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For Everyone Who is Graduating, This One is for You

opportunities aheadI keep seeing blogs from friends about what they’d teach themselves as freshman, the highlights of their college career, or what they’ll miss about college. First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate the class of 2015. It’s amazing how fast time flies, especially in the best years of your life at college. However, this post isn’t about what I wish I would’ve known or what I miss, but for all of my friends on what awesomeness is about to come.

I know most people have read posts on how awful post-grad life is, but there are many pros to being out of college. So for all of you graduating, this one’s for you.

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1. Graduation is the scariest part. Yes, you may not have a job or a plan yet. However, walking across that stage at graduation is the scariest part of entering the “post-grad” life. Even if you don’t know what’s next, you’ll find it out sooner rather than later… and by later I mean before school loans kick in.

2. Grocery shopping is cheaper. When you actually have time to cook and go to the grocery store, it’s a lot cheaper than when it was in college. I’ve cut my grocery bill in half pretty much, and while I don’t always want to cook after a long day at work it feels good to cook a meal for myself, that’s not mac n’ cheese.

3. Bills are manageable if you do the math right. I was a journalism major, and I hate to let a stereotype define me in that way but I have never been good at budgeting or math. However, with an actual salary and figuring out what I could afford, bills are manageable. As long as you split up your rent payment with one paycheck and the majority of bills with another in a month, you’ll manage easily!

4. Find a good apartment. There are always good deals when trying to find an apartment, you just have to look hard enough. Do your research and do it thoroughly. While you may want the expensive neighborhood right downtown, it may not be the smartest choice. Always look for places just re-done, because if it’s an old building but brand new inside, you’re likely to find a deal because they want to fill it.

5. Always think of what a great time you had in college, and how to do that post-college. The fun doesn’t end when college ends. The one beauty of post-grad life is that why you may not be making a lot, but you still have more than you did in college. Think about it, you have an apartment you pay for, a job, an understanding of which cheap wine tastes really good, and an adventure that’s ready to begin.

5 things, not 5 things that sum up post-grad life but 5 things you know you can look forward to. Yes, there are bills and responsibilities. However, for the first time you call the shots entirely and can decide wherever you want to go. Even if it isn’t what everyone else is doing, it’d be what you feel like you should be doing. As long as you get past walking across that stage, everything will be ok… I promise.

x Kelly

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Being the Best Intern Version of Yourself

DWPHey Readers. I hope you’ve all been having wonderful weeks. It’s been a good week so far, not too crazy and not too slow. I only have 2 1/2 weeks left and I’m already starting to get depressed. I’ve learned so much this summer and I can only thank my amazing bosses and coworkers. I think this internship was what I’ve been needing, to figure out what I want to do. So while I hope you all get similar experiences at your internships, here are tips on being the best intern version of yourself.

  1. Be Yourself. We all have to have our professional fronts on, but if you’re in PR or Advertising let’s be real, we all like to let loose, make jokes and have fun at what we are doing. This industry is not boring, not even close to that word. Everyday is a new adventure filled with Don Draper and PR girl references.
  2. Listen. I sometimes have this problem. Yes, I’ll admit it, but I’ve been learning. Facebook and Twitter are huge distractions. I know it’s a part of our field, but only look when you are taking a break. You want to be fully focused, and social media during a meeting is a HUGE NO NO. Just don’t do it. You’ll miss something important.
  3. Always be there. If you have intern buddies, don’t go and try to find them and walk around the office all day. Yes, socializing is allowed but if you’re not there and not working, what will your boss think? Last summer this one intern was always late to work, came in sometimes or would take naps while their TD wasn’t there. I highly doubt he got an awesome letter of recommendation. Also, if you’re always there that means more responsibility for you (that’s a good thing in this field).
  4. Take note of EVERYTHING. Remember in the Devil Wears Prada when Andie and Emily always had a notebook with them. Take note of everything and anything. I don’t care if you have to summarize your notes later, you don’t want to miss anything. Imagine what would’ve happened if Andie forgot about the satchel for the Pony and Pier 59? She would’ve been smashed by Miranda and her Prada stilettos.
  5. Create trust. You know you’re doing something right when your boss trusts you. That means, not checking everything you do in great detail or trusting you to do work that is above the intern level. It’ll happen like an aha moment, either by you or in my case, another intern said “you must be doing something right.” If you have that Andie moment (because she said “that means I did something right”) feel good about yourself and keep doing what you’re doing.
  6. Ask for feedback. I try to check in with my supervisor every two weeks or so. She asks me how things are or if I have any questions, etc. I always ask if there’s anything I can improve on or if she has any feedback, etc. All feedback has been positive this summer, so I always feel good after a check-in.

If any of you have anything you’d like to add, let me know in the comments! These are just my tips on being the best intern version of yourself. Because at the end of the summer, we all want a job or to come back after graduation for a job. So do your best and kick intern ass.

x KMSH

I’m still only 20

Sorry for this post being so late! Unfortunately I didn’t get the freelance gig. The owner really appreciated my willingness to take on the challenge and loved some of my ideas. However, because the business is still getting it’s feet off the ground, he didn’t think it was right to hire me to do work he couldn’t compensate for. I am perfectly okay with that fact. I tried. I put effort into it and it didn’t work out. In truth, I only do have another 5 days here, crazy right? Although I do have to keep reminding myself, I’m still only 20.

I’ve had ideas going through my head about what I want to do in the future. Own my own agency, publicist, work in fashion, it’s kind of all over the place. I always have to have a plan and I have one but what I’ve learned from my time here is that plans aren’t always meant to go as followed. I have a year and a half to figure things out. I don’t know what’s in store for me regarding my career. I know I have passion for what I do. I may not have a clear idea but I think it’s better that way. This summer was a plan. It didn’t go exactly how it was supposed to but I learned from it. I learned my strengths, my weaknesses, who I am as a person. To me that’s better than continuing on a plan not knowing who you are and what you are passionate about.

I go to a school where everyone I work with has passion for this career. Everyone is good at what they are doing. We all exceed the expectations of normal 20-year old college students but sometimes we forget what we need to do in order to figure out our lives. I spent the summer in Dublin, interning in Politics. I don’t like politics. I don’t like not having my support system near by, but I’ve learned so much. I never imagined learning everything I have in these 8 weeks. I thought I was going to go to Dublin and have the most amazing time. I’ll admit it, I didn’t have the best time. I have had a great internship, but now I know Dublin is not the city for me. I know I will make something out of myself one day but this summer isn’t it. I still have time. So I want all of you readers going through the exact same thing as me to remember this: if you continue to go about your life as planned, you aren’t living it to its full extent.

This post was really heavy. I do think a lot can be learned from time alone. My mentor recently told me, you can’t work on yourself if you don’t spend time by yourself. She was right. 

x KMSH