Hey 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.
I’m in NYC and I am loving it here! Okay, so the hotel isn’t great and the WiFi keeps bumping me off but I was determined to write this. I got to New York last night and went to the Flatiron building and Times Square. It was so packed but worth it. However today we spent most of the day in Central Park and the Upper East Side and I totally had a Gossip Girl moment while sitting on the Met steps. I am in love with the Upper East Side – I want to live there! But I don’t know if that will ever happen because I’m not Blair Waldorf or Serena Van Der Woodsen. I wish I was, but alas no.
Anyways, New York has been great and I hope I can work here some day and live in the Upper East Side, while spending my Saturdays shopping on Madison Avenue. Until then, have a great beginning of the week Readers!
Signing off from NYC with love
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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
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.
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Posted in College
Tagged Business, Chicago, Christian Louboutin, Goals, Graduating, high heels, internships, Ireland, Junior, leaving early, New York City, plans, Senior, sex and the city, Sophomore, support system, United States, Vietnam, Virtual internship
I was recently approached with an internship offer this fall, the quirk? It’s virtual. Today I was officially offered the position and I accepted. My roommate made the joke saying she’s not surprised… personally I am. I, like many Scripps students I know, work very hard but sometimes things just don’t end up happening. The one thing that I believe set me a part from other candidates? Passion. Virtual internships are wherever you are and if you aren’t passionate about it, do not expect to be able to work from home. The question is, why did I accept? I am taking 19 credit hours, am a brand ambassador for two companies and do PR for a non-profit. Why in the world would I want another job on my agenda? Because it’s an opportunity I cannot afford to miss. The agency is based in NYC and has clients all around the country. They worked at New York Fashion Week and have many clients in the fashion and beauty industry. That is my dream so I am going to do whatever it takes to get there. Even if it means constant coffee refills and catching up on sleep on the weekends.
Why should you apply to virtual internships? Why not? You get to work at home and usually at your own pace. Yes, these positions are usually not paid but welcome to the world of internships, where paid internships are like pulitzer prizes and only a few people get them. The best of the best applicants are offered paid internships and they usually have passion for what they do. Who knows? Maybe this virtual internship could lead to a summer internship wherever it’s based out of. Maybe even paid if you did an amazing job. My advice to you readers who are fretting about not having as many internships as you should is apply to virtual internships. It can’t hurt right? If you want to stand out from the post-grad cesspool of applicants, you’ll need experience. What better way than working for a great company from your room?
All in all just think about it. The most life changing opportunities are usually the ones we miss out on and regret later. And if you have a dream to be working in NYC after college, virtual internships may be your best bet. PR especially is all about who you know, not just what you know so freshen up your resume and apply.
Here’s a fun article I saw today “The 100 Things Every 20-Something Needs to Realize.”
Posted in Public Relations
Tagged Business, Employment, Internship, New York City, New York Fashion Week, Ohio University, Opportunities, Public relations, Scripps J School, Virtual internship, Working from Home