Monthly Archives: November 2012

Looking Sharp without Bleeding Your Wallet

Excellent suits.

So the other night I was kicked back watching Inception, and between the shootouts and car-chases I couldn’t help but to appreciate the suits that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were wearing throughout the film. They were sporting some really stylish gear and I was wishing I had $5,000 to drop on a custom designer suit, but I’m a broke college kid. I realized though that one can still look fresh without spending a lot of cash.

Looking professional is something that every business student should strive to achieve, and there is an economic way to get a solid wardrobe together. But before going shopping there are a few things you need to know. First, know your size! Knowing your size is imperative to getting clothes that fit nicely. You can get a free sizing at any department store or tailor. Check out this link to see how male sizes work:

Second, you need to know what you intend to buy prior to making purchases. Here is the breakdown for a basic wardrobe:

  • 1 Suit (Black)
  • 2 Dress Shirts
  • 2 Ties
  • 1 Pair of Slacks
  • 1 Blazer (Preferably Blue)
  • 2 Pairs of Shoes (Black and Brown)
  • 2 Belts (Black and Brown)
  • 2 Pairs of Dress Shoes (Black and Brown)

The staple to any professional wardrobe is a black suit. The black suit is classic and it’s versatile. Buying suits online is a great way to save some money, so this is where knowing your size is important!

After getting the first suit you should expand your wardrobe by getting some slacks, a sport coat, a couple dress shirts, and a couple ties. Sticking to e-commerce is a good way to find deals on these items, but there are other ways to save money too. Goodwill is a great way to get gently used sport coats and blazers at an unbeatable price. I went to Goodwill last year and got a gray sport coat for about $10! I then took the coat to a tailor and had him take in the sides for a slim, modern look. Having the garment altered ran me about $30, so I ended up with a nice fitting coat for a total of $40.

Having two blazers/sport coats and a pair of khakis will give your wardrobe the flexibility and diversity it needs to handle about just any business situation. Gradually adding different dress shirts and ties will greatly increase your options for professional dress too.

You should also keep your eyes peeled for thrift stores and garage sales; these are great places to find a hidden deal. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your old man if he has any old clothes that he wouldn’t mind giving to you. He may have some cool stuff.

Remember, you don’t have to be a movie star to look sharp. Just stick to my advice and you will have a good looking wardrobe without going broke in the process.

Fact or Myth: Working in NYC

By: Abegayle Neri

Pirates are you looking for an internship or job in the city? Make sure you check out the facts before you let any myths influence your decision on city life!

MYTH: You will DIE if you take the Subway

The subway is NOT a scary place. Thousands of people take the subway everyday, even celebrities. It’s one of the cheapest ways to get around the city, just take precaution if you’re riding the subway after hours, and ALWAYS check the MTA for train changes!

FACT: Taxi’s can be costly and take LONGER than other transportations

No one wants to deal with NYC Traffic, taking a cab can take longer than the subway in some cases.

FACT: Manhattan real estate is expensive

There really is no getting past the cost of living rates in NYC; it’s pricey, but totally worth it. If you’re only there for a short period of time, subleasing an apartment can be ideal. Some schools like NYU offer dorms during the summer for the out of state intern, so keep a look out for those options as well.

 MYTH: Living in the ‘BOROUGHS’ is the WORST.

It is TRUE when they say ‘Brooklyn’ is the new Manhattan. Williamsburg is a trendy area in Brooklyn and can be just as expensive as living in Manhattan. Neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens, AND Harlem CAN be safe and affordable! Astoria is an up and coming area in Queens and has some of the best food around, plus they have two fantastic Beer Gardens.

FACT: New Yorkers, enjoy a fast paced life

They walk and work a little faster than the pace I was used to growing up in NC. Embrace it! People will shove past you on the subway during rush hour and don’t expect a warm embrace from the person behind you if you’re taking forever to order something from a restaurant.

MYTH: ALL New Yorkers are rude  

FALSE! NYC really is a lovely place to be. Some industries can be very highly competitive and cutthroat, but that is just the nature of the beast. New Yorkers tend to keep to themselves, so don’t expect a ton of smiles from people you come across on the street, but do expect the same level of warmth and service at restaurant establishments, retail, and other places of business.

Myth: Ladies, no one wears their 6-inch heels to work.

Have you TRIED walking the rough streets of New York in stilettos? It’s no easy feat, even for a seasoned shoe pro.

FACT: People change into their heels once they get to the office

If you HAVE to wear heels to work, wear flats or sandals until you get to the office, THEN change into heels.

Myth: Times Square is the best part of NYC

Times Square is a very touristy part of the Big Apple and everyone should experience the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the streets, but there is so much more to NYC outside of midtown. Midtown is very crowded, ALL the time! Try venturing downtown for equally exciting activities and a great music scene.

Fact: New York City Cuisine is fabulous!

 There is more to NYC cuisine than the chain restaurants that are located in Times Square! Food trucks have delicious gourmet options and there are excellent local restaurant options that should be explored.

