Category Archives: Student

What to Wear to a Graduation

If you’re graduating, let’s be honest your outfit won’t be seen during the ceremony. With that said… don’t wear jeans under a graduation gown, that will be seen.

I made the mistake of wearing “challenging” shoes when I graduated from college. Because of the horrible parking situation, we walked from our apartment to graduation. Add that to the processional, going across the stage, walking to lunch, etc (thankfully my parents drove me back to my apartment!) I had a college degree AND blisters.

What to wear if you’re a graduate:

  • Sensible/comfortable dress shoes. They should look nice and give you the height you want… without giving you blisters or causing you to trip down the steps.
  • Something that won’t look crazy under a gown. If your graduation gown is white, wear white underneath. If you wear a white dress with a yellow pattern under one of the thin white gowns, your gown will look dirty. If you wear any other color underneath, it’ll look like you’ve been in a wet t-shirt grad gown contest.
  • Hair down. If you wear your hair up with a graduation cap, you run the risk of looking bald or having hat troubles. (Also bring a couple of bobby pins to pin to affix your hat to your head.)

What to wear if you’re a guest at a graduation:

  • Not jeans.
  • A dress, skirt or dress pants. If it’s a spring/summer graduation, have fun with patterns and colors. December graduations are a good time to embrace textures and jewel tones.
  • Something comfortable but still nice. Every graduation I’ve ever attended has been a long ceremony and not usually in a comfortable seat… you can’t control those things, but you can control how comfortable your clothes are.
  • Nothing too revealing or that could embarrass you during a hug or photo.
  • Avoid hats and fascinators out of respect for the people sitting behind you.
  • Comfortable but nice shoes.
  • A smile. Someone you care about is graduating! (unless you attend graduations as a hobby, but smile regardless)

I attended my brother-in-law’s high school graduation over the weekend and put together some outfit ideas on Polyvore that might be helpful for some inspiration: Read the rest of this entry

Time Flies

I remember what I was doing around this time last year and it’s amazing that it seemed like yesterday!

About a year ago I was:

– Sending thank you notes to the lovely women who showered me (and Brad) with some of the things that make our home lovely.

At my bridal shower

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Write what you mean

If you know me in “real life” you know that I am constantly amazed and disappointed by the poor grasp of the English language that many college graduates have (mostly it’s the recent graduates but not always).

However I’ve seen some questionable phrases used by some of the most professional people that I’ve met.

The top two:

Take for granite

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Sometimes I miss college

I’m not the type of person to dwell on the past and I’m very happy with where I am in life… But sometimes I do miss college.

Historic Chapman Hall

I miss:

Should have minored in engineering/chemistry/biotechnology….

I’m a communicator. I communicate… obviously.

 

I communicate on behalf of engineering, chemical, biotech, automotive, construction (and other) companies. My job is to write things at a level that anyone can understand, which usually isn’t hard.

 

Thursday, it was hard.

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Before they called them virtual internships…

… I did one.

It wasn’t until about two years ago that I started seeing the term “virtual internship.” They seemed so rare that people didn’t have a clue what they were!

My junior year of college I found myself connected to a fantastic non-profit organization that needed an intern. They just happened to be about 200 miles from where I was going to school.

But other interns had gone before me and it worked out well for them, so we arranged a work-from-do

rm internship. This worked out extremely well because they needed me to do social media which requires flexibility. I was also doing a lot of writing, which can be completed at any time of the day.

My virtual work station

Virtual internships in the communication field are beneficial for student and organization. Read the rest of this entry

Back to School… or not

I’ve been getting the back to school ads and emails about buying new textbooks. It was always a bittersweet time because summer was over, but I also liked school. Text books cost a fortune, but I got some new clothes.

Now it’s just all sweet.

I accomplished the goal of graduating from college. I don’t have to go to school anymore to do what I want. My learning process is much less rushed with that BA in its nice frame.

Since I love to learn, I doubt that I’m totally done with school forever. Who knows? I may go back someday. I still keep up on industry trends and make sure that I’m up to date on important information. But it’s nice to know that I never have to suffer through a stats class again or worry about retaining scientific information.

The Relationship between Social Networks and Smartphones

If you missed me at Scholar Day, here’s the whirlwind tour of my 3 semester-long research study.

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It’s amazing what you can do in 15 minutes

If you know me, you know that for the past (almost) 5 months I have been interning at a public relations agency and one strange aspect of this internship is that every 15 minute chunk of my life must be recorded (for client billing purposes, not for stalking me or anything).

This has led me to the realization that with a 15 minute block of time, you can do a lot!

What can you do in 15 minutes? Check it out:

  • Scour 5-7 HARO or ProfNet emails
  • Proof a press release
  • Leave 6-10 voice mails
  • Capture 5 media clips
  • Complete a staff meeting
  • Scan a wedding magazine
  • Write a journal and/or blog post
  • Wait on hold for your doctor’s office
  • Have a prescription filled at Rite Aid
  • Eat a quick lunch so the rest of your break can be spent on homework

You really can do a lot more than that in 15 minutes. I’ve been breaking my life up into 15 minute blocks of time for the past few months and I think I’ll keep doing it because it’s become a time management tool!

I promise to do better

Not that I believe I have a ton of dedicated readers, but I feel I should throw it out that that I am not dead, just extremely busy.

School, Scholar Day and general mayhem have pulled me away for awhile. But stayed tuned to hear about my year and a half long research study!