Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!


Girls Under PRessure

PS 12 days to Re-Launch!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Won't You Join Us?

To our Under PRessure Readers...

You are cordially invited to our blog re-launch to celebrate our two year blog-a-versary!

We will be re-launching on January 6th, 2014 at 11am with a few aesthetic updates and exciting new features and series.

Won't you join us? We're thrilled about the update and cannot wait to share all of our new ideas with you, especially on the heels of graduation. 


Your Girls Under PRessure

Friday, December 6, 2013

Lip Service: December

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:

So December is holiday party time, which is also a really incredible time to rock a red lip. Or a nude lip. I go for both depending on a) how sparkly I feel like being and b) mostly just A. 

When I received this full-size ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Nearly Nude I knew it was going to be a favorite. Matte finish? Check. Smells like fruit punch? Check. Lasts all day? Check. Obviously it's perfect in more ways than one. 

This lipstick comes in seven magnificent colors, my favorites for fall/winter being: Nearly Nude (pictured), Stiletto (a vibrant red), and Smitten (a burgundy, with which I am, well, quite smitten). It's a well worth it $17. Indulge! It's the holiday season, after all!

Jasmine's Pick:
'Tis the season for a little shine, so my pick for this month is none other than C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine! Surely you have come to realize my fav way to protect and pamper my pout is with a minty (or Mentha) tingle.

Of course, aside from the delectable tingle, C.O. Bigelow Lip Shines also moisturize, which your lips will be begging your for in the blistery winter weather. And you can use this clear gloss to glam up your fav matte lipstick or stain for that upcoming holiday party. 

You can find C.O. Bigelow at Bath and Body Works, and it will only set you back $8. However, you get a half-ounce tube (decent size) and it's multi-purpose--totally worth in the investment.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Frosh Perspective: Avoiding the Dreaded "Freshman 15"

Angelina Truchan is a freshman at Wayne State University who plans to major in public relations. She hopes to share a bit of her year and her perspective with our UnderPRessure readers. This month, she puts a focus on fitness. With the holidays looming, it is important to at least try to keep in shape. But, working out is also a great way to increase productivity and studies show that consistent exercise improves grades! So get ready to begin a killer regimen for your body & brain with Angelina's tips!


I’m sure many, if not all of you, have heard of the terrifying “freshman 15” before. It is thought that in entering college, freshmen have the likely chance to gain around 15 pounds the first year due to added stress of adjusting to a new schedule and less time to work out. Also, if you happen to move out of your house when entering college you lose the advantage of a healthy, homemade meal daily. That being said, I’ve decided to write about this scary topic and help all my fellow freshmen out in avoiding the “freshman 15!” I am an avid lover of health and fitness so I hope that some of my tips and new things that I try will help all of you!

I try to work out every day. Although this would be the ideal case scenario, balancing school and work has caused my normal work-out routine to suffer a bit. Getting in the gym at least 3 times a week has become a habit of mine and I encourage you all to do so. I promise your mood for the day can be improved simply by waking up an hour or two earlier than usual and getting in a good work out. Honestly, it is the cheapest form of therapy.

Below is an example of one of my regular routines. Try it out! Interval training is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to improve stamina and burn the most calories. BYE, BYE “FRESHMAN 15!”

  1. 0-5min. STRETCH! SUPER important. This will help you avoid soreness and not give you an excuse to miss the next day’s work out!
  2. 5-15 min. Elliptical l at an intensity of 15
  3. 15-25 min. Weight training (TIP: it is best to weight train
  4. 25-35 min.
    • Walk 2 min. (2.5 incline – 3.4 speed) in between segments of cardio. Your work out will be much more intense.)
    • Run 2 min. (2.5 incline – 6.0 speed)
    • Walk 2 min. (13 incline – 3.0 speed)
    • Run 2 min. (2.5 incline – 6.0 speed)
    • Walk 2 min. (13 incline – 3.3 speed)
  5. 35-45 min. Weight training
  6. 45-60 min. Stair Master
  7. 60-65 min. Bike/Cool Down

I hope you all enjoy this work out as much as I do!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Peppermint Mocha Season!

Alas, it's the day after Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, and the start of what I believe is the most amazing time of year: Peppermint Mocha Season.

While I'm sure that sounds oh-so sugary and amazing, it's more than the drink that makes me happy (they start selling them in late October, anyway). 

There are a few things I reserve for the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of them is peppermint flavored things, generally. One of them is Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." And one of them is deep introspection, which is really the entire point of this post, believe it or not. 


