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Celebrating 1 Year

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Today marks my 1 year anniversary at my work… AKA I’ve been a college graduate for over a year now. I’m pretty sure that officially makes me an adult (scary), and looking back on this year I realize I’ve had it pretty good. I have plenty of bumps in the road but overall I have a great job, adorable studio and a pretty good sense of who I am. Overall, I’d say after everything that happened in 2015, today is definitely a day for celebration… and to that point, I thought I’d share 15 things I learned this past year… so here it goes.

Things I’ve Learned During My First Year as an “Adult”

  1. Being happy matters.
  2. Beware of apartments that are like a faux Prada bag.
  3. Keep doing you.
  4. Take care of yourself.
  5. Be reliable to your team, friends and family.
  6. Go grocery shopping at least once a week.
  7. Don’t worry about finding “the one”
  8. Learn how to make a cocktail (with the good alcohol)
  9. Have a savings account
  10. Invest in your 401k
  11. Find a doctor/dentist in your city and schedule your own doctor/dentist appointments
  12. Remember that Uber is the silent budget killer
  13. Take yourself out for a good meal every once in awhile
  14. Know how to use excel properly
  15. You don’t have to have a  plan, just an idea

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

While all of these lessons are valuable, number 15 is probably the biggest lesson I had to learn this year. I’ve always had a plan. I planned out every single class, time abroad and internship my freshman year of college. Everything I planned out happened, and I accomplished everything I had hoped to in college. However, I now know you don’t have to have a plan.

I do know I want to work abroad in a year or two, and maybe eventually start my own business. However, unlike the past I have no deadline. To celebrate my 1 year anniversary, I’m going to cheers to not having a plan anymore. As I’ve said many times in this blog post, life’s too short and I’m 22. It’s time to just roll with it and keep doing what I’m doing, then see where it takes me.

x Kelly

#boss

The Next Five Weeks

two roadsHey Readers, I realize it’s been awhile. This semester has been a lot crazier than I expected. I’m graduating in five weeks, and it’s crazy. While I’ve been doing great in my classes, moving along with my ImPRessions work and progressing at my internship, I couldn’t help but write tonight. Because tonight, I spent four hours applying to jobs.

Preparing for the real world is scary, I will be the first one to say so. I’m nervous about what’s going to happen or not happen next, but luckily my time at Ohio University has prepared me for this moment. All I can say is thank you to my friends, my family, my past internship supervisors and my professors – you all have helped me achieve everything I wanted to in college.

You see, freshman year I planned my entire college career. I said the summer between freshman and sophomore year I would just work, the next year I would partake in the global leadership certificate program, take 19 credit hours a semester then go to Vietnam and intern abroad all in one summer. The next year I would continue taking 19 hours a semester, finish my certificate and my specialization in german, have a paid internship that summer and my senior year I would only take 12 credit hours my last semester. I’ve achieved all of these amazing things, and I am so grateful. So while I was reflecting upon this while writing cover letter after cover letter, I knew I needed to plan what’s next.

What is next?

In the next five weeks I will:

  • Find a subleaser
  • Hand off the reigns to the next director of communications at ImPRessions
  • Continue to apply for jobs and hopefully something clicks
  • Plan to move
  • Visit my family during Thanksgiving
  • Continue to do well in my classes
  • Finish up my internship
  • Prepare for the big move. I thought college was the big move, but this is even bigger.

I don’t know where I will be in five weeks, but all I know is that I’ve already accomplished a lot. And for the first time in my life that’s perfectly fine with me.

“When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.”
– Orison Swett Marden 

I’d like to dedicate this post to my friends, family and fellow Scripps PRSSA and ImPRessions members. You’ve all helped me make this possible.

Reflecting on Summer: It was a Great one

A HUGE THANKS to the Ogilvy Interns, my friend Aida and my family for an amazing summer! This post is dedicated to you guys.

Hey Readers, my summer is almost over. I can’t believe it went by so fast! After spending 10 weeks at Ogilvy, then going to visit the parents over the weekend, it just feels like time flew by. I’m about to embark on my last semester at Ohio University, and quite frankly it’s a major bittersweet moment. But before I start getting all wound up over graduating and joining the real world, I’m going to reflect on my summer.

