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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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No Internship set yet? No worries

keep calm and chaseHey Readers, I hope your weather isn’t as dreary as it is here in Athens. It was 66 degrees yesterday, and today it’s rainy and cold. I also really hope the reports of snow are false, because I am sick of snow! I want spring, not the polar vortex or trees with no leaves on them. I want green grass, green trees and the ability to wear skirts and dresses without tights. March better prove me wrong. Anyways, to get to the point of this article, it’s the middle of Internship application season. I started in January and still have nothing set, but if you are in the same boat, DO NOT FREAK OUT!

Companies can be slow. Finding interns is sometimes the last thing on their mind. Remember, HR can receive hundreds of applications and it takes time to go through them. Yes, many end up in the trashcan but even if yours is in the keep pile, it can take awhile. I have only applied to four places so far (all paid) and I still have to apply to a few more. So if you’re still waiting, just relax. There is still time! Some places accept applications until April – meaning there’s still a month left to apply. I have a few places I need to apply to, so keep applying and be patient. This of course is coming from usually the least patient person in the room, but I’m working on it. Here are tips on what to do while waiting:

Keep applying. It doesn’t hurt right? It takes time to fill out an internship application because you have to write a different cover letter, send different writing samples, etc. to every place. NEVER and I mean never, ever send the same generic cover letter to every place. You won’t get an internship, you’ll end up spending the summer working in retail or something. Tailor each cover letter to each job description, you’ll be happier in the end.

Follow up. If you had a phone screen or interview and didn’t send a thank you/follow up that was a BIG mistake. Always, always, always follow up. Then you’ll know what’s going on. If they don’t respond, there’s a chance they’re still reviewing applications. Remember, some companies take awhile to pick interns even if it’s narrowed down. If you follow up, it’ll help you in the long run. I didn’t hear back from an agency for six weeks, until I found out I am in the second round for interviews. I should’ve followed up to know whether they were still deciding or not. But instead, I freaked out and was happily surprised.

Don’t be disappointed. Whenever you’re apply for jobs or internships, you will get rejected. It’s okay and it happens. Sometimes the project the company is planning fits better with another candidate. You can have amazing skills and know what you’re doing, but sometimes it’s not a right fit. Applying for internships and jobs it’s all about the right fit, so if you get rejected don’t be disappointed. There will always be another opportunity that is a better fit.

Be prepared. Do your research while you’re waiting. Prepare for any interviews, phone screens, writing tests, etc. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel. If you have everything done and ready by the time the interview comes around, you’ll be more relaxed when it happens. Figure out recent client work or projects the company worked on, take notes, look at common interview questions, etc. Interviews are scary, but they’re less scary when you’re ready for them.

Just keep swimming. One of my favorite scenes from Finding Nemo is when Dory sings “just keep swimming” over and over again. Don’t discourage yourself and continue to look at all of the possibilities. As long as you do it right, you’ll find something. So just keep swimming along and it will come to you.

If you’re worried about not getting an internship because you’re still waiting, don’t fret. There’s still time and if you keep these things in mind, it’ll help you in the long run.

“You need to understand that life isn’t what you’re given, it’s what you create, what you conquer and what you aim to achieve.” -Unkown

Just keep swimming readers.

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

2 Weeks left and I’m going for the Home Stretch

I can’t believe it’s been six weeks already since I arrived in Dublin. Where has the summer gone? This weather right now is amazing though. I love the warmth and sunshine! I was able to get off of work by 5 and now I am sitting in a coffee shop with a latte. I have two weeks left to make my mark on Irish parliament. It seems a bit daunting because that means I have two weeks to finish all of this work.

What’s left for me to do is write all of my PR recommendations from social media to press releases, newsletters, you name it. I also have to get the newsletter to the printers this week because parliament will soon be on their summer recess.

Looking back at my summer, I have done a lot of busy work but at the same time I’ve been able to fully observe my boss’s PR strategies. All of this work would not get done if I hadn’t been here. Which makes me worry because I hope his next intern isn’t just another political science major. I’ve put in six weeks of hard work and I want to make sure it doesn’t go to waste.

I will be leaving the next (hopefully PR) intern a detailed letter explaining everything. It’ll also include his PR plan/recommendations. This next intern may hate me a little but at least half of the work is done, they just have to keep it up.  Now, this post is not just about me being excited to be done because I cannot wait to lay by the pool for a few days doing absolutely nothing! I haven’t stopped since I finished finals and I am in need of a nice vacation. This post is more so about finishing your internship strong. You’ve been at it for x-number of weeks and you want to make sure you don’t just slack off your last couple weeks like you do at the end of the semester (I know you chose to go out instead of writing that last paper, because I’ve done it too #procrastination).

You may feel stressed at this point. You may feel like you are on top of the world because you are almost done. Or you may feel like me where it’s do or die; the work needs to be done now or it’ll never be done. If you feel stressed, take a breather. If you feel like you are on top of the world and am doing a great job, continue with being an awesome intern. Go for the home stretch! And if you feel like me, take everything bit by bit. Get the immediate work done efficiently and correctly, then work on your large projects in the afternoons. I find my downtime is normally when it gets closer to when I’d be done for the day and even though I am ready to go, I just push myself to do it. I left 30 minutes early today but I’m finishing this post then working on my final recommendations.

It’s your last few weeks. I’m going for the home stretch are you?

x KMSH

P.S. Wore my lucky nude heels today and once I put them on at work they made everything better. Whoever said shoes are just things you put on your feet is incredibly wrong. If you have a stressful day at work like me, wearing your favorite shirt, or in this case shoes, can brighten up your day and make you feel much better.