Spring Has Finally Sprung!

After a past couple of weeks of a lot of time and dedication to school I got to take a little break and relax this past weekend! Of course this beautiful weather we have had the past week or two definitely does not help my productivity factor, but hey I’m just thankful it’s not freezing and snowing every other week anymore! On Thursday I participated in East Carolina’s AIMO Fashion Show. One of my friends that I worked with at Mellow Mushroom is a textile major and had to design outfits for one of her classes as a project. I was lucky enough to be chosen by her, and she did an awesome job with her designs!

          girls2
    Here are all of us and the outfits from the show! (Jessica Robinson dressed in black in middle, Designer)

Bright and early the next morning I headed to Charlotte for the weekend! Living in North Carolina my whole life, I have surprisingly never been to Charlotte before, so it was neat to see the city and get out of Greenville for a weekend. This weekend was beautiful and permitted for a great time in the Queen City! I went to Carowinds on Saturday; I am not much of a “rollercoaster rider” per say—I have a deathly fear of heights, but I expanded my horizons that day and surprised myself by riding some rides I didn’t think I would had ever ridden. It’s always good to get out of your comfort zone! As a well-known quote goes: “Nothing great ever happens in the comfort zone” :)

          coaster
        Top of the Park from the observation deck
          park

And I even got to see Snoopy Land — (I love Charlie Brown) and the kid’s roller coaster in that part of the park was the only that fulfilled my comfort level of a ride, even though I still screamed like a little girl. :)

          peanuts
    Yesterday, I roamed the city and looked at all the neat buildings, shops and scenery. It was a beautiful weekend!
          building
    I hope everyone has a good weeking coming up! Graduation in 26 days…so close, just got to make it through these next couple of weeks!
            Blog by: Haley Nowlin
Share

The Home Stretch!

It’s that point in the semester where everything is starting to wrap up, and group projects are more hectic than ever. This past week was very busy to say the least between several tests and different group meetings/assignments due. I think over the course of my senior year, I have done enough group projects to last me for awhile! Even though group projects are good experience for working in teams in the real world, it sure is stressful when you have one in every class and everyone’s schedules seem to conflict! I sure do miss the days where I could sit silently in a lecture class, be home relatively early in the day, and have weeks to prepare for a test/assignment. Things don’t seem to work out like that anymore, but I’m in the home stretch… only 33 days! (But who’s counting anyways? ) It’s crunch time! More next week!

          Blog by: Haley Nowlin
Share

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.

          last lecture

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
Share

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!

          028

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.

          glamour

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!

          glam2

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
Share

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.

          014
          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!

          locks

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

Share

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

Share

Anxious for Spring Break!

As spring break is quickly approaching us, I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a crazy week coming up! Between multiple tests and projects due, it’s definitely going to be a long stressful week. Thankfully by the time Thursday afternoon rolls around, I can breathe again and have a relaxing little break from school :) (just got to get through it first!)
This past Friday I attended the UNC Retailing Conference in Chapel Hill. Myself, and a handful of other College of Business students from Mrs. Robinson’s Retail Management class and also some members of the American Marketing Association attended.

          029

We listened to two panels, one about Retail Marketing in the Digital Age, and the second about Global Channel Management in a changing Retail Environment. We also had Steven Tanger, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers as an opening speaker, speaking about Tanger Outlets and general Retail Marketing. My favorite person speaking at this conference was Parker Wilson, Assistant Manager from Lululemon Athletica. Doing cross country all throughout high school I’ve always been into fitness, and stayed in a general routine since, so her company was the one I could relate to the most since they sell fitness and yoga wear for women. Parker spoke about social media experience saying their company’s technique for using social media has “nothing to do with what we sell”. She highlighted how storytelling, conversation, communication, and human connection is what makes a social media presence spark and connect to the consumers.

            039
            The group at the end of the day!

    Even though I had a good amount of studying and school work to get done this weekend, I felt guilty not spending at least a little bit of time outside on this past Sunday so I headed to the Greenway to spend the afternoon, it was a beautiful! Plus, it’s supposed to get chilly and cloudy once again this week…Where is summer?!

            048

    Hope everyone has a fun and safe Spring Break! Enjoy your time off :)

            Blog by: Haley Nowlin
    Share

Reality Hits: The Real World Job Hunt Has Begun!

This past week we have been blessed with some beautiful weather! Sunny and 70 something has been ideal after this past month of frigid highs and inconsistent wintery mixes. For me, and I’m sure the majority of other seniors getting ready to graduate within the next couple months, this warm weather also signifies summer and graduation quickly approaching. Getting my cap and gown the other week was a huge reality check! It’s awesome and rewarding to see all my hard work over the course of these past 4 years will finally be seeing some recognition here very shortly!

          cap & gown

With that being said, its crunch time for applying for big girl jobs! This past week was the first time I’ve really gotten to sit down and take a more extensive look into applying for marketing and advertising positions. The majority of jobs I applied for were in Raleigh and Charlotte, but I’m not opposed to other areas either (I’m not done yet!).

Before I could start applying, I had to polish up my resume. Times like these make me thankful I was required to take Business 3200. If you are reading this and are in it now, or are still needing to take it, make sure you pay lots of attention! Thanks to a great instructor, Professor Gribble, I was able to take away a great amount of information regarding interview skills, resume tips, and overall business etiquette. These skills seemed to stick by my side whether it was practice interview questions to look over, appropriate ways to present myself in the business world, or in this case adding new skills and positions correctly to my resume, it all is important information to soak up!