The beginning

ogilvyyyThe first few weeks of my summer, all I did was visit my grandma in Colorado and that’s about it. I was bored, and ready to start at Ogilvy…

The beginning of an incredible internship 

I got lost on the first day. I was five minutes late and was freaking out. Luckily for me, everyone was still just getting settled in. Then I met my team and it was pretty slow at first but then things really started to pick up. I moved into my apartment down in the city, and things were getting pretty cool.

The middle

Screenshot_2014-08-20-13-05-38About half-way through my internship, things were crazy! Late nights and days jam-packed with meetings. At this point I finally had a social life and was hanging out with fellow interns after work, then just crashing on the weekends because I was so tired. It really gave me a taste of what life after college could be, I became very hopeful of what’s to come in the future. I also learned many lessons during this time, like what I actually should buy at the grocery store…

The end of an adventure

My last day at Ogilvy was filled with anxiety, sadness, celebration and a little bit of drinking (not going to lie). We presented our internship projects, finished up any last work and said goodbye to our teams. Readers: Always do something nice at the end of your internship for your bosses or your team – I brought in doughnuts, fruit and a thank you card with a $5 Starbucks gift card for everyone. A little thank you really goes a long way, keep that in mind. 

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I still can’t believe it’s over. This summer was simply amazing and I am so glad everything worked out the way it did. I was able to meet up with a friend I hadn’t seen since living in Germany, made some new friends at Ogilvy, and am leaving this beautiful city on Sunday with a smile and an idea of what I’ll be doing after graduation. But until that time, I’m ready to go back to athens and enjoy my last semester with my friends. So get ready OU, I’m coming home!

x KMSH

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Internship Countdown!

countdownHey Readers, I am so excited because my internship starts in 5 days! I was supposed to start this week, but the agency pushed back my start date. I am so excited because I’ll be working in downtown Chicago, commuting for the first week, then I’m subletting a cute studio in the Gold Coast for the remainder of the summer. Unfortunately my parents are moving a couple hours away, but I’ll be living in Chicago and will be 21 in 7 days, so again I’m excited!

Before my internship starts I have to prep myself on how I’m going to get there, what I’ll be wearing and what I should review for the first day. The first day of any internship can mean signing many, many, many confidentiality forms and W2s. It’s more of a welcome to where you’ll be working this summer, we need you to sign here, here and here, then this is what you’ll be doing this summer. Today I should be getting an email with first day info, which many of you will get before you start an internship. It’ll basically give you information on when you need to be there and sometimes a “day 1” schedule. I can’t wait to get mine!

Anyways to prepare I need to do the following things:

  1. Figure out train time. I am commuting for the first week or so and need to figure out what train I should take.
  2. Figure out how to get from train station to work. Google said I will most likely be walking and talking a bus… maybe a taxi if I’m ever running late.
  3. Figure out cost. I will have to buy a 10-day Metra pass, as well as figure out bus fare.
  4. Pick out what to wear. First impressions are very important, and I will need to be looking smart and ready to go on Monday.
  5. To pack or not pack a lunch? I can save money and pack it, or buy lunch… can’t decide which for the first day.
  6. Smile. If I’m ever nervous I just remind myself to smile, because it really does help.

Well, those are the six things I’m going to be doing to prepare for Monday. What is your action plan before you start an internship?

x KMSH

 

 

Almost a Senior… DUN DUN DUN…

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It’s official readers… after this semester I will have enough credit hours to be considered a senior. Someone grab me a paper bag now as I hyperventilate. Just kidding! Seriously, I was one of those people who planned to graduate early and I always get the answer “DON’T DO IT!” Too late guys. I worked my butt off with taking 19 credit hours per semester for the past two years to do this and it’s great that you don’t mind sticking around for another semester but I thought of something that would be pretty cool to do during that time: Intern.

