Archive for November, 2011
This blog is written by Lacey, our campus ambassador from Minnesota State University, Moorhead!
I have had a major problem lately: Oversleeping. It’s a horrible habit that I’m developing considering that I’m usually chronically early for everything. The worst part about oversleeping is that it totally throws my day off because I have to rush to get wherever I need to go.
Here are some tips to keep you on time, and lessen the stress in your life.
- Get consistent sleep. Most people would say it’s important to get 6-8 hours of sleep, EVERY NIGHT. But, I recently read online that it’s actually more important to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time everyday. Studies show that not everyone needs exactly eight hours. Start by setting your bedtime at the same time each night. For example, plan to go to bed at 11pm each night, and set your alarm for the same time every day, including weekends. (I know, sleeping in rules!) Supposedly, you’ll wake up feeling more rested and happier if you are consistent in your sleep habits.
- Have an alarm. And a backup alarm. I typically use my cell phone as an alarm clock, but one will learn that after your phone dies in the middle of the night, it’s not so reliable. Try to also have an alarm clock backup for your normal alarm. If you use an alarm clock that plugs in, also set your phone or have an additional alarm that runs off of batteries. Better safe than sorry!
- Check out what types of alarms are available. There are awesome alarms out there with cool snooze functions- for example; I have an alarm app on my phone that makes you do a math problem to snooze it. This way, your brain has to wake up to turn it off. Plus, you’re giving yourself a mini-math lesson each day!
- Put your alarm on the opposite side of the room. If you put it too close, the snooze button will be too accessible. If you put it across the room, you’ll have to get up to turn it off, and that’ll get you out of bed.
- When your alarm goes off, get out of bed right way. Don’t snooze for too long or you’ll just end up wasting too much time. You’ll actually feel more energized if you don’t lay around for an extra 15-20 minutes.
- Exercise in the morning. If you give yourself a little extra time in the morning, you can get up and get in a quick workout session before you get ready for the day. This is sure to get your blood flowing and wake you up for the day.
- Remember to grab breakfast! Breakfast will give you energy to start your day, and set you up for healthier eating habits the rest of the day.
- Getting up earlier than most mornings? If you don’t think you’ll wake up to your alarm, try an additional means of waking up, such as snoozester.com. On Snoozester, you can set a wakeup call for any time of the day. This is perfect for getting up for an early meeting or to catch a flight.
Give it a shot; you might actually start to enjoy your mornings.
This blog was written by Bianca, our campus ambassador from Belmont University!
With the end of the semester quickly approaching, the stress of final exams is making its way into our lives. It’s often hard to focus in college with all of the activities and events happening around campus, so it’s even harder to sit down and study for final exams in every single one of your classes! There are those classes where you can sit down and study the night before and still get a great grade, but with final exams, that’s most likely not the case. Read on to get some tips about how to study for finals the right way and how to prevent yourself from stressing out.
1. Start studying early
The great thing about college is that you typically know your test schedule at the beginning of the semester. Since you know when your final exams are going to be, why not start studying now? Spend a little time each day on each of your classes, and you can slowly but surely start preparing yourself.
2. Give yourself incentives and goals
It’s hard to stay driven and focused while spending the whole day studying, so give yourself a reward for all of your hard work. Plan a period of time for studying, and once you’ve met that time, reward yourself however you’d like, whether it be with a meal out with friends or just some fun free time. Find something that can serve as your light at the end of the tunnel, and you’ll be more likely to keep chugging along!
3. Get lots of exercise and sleep
If you want to be in your peak studying mode, it’s important that you get lots of sleep. You’ll have a much easier time focusing and retaining material if you’re well rested. Exercise is a great way to keep your mood up and release stress. Allot time each day to be active and let your body break free from the confinement of a desk in the library. Your body will feel better, and overall, you’ll be in a better mood.
4. Prioritize your studying
If you’re like me, there’s that one class you can’t stand, and you’d rather study for every other class before you even crack open the book for the other. As frustrating as it is, it’s important to prioritize your studying and study in the order of the final exam dates. Don’t spend all your time studying for your last final when you have another challenging one up first. Your studying should match up with your final exam schedule.
5. If you’re studying together, make sure you’re really studying
Study groups can be a highly effective means of studying, because each student has their knowledge that they’ve gathered from the course and the professor. However, study groups can also turn into social groups. If you want to form a study group, make sure you and your group members are committed to study for the exam and aren’t going to turn it into social hour.
Final exams can be scary and stressful, but if you plan ahead, prioritize, and take care of yourself, they’re an obstacle you can feasibly conquer.
This blog is written by Laura, our campus ambassador from Clemson University.
Last week at my school’s PRSSA meeting, my boss, Taryn Scher, came and spoke to us about 10 things she wished people would have told her before she went into public relations. While some of these apply strictly to the PR world, some of them can be applied to any profession. I learned a lot from her talk, so I thought fellow interns might enjoy hearing a few of the tips as well.
