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True Confessions: Addictions of a PR Girl

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Image Credit: Google

These are the true confessions of a PR girl facing addiction problems… in reality these are addictions many people have but for the purpose of this article I’m sharing mine. Now working in public relations or studying public relations is very stressful and we tend to create habits that may or may not become a problem. Don’t believe me? Well maybe reading my addictions will help you see that you may have a problem. Don’t worry though! There are many others in the same boat.

1. Diet Coke. I started this habit in Ireland when every morning I would go to the little connivence mart outside my apartment and order a fresh croissant and a diet coke. I actually started a trend among other interns but the truth is: diet coke tastes great in the morning! I think it’s the bubbles. It also has caffeine so instead of waiting for your Keurig to make your carmel latte, you just grab a diet coke. That was easy.

2. Coffee. Diet coke isn’t that strong and at 3 p.m. coffee just gives you the added push for the rest of your day. I’ll drink one at 8 a.m., maybe one at 5 p.m. or even 8:30 p.m. and if I’m going to be up really late I make the 11:00 p.m. coffee cup. This is an addiction many people have but when you get coffee just because you feel like it, not because you need it, Houston we may have a problem. I try to limit this one but tonight I couldn’t help myself, oh well.

3. Twitter. Facebook is so high school, it’s all about Twitter and checking your Twitter constantly. I can’t go one hour without checking my Twitter feed. When there are times where no phones or electronics are allowed, other than an airplane, I start to go through withdrawal. Is it a problem? Yes. But at least I’m not alone and have many others all around me with this problem… I’m looking at all of you Scripps kids. But hey, public relations people are paid to go on Twitter so it’s a healthy and lucrative addiction.

4. Gmail. I check my email more than my Twitter. I am one of those weird people who love to get emails. I don’t care if it’s not relevant but I organize it with labels and folders, making it 10 times more fun. I can also check out my Google Calendar, which is crucial for time management purposes. Do I feel bad constantly checking my email? Well if I’m not on vacation, out with friends, celebrating a holiday or with family, no not really.

There are many other things I could say I’m addicted to like Pinterest, reading blogs, my iPod (never go anywhere without it) and my bed but these were my top 4. If the world ended tomorrow, I feel like me and many other public relations people would be a little lost as we go through withdrawal. But at least I admit I have a problem. These are my true confessions of a PR Girl addicted to beverages and the internet. That basically sums it all up. What are your addictions?

x KMSH

When things get busy

photo 3Hey readers! I did it again and trailed off and forgot to blog… It’s been very hectic. I have classes, meetings, sorority recruitment and I’m ready for bed right now. Luckily tomorrow I don’t have class till 1:30 but I’m still going to bed before midnight. If I don’t I may regret it later.

I usually deal with a hectic, busy schedule. I love it because I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m bored. Sure, Saturdays and Sundays are for relaxation, that’s fine. During the week I can’t just sit there and do nothing. If I do nothing I’ll most likely fall asleep. Funny thing is though my roommate Elisabeth pointed something very interesting out to me yesterday: even though we are always go–go–go we still enjoy sleeping in. Some workaholics wake up at 7:30 a.m. naturally. I can easily sleep till noon. That being said, I am not a morning person. Never have, never will be and coffee is my best friend. Well coffee or a diet coke (which tastes so good in the morning!).

My best advice for if you are starting to live the life of an overachieving college student:

1. Get some rest: It’s still important for you to function naturally. After awhile you could become immune to the effects of caffeine. Do you want to drink six cups a day? I think not.

2. Hydrate: Water is your friend. It is good for you and will help you keep going throughout the day. Coffee and other caffeine products will dehydrate you so please hydrate and grab some water on your way out for the day.

3. Manage your time: Everyone manages their time differently. I like to write everything out into a planner so I remember. I also keep a digital copy. Just remember to leave a little 30 minute break in there every now and then.

If you follow these three tips you will survive the life of an overachiever. Trust me, you do not want to overdo it. I almost passed out during my sorority’s recruitment this past weekend. It was NOT GOOD. So if you don’t do what I did and get some rest you’ll be able to function as you normally would.

x KMSH

You’re an Intern right? Where’s my coffee?