I have not yet had the chance to intern in NYC yet. I know right? The girl’s who blog has the words “High Heels” in it hasn’t interned in NYC? Well I went to Ireland instead. Looking at my college checklist, yes I made one freshman year (with a timeline!). My plans were to:

  • Get insanely involved freshman year. Check!
    • Joined a sorority and campus organizations related to my major.
  • Summer of sophomore year I planned to work. Check!
    • Worst job in the entire world… I found out I hated sales.
  • Sophomore year I was going to take tons of credit hours and become a leader in campus organizations. Check!
    •  Was made an Account Executive at ImPRessions and became Alumnae Relations Chair of my sorority.
  • Summer of sophomore year I was going to go to Vietnam with the GLC then intern abroad. Check!
    • I went to Vietnam for two weeks, spent a week back home in Chicago, then went to Ireland and interned for 8 weeks in Irish parliament.
  • Junior year I plan to make Dean’s list, continue leadership positions on campus, have a virtual internship during the semesters, be an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, continue working for Insomnia Cookies as a Marketing Representative, learn how to cook a decent meal, and have fun!
    • Dean’s list: N/A
    • Continue leadership positions on campus: Check!
    • Have a virtual internship during the semesters: half Check!
    • Be an Intern Queen Campus Ambassador: Check!
    • Continue working for Insomnia Cookies: Check!
    • Learn how to cook a decent meal: N/A (depends by opinion)
    • Have fun: N/A (how do I measure this?)

So what do I have planned for the next year or so? I have an idea. It’s not concrete but I can say I have achieved so much within 3 years of being here at OU. I’ve gained and lost relationships. Found out what I want to do with my life, somewhat. I lived in a foreign country and worked in parliament, who does that?! How was all of this conceivable? Hard work, luck, persistence, passion, confidence, ability to somewhat stay calm and an amazing support system. I do have plans to intern in NYC either this summer or after I’m done early but who knows what will happen next? I’m not thinking about it!

“The higher the better. It’s more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.” -Christian Louboutin

x KMSH

P.S. To my family, friends and readers thank you! I couldn’t have achieved this much without all of your support. Mountains have been moved and I don’t know anyone else who has experienced what I have. I am truly thankful.

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

 

A week back in the Windy City

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Hello readers! Sorry I’ve been absent. I have been taking the week to get fully acclimated back into Chicago life and I’m loving it. My parents downsized into an apartment building and it feels like a hotel. There’s also shops, bars, anything down the street. It’s awesome! Although my rent at OU is more expensive with none of the awesome amenities… can you say rip off?

Today I am heading out to Lake Geneva for some family vacation/bonding time. It should be fun, Lake Geneva is always a good time. The question now is, what am I going to do for the rest of the summer? In truth I am leaving August 10th but my answer to that is absolutely nothing. If you’ve been interning for a few months, having a couple weeks off before you get back to the daily grind of profes

sors, homework, essays and exams is exactly what you need. Now in the real world it’s totally different but you also aren’t dealing with at least four classes with piles of work on top of having a social life. While at the same time trying to fit in sleep after your countless hours of being a leader on campus. It’s a lot of work and I’ve recently learned it’s okay to say no.

No is a word all people should learn in college. I partially learned about it freshman year but after having some “me” time in Dublin and analyzing my junior year I had to make some changes. I recently resigned my position in my sorority. I may try again to have a smaller position, however it seemed like the right thing to do. I am a perfectionist and I didn’t feel like I could dedicate the necessary time to exceeding the expectations of the position. I am a leader on campus and am

taking 19 credit hours, I can’t do everything, unfortunately. Does it mean I am a lesser of a person? No.  I put myself into a mature mindset and made a decision that I felt was necessary. Last semester I pushed myself way to hard. I am only 20 and I can’t do everything.

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So what I want you readers to walk away from all of this is, take a vacation. Get away to somewhere. Your brain needs a break and remember school comes first. If you’re in college be a part of as many things as you can but don’t kill yourself. It may look good on a resume but is it worth the lack of sleep and college memories you didn’t have time to make? Maybe to you it is but for this high heeled girl, it’s not.

Some may say I am cheating today because I have wedges on. It’s raining and I can run errands in them. I also look good in these wedges, so that’s just an added bonus.

x KMSH