End of Semester Resolutions

Finally, the end of fall semester is nearing. I just got word that our plan for the Indianapolis chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) was approved, and all that’s left is a presentation of my group’s findings on the corporate culture of the Arthritis Foundation in my PR Management class. So, now what? I’ve spent the past semester daydreaming about what it would be like to have whole nights to do whatever I want–no classes until 9, or projects to feverishly finish. I’ve almost all but forgotten what I use to do with my free nights. But, like some…

The Miami Book Fair

This past weekend, a few publicists and I got to join our events team at the 2011 Miami Book Fair. We hosted a few different booths at the outdoor fair, including:   A book gallery showcasing some of our author’s books  A bookstore where fair-goers could purchase the books on display  Author signing booths where our authors could sign copies of their books and interact with fans A corporate boothwhere we could discuss some of our book publishing and marketing offerings The weekend had a rough start on Friday, with heavy winds and rain threatening to ruin some of the…

Why I’m Proud to be a Gen Y Professional

(You can visit my original post on the Hoosier PRSA blog at: http://prsahoosier.org/why-i%e2%80%99m-proud-to-be-a-gen-y-professional/) I am considered to be a part of Generation Y, sometimes called “Millennials” (born between 1982 and 1991) – a tech-savvy generation defined by change and uncertainty, but also strength and resilience. As children of Baby Boomers, millennials saw the highest rates of divorce, foster care and child abuse. We were shaped by September 11th, the rise of social media and the election of the first African-American president. After college, we entered into a struggling workforce and devastated economy. The New York Times Magazine recently featured,  “What is…

Representing 46220

It’s been a hectic past few weeks, but I’m back! Since my last post, my new roommate and I found a place and moved into our new neighborhood.  We’re living in an old house (build circa 1923, I believe) in the heart of Broad Ripple that needs of a lot of TLC, but we’ve rolled up our sleeves in response to the challenge.  So what if our door handles fall off and the bathroom leaks? It’s cheap rent…and builds character. I love getting to know an area of Indianapolis that is new to me. Broad Ripple has a rich array…

Life as Improv

I recently attended a great Hoosier PRSA luncheon with the theme of “Improv for PR Professionals.” I signed up initially because I was intrigued. How could improv be directly applied to public relations? Well, it turns out we were schooled in how improv can not only apply to public relations, but to all aspects of our lives. We often go into situations (whether they be work, school, relationships or otherwise) where we might be prepared–to an extent. What goes on beyond past preparation and what can be planned is completely improv. We were shown different ways to embrace these improv situations, and keep…

Say it Like You Mean it

For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about communication styles lately. Public relations is a field all about communication, messages, and how messages are received. But what happens when the messages are ambiguous? Before I majored in journalism and English as an undergraduate, I majored in communication. It was fascinating learning about all the different ways that people interact with each other. I was particularly interested in interpersonal communication. One of the concepts that stuck in my head was language that had multiple contexts or meanings. For example, you might tell a significant other “I hate it when you…

Mo’ Classes, Mo’ Problems

Summer session at IUPUI is in full swing, which means that (in all likelihood) while you’re relaxing by the pool, I’m furiously working on class assignments. I’m a few weeks into two new online classes, “Issues Management and Crisis Communication” and “Public Relations Theory.” It’s great not having to make the trek downtown, but these two classes–while interesting and integral to my profession–have so far been very challenging to juggle with summer work-life balance. Adding to this, I may have to tack on an accounting class for the second summer session. I have to keep reminding myself that this is one of the reasons I signed up for…

Grad School Lessons Learned

Well, folks, I’d say the reality of grad school has finally sunk in. I kissed my social life goodbye a few weeks ago, when I started work on my research proposal (actually re-work). And, basically, my health and good hygiene as well (who knows what everyone at work thinks!).  But, it was all worth it, because I am finally done with a draft I can be satisfied with! Surrounded by half-drank mugs of green tea, stacks of library books, and piles of scrawled notes–and, I should add, caffeinated to the point of sleeplessness–I’d like to share a few simple truths…

It’s Down to the Wire: 20 Pages, 10 Days

I’m not one to procrastinate on anything (I promise!) but I haven’t yet been able to find the energy/time to adequately work on my public relations research proposal. Which, I now realize is due in 10 days, and I’ve only got the bare bones written down. I’m starting to see how having a full-time job and a multitude of responsibilities makes it even harder than it was as an undergrad to find the time to focus on papers and projects (which I use to think was hard enough). Luckily, I had the idea for my paper in mind from the…

Back to School!

So, Wednesday I experienced my first class of graduate school at IUPUI, Public Relations Research and Evaluation. I admit, it was intimidating–and not just because my instructor is nicknamed “The Hammer.” It seemed as if everyone in the class already knew each other from former classes, some already in their third or fourth semesters. It seems as if, for now, I’m the odd woman out. The class includes a 40-page research paper (20 pages of a public relations proposal and 20 pages of research and evaluation), a midterm, a presentation, and more.  I’m glad I made the decision to stick…