to be published in the international devotional magazine, Christ in Our Home, Quarter 3 (2018).

MARKETING COPY

The following are examples of marketing copy I wrote for The Fair Emporium, a local fair trade store in Saint Peter, Minnesota.

Introducing a New Product:

“We now sell K’UL chocolate! K’UL is a Minneapolis based company dedicated to making chocolate that is good for both your body and your conscience. They buy small batch ingredients directly from artisan farmers to ensure the best quality product as well as socially and environmentally responsible practices. All bars are made with antioxidant-rich 70% Dark Chocolate and the energy bars are packed with other great ingredients like almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and more!”

Launching a Seasonal Campaign:

“At the Fair Emporium, we love Valentine’s Day! We have heart-shaped decorations, artisan candles, and adorable handmade cards to make the day special. We also have a wide selection of jewelry, scarves, and NEW chocolate truffles for your loved ones and friends.

Did someone say chocolate? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we have NEW fair trade truffles from the company Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate. Flavors include red velvet cake, s’mores, chocolate chocolate chip, and more! Handpick from these new delights and your old favorites to create custom gift boxes for Valentine’s Day!”

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DEVOTIONAL MATERIAL

The following is an excerpt from Christ in Our HomeQuarter 3 (2018).

Sunday, July 15
Mark 6:14-29
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man. (v. 20)

There is a gallery on the second floor of the Minneapolis Institute of Art that my family lovingly refers to as the “Beheading Room.” With its graphic Renaissance paintings of Judith and Holofernes and the Death of John the Baptist, I was terrified of that room as a child. All the blood and violence was a stark contrast to the smiling cartoons of my children’s Bible. I used to keep my head down and move quickly through this gallery.

Those paintings had an important lesson to teach me though. God is present in the sunny, hopeful moments appropriate for Sunday School. Just a few chapters before today’s verse, God reigned over Jesus’s baptism, a triumphant moment for both John and Jesus (Mark 1:10-11). But God is also present in the moments that are gruesome and full of despair. God remains with the outcasts, the prisoners, and the sick. God’s light shines in John so brightly Herod fears him. John the Baptist reminds us that even when we are persecuted, we can hold onto faith and hope, for God remains with us.

God, we see you in sunlight and joy. Help us find you in darkness and despair. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer concern: Political prisoners around the world

Copyright Augsburg Fortress, 1517 Media, 2018.

DEVOTIONAL MATERIAL

The following is from a devotional blog I created in partnership with the Gustavus Office of the Chaplains for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

November 8: Closure to Past Wrongs

Past wrongs undeniably have the ability to hurt us in the present. We ask God to bring us closure through healing. May we seek reconciliation where possible and acceptance where not. May our closure be based on the principles of compassion and understanding towards others and ourselves. We pray God will guide those who have hurt us towards contrition and us towards forgiveness. While we may not be able to forget or undo the past, we ask for God’s help in healing the pain we continue to feel in the present.

OPINION ARTICLE

This article was originally published in The Gustavian Weekly on September 18, 2015.

You want to major in that?” “But what can you actually do with that?” “You know you’re gonna be poor, right?” If you’ve heard any of the following phrases from family, friends, extended relatives, or little old church ladies, you are victim of major-shaming.

No, not major shaming (though it can feel that way after three hours of smiling and gritting your teeth through a grad party), I’m talking about the shock and disapproval that stems from telling any casual acquaintance you’re majoring in Art History, Anthropology, or basically any of the humanities.

I’m not so much bothered by the, “How are you going to pay your student loans with that?” crowd because, let’s be honest, nobody knows how they’re going to pay off their loans.

The people who piss me off the most are the ones who assume some sort of moral superiority over me because I would dare to waste my life and my money on such a frivolous pursuit as English; the people who turn expectantly to my family as if they’re all going to groan in agony over my dismal future.

Because guess what, adult-whose-business-degree-automatically-makes-you-smarter-than-me? This idiotic English major goes to a liberal arts college that teaches its students the value of research. Turns out my knowledge of the techniques of modern poetry doesn’t leave me as destitute as everyone thinks I am.

Yes, I’m at an obvious disadvantage compared to Engineering majors (I mean who isn’t? Those geniuses can cook a pizza without an oven, in their dorm rooms). But the actual employment rates aren’t as obvious as one might assume. A study conducted by Georgetown reveals that unemployment rates for Liberal Arts and Humanities majors are relatively higher because their graduates spread out among multiple industries, meaning multiple areas subject to economic downturn, as opposed to single professions.

When one chooses a major specific to a profession, however, they take a gamble on those numbers, as the current economy’s preferences rise (as with Engineering) and fall (as with Architecture), hardly the job security these two generally respected majors promise.

Majors that appear safe for the moment can be deceiving as well. According to CBS News, five of the 25 least employable majors are in the field of psychology, which is also the fifth most popular major. Try and wrap your psyche around that.

Nor does a wide gap exist between most economics degrees and the humanities. English majors with experience have a 6.2% employment rate, as apposed to 5.4% in Business Economics. Interest and talent seem terrible to waste on less than a percentage of increased employability. Even the infamous Art History major only has an 8.8% unemployment rate, compared to the national average of 5.1%.

Lest any first-years should clutch this paper, hands shaking because nothing is certain or sacred in their education anymore, I have one single piece of advice for planning your future: Talk to your professors.

Don’t listen to some adult who doesn’t even know what the study of linguistics is. Your professors know the field, know what one needs to get ahead. Academics, you’ll find, are much more collaborative than they are competitive, and recruiting more interested, driven people into their field will boost their studies as a whole.

Even a risky major is not a ramen-noodles-till-death sentence. With a few exceptions, unemployment rates dramatically decrease with increases in experience and further education. So how do you become more hirable in the field you love? You continue to pursue the field you love.

So go ahead, adults of my hometown and surrounding suburbs. Disparage my major, but so help me, I will intellectually combat you in my expensive liberal arts school’s newspaper, which you will probably never read. I’m still working on my master revenge plot.

I’m making all this up as I go, like everyone else who’s ever been nineteen and making “real world” choices for the first time. Despite all the debt and uncertainty we face, I want to call on you, fellow Gusties, to pursue your passion and avoid shaming others for theirs. Finding something you love enough to sacrifice for is a rarity in this world and that needs to be celebrated on our campus.

Besides, our generation’s all going to end up living with our parents anyway.

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Copyright The Gustavian Weekly.

 

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