- Dressing appropriately for an interview is crucial. We’ve all heard this one, but Taryn surprised some of us by saying a suit is not always the best thing to wear. Research the company. If most of their clients are bankers, accountants or investors, a suit might be an appropriate choice. However, if they represent clients in the creative world, such as fashion and beauty clients, some employers will count you out for wearing a boring old suit.
- Create your own personal brand. Decide what you want it to be and use it to make yourself stand out. She told us that employers can find out everything about us if they want to. It’s not just the Facebook photos we have to be careful about anymore. If you have a blog, they will find it. It you post inappropriate or negative comments, they will read them. Think before you post and consider whether what you have to say is consistent with the brand you’re trying to create for yourself.
- Stay connected with the industry. Know what’s going on in whatever industry you want to go into. The PR world is constantly changing and you need to know what’s happening, what works and what doesn’t.
- Ask for help. Although it’s good to figure things out on your own sometimes, never be afraid to ask for help. You never know where it could get you.
- Always follow up. Taryn said that 90% of the time she gets a response only after she has followed up. Also, write as many thank you notes to people as you can.
I found these tips very helpful and hope they will help out other interns out there. Anyone have any to add?
This blog is written by Andrew, our campus ambassador from University of Hartford.
The semester is coming to an end and the snow has already fallen. You have transitioned from shorts and a tee to a wool scarf, pea coat and boots. The best part about finishing up a semester is having the time during break to prepare for your interviews and all your outfits for your upcoming wintership or internship. On that note here are some key accessories, for both men and women, to rock the winter like Wintour.
The Scarf: The scarf is everything in the winter. It takes an outfit from a simple look to a powerful, bold statement. It’s also perfect for those interns who happen not to have a whole wardrobe of business-wear. A scarf can change a simple, all-black outfit into a fashion statement like no other. What’s more iconic than a Burberry scarf?
The Messenger Bag: I remember the first day of my internship I brought a pen and a pad of paper… and that’s it. I ended up leaving with more things than I could carry, so I knew I had to get a bag to carry anything and everything. I ended up buying a black leather Kenneth Cole messenger bag. Fashionable and functional, how can you go wrong?
The Watch: What time is it? DO NOT pull your phone out to check. One intern no-no is to pull out your crystallized blackberry to check the time, especially if your boss is strict with cell-phone use in the office to begin with. A watch is your opportunity to bring some serious sparkle into your outfit.
The Umbrella: I never thought about an umbrella being a fashion necessity until I saw the hundreds of fashion don’ts walking on campus on a rainy day. I saw countless hello kitty and beer umbrellas on my campus. I thought to myself if I walked into an interview with one of them, I might not get the job! The best way to go: a classic black umbrella.
The Blazer: For every season, the one piece everyone should have in his or her closet is a blazer. Don’t have one? Go get one. I can’t stress enough that a blazer makes any outfit look chic and professional. During one of my interviews, which I wore my American Rag black blazer, not only did my future boss tell me that I was the best dressed person in the office but he offered me the internship that day.
Some may not think employers actually care what you look like, but you may have a more difficult time being hired if you come into your interview with an un-tucked shirt or skirt that could use a lot more fabric. Follow my tips and consider yourself one step closer to landing your dream internship!
This blog is written by Sarah, our Campus Ambassador from UCLA. She is a freshman studying Business-Economics with a double minor in Film and Spanish. A few of her passions include serving the community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity as well as being an active member of Invisible Children.
Oh dear. You just realized that you scheduled an interview for tomorrow at 12:00 and you have done nothing to prepare for it. Before you start hyperventilating and think you are going to die, look over these tips for those tense 24 hours before the big day.
- Routing and Researching. Google Maps should become your best friend, and if you can, drive to the place of the interview just to see how long it takes to arrive there, and make you feel confident that you know the route. Also, go on the company’s website and become a semi-fanatic of what the company represents. You need to think like a fan. A fanatic of something knows everything about the thing they obsess over. You don’t have to go to that extreme, but you do need to understand the company’s mission statement which will give you a clear understanding of the company you are hoping to intern for.
- Showing your Stuff. Make sure you have about 5 copies of your resume prepared because you don’t know how many people are going to be at the interview, and you want to show them all how brilliant and lovely you are, not just two of the five. If it is necessary, set up your portfolio and put it into a neatbinder, so that the interviewer thinks you are a neat and organized human being. She is seeing your portfolio and resume not your dorm room.
- Sleeping Beauty should be proud of you. Get a good eight hours. You need them. You need your energy, and a sleep-deprived monster does not show well during the interview. No sleep affects your mind as well as your face. Makeup may cover the bags, but your mind needs to be ready to conquer the spitfire questions that the interviewer will be throwing at you.
- Be a Health-Nut. I always try to go for a morning jog or a yoga class the morning of the interview, just to make me feel good about myself and to wake up my brain. Also, I always eat a healthy and sustainable meal just to keep my energy and stomach in check: oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, eggs. Something that won’t make you sick or bloated during the interview. Obviously, if you have an 8 am interview, exercise the night before and eat a good and hearty breakfast the day of the interview.
