No Registration, No Worries (Kind Of)

With all the buzz in the air with registration this past week, I officially feel old. I never saw the day coming where I wouldn’t have to sit down for half an hour and try to strategically plan out class times and molding my schedule with aiming to have no Friday classes; you also can’t forget reading (and sometimes laughing) at the reviews on Ratemyprofessor.com— a college kid’s best friend of a website. All my roommates and some of my friends have been stressing about it this past week, but I could just sit back and relax :) However, it is just another reminder that I am hitting the real world in a little over a month (yikes) and will be beginning a completely new chapter of my life. As draining as it can be, I can’t imagine any other life than class, homework and studying during the week days. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling!

Speaking of starting a new chapter of my life, this past week I accepted an internship with Campus Special for a sales and advertising internship for the summer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what Campus Special is, it’s a company that works with local business owners and educates them on how to market themselves to college students in the area. They usually choose 2-4 interns per University, and then all the interns fly to Chicago the last weekend of April to train. I’ve never been to Chicago before so I am very excited to visit, and get started with a new transition in my life!

When I’m not busy with school or studying, call me a nerd but I love to read. I’ve always been a bookworm since I can remember, and am always looking for a new good book to read (if you have any good suggestions please comment and let me know!). Last semester I read a book called “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. I always try to take away something from every novel I read, and this one was no exception. This is hands down my most favorite book I have ever read. I enjoyed it so much that I bought it for a Christmas gift for my mom this past year.

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I started re-reading it again this past week. The Last Lecture is about Randy Pausch, the author, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who gets diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Last Lecture is about his ability to hang on to everyday life, and his journey as it comes to an end. This book really highlights inspiration, human compassion, re-thinking priorities, and reflections and mystery about life.

A quote from Pausch: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”.

What I liked most about Pausch’s story was his honesty in his writing, and his ability to try and lead a normal life and make the most of it until the very end. If you enjoy reading and have some free time, I highly recommend this book. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

              Blog by: Haley Nowlin
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Senior Registration

This past Tuesday marked a day that I never thought would come…registration for the fall of my senior year. To me becoming a senior in college always felt like this very far off event that would never actually happen. But, as I sat in my room on Tuesday morning still very sleepy and waiting on my 8am register time it all hit me like a train. Suddenly I found myself wondering has it really been three and a half years since I moved into Fletcher for my freshman year? Was that even possible? Where did the time go? It feels like it was about twenty minutes ago to me.

My first home game with my best friend Nikki. In complete disbelief this was over three years ago!

My first home game with my best friend Nikki. In complete disbelief this was over three years ago!

Granted it was nice to not have any problems getting in all the classes I needed, I finished at 8:03am. A record considering I have never had a registration experience that wasn’t filled with stress and anxiety. However, this time it was a different kind of stress and anxiety; it was a kind that was much, much worse. It was the realization that in just a year and a few short months, that I would officially be an adult. That I would then need to find a job, pay my own bills, find a place to live and, essentially grow up. The thought of all this change downright terrifies me. I don’t feel old enough for all of that; I’m not sure if I ever will.

I am sure I am not the only one who had thoughts like these this week, I’m not sure if any of us are ever REALLY ready to graduate and take on all of that extra responsibility. So, as the rest of my very stressful week went on I tried to be a little more thankful for all the things I normally complain about. Things like having to stay up late studying for tests, waking up early for class and, stressing about grades and group projects. I guess it won’t be long before all of us long for those days. So here’s hoping time slows down, because this girl just is not ready to leave Greenville.

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Rocky Roads Lead to Clear Skies

Good Wednesday morning followers, and could it be a greater day? With everything that’s happened in the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t be more excited to be writing my fans with great news. The past few weeks have been rough (if you’ve been following) but a trip to see my advisor and a week studying hard makes everything better.

This week’s post will be brief because I have a lot of school work to catch up on. I did want to let everyone know that my spirits are high and it looks like I’ll be completing my MBA program here at ECU. Over the years something valuable I have learned is, sometimes the right decision turns out to be the most difficult. The decisions we make are based on what we know at that current moment in time. And we have to be 100% satisfied with that decision. There is no waking up the next morning saying, “What if I did this instead”?

I’m proud to say I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m comfortable with the decision’s I’ve made, (some may be borderline) but we grow as individuals, we learn from those mistakes and become better people. Life is a process and follow me next week as I give you in depth information on how my first semester in the MBA program comes to a close.

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Spring Career Fair 2014 & Interview Articles!

This past week coming back from spring break was hectic to say the least! I know I wasn’t the only one who felt like I got hit in the face with school work after having more than a week off. Between multiple tests and several group meetings and assignments due, the only times I was home were to sleep at night, and weeks like that are never fun! As most College of Business students know, the Career Fair was this past Thursday. Myself and Katie, the other Social Media/Marketing intern volunteered this past Thursday afternoon, and helped out with the Suit Up Instagram contest. I did it by myself last semester, but this semester we had a little bit more organization being supplied with COB pins and other supplies :) Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for our Facebook album of all of our Suit Up contestants, and other general pictures from the Career Fair and make sure to follow us at: @ecucob if you don’t already!

