“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” -Stephen King

Last week I got paid and I obviously decided to buy myself three new books, because ya know, they are the best things in the world and apparently how I help to heal myself when I’m feeling down-  (see them below) 

Tonight I am doing something that I haven’t done in forever, catching up on my favorite book vlogger videos/publishing company mavens that I admire oh so much; @papertimelady & @booksandquills. Earlier today I came to a sad realization while trying to get myself caught back up with my classes and that’s that I may not get to re-

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ad books for pleasure for a long time, or at the very least until I graduate from college and find a stable job. That’s at least three years of not being able to read for pleasure for an uncomfortable amount of time that I’m not really okay with. Mainly because reading is my perfect escape method when life starts to throw me too many curveballs. So far I’ve only read about 10 pages in all of them because my brain has been a little scattered lately and I can’t pick a genre to save my life, but thankfully Fall break is coming up and I’m going to catch up on my sleeping, reading, any homework I may have a watching Ted Talks because those things are the best things ever, seriously. 

Tonight while adding to my ever-expanding list of “Books to Read” on Goodreads.com I decided to randomly click the covers tab to show my Read books and whoa was my night made a little bit better, because what’s better than a beautiful a

nd tangible bookshelf than a beautiful virtual bookshelf? Nothing. 

I really, really, really hope that I can get a job in the publishing industry after I graduate. I am well aware of how hard it will be to find 

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one/once I get one but until then at least I have passion and drive for something that is as Stephen King said so eloquently,”…a uniquely portable magic.”

 

 

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BEDA day 6: A letter to my present self.

Dear self,

Right now you may be  having a bit of a hard time with things, The encroachment of summer vacation was never your favorite thing. Especially since you’re currently so close to getting your degree and some days you just want to be done with it and others you are scared shitless of the future, and that’s okay.

Here’s some good news though, you’re a 23 year old that at least knows exactly what she wants out of life and for the most part knows how to get it.  Granted there are some things that are going to be easier than others to get, but all good things take time and patience, as you know. The other day you watched this video and your life got about ten times better, because this is basically what you want to do with your life.

Aside from some of the shitty things that aren’t in  your control right now you are a ridiculously hopeful individual. Your head is in the right place and you have the gall and the stubborness to get everything out of this life that you want. So, keep up the good work and always keep your goals in mind because they’re damn good ones.

Finally, when it comes to guys and seeing all of your friend’s getting engaged and announcing their pregnancies on every social media website that you frequent, Be happy for them and show support to them and their happiness, your time will come. It will probably be after you graduate and get the hell out of Misery, but you will NOT become a “crazy cat lady”.

Best wishes!

Get me some sunglasses, because my future looks bright! BEDA: day 3

My day has been literally electrifying. Like, I accidentally electrocuted myself this morning plugging my phone charger into the wall.

My day started off like any other; stressing about school work and a test that I had on Monday that I’m really hoping I didn’t fail because I studied for it. Among my current list of stress inducing things was my interview to be an RA last week. The e-mails were sent out this morning and I was so nervous to open it that I asked one of my professor’s and friend’s to open to take off some of the sting. Looking back now my fear was for nothing because I have been chosen as an alternate.

Today, one of my close friend’s that just recently had a beautiful baby boy brought him to the newsroom when I was in there checking my e-mail, and while I’m not the biggest fan of babies, her son was an exception. Another fun development for the summer is in the works with my friend is possibly in order, but all of that information is currently under wraps until the Public Relations firm that my friend is working with right now okays my tagging along.

As the semester comes to a close and I start compiling mountains of research for my last two papers for my Communication classes and marking up my books for the last three tests I’ve started to notice something. I’m becoming quite the perfectionist, which is a good thing and a bad thing because I don’t know if I could handle that type of pressure on myself. In the long run I think that this newly realized whatever you want to call it is going to be a good thing, especially for a PR professional.

Unsolicited and Borrowed Career Advice

Last week my Intro to Public Relations professor, @cdbond, invited a former student of his and Missouri Western alumness to come and talk to his Nonverbal Communication class to talk about working in Public Relations after graduation and everything else about the career that she felt was necessary for us to know. Her name is Lindsey Wichern, and this is just some of the useful information that I walked away with after a mere 50 minutes of enlightenment.

First, know whether or not you want to work for an agency, a firm or for a non-profit. Knowing this will help you to pick an internship easier. Also narrow down some cities that you’d like those internships to be in because if you get an internship there and the company likes you enough you may be offered full-time employment after your internship is finished.

When meeting with possible “bridges” with a lot of possible connections:

  • Bring copies of your resume with you
  • Before you leave the meeting ask “is there anyone else I should know?” and “Who else should I meet with?”
  • Be sure to leave with three more names of perspective people that you could meet with
  • Be gracious

When cold e-mailing people tell them that you are “just looking for some advice” and you may get somewhere with them.

Three important things that you should always know as a PR professional:

  • Always stay updated about what’s going on in the news
  • Be knowledgeable and do some research about the in’s and out’s of social media, including analytics and how to use comments etc.
  • KNOW HOW TO WRITE ; Press releases, news stories, tweets, etc.

Applying for big kid jobs can be  a cringe worthy time but it doesn’t have to be. Anytime you apply for a job/internship write it down, create a Word document with information about the company, when you applied, the resume that you gave them. Create multiple folders if you need to, just keep things where you can find them at a moments notice. Make sure you know your audience and tailor your resume to specific jobs. Go through the job descriptions of the jobs that you are looking for an in your tailored resume add “trigger” words that you see that you think will fit (these words may keep your resume in the company’s database longer).  When creating your resume put your education on the top, PR/job experience next and then follow with any other previous work experience (avoid high school jobs unless they are relevant).

So, thank you Lindsey for the advice and good luck out there!