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Fall semester is just around the corner, are you ready?

August 15, 2014

By: Jess Carnprobst @jess_carnprobst

048_ohiouYesterday it hit me – I only have a week left before I go back to school. What?? How did summer go by so fast? I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way, and may even be going back sooner than I am. Of course, we’re all excited to go back to the beautiful home we call Athens, but there’s still a lot left to do before the summer ends. Here are some of my tips to help make that to do list seem less daunting.

1. Rethink everything you wanted to do when summer began

Did you make a list at the beginning of the summer? If so, then go through and check off everything you’ve already done. If the list was mental, write it all down then do the same. You should already feel much better. Now breathe, and make a separate list of everything you still want or need to do. Whether this includes going on some crazy adventure or updating your resume, write it down and don’t hesitate to get started.

2. Remember that a lot can be done in just seven days

If you’re looking at your packing list and your new to do list thinking there’s no way, don’t worry it can be done! Prioritize your list and start checking things off. If your list still seems too daunting after a few days, look over it again. Is everything really that urgent? It might be a good idea to save some not-so-urgent things for fall semester. Now that you’ve reminded yourself what is most important, make it happen! Go on a wild adventure, hang out with your friends and family one last time, maybe start packing the car. In a week’s time, you’ll be glad you crammed it all in, making your last week one of the best weeks of the summer.

3. Get ready for Athens!

Both mentally and physically, prepare yourself for the upcoming year because it’s going to be a great one! If you’re a planner, set some goals for yourself. If you enjoy channeling your creativity, make some crafts for your dorm or apartment. If you’re feeling very creative, feel free to share the love and teach me a craft or two (I’m trying to decorate my apartment, but I don’t want to end up with my fingers glued together). Whatever it may be, get yourself ready for your best year yet! If you go in feeling prepared and accomplished, there will be nothing stopping you from an outstanding semester!

 

Now it’s time for me to take my own advice and prepare for my move in less than one short week. Even though it seems like I have month’s worth of things to do, it will somehow all be done by the time I see those beautiful bricks yet again. I can’t wait to see you all there, let’s make this year fantastic!

Is Having Two Part-Time Internships Good or Bad?

August 8, 2014

By: Elaine Carey @snakesona_laine

multitaskingAs far as dilemmas go, having two part-time internships to choose between is not too shabby. In fact, congrats! Whether one or both are virtual, or they’re both part-time and in the same city, you might not have to choose just one.

It’s not an uncommon scenario: You applied to plenty of internships, you went to a bunch of interviews and you worked your butt off! And great news – two of your top choices want you to work for them. Not readily willing to sacrifice one of those opportunities? Maybe you can do both, but there’s a lot to consider before you commit.

  • What else will you have on your plate? If you have to worry about a part-time job or classes in addition to the two internships, be absolutely certain that you can handle a hectic schedule.
  • Make sure you’re not spreading yourself too thin. If you won’t be able to do an outstanding job at both internships at the same time, pick one.
  • Take a look at past experience. Remember that one semester when you worked 2 jobs, took 6 classes, kept up with your blog and still had time for friends? Yeah, you can handle two internships. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who prefers a slower pace and gets stressed easily, there’s no shame in that. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make a decision based on that.
  • What kind of internships are they? Resume building is great, but is working two social media internships at the same time really beneficial? Not only would doing the same thing at both gigs get tedious, it wouldn’t give you a glimpse into other aspects of your future career. However, a virtual blogging internship that requires 10 or so hours of at-home work paired with an experiential marketing internship that requires travelling might work out perfectly!

There is no clear-cut solution to the age-old “two internship” problem. The answer lies within! Don’t drive yourself crazy, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself either. Good luck!

Why you should think before you Post

February 17, 2014 3 Comments

As a student at Ohio University, I have been hounded by the concept of, “Be careful what you post. Your future employers will see it. Do you want to have a job after graduation?” Every single one of my professors has warned me about the risks you take on social media, and when your weirdo philosophy professor talks about it, you know it’s serious. Everyone should follow these five golden rules to lower the risk of embarrassment and job rejections.