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I usually don’t read magazines and haven’t bought one since probably middle school, but my sister recommended me checking out the April issue of Glamour. For guys I know this probably doesn’t apply since it is mainly a fashion magazine, but they had not only one, but several articles on interview tips, and reasons why an employer should/would hire you.

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These articles were not only surprisingly knowledgeable and helpful, but provided a great amount of insight from the other side — the professional’s point of view, but was also appropriate for graduation coming up in just a month and a half!

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I would definitely recommend this to not only seniors about to hit the real world here shortly after graduation, but any young adult about to start their professional career in the near future. These articles included things you always want to ask but maybe just don’t know how; like asking how much the salary of a certain job position may be, or how to ask for a promotion in a respectful and professional manner. They also include pictures of clothes shoes, and bags to invest in for the work environment, interview do’s and don’ts, and how to negotiate—and why it’s important. Check out these articles if you get the opportunity! I enjoyed them and know all you guys would as well :)

          Blog by: Haley Nowlin
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Spring Career Fair!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! The first week back after spring break is always difficult but this week was an all out struggle. I am sure I was not the only COB student stressed with multiple group projects and trying to get myself ready for the career fair.

With summer quickly approaching panic is beginning to set in because I have not yet accepted an internship. I felt that the career fair would be the perfect opportunity to get face to face with employers and hopefully make some good contacts. Unfortunately, not many of the companies that were in attendance offered summer internships and almost none were in marketing and advertising. On the upside it was really good to get more experience with making my pitch statement and speaking with employers.

Haley and I at the Career Fair!

Haley and I at the Career Fair!

Although I didn’t find any companies that were directly related to advertising, there were over 100 companies represented! Most of the companies I saw were construction and accounting related, however I did see a few retail chains represented as well. I also heard a lot of feedback from other students and everyone said that the companies had a lot of entry-level positions available and they were looking to hire students right after graduation!

I hope that if you attended that you had a great and successful experience speaking with employers! If you are confused or need pointers on what steps to take next, follow the ECU COB Pinterest boards for tips on thank you notes and follow ups!

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Spring Into Action

Happy Wednesday all my followers, I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break. What did I do? Well for as long as my wife and I have lived in Greenville, we never leave for Spring Break. We are always so busy or working, and Greenville clears out and when the population gets cut in half for a week, it’s nice to have a quiet slow town for a while.

This time was a little different, we did have to bring my father-in-law to Annapolis, Maryland. His friend purchased a boat (with two rooms) so their wives were joining them for a week long excursion to the New Bern Marina.

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As a reward for driving them to Annapolis, my father-in-law paid for us to stay in a hotel for two nights. This was also in case they needed to get some parts for the boat there would be a vehicle handy for a couple days. The romantic getaway for the weekend was nice, and it gave me and my wife a chance to swing by Fredericksburg on the way home to see my family for lunch. Although the time was short, it was nice.

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I wanted to spend the break doing school work, but once the break started, I actually found myself cleaning up around the house a lot and getting ready for school to start. Once school started back, I would be somewhat stress free from house chores for a while and focus would be back on class.

This following Sunday I forced myself to get back into school mode. After my wife left for work, I spend a majority of the day (6 hours) in the library doing some well needed school work. It looks like my priorities for the time being are back in order, and with this momentum I feel great about the outcome of this semester.

Thanks again to everyone who reads my weekly blog. Be sure to make suggestions for next weeks topic and follow me on twitter @ECUCOB^CP.

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Transitioning from Spring Break Back To Reality

As I scrolled through my Instagram newsfeed throughout break, every other picture was of someone on a cruise or in a tropical paradise such as the Bahamas or Miami. Of course, this naturally striked a tiny bit of jealousy within me, considering I was at home in Raleigh twiddling my thumbs and petting my dog. Not to mention, nothing about the pastiness of my skin was changing. Some could call this poor planning or being broke, and they would be completely correct. On a brighter note, it was great to be able to spend some time with my family and have some time to unwind and relax, get a mini-vacation away from school work, and enjoy some home cooked meals.

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          And it’s always nice to hangout with this cutie :)

The past month or two I had been thinking about donating to Locks of Love. For anyone that isn’t familiar with what Locks of Love is, it’s a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 21 years of age, suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, mainly cancer. Having very long hair all throughout my college career it was definitely a big decision to make, but I figured it’s time for a change!

