Thursday, September 23, 2010

Starting Fresh

Today's Interesting News

I almost bought a third planner today. Rather than cave and waste 25 bucks on something because it was pretty, for the same price I bought "The Catcher and the Rye" and a moleskin notebook. Time to get the brain back to work for my final year of college.

The Office premiers its 7th season tonight at 9pm on NBC. Need I say more?

Interesting Article

I clicked on the "That's a Real Job?" link expecting to find something like underwater basket weaver, and when you see what the first listing (if you're also into the pr/marketing thing) you'll probably laugh as hard as I did. With as many times as I've heard "What exactly is public relations?" I guess I'm not surprised. 

The Government is Making Moves

Also, healthcare changes start today. I'm not picking sides via blog, but I'm not mad about the new right to stay on my parents insurance until 26. I was closely approaching the "you're out of school so apparently you're established enough to have you're own adequate insurance coverage" mark, so thanks govt for the extra four years. 

Moving on.

Last night I participated in GenYChat and CampusChat on Twitter. Both had similar topics. What do young people need to know to get a "good start" in today's professional world? Whether transitioning from high school to college or college to the work force, what do we need to know to have a smooth and productive start to our next steps in life?

There are a million right answers to that question, depending on what your career path is or what it is exactly you want the future to hold for you. 

I want my future to be in public relations. Education, entertainment, fashion, non profit and agency pr all interest me on various levels.

I know I want to eventually move to a larger city, and I know whatever I do, where ever I am, it better involve some writing. 

I have already taken and have some steps in place to help accomplish these goals. My list includes:

- Have a positive online presence

I've realized everyone sees everything you put online. Absolute must to make sure everything is appropriate, but why not share some useful conversation at the same time?

- Network like crazy. 

Meet as many people in the industry as possible, and maintain those relationships. I've learned first hand sometimes it's all about who you know.

- Get involved.

Clubs, committees, community organizations. I plan on exploring them all. It By doing so I will also be learning and networking, so three birds with one stone.

- Learn as much as possible. 

Whether through research, mentors or peers, just get as in depth as possible into the pr world. You cannot learn everything in a classroom.

I will report back on how the journey goes, what outlets prove useful and which ones fail.

Just 21 days until Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference in Washington DC! I am honestly more excited about this than Christmas. 

I'm sure to have a plethora of tips and tricks to blog about after returning. Anyone with ideas on what college students or young professionals can do to prepare themselves for the working world, feel free to share :)


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Changes are Coming


Lean Cuisines are WAY better than Lean Gourmets.
Newport, KY has basically no fast food places.

You cannot buy any remnant of a decent lunch at a liquor store in Newport, KY. (unless you count potato chips and a granola bar as a decent lunch)

I can truly only study in the library. Home = random piddling around my home and Facebook/blog/Twitter surfing.

Updates... or lack of updates.

I have been insanely busy so I did not participate in 'What I Wore Wednesday' this week. I will resume next.

I also have been slacking on the frequency of my updates, so I am going to have to shorten up my answers to '30 Day Truth Challenge". I am however going to continue with posts, so here are days 9-12.

Day 9: Someone you didn't want to let go, but just drifted.

I can honestly say that has never happened. I have never let go someone I didn't want to. I suppose I may not have wanted to at the time, but in retrospect I am happy with who I have now and who I've let walk away.

Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn't know.

Kind of the same as before. There are a few people my days would be less annoying without, but for the most part I am happy with everyone in my life.

Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on.

This one is easy. My legs. Creepy answer, maybe. But I'm six feet tall and my torso is of average size, hense the remarkably long legs. I am not impressed by them, but most people wish they were taller, so I guess thats why I get the most compliments on my height/legs.

Day 12: Something you never get compliments on.

This could be a long list. Something I never get compliments on that I think I should however is a more appropriate way to think about it I guess. That answer would be my effort. I play hard, but I also feel I work harder. I study and work like a machine. I wish more people would compliment me on all my hard work. I guess welcome to the real world and the other millions of people that do it every day huh?

Now I normally would not post two times in one day, but today I will. I have decided to blog more specifically about public relations and my adventures as an intern for a while. I will still post life updates, but I want to make this blog a resource for other people starting out or going through the same process I am. Because I am specific about seperation and organization, I want my first true pr intern post to have its own title and link, so I will end here.

I will actually end here because night class is in 45 minutes and as it's the first day back to class UC parking will undoubtedly be a mess, but either way, updates on my journey later tonight.

What has been voted one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Go Bearcats :)

More to come,