Yesterday, April 15th, was the 117th annual Boston Marathon that is held annually on Patriot’s Day and a day of tragedy. At this point, we have all heard about the bombing incident that took place at the marathon. Lives were lost, many were injured and fear, shock and other emotions have overcome our country.
While I have not been directly affected by the tragedy, my hurt is heavy for those who have lost loved ones, for those who have been injured and for the changes in the lives of those present as a result of this incident.
As I sat in bed last night reading more about the updates from the bombing and going through the video clips and photos posted on CNN’s US News page, I asked myself, “what can I do?”
- Pray: Pray for the families affected, pray for the leaders of our country, pray for safety and security of our country. Just pray.
- Donate: The Red Cross and Salvation Army are accepting donations as well as Boston’s Children’s Hospital for those who have been injured.
While these are only two ways to help, as time goes on, more opportunities will be available as more news is available about the bombing.
With the semester coming to an end and summer quickly approaching, I am hustling to secure an internship for this summer, not because I am required to but because I would like to gain as much experience as possible before I graduate next May.
In my field of study, Communications/Public Relations, it is crucial to have experience in the field if I would like to find a secure, well-paying job in my future. This is where internships come to play.
Internships allow interns to gain experience by being a part of the team for a short period of time, generally 3-6 months. This gives the intern experience and insight into that field or division of communications.
In the past I have interned at BMHCC in Memphis as their PR Intern in Corporate Communications and while that was a wonderful experience, I am looking to branch out more for this summer and hopefully in a different city as well.
With spring break now over, only a month and a half remains for this semester, meaning that summertime is quickly approaching. With that being said, motivation is at an all time low for me. I have spent the last week being lazy with my toes in the sand and soaking up the Florida sun, and now that I am back to school with a month and a half to get through, my motivation is slacking. So, what can I do to stay motivated and to finish out this semester strong?
- Remember why you are in school: All the hard work you put in now will help you in the future.
- Create new challenges: New challenges can help you stay interested in what you’re doing.
- Set attainable goals: Set small goals that will get you to the final product. This can lessen the stress and allow you to accomplish what you need to do, slowly but surely!
- Acknowledge your accomplishments: Give yourself a quick reward when you complete an assignment or task. Take a walk, send an email, get a snack — whatever works for you. Then move on to the next project.
With spring break approaching and in the midst of midterms, we can all agree that we are all experiencing some stress. I know that personally, I am a planner and a list-maker, so one can only imagine what my daily planner looks like and how many different sticky notes are in there with various to-do lists.
With so much going on, time is an important element of our day. Without managing it well, we are not able to do as much as we can and some of our day ends up being wasted by doing nothing or something that isn’t of high priority. This is why time management is key during stressful, busy times like now.
Here are a few tips for time management:
- Know your priorities: When you know what’s most important to you, you’ll become more deliberate about how you spend your time.
- Write out your to-dos, appointments and etc. : Keeping to-dos and appointments in your head only adds to your stress. And it makes it much harder to prioritize your activities. Use a calendar, to-do list, planner, smart phone or tablet to track these obligations, and then, use your brain power for getting them done.
- Choose what you say “yes” to and know how to say “no”: When you say “yes” to one activity or task, you’re ultimately saying “no” to something else. Use your priorities as a filter to decide which tasks and activities to say yes to and which ones to say no to.
Today has been one of those days where I realized that it truly is the little things of life that matter the most. I have been running on about three hours of sleep and a large cup of coffee and I have been a bit, possibly more, crankier and feistier than usual. However, my frown was turned upside down when I went by the mailboxes today to find a sweet card and surprise from DSD, our university’s president.
This pleasant and unexpected surprise was able to instantly brighten my day! It’s amazing how a sweet note or card has the power to make someone’s day. Often times, we are all so busy and wrapped up with our to-do lists to realize how impactful it can be on one’s day.
For the past few months, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team for the Southeast Journalism Conference that was hosted by Union. As a member, I assisted in the planning process and help with the conference. This conference allowed me to utilize some skills pertaining to my major with the planning process. As a PR major, I will, in the future, be responsible for planning events and conferences and what-not on behalf of the company or organization that I may work with. While we have been planning for almost 6 months for this conference that lasted about 3 days, it was a rewarding experience to hear how happy the attendants of the conference were with the outcome and speakers.