My dad is a very successful business man who I have always looked up to, and I trust his expertise so I asked him to look over my resume and make some adjustments for me. My sister who also graduated from East Carolina University with a Marketing degree who now works at a Medical Marketing Agency in Raleigh also took a look at it as well and provided her professional advice. It’s always good to have a couple different sources look over your information before you submit it anywhere. There is always room for improvement :)

Although I have currently only applied to a handful of positions, I have been keeping my eyes peeled on various different sites: CareerBuilder.com, Indeed.com, Monster.com and also ECU’s Career Net portal. I even checked out Craigslist.com for some positions because my sister landed her first internship from browsing Craigslist, which later turned into her job she currently has. I, however, did not have as much luck, but it never hurts to look anywhere that you have available sources!

          jobapplying

This is how I spent this past Saturday night, positioned at my desk with a bag of popcorn drinking my nightly chamomile tea, and surfing the internet looking into different job positions. Possibly a sign that you may be getting old!
While searching through various different sites, I found some interesting articles thanks to Monster.com in relation to the job application process that I thought would be fun to share with you guys if you’re interested in reading! :

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/Getting-Started/six-ways-to-make-a-recruiter-hate-you/article.aspx

^ Six Ways To Make A Recruiter Hate You ^

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-questions/100-potential-interview-questions/article.aspx

^100 Potential Interview Questions ^ (I found this one most beneficial)

http://career-advice.monster.com/salary-benefits/negotiation-tips/10-salary-negotiation-questions/article.aspx

^ 10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary ^

Like Katie mentioned in her blog post, I’m not sure if I’m ahead or behind my peers with this process; some of my friends I have talked to have applied for jobs and already have had interviews, some haven’t even done any research yet. This upcoming Friday, I’m attending a Retail Conference in Chapel Hill. I’m not sure if there will be internship or job opportunities here, but I’m always keeping my eyes and ears opened, and trying to attend as many conferences as my schedule will allow! To me, I’m just marching to the beat of my own drum and hoping to strike some luck along the way :) Stay tuned to see how this process ends up turning out!

              Blog by: Haley Nowlin
Share

One Chapter Ends, Another Begins

Aside

As we all know, Greenville was hit with more snow this past week, but thankfully it wasn’t a snowpocalypse like the other week. I think we could all agree we couldn’t afford the amount of make-up work that was the product of the last snow storm; my returning week from all those snow days off was probably equivalent to a final exams week (yikes). Even though the snow didn’t amount to anything great like another snow day sledding down the hill by Supdogs and free from class, it’s always pretty to look at the flurries, and enjoy winter the most we can while it’s here.

          037

This was the third Tuesday within a month I was lucky enough to trek to work in the snow (Why does it always snow on a Tuesday?), however we always make the most of it and try to have fun since it’s usually not as busy as it normally would be.

          039

This was also my last day of work! Having a part time job for a good majority of my time here in college has taught me a lot; ranging from time management, patience, how important smiling is, how to deal with not so pleasant people, and how to treat people with respect. There have been many times being scheduled to work has forced me to get my work done, an abstract way to look at it is kind of like a deadline in the real world. Otherwise, I know myself well enough that I would’ve procrastinated on the assignment until the last minute if I didn’t have the obligation of work to also attend to. It’s all about the time management! It’s bittersweet after 2 years since everyone there is like family, but I know there’s more in store in the future, and it’s time to start a new chapter! Having some additional free time will hopefully allow me to be able to do some more research on jobs, internships, and conferences I can attend.

The rest of the week was pretty normal, nothing too exciting happened this past week in any of my classes. My little brother’s birthday was yesterday so I went home for the last part of the weekend to be with him and my family. It’s always a nice change of pace to go home and spend some time with the family. Getting a mini break from Greenville is always relaxing, and seems to set my perspectives straight. We celebrated by going out to a nice Japanese dinner and doing the traditional cake, ice cream and presents.

          069

He’s getting so old…It seems like yesterday my Mom brought him home from the hospital :O.

          067
          And it’s always nice to see the furry family member :)
          Blog by: Haley Nowlin
Share

So much to do, So little time

This past week was a crazy one! It seemed that everything I had due the snow week and this past week was combined together into just this past week. You love the snow when it’s here, but never the amount of work you have to compensate for it. With the amount of school stuff I had to get done this week it made me realize I can’t have a part time job with the classes I’m taking this semester. For all of you that don’t personally know me, I work at Mellow Mushroom. I’ve been an employee there since my sophomore year, and even worked the first day we opened the store! It’s been a great two years there, and has definitely taught me a lot about time management in relation to school, but my journey has now come to an end. It’s always nice to make a little extra money, but now I’ll have more energy and time to focus on more school-related things and have some more free time to enjoy my last semester of college a little bit more :)

I’ve noticed the higher you get into the business/marketing courses the more amount of group work you have to participate in. Group meeting after group meeting was basically my week in a nutshell. The good thing about that though in my opinion, is you basically know, or are familiar with most of the people in your classes since most of them are in your concentration and you have probably had previous classes with before. It makes group projects a little more bearable and fun if you are friends with some of your class peers! The people you work with for group projects can make or break your success in a class, and I’m lucky enough to have a good set of groups in each of my classes this semester.

After having a nice weekend to unwind from this past week, it’s now time get back into school mode. Thankfully I’ll have a little bit less stressful of a week this week! Also, it’s time to start applying for big girl jobs. I’ll keep you guys posted. I feel like I’m getting so old!

Blog by: Haley Nowlin

Share