Let the Countdown Begin!

Good Morning COB! As this week comes to a close all I can think about is how fast summer is approaching. With a little over a week left of classes, I cannot believe how fast this semester has flown by…. not that I am complaining! This semester has been my most difficult yet, so the relief I will feel when finishing that last exam will be unreal.

However before we can get to through all of those exams, we have to endure these last days of classes. To me, the last couple weeks of classes are always very stressful. Its like every professor has lost track of time and is trying to cram in all of those final tests, quizzes, and projects in before the end of the semester. The problem I face now is a serious lack of motivation to finish out strong. Is it possible to have senioritis this bad as a junior? It feels like I have been completely checked out of school and classes from even before spring break… this is problematic to say the least. How am I supposed to get through multiple tests and projects this week and then face the ever so brutal final exams?

The only thing keeping me going is that I see the light at the end of the tunnel. That beaming light is a summer internship in Atlanta and spending every weekend I possibly can road tripping to the beach!

How are you dealing with these last few weeks before summer? Are you ready for a your summer break? Comment here and fill the COB in!

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A Sigh of Relief

Happy Friday COB! This Friday I am breathing a sign of relief after getting some long awaited news. As you have heard throughout this semester, I have spent what feels like the majority of my time in the past few months searching for a summer internship. For a while I was beginning to think that I was not going to get anything and that id have to spend my summer in Raleigh doing nothing… but, this week I got the best news and felt like a giant weight was lifted off of my shoulders!

An advertising agency in Atlanta FINALLY called me back and offered me an account management intern position! They also happened to call on my birthday so it was an amazing week all in all! I could not be more grateful for finally getting some good news and for this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to get to Atlanta and start working hard and get some real world experience in the advertising industry.

Cannot wait to spend the summer in Atlanta!

Cannot wait to spend the summer in Atlanta!

If this week has taught me one thing, it’s that hard work and persistence really does pay off. I have been working nonstop since January to lock in a position for this summer and I finally got an offer! Now I cannot wait to enjoy the rest of my junior year without having to worry about this summer; now all I have to worry about is the job hunt during my senior year… not looking forward to that at all!

Have you found your perfect summer internship yet? Comment and let me know!

 

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Finally Sunny and 75!

Happy Friday everyone and thank goodness it finally feels like spring! I was starting to think I would never experience what 75 degrees felt like again. I don’t think I have ever been more grateful to see a warm five-day forecast, and this is coming from a girl who loves the cold.

There was a different ambiance on campus this week, everyone looked much happier to have ditched their parkas for shorts and sandals. However making it to class this week was incredibly difficult since my mind was caught up in all the things I would rather be doing; anything related to sitting in the sunshine. Obviously the first week that its beautiful, I have a ridiculous amount of work to accomplish. Well…it was probably that same amount as any other week it just felt much worse since I was staring out the window and actually seeing the sun. So I was forced to sit in the library with the grueling torture of constantly checking social media seeing everyone’s pool and river pictures. Let me tell you I was not a happy camper.

Campus looking extra beautiful this morning.

So when I woke up this morning I could not wait to speed through my classes so I could finally get outside. I have a hot pink beach bike and an ENO hammock that is calling my name today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend enjoying this beautiful weather!

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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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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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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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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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The Dreaded Group Project

Happy Friday COB students! Its almost March, which means one thing—midterms and group projects galore for all of your classes, especially in your business classes. The midterms I don’t mind because at this point I am used to all the studying, or shall I say cramming. However, I cannot say the same for the dreaded group projects.

This semester I have a group project in 4 out of 5 of my classes, which is way too many to keep up with if you ask me. I am sure you can all relate to facing the two main difficulties surrounding these projects. First, that you can never find a time to meet because everyone has a different class and work schedules, which means you probably end up meeting at 9:30pm on a Sunday. Second, you always have that one commuter in your group that probably drives from Timbuktu and has no time to meet you in the library.

Working on one of my group projects....alone.

Working on one of my group projects….alone.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I am a tiny bit of a control freak. So naturally I do not enjoy being put into the group project setting. I know it is supposed to help because in the real world you will always have to work in teams, but can we just save it for after graduation and put off the stress and uncertainty that are group projects?

I guess it’s not all bad—this semester I have been lucky enough to have some great people and great friends in my groups. They are willing to work hard and really help out when one person can’t make it to a group meeting. Plus, it’s nice to have a friend when suffering through a 15 page paper at 9:30pm on a Sunday.

Comment and let me know how your group projects are going this semester!

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The Summer Internship Hunt Begins!

Spring has started my fellow COB students, and we all know what that means…. the hunt for the perfect summer internship is on! As I have said on past blog posts, I am currently seeking an internship working with an advertising agency in their account management department. I have set my sights on a few different cities; Raleigh, New York, and Atlanta. I am sure you will all agree that looking and applying for these internships is basically a job in itself. I feel like I spend more time on the ‘search’ than I do on schoolwork and studying for my classes. Currently, I don’t know if I am ahead or behind compared to everyone else; some companies I have looked at haven’t even opened their applications yet and others have already closed. However, with only two weeks until spring break the pressure is on and my stress level is rising at an unhealthy rate.

 

My pup Winston, the perfect partner for helping me on the 'search'!

My pup Winston, the perfect partner for helping me on the ‘search’!

I am constantly stalking websites like internmatch.com, internships.com, the COB JOB emails, and of course ECU’s Careernet portal. My biggest frustration with this whole process is that everything is done entirely over the Internet. I want to talk to someone, a real person; I want to know how many interns they plan to take on, and when they will make their decisions. I hope I am not the only student hoping and praying that my resume has enough on it that a recruiter will look at it for more than 15 seconds, and that cover letter after cover letter that I write is actually being read by someone!

However, we do all have something to look forward to! The Spring 2014 Career Fair is on March 20th, so we will all get the opportunity to talk with real people! After all this stress hopefully we will all land the perfect internship for this summer.

 

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Exploring Atlanta!

Happy Friday Everyone! This past weekend I had the opportunity to explore a city I’ve never been to before, Atlanta! I friend of mine who graduated in December got a job working in Downtown Atlanta and I thought this was the perfect excuse to get out of Greenville and experience a new city.

Atlanta Skyline

So, last Friday I packed up my car and headed to Raleigh to catch my flight, something I have never done by myself. 20 years old and I have never traveled alone, which is incredibly ironic because both of my parents are in the travel industry. I am fortunate enough to say that I have actually been to more countries than I have states, but never alone so this was a bit of an adjustment for me. Once I got to Atlanta I took the Marta (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) to my friends stop where she picked me up. From there we started exploring Atlanta!

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On Saturday we started venturing the city, we hit downtown and explored that area. I am looking into internships opportunities at advertising agencies located in that area so it was very cool to see where I could potentially be this summer. We also saw the Tuner field, the 1996 Olympic rings, CNN’s headquarters, and Atlantic Station. All of these places were awesome places to visit, but there was one thing I wasn’t used to, traffic. Atlanta traffic is awful, even on the weekends. I cannot imagine what rush hour on a Monday must be like! Saturday night we splurged and went to dinner at the Sun Dial restaurant in the Westin hotel, the tallest building in ATL. The Sun Dial is one of the coolest things to do in the city because the restaurant actually spins, so you can see the entire Atlanta skyline lit up at night while eating amazing food!

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             Sun Dial Restaurant

Overall it was an amazing weekend and I did not want to leave on Sunday, especially to come back to a mountain of work in Greenville. But, I cannot wait for my next trip to ATL and hopefully a chance to work there over the summer!

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