Showcase Your Pirate Pride for Free ECU COB Swag

It’s almost Thanksgiving which means it’s time to remember the things that we are thankful for. You may be thankful for family, friends, pets, and especially the education you are getting here at the ECU College of Business. Here is a chance for you to show some of that Pirate Pride and thankfulness. How, you ask? The College of Business wants to know how you feel about the COB. What makes our College of Business special? Tell us using one of the three ways described below and you could win Free Pirate Booty! The College of Business is currently in the process of re-branding and we want to create a college that reflects our students and alumni. There will be three ways to win COB goodies for the month of November! You may choose one, or all of the options below to increase your chances! The ways to win are as follows:

Create a Video

Students and Alumni will have the chance to create a video relating to business or the College of Business to enter to win the big prize in the photo above, including a COB goody basket. Don’t know what to say? Here are a few ideas!

  • Let people know why you’re thankful for the education you have received from the ECU College of Business.
  • Show your fellow Pirates how to dress professional to land that dream job.
  • Have awesome interview tips? Let them be heard!
  • Feature an alumni and their success story.
  • Are you going on a trip with the COB? Record it and share your experience with your COB Pirates!

There are many options you have when creating this video, so be creative and have fun! All entries should be uploaded to a personal YouTube channel. Entrants should email their entries to to be entered and considered. For video inspiration, check out this video created by ECU’s own Abegayle Neri.

Share Your Ideas

We want the College of Business to be a direct reflection of the students who make up the college. Because of this, we want you to share your ideas to help define the ECU College of Business. Do you have a great idea for a slogan, or have you had an amazing learning experience while in school? Submit your ideas on the ECU COB New Direction page. To enter, simply submit your ideas here, and you will be instantly entered to win free COB goodies!

Guest Blog

The COBx blog has recently opened up our guest blogging to the student body. Students who submit an article that is published will receive free COB goodies! For more information, ideas and guest blogging guidelines, please check out the Guest Blogging Page.

Entry Information

Submissions begin Novemeber 7th and will continue until November 27th. Only those who submit a video will be entered to win the grand prize (shown in the picture above). Participants who choose one of the other options will be instantly entered to win free COB goodies! So, what are you waiting for? Get creative and get your FREE Pirate Booty!


5 Tips for success for a Pirates Life in New York City

By: Abegayle Neri 

Living and working in New York City during the summer of 2011 was like looking at a snap shot of what life after college could be for me. With my December 2012 Graduation date looming over me, I am glad that I took advantage of every opportunity that came my way while I had the chance. Enriching experiences and connections are going to play a major role in the next chapter of my life as well as the lives of other fellow pirates.  Pirates don’t waste opportunities; it’s up to us to take responsibility for our future!

After landing my dream Penguin Group Publishing Internship, I took it upon myself to make my time in the Big Apple count. Moving to a new place with no friends, it was only natural that I would bond with other interns. Together we explored the city cuisine, did too much shopping, went to concerts, and established a weekly Happy Hour gathering. Today, I am still good friends with a few of the interns I met that summer. Some of my friends received full time jobs with Penguin while others moved on to other great companies.

Jumping into a competitive industry, with a business-marketing background in a publicity world, I felt like the constant underdog. Unyielding to the pressures of the fast paced environment, I was eager to prove myself to my boss and the Penguin Young Readers team.  Through the entire summer, I actively sought ways to learn as much as I possibly could about the publishing and publicity industry, while making strides to improving upon every task that was given to me.

My supervisor that summer was a Penguin Young Reader Senior Publicist. Through her mentorship and Penguin’s enthusiastic stance on the learning environment, I was able to become the Publicity Contact for a book, MR. SAM: HOW SAM WALTON BUILT WAL-MART AND BECAME AMERICA’S RICHEST MAN by Karen Blumenthal. After sending out press documents I drafted to several media outlets, I was rewarded with a review of the book in the New York Times book review. That experience is now a major part of my resume and my portfolio.




1.     Dream big and make use of every resource possible.

Don’t sell yourself short by settling for mediocrity. Work hard and try to develop and improve upon skills that make you a competitive job candidate after graduation.

2.     Don’t be another face in the crowd…

Have fun and let your personality shine in your working environment. I think one of the reasons why I was able to learn so much from the Publicity team at Penguin was because I got to know many of the team members.

3.     Shake as many hands as possible and always carry yourself with dignity, you never know who you might get the chance to meet.

I met my two closest intern friends by taking the initiative to introduce myself to every intern I came across my first few weeks at Penguin.

4. GET LinkedIn, It’s what all the cool kids are doing.

Today I am LinkedIn to everyone on the YR Publicity team and all of the interns I befriended. This professional networking site will be an important tool after graduation.

5.    Work Hard and Play Hard

It’s important to take time to relax and have fun outside of the office so that you can give 100% while you’re at work.


COBx Begins Guest Blogging

As many may know, blogging can be important for businesses and can be a great branding tool for people. Blogs have quickly become strong competitors to other, more traditional news sources because they can be updated in real time, i.e. Mashable and TechCrunch. By blogging, a person can be seen as an authority in their respective field.  And as such, we’re excited to announce that…

The College of Business has opened up blogging on the COBx to the public!

To submit you guest blog please go to the Guest Blogging Page for all the details, and suggestions on how to create and submit the perfect post. Those published win a free COB t-shirt!