IMG_0556Okay, the general stereotype is that interns get coffee. After 3-5 internships/PR related jobs I can tell you that is not true. If all you do is make copies and get coffee, I’m sorry you have a crappy internship. I am not saying you should be one of those entitled interns who thinks they can do anything and are awesome at what they do. When I was really homesick one day I had one of those moments… thankfully my mom snapped me back into reality through a harsh but needed email. Doing something totally new without any direction is scary, remember my previous post? I had to call medical card and disability services, along with all of these other departments. I had no idea what I was doing. I got frustrated, mad, and all I wanted to do was go home. Like home, home. I said I am not here to do this, this is not PR-related. I was a brat. An entitled little brat, which is how a lot of college students are ending up these days… and according to my mom they make up the unemployment rate for college grads.

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One of the other interns in my program has her first internship this summer. She hasn’t really learned any PR-skills yet but I can’t help but feel sorry for her. She has to do the dishes, buy all of the newspapers for the office, clean up after work and close up. Her main job is putting the newspaper clippings about clients into the computer. She continuously tells me, it’s my first internship so it’s okay. Funny thing is, is that I was originally offered this internship and turned it down.

I wasn’t going to pay all of this money to simply answer phones. Unpaid interns are taken for granted but when I have the skill set and some experience, it would be nice to feel like you’re being put to good use. Not being the office b*. I did advise her that if she doesn’t learn anything soon to just ask and say “Hey, I would really like to learn about this.” Internships are supposed to be a learning experience (don’t forget that Starbucks-run intern).

You will make copies, do busy work, answer phones, make annoying calls and maybe get your boss coffee. However, if it’s the right internship you will also get to do actual work. I started out by creating a media database and mailing lists. Looking up every single pub in my T.D.’s county took almost two days with having to make mailing labels. Now I feel good that he has an entire filing cabinet drawer full of different mailing lists and he will always know that I did all of that. So what if you don’t get to write a press release or social media post right away? Your time will come. If it’s your first internship and you don’t really have the skill set yet, please do not let yourself be the office b* but ask questions and be engaged. You may receive more work if they see you are willing to put in the hard work and learn.

After a few weeks of busy work I now write his press releases and press statements. I am currently in the midst of putting together his first newsletter. I write parliamentary questions on his behalf (he doesn’t even need me to read them back to him anymore), write letters to constituents, write speeches, advise him on social media and many other PR-related tasks. Today my boss said, if I win the lotto tomorrow I am going to give you a piece of paper and you will write down the amount I need to pay you each week to keep you here until I quit politics. It was nice to hear that I have done a great job. Interns are highly underestimated. It’s all work and no pay but one day you’ll look at your office intern and say, I know exactly how you feel. Now where’s my coffee?

x KMSH

P.S. Have you checked out Lauren Berger’s book ‘All Work No Pay’? She’s the queen of interns and it’s on my summer reading list!

 

Politicians never sleep and their interns never stop working

Hey Readers, so I’ve only been here almost a week and I’ve been extremely busy at my internship. Politicians NEVER sleep… my boss will come into work early and leave super late then go to more meetings after that. Politicians really don’t sleep and I don’t sleep when I’m at school but to do it for 50+ years, I don’t know about that. I know having a career in public relations can be stressful but there is always the choice between social life and sleep. Sleep is helpful, a social life is helpful, both are helpful but it’s a pick and choose kind of situation.

Why am I telling you this? Well if you ever consider a career in public relations your stressful, sleep deprived life begins in college so here’s a few tips to keep yourself on track:

1) Create a schedule. This can often be forgotten. Use your iCal, Gmail, outlook, day planner, Evernote, whatever you need to create a schedule you can stick to. I will have all of my important dates on my iCal and some days I will have 8 things on my to do list it but it’s organized and all in one place. Update it often and don’t forget to check it. Sometimes when I don’t put something on my iCal I forget about it because it isn’t there in front of me. Keep a schedule updated and ready for you to follow.

2) Make sure you are taking care of yourself. I have issues following this one too, no worries. When you have class, work and meetings, taking care of yourself is the LAST thing on your to-do list. It’s OK to say no, but your body and mind will thank you later.

3) Understand that superwoman had a weakness too. Being a superstar in your field is hard and takes a lot of energy and strength. If you have to say no to something because you are overloaded with work, studying or other obligations, again, it’s OK. Being able to point out yourself that you can’t do everything will allow you to focus on producing quality work in a timely fashion but also show that you are strong enough to say, I may be a PR superwoman but I can’t do it all.

These tips seem pretty simple and things that everyone knows but actually following through is a different story. I am trying to learn how to follow these tips myself but my hopes are high and my optimism strong.

This girl bought short heels for work… against my morals but these streets were not made for 4 inch heels but since the heels are shorter, my hopes and dreams will only grow higher and higher.

Keep checking back for more readers, and let me know what you want me to blog about!

x KMSH