  1. If you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see it. If you wouldn’t want to show your grandma your tweets, don’t tweet it. Imagine trying to explain a picture of you bonging a beer to your grandmother. If that doesn’t make your face turn red, then imagine showing your tweets and explaining it to your boss.
  2. If you would die of embarrassment when seeing your past 10 tweets projected in front of one of your classes. Imagine walking into class and the professor has your past 10 tweets projected on the board. Imagine one of those tweets was you on @bobcatmakeOUts. I’m sure you and the other person in the picture had a great night, but now your entire class and the professor know about it too. You may have to drop the class out of embarrassment.CollegeP1
  3. You are here for an education and your future employers will check your social media. This cannot be emphasized enough! You will continue to hear about this forever. Think about the people you would want to hire. Whether you tweet inappropriate content or retweet someone else’s, that’s not the type of person employers want to hire. You may have #collegeprobs but it’s not necessary to share with the rest of the world.
  4. You actually share much more than you think when you post. If you’re tweeting that you’re depressed all the time, people will unfollow you and think it’s annoying. No one wants to see someone tweet that they have a terrible life every 10 seconds. It also doesn’t look good to employers. If you tweet about how much you hate your part-time job and continuously complain, how does that prove you’d be happier working for any company? Think about what you’re posting and how it reflects upon you from other perspectives.CollegeP2
  5. Were you even aware you were updating your social media? Like my mom always says, “Puking is not sexy.” Should you really be posting about puke in your hair? The rough hangover you have? The extent of alcohol you are drinking/did drink? Drunk-tweets and photos are things that employers look for. You might not be aware that these will cost you jobs, because they will simply just not contact you for an interview.

If you are highly qualified for the jobs you’re applying to, then don’t let something so silly like Twitter ruin your chances.  Please, share this information with your friends and even laugh about it. Your future depends on you, so think before you post!

Taylor Davis is a sophomore studying Health Communications, and minoring in Psychology and Journalism with a Diversity Certificate. You can follow her on Twitter at @taylorrosedavis

My Journey as a Young PR Professional

April 22, 2013 1 Comment

Briagenn Adams

 I came to Ohio University with my heart set on news writing and print journalism. As a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed freshman, I bounced out of bed every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. sharp, convinced that Journalism 101 was the gateway to the rest of my life as a hard-hitting, caffeine-addicted reporter for the New York Times.

 Every day I practically skipped to the Little Professor Bookstore to pick up my newspaper. Strutting around campus, The New York Times tucked neatly under my arm, I was the epitome of sophistication. Watch out, world! Here comes Briagenn Adams.

 Reality set in Winter Quarter. Maybe it was the continuous cold weather, maybe it was Christmas cheer wearing off. For whatever reason, news writing journalism was no longer for me. After constantly listening to my friends and family members refer to print journalism as a dying industry, I began to get nervous about my future success. I gloomily realized that I couldn’t live the rest of my career with this impassioned attitude, and something needed to be done

At the end of Spring Quarter, I met with my advisor. Together, we decided to make the big switch from News & Information to Strategic Communications. At the time, I felt as though a part of my soul had withered away and died – I would never become a world-famous reporter! I would never see my freakishly Irish name by-lined in bold font! My life was over.

 

Incidentally, however, it had only just begun.

At the beginning of my sophomore year, I made the decision to throw myself into PRSSA and ImPRessions at Ohio University. I dutifully attended Monday meetings in Scripps 111, and became an Account Associate for the ImPRessions Internal Account. Little by little, I found my niche within these student organizations, and began to feel more comfortable with my profession. However, something still felt a little bit off.

I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m not a Social Media Queen. I’m not always up-to-date on the latest Internet trends, and I definitely don’t have fifteen plus internships under my belt. Basically, I felt overwhelmed and inadequate. For the second time, I questioned my choice of major. 

