Today was quite possibly the last Monday morning I will wake up and go to school. When I first started walking to class I tried to savor every last bit, but after about 5 steps my mind wandered off to something else and I forgot. My mind is still on an ever-moving cycle because despite the obvious fact that life is changing drastically, there is still so much to do! I’m not about to get caught up in the nostalgia and let these last final days slip away. That would be a waste, I’ll wait until the very end to sit back and remember. Now, however let me just recap the busyness that occurred in the last half of April.
If you are a PR student, I highly suggest/demand that you take Crisis Communications as a support course. Our class recently had our crisis exercise. The chaos that commenced on a Tuesday morning did not stop until the next afternoon on Wednesday (except for a small break to sleep). I’m not a supporter of all-nighters, mostly because I cannot physically handle it. My body was shutting down the next day, but somehow I had to process what was going on and react appropriately. It not only taught me about how to deal with crises, but it forced me to evaluate my own strengths and weaknesses. TAKE THE COURSE.
Besides that, I had a lot of tests, projects, presentations and the usual suspects of college life. All of which kept me on my toes, but nothing like the crisis. Oh, and I’m obviously applying to jobs at a constant rate. I recently applied for a position that may not be ideal, but it is at my dream company and has the ability for promotion.
Now for the homestretch. Take Back the Night sponsored by PRSSA is Wednesday! My last event as the Vice President. I’ll update how it goes, but I have high hopes.
Just because its the last week does not mean its the end. I don’t even know if on May 12, when its really all over, if I will be able to sit back and relax. I think a lot of us are waiting for this to get ‘easier’, but I’m not sure if it ever does. College may be over, but then life starts. Both might be challenging, but the challenge is what makes it exciting.
At the end of our last PRSSA meeting last night Dr. Carroll (faculty advisor) said, “Can I say something? How many of you went to the Dana Perino seminar yesterday? [all hands go up]. I want you to know that you just received one million dollars worth of information outside of the classroom.” Here’s why he said that…
Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Humanities building, Dana Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, spoke to Public Relations and Mass Communications majors about anything and everything. From how she got to where she is to if she likes the Yankees now that she lives in New York. She was candid, but more importantly, she was encouraging. She said words that many of us had heard before, but when it was uttered out of her mouth it was a little more believable, “You’re better than you think.” Immediately I thought, okay then tell me how so I can put it on my resume, oh the process of the job hunt. I obviously wanted to know, so I decided to stay around for the presentation at 3 p.m. to the general public. Here, she gave us 5 tips:
- Don’t be afraid to move (that I’m totally ready for)
- Hold the sarcasm (need some work)
- Use your strong voice (pretty much the entire population of girls need to work on this.)
- Read and read some more. (one of my favorite things to do)
- Get involved in a fitness activity (I’M TRYING)
The moment I felt like I wanted to take over the world was when she expressed how lucky we were to be graduating from York College. After this I was so gung-ho on the job search, but I am at a standstill. I need to change something.
Yesterday, we had an alumni panel at our last PRSSA meeting and advice was just dropped in our laps. Three people who had been under the same roof as us for four years were successful. Its attainable. They gave us immeasurable information on networking and the job hunt, how to follow-up. Especially helpful, never be afraid to ask for help.
I just received one million dollars worth of information, I mean I have no choice but to put it to work, right?
Yesterday, Kickin’ Cancer celebrated a wonderful success by raising $1000 for The American Cancer Society. The winning team even donated $50 back to the cause to make it an even $1000. This year PRSSA - YCP chapter has donated more money than I could imagine to charitable causes. I am proud to be a part of such a enthusiastic group who, in the end, puts everything aside to make an event as successful as it can be. Here’s a photo of the winning group(s) and the account executive, Marykate Valdini.
So this means only one more event to go! Take Back The Night will be May 2, so we have about a month to prepare for that. In the meantime, tomorrow we elect next year’s e-board, which means the end is quite obviously near.
Although the future is terribly frightening and extremely exciting, I still just don’t feel it coming. I mean I think I’m ready, although at the moment I am jobless. Maybe it’ll all set in when we get back from Easter break. I am just hoping that it is a feeling of excitement rather than dread. Either way, time’s not stopping so being prepared as possible is the only option at this point. I don’t see an ending point for the 10 application daily ritual that is going on. Break is three days away, but I’m not sure you can actually call it a break.
Ahhhh everything is happening so fast! I wish there was a pause button.
