Hey there– it’s definitely been a while since I’ve written a blog post. The struggles of school, work and life have taken over, but luckily for me, there’s three nifty months of summer to help me catch up on life. Since my last post I’ve turned 21, finished my sixth semester of college, became director of PRSSA at LSU’s student-run PR firm, quit my job, moved to Atlanta and started a sports marketing internship. Nothing too big, right? Wrong. These last six months have been an absolute crazy roller coaster and although scary at times, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. So, since you’re dying to know, I’ll give you a brief synopsis of my life in 2013.
First, after 21 years, I finally turned 21! (Just so we’re clear, that sentence made sense in my head.) On February 14th, I turned the age that you wait your entire life for. Ok, I’m sure that is a bit of an exaggeration, but 21 is a huge deal and requires much celebration. Besides the fact that I can now do everything, legally, 21 meant so much more to me. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always made goals for myself. Short term and long term, daily and sometimes even hourly goals. Thankfully, I am exactly where I expected to be at this age and have accomplished many of the goals I set out for myself. Although I know I have room to grow, I’m proud of my progress and the amazing young woman I’ve become, if I may say so myself. So, cheers to me and my progress. May I continue to grow, learn and continue being this fabulous in 21 years.
(Celebrating my 21st birthday with my first LEGAL drink!)
Aside from turning 21, I also became one of two new directors of ImPRint Communications. Just a little history, ImPRint Communications is PRSSA at LSU’s student-run PR firm. After joining PRSSA in the fall of 2012, I became more involved in all things PR and decided to dabble in a leadership role. As the co-director, I am responsible for a group of 30 students, gathering clients and running a full-service communications agency. Since this new title officially came into effect on May 31st, my fellow co-director, Megan and I have been researching other student-run firms and preparing our paperwork to become a nationally affiliated firm. I’ve also been working on our new website, which will be published at the end of the summer. This firm is literally my baby for the summer and I am completely loving this new responsibility. Look out for the new site, soon!
Next, I quit my job! I know, I still haven’t processed it, either. After two years of working at the Venue at Northgate, I am officially unemployed. The decision to quit came when I decided to take the next step in my career and take an internship, instead of working part-time. Although I don’t plan on being a leasing agent any time in the future, I could not be more thankful for everything I learned, while working there. Working with college students and their parents, creating monthly marketing strategies, maintaining resident retention and executing leases while facilitating daily office duties is not as easy as it looks. I’ve had so many frustrating days and completely overwhelming moments, but I learned how valuable patience can be. Besides learning those little things, I also made lifelong friendships with my coworkers and managers. No matter where I end up in life, I will never forget my first “big girl” job and what it has done to make me the person I am today.
And finally, the best thing that has happened to me this year… MY SUMMER INTERNSHIP. Currently, I am interning at Dow Lohnes Sports and Entertainment, as a PR/Sports Marketing intern, in Atlanta, Georgia. On May 13th, just two days after I took my last final at LSU for the spring semester, I moved to Georgia for the summer to start my role as an intern. This was by far one of the scariest things I’ve done in my life, especially because I’ve never been this far from home for such a long time. In a few days, it’ll be one month since I moved here and started my new job and I must say, I’ve done a great job. I’m still adjusting to my new environment, but I love the city and I’m so thankful for this opportunity. But enough of the fluff, let me tell you about the internship. At DLSE, I work with over 30 NFL clients, managing their Facebook fan sites, assisting with the coordination of events, sponsorships and endorsements and drafting pitch letters, press releases and communication efforts. Basically, every day I walk into the office, sit down with my boss, the VP of marketing and PR and make a to-do list of one million and five things to accomplish. So far, I’ve made new connections, successfully pitched to large companies and organizations and worked closely with the VP to enhance the player’s experience, off the field. With a month behind my belt, I can honestly say I love the craziness and fast pace of my internship and can’t wait to see what I accomplish.
(This is the beautiful building I work in, in downtown Atlanta. Amazing, right? The view of the city is even better!)
Well, that’s a wrap! I’ve enjoyed writing all of this out. Writing is such a great release for me. My goal for the summer is to blog frequently, at least once a week, so I can have a written account of my internship and summer in Atlanta. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so be on the look out for my weekly updates, struggles and success stories. Talk to you soon! xo.