Saturday, November 26, 2011

Grad School War

With all but one of my grad school applications in, I have a lot to think about.  How will I afford these schools?  Where will I live?  Am I ready for all that grad school brings?  But most importantly...where do I really want to go?

This is where I'm torn.  I have my top four (4) schools, and they are divided by two categories: college football and city life.

As I sit here during rivalry weekend in college football, I want nothing more than to have this experience.  I want the experience of going to one of these games and cheering for my school.  FGCU couldn't give me this experience.  And while I know that grad school requires me to "grow up," I still really want to be able to have the football season experience.

On the other hand, I would love to move to a big city.  Both of my parents went to school in New York City, and I would love to have a similar experience as them.  I would love to take the subway/metro to get to campus.  I would love to walk out of a college building and step into the streets of one of the nation's biggest cities.  I would love to have opportunities at my fingertips.

So what is it?  Florida State or Alabama?  Georgetown or NYU?  Or will I end up at one of my back up schools...USF or FIU?

I guess only time and tears will tell.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Why I Hate Christmas Music

Okay, so before you call me Scrooge or some other terrible name, you should know that I don't actually hate Christmas music itself.  I hate Christmas music when it's played out of season.

We all know that stores put out holiday decorations a little too soon.  For example, Halloween decorations are out at the beginning of September, and Christmas decorations are out the day after Halloween.

This in itself bugs the heck out of me, but what bothers me more is when Christmas music is played out of season.  So what's season you ask?  Black Friday to the end of December.

The other day I was in Bath and Body Works and they were playing Christmas music.  I couldn't stand it.  I had to leave.  All I could think was, "It's not even Thanksgiving yet!!  You're playing Christmas music and your fall scents are already on clearance."  Maybe it's just me, but I have a huge problem with that picture.

Justin Bieber released his Christmas album last month and Glee just released their Christmas album on Tuesday.  I'm sorry, but Christmas isn't until December 25th.

I guess it bothers me so much because we're practically skipping over Thanksgiving.  I know there are no Thanksgiving albums out there, but it's the fact of the matter.  Thanksgiving deserves to have it's time.  And the day after Thanksgiving, we can all begin to focus on Christmas.

Since people usually forget my birthday because of Christmas, I know what it's like to be Thanksgiving. I know what it's like to be forgotten about for something "more important."

On the bright side, only one more week until it's Christmas music season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two weeks until the end

Two weeks from today will be my last day at my internship.  It's an incredibly bittersweet moment, and I've never been so sad for something to end.

Four months ago, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do after graduation.  I still don't, but I have a better clue.  I'm more sure of myself and my future.  I have a sense of where I want to be five and ten years from now.  I can actually see myself in the field of public relations.

When I started my internship back in August, I didn't have any expectations.  I was desperate and needed an internship.  But interning at a PR agency was my dream.  Never for a second did I think it would be a reality for me.

I didn't have a typical PR internship experience.  I never wrote a press release or worked directly with the media.  I never wrote PSAs for a nonprofit or coordinated an event.  But the experience I had was unique, different, and life changing.  I wrote blogs and scheduled tweets.  I updated content schedules and Facebook pages.  I created paper.lis and

There were days where I got so mad at myself because I felt like I couldn't do a single thing right.  There were days where I wondered if I was cut out for this.  There were days when I took way too long to complete a task.  But there were days when I walked in and was told, "You did a great job."  There were days when tasks finally got accomplished.  Moments like that made it all worth it.  It made me realize that though I was nervous about the work I was doing, it was paying off.  It wasn't perfect, but people were happy.  Clients were happy.  That made me happy.

I can't even begin to list all of the things I've learned.  This internship has taught me far more than any of my classes have.  My time at Pushing the Envelope has been incredible, and I truly have nothing to complain about.

I'm going to take these next two weeks to be the best intern I can possibly be.  I'm going to push myself a little harder, work a little longer, and enjoy the time I have left with my co-workers.  The experience would not have been the same without them.