Instead of retreating with my tail between my legs, I decided to confront the problem head on. Didn’t have an internship? I made one for myself. Three weeks before OU went on Winter break, I called the Admissions Director of my Catholic high school and asked if I could help with PR and recruitment throughout December. Next thing I knew, I was editing an alumni magazine, managing the school’s Twitter account, and conducting honor’s program interviews. ET VOILA! Empty resume no longer! 

With refreshed vigor, I attacked Spring Semester. I got an internship as a reporter for OU’s Communication and Marketing Department. Writing for COMPASS has basically been the Reece’s Cup of jobs, but instead of chocolate and peanut butter, it is PR and reporting merged as one delicious combination. COMPASS has taught me that I really can have the best of both worlds, as long as I am willing to bid goodbye to my sanity on approach to deadline.   

I guess what I am trying to say – via an extremely circuitous route – is that Public Relations is what you make it. Not every PR professional is glued to their Twitter feed 24/7. Likewise, not every PR professional experiences pleasure in finally finding the perfect word to complete a sentence. We are versatile people, catering to an even more varied profession. I can think of but one thing that unifies us all: when we want something, we go get it. PR can be a cutthroat industry as times, competitive and self-promotional. However, the Scripps School of Journalism has taught us well, and I am confident that each and every one of my fellow PRSSA and ImPRessions members will go on to do big things.

So, whatever your passion, be it writing, Tweeting, blogging, or painting, use it. Don’t forget about the dream that kept you up at night as an 18-year-old college freshman. That dream is what makes you special, and that dream is what will make you stand out to an employer. You don’t have to be kind of good at everything – be excellent at what you love to do, and trust that the rest will follow. 

Working While in School, Weighing the Benefits of Campus Jobs

November 30, 2012

By: Kiley Landusky

I have long debated the idea of getting a campus job. There is of course the benefit of having more cash in your pocket, perhaps making a dent in tuition, but what else is there that would actually benefit me for my future? Shouldn’t I be focusing on school?

Well there are more benefits than just a little extra cash in your pocket. Having a campus job can greatly benefit your experience in a professional setting, sharpen your communication skills and even create friends. After talking to my friend, Kelly Mayer, I have warmed up to the thought of actually getting a job on campus. She works in Nelson dining hall, swiping people in for meals. From what I hear, campus jobs have done nothing but good for OU students.

“Having a campus job is beneficial because I get money and time management,” explained Kelly. She organizes her time more so than she would without this job because she doesn’t have as much of a luxury that other students have – an abundance of free time. From busying yourself, you become more productive and willing to finish tasks that come your way. I think that this is one of my problems; I need something to push me to get things done. Sitting around in my dorm all day makes me not want to do anything! A campus job would give me motivation to conquer all things that come my way, because I can’t afford not to.

Not only would students benefit right now during school, but this would also create a familiar structure to use once they have a career. Along with this, students could use their skills with customer service, since nearly every campus job involves communicating with peers and higher management. Kelly agrees, she said “I would use these skills in the future because I have more people skills. I used to be scared of talking to customers, but when you’re forced to, you get used to it”. A previous job of mine involved talking to customers furthering allowing me to understand how to address people when working and communicate properly, but for people who have not had this experience, it is crucial in getting yourself comfortable in a working setting. You’ll find that you have to have a certain tone when talking to customers, you have to show them that you’re there to please them and serve them and that they are important to you. I would not know how to do this unless I had a previous job.

Working a campus job ties students closer to the university and the people in it. “I’ve definitely met a lot more people, I recognize faces and have formed relationships,” explained Kelly. This continues the communication that helps in working with people. The social interaction is beneficial to any career field really, but helps especially in public relations. Networking is a huge part in being successful with public relations, so the more friends and connections, the merrier. I know that I should take advantage of the opportunity to meet people through work, you never know which connections may help in the future.

So for those like me that are questioning a campus job, I say go for it. That’s what I plan to do! Extra money, people skills, time management and networking definitely will enhance my growth as a PR star.

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