- Get Glammed-Up and Georgous. Give yourself at least an hour to do your hair, makeup, and straighten up your clothes. Make sure your makeup and look isn’t too intense because the interview is to show the company who you are, so don’t go to extremes to impress them.
Well then, get going. You’ve got an interview to kill and a company to hire you! Be brave, be prepared, and be yourself!
This blog is written by Hillary, our Campus Ambassador at Suffolk University. She is studying public relations and will graduate in 2013. She recently moved to New York City to gain experience in the fashion and entertainment industries. She is currently interning at ELLE magazine and US Weekly.
This blog is written by Ellie, our Campus Ambassador for Iowa State University. She is a junior majoring in Agricultural Studies with minors in Advertising and Animal Science.
Recently I was chatting with a friend about an internship she really wanted. She was telling me how her interview went and how she was one of four that interviewed: great chances right? Right! However, this makes the little things so much more important. I asked her if she had followed up the interview with a thank you email and asking if the interviewer needed more information, and to my surprise, she had said no. Now to me, following up with a thank you is an interview basic, but she didn’t know that. So, I decided that blogging about interview basics would be a great idea! Plus, who doesn’t like freshening up on their interview manners? Here are my top five to-dos for before, during and after the interview!
1: Research research research! Look for key words throughout the company’s website, and internship materials. Keep those keywords in mind for when answering questions, revamping your resume or creating a cover letter. You will impress them with your knowledge of the company, and they will believe that you are the perfect fit because you take into account their core values.
2: Before the interview, make a list of at least five questions to ask during your time with the interviewer, or heaven forbid, more than one interviewer! (Do not panic, it’s not that bad!) There is nothing more annoying than asking your interviewee if they have any questions and they say no. A good go to question is for them to describe a typical day as an intern. This allows them to do the talking for a while and lets you sit back and evaluate how the particular position fits in with your internship standards and your work style.
3: One of the biggest no-no’s in interviewing is showing up late! I had a professor once tell me that showing up ten minutes early, means you’re early, arriving five minutes early, means you’re on time and showing up right on time, means you’re late! Another plus to showing up early is to chat with the secretary. Saying hello and asking how their day is going as well as creating a conversation about the picture of their kids on the desk can make the secretary tell their boss how nice, sociable and friendly you are. Aww, go you!
4: Before and after the interview, shake their hand firmly; like you are an important person because duh, you are! No one wants to shake hands with a limp fish.
5: Send a follow up email thanking them for their time, as well as asking if they would like you to send any more information, such as writing samples or links to websites you blog for, etc. Make sure to send this follow up email within 24 hours of your interview, being too late will be like you never sent one at all.
I hope this is a good refresher course and that these tips compliment you’re outstanding resume, helping you land that dream internship! Good luck, interns!
This post is written by Alicia, our Campus Ambassador from Towson University. Alicia is a Mass Communication major (with tracks in Public Relations and Advertising) and an Italian minor.
Before I started my freshman year of college, I decided that a foreign language class would be a fun GenEd to take to complete one of my required course categories. Luckily, my advisor enrolled me in Italian 101 for my first semester and I loved it. I decided to take Italian 102 the next semester and then go on to Italian 201 to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (rather than a Bachelor of Science) since I enjoyed the classes and loved my professor.
Now, 5 semesters later, I’ve added a minor in Italian to my degree and have plans to study abroad in Italy next fall.
Minoring in a foreign language in college is something I lucked into, but now view as my most life-changing experience. I am really passionate about the language and culture of Italy, and I think studying Italian has given me a broader view of the world. Studying abroad will give me an even better perspective on the world and I can’t wait to be immersed in another culture.
But how will this help me get an internship or a job?
In my experience, employers are always impressed and interested when I tell them I am minoring in Italian. I don’t think that Italian is necessarily the most useful language to study (Spanish or Mandarin would have probably been more useful) but it is something that I love, and the fact that I am pursuing something completely outside of my PR background shows that I’m passionate. Also, when I study abroad, I plan to have an international internship, which will challenge me in my field and in a non-native language. International experience is something that employers value, and international internship experience is even better.
I challenge everyone who reads this blog to take at least one foreign language class before they graduate or study abroad – it will change your life and make you more attractive to employers!
This blog is written by Korrie, our new ambassador from SUNY Cortland!
My name is Korrie, I’m a college student graduating in May 2012. I’m a communication major with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in management at the State University of New York at Cortland. Currently, the activities I am involved in include Vice President of Programming for my sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, avid blogging, many campus organizations and developing my website, Cortland Connect. I have interned at a local television broadcasting station, the Campus Activities Office, and the Campus Health Promotions Office. I value each of these internships because I had such different experiences at each one, helping me realize what I am passionate about. As I look back on my college experiences, I am realizing that I have accomplished and experienced so much and now I am figuring out how to use my experiences and relay them to potential employers.