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I got 10 inches chopped off to donate, and hopefully it makes some little girl as happy as it has made me! Hair always grows and that’s how I viewed it :)

On a more business related note, the career fair is THIS Thursday!! It has definitely snuck up on us but if you are on the fence about attending just do it! Last semester was my first time going to a career fair, but I am very glad that I did. It gives you great practice on talking to employer’s, presenting and selling yourself and just basic communication skills. Last fall, I was initially pretty nervous to approach employers, but after I did one I was perfectly fine approaching others after. It gives you a better idea of what qualities companies are looking for, and I wish I had started going to career fairs earlier in my college career.
Some tips I have found helpful from preparing for the career fair last semester are pretty simple but helpful:

1.) Looking sharp. I strongly believe the way you present yourself is the way others see and believe in you. Even if you have a lot to offer and have all the qualities for the job, if you look like a bum no employer will give you a second look.

2.) Have a mentor/professor/professional look over your resume. There is always room for improvement, even if you think everything is fixed to a tee. There is always something that can be worded more professionally, or maybe a grammar error or two you overlooked.

3.) Have confidence. Not only in the way you present yourself, but in the abilities and talents you have to offer as well. Not only in the business world, but in the real world as well people can sense if you are not sure of yourself. Nothing is more attractive than the right level of modesty and confidence.

4.) Research. It’s vital to make sure you are aware of what companies will be there. It’s even better to narrow down to approximately 5 main companies you have a genuine interest in working for. Find their web page and absorb as much as you can about them! Nothing looks better than knowing exactly what you are talking about in relation to an employer’s company, and even be able to incorporate some background information or even fun facts to really show you did your research.

5.) Practice, practice, practice! As cliché as it sounds, if you have an idea of what you want to say to employers, it provides you more confidence and avoids making you come off as unprepared.

I hope everyone has a great first week back from break, and I hope to see you guys at the Career Fair this Thursday, March 20th! The College of Business will be doing the Suit Up Instagram contest again this semester, so make sure you bring you’re “A” game! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Blog by: Haley Nowlin

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NYC and ATL!

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot believe it is almost the end of spring break…why? Although I would’ve preferred to have been sunning myself all week on a beach, I still had a great break in New York City and Atlanta!

The first half of this week I spent it visiting my Dad in Manhattan (he was relocated there in January for work) and now I am in Atlanta until Sunday visiting a few friends. It was great to finally get a chance to visit my Dad and see his new apartment that’s located right in the center of the city in Midtown, such a great area! He is close to Grand Central Station, Central Park, 5th avenue shopping, and my favorite, Bloomingdales! My mom and I spent our time walking all over the concrete jungle, eating great food and shopping great sales! We spent a day exploring Soho and we also started our mornings with a run around Central Park through the Reservoir which is a 2 mile track with great views of the city.

Mom and I stopping for a photo in Central Park.

Mom and I stopping for a photo in Central Park.

Today I head off to Atlanta to hang out with friends for the weekend and go on two interviews with advertising agencies in the area. As you may have read previously, I have been on the hunt for the perfect summer internship in advertising so it was great to be contacted for interviews! Hopefully this trip is fun and ends in an opportunity for the summer!

I hope everyone has a great rest of their break and has a safe trip back to Greenville, wherever you may be. Here’s hoping the next few days move as slowly as possible!

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Spring is Upon Us!

Last week might have seemed like you were never going to see the light at the end of the tunnel, at least that’s how it felt for me anyways. Having multiple tests and assignments due is the last thing you want to tackle knowing a break from school is so close, but I think it’s safe to say we all survived and thankfully, Spring Break is officially here! Most people are going somewhere tropical and amazing but I celebrated the first day of Spring Break in bed with a tub of ice cream and Orange is the New Black on NetFlix. Not as exciting as a cruise to the Bahamas, but I have to start saving some money and also start applying to some more jobs!

With that in mind, the Career Fair is right around the corner, being the week we come back from break! Katie Bellino and myself will be at the Career Fair taking pictures of everyone looking spiffy in their suits and business attire for our Instagram Suit Up contest! Stay tuned the Monday we come back from break for helpful tips and advice in relation to preparation for the Career Fair!
Everyone have a fun, safe and hopefully warm Spring Break :)

Blog by: Haley Nowlin

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Finally Spring Break!

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot believe I made it to then end of this week, and more importantly, I cannot believe it’s finally spring break!

After so many midterms, projects, papers, and battling a fever all in one week I have never been so happy to have a week off. I’m sure I am not the only one who is absolutely exhausted, which is why this weeks blog is going to be short and sweet.

Although I would love to be traveling to some place warm and topical, this week I am lucky enough to get to visit two of the east coast’s best cities—New York City and Atlanta! I will be in New York from Saturday to Wednesday and then off to Atlanta from Thursday to Sunday. I cannot wait to just relax, sightsee, spend time with my family and friends, and most importantly shop!

Cannot wait to be here tomorrow!

Cannot wait to be here tomorrow!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog to read all about my experiences in both great cities! I urge all of you to have a wonderful spring break, stay safe, and spend a little time preparing for the Spring 2014 Career Fair which is Thursday March 20th—the week we get back!

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