I am beyond stoked for the release of The Hunger Games. I finished the trilogy over memorial day weekend last year and have been impatiently awaiting the premier for quite awhile now. To be entirely honest, the cast selection is not what I would have gone for— at least not for every character. Gale, Rue and foxface are PERFECT. I just expected Katniss to be more of a stunning beauty rather than a cute or pretty girl. More unusual rather than common looking. It’s nuts how you can let your mind go in a book and create characters but when the movies come out a sense of disappointment sets in because I guarantee every reader out there probably thinks they could have chosen better. I never really understood the Harry Potter enthusiasts until nowish.
Regardless, I am excited to see how the movie brings such an epic novel to life.
Some of the cast is pictured below!
PRSSA’s spring special occasion dress sale 2012 has ended. We almost double our previous totals, which means even more money goes back into the community. Last semester, the money raised was donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and The American Cancer Society. I cannot wait to hear where all of the money raised this weekend will go.
These dresses are some of the ones left over that will be for next year, as you can see we have quite a collection going. (I used Instagram).
Being part of an organization that is doing something to better the world makes my time spent at YCP even more worthwhile. Every time we do something, we’re doing it to help others. Whether its stressful or not, its our small way of giving back. I have no doubt that at the end of March our next event, Kickin’ Cancer will be celebrating a similar success.
I feel like recently there has been a lot of “last…EVER“‘s. Today is the beginning of the end for one that is very dear to my heart… kind of. The dress sale is a large part of PRSSA. It’s the one event we have every semester. Its a lot of work for such a short event, but if you ask anyone what they remember of PRSSA, there is no doubt in my mind the dress sale would come up. It’s not because it’s anything magical. To be entirely honest, its stressful. It’s one of the events that I look forward to the end, but looking back I might miss it.
The concept is wonderful. We collect gently used dresses for young women who are not able to afford the latest trend dresses that just arrived at the department stores. Instead, they’re able to purchase a dress with a story. Whether it was donated by Renaissance or a local York College student, the person who donated it wanted it to go to someone deserving. As far as deserving goes, though, every girl going to prom is just that. Every single young woman attending a dress deserves to feel like a princess. I think PRSSA assists in that mission. That makes this long weekend at least a little bit worth it—and the fact that it looks nice on a resume does not hurt, even when its your fourth dress sale.
Stop by the West Manchester Wall tonight from 4 to 9, tomorrow 11 to 4 or Sunday 1 to 4. Tonight there is a fashion show at 7.
So in the middle of a semester full of “last…ever“‘s, this one I think is more of a celebration.
Let the festivities begin, last dress sale…EVER?!?!?!
York’s weirdly scheduled winter break started today. There is honestly not one other school that has off during this time, which I used to hate passionately. Now, it comes as more of a blessing. Today I spent the entire day out with my best friend who came home for the weekend, and I will be spending the evening with all of the girls who ventured home for the night. Basically 24 hours consisting of non-stop catching up about school, friends, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, being excited for the future, being absolutely terrified for the future, the ever-daunting job search, graduation and the past. The past ALWAYS creeps in there, probably because its the one thing that has and will mold you into the person you are and will become. There are so many hysterical stories— one’s that make you desperately yearn for the “back then’s”. Then, there are the times that make you glad you’ve experienced them but are so glad you never have to go back. Ultimately, these 24 hours will be filled with laughter and tears, both of which will be incredibly refreshing and overwhelming at the same time. As much as I love the revisit to the past, I’m also looking forward to the following week filled with relaxation and contemplation about where exactly I want to be in two months. The past is a huge part of the decision making. After all, experience is sometimes more educating than any class ever could be. So thank you York, I never thought I’d be so grateful for an entire week at my disposal to simply think. Happy thinking :)
I think it’s safe to say that PRSSA ran my life last semester. This semester, however, it has been dramatically different. I went from having not a minute free to having entire days free. Some of which I use wisely—others I use to stalk every picture from New York Fashion Week. This is in large part due to how my role has shifted. Last semester, I had my own event that I was very involved in, some would say obsessed. This semester, I followed advice to delegate work. Therefore, the three events happening this semester (Special Occasion Dress Sale, Kickin’ Cancer and Take Back The Night) all have enthusiastic account executives who rarely need me. Although I look over progress, go to committee meetings and meet individually with them occasionally, it is nothing like three months ago. My position is different.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it.
I think my roommates are probably happy that I don’t spout the acronym PRSSA every blinking moment. I don’t mind it either, I guess its just experiencing everything from a different angle. That can’t hurt, right?