With the November/December limbo comes tons of stress (because of finals, obviously) but also a number of opportunities to reflect, be thankful, and give back. 

During this time, I try to re-evaluate myself, where I aim to go career wise, and what I want to accomplish in the year to come. I'm graduating, so this time around I'll be focusing on getting jobs, working through some very exciting projects, and doing my general self-bettering things.

I also think this is an important time to give back. I'm approaching my last semester of undergrad, and I've learned a lot about myself and how this whole school thing works. I've had an amazing opportunity to meet some of the current interns at an entertainment site I used to write for and give them bits and pieces of "wisdom" that I've acquired through interning and being a student. It feels really great to know I'm able to help others, even if it's only a little bit. 

All of this, plus the caffeine laden incentive and my Mariah Carey Christmas song aspirations bundle together to make this time one of the most magical, despite any stress. 

I wish you all the most amazing peppermint mocha season. And, I'm dying to know, what makes this season so special for each of you? 


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

While the weather says winter (well, at least here in Michigan), we're all about celebrating the last holiday of the fall season: Thanksgiving. So while you're with family and friends, eating a home-cooked (or takeout!) meal, take a minute to reflect for what you're most grateful.

We are grateful for the opportunity to use this blog as a public forum to share our thoughts and experiences with others. We're also grateful for our readership and the relationships we have forged through this blog. We're thankful for you and your support!

Of course, outside of this blog, this list of things we are thankful is endless, but here just are few:
  • Family and friends
  • Incredible mentors
  • Higher education
  • Awesome internships
What are you thankful for? Think about it, eat and be merry. Happy Thanksgiving, ladies and lads!


Your Girls Under PRessure

Monday, November 11, 2013

Getting Social

Hi Everyone!

We're thrilled to announce that we're adding to our social media repertoire!

Just a taste of what our page has to offer.

Pinterest-ed? Take a look through our account and feel free to follow.

Find us here:

Have a wonderful Monday!

-Your Girls Under PRessure.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lip Service: November (#TBT Edition!)

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:
This month, Jasmine thought it would be fun to do a "throwback" edition of Lip Service. I thought about
the products I loved when I was little (Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers, anyone?) and had trouble thinking of just one until I took a peek into my makeup bag. I discovered a little pot of lip balm from the Body Shop that reminded me of the first trip I took alone. Every time I smell it, I think of awkward 7th grade me and it puts a little smile on my face. 

It's called Born Lippy and it comes in a few flavors. Mine is Papaya or Guava, which I don't think they sell anymore. I also really like the Watermelon one. I found it over the summer and had to have it. At six dollars, it's not a bad price, and it's a cheap way to bring back a few memories. Does anyone remember these? 

Jasmine's Pick:
Ahh, Lip Service #ThrowbackThursday edition! 

Does anyone remember Mary Kay's Velocity cosmetics line? In Upper L elementary, it was my fav: the face wash, lotion, body spray, nail polishes and, most of all, the lip glosses. 

Of course, I thought they were mostly amazing because of the container (I'm a sucker for mod design), which is now dated. Looking back, there's wasn't anything particularly special about the brand, other than it was trying to create a teen/young adult line to compete with Avon's Mark. 

Excuse the photo quality, since the line appears to be defunct, finding quality images was difficult. Speaking of defunct, the only place I could find Velocity for sale was on Ebay and Amazon. So, you'll just have to reminisce about Velocity rather than picking it up for old time's sake. 

What was your fav lip product as a kid?


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Constructive Distraction: Elite Daily

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This post highlights websites to make your time avoiding writing research papers and reading textbooks productive.
This month's distraction is a one-stop shop for millennials: Elite Daily. EL covers everything from daily news to lifestyle articles, including some of our favs:

If you like any of the above, check out Elite Daily for more!


Your Girls Under PRessure

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Frosh Perspective: Taking Notes

Angelina Truchan is a freshman at Wayne State University who plans to major in public relations. She hopes to share a bit of her year and her perspective with our Under PRessure readers. This month, she puts a focus on note taking, a skill she has learned to hone over her first few months in college. Not only is this valuable for school, but taking notes is vital for any informational interviews you may be conducting.


Taking Notes: 

Many college students tend to dread two small words. One is a verb, the other a noun. What are they? Taking notes! Of course the easy way to deal with lectures is to just show up, do the bare minimum, and get the heck out! But, is this truly the best way to succeed in your classes? The answer is most definitely not. Here are a few of my favorite simple steps that I learned from a professor at Long Beach City College:

1. Review your notes from previous lectures. Before getting to class it is important to look over the notes you took from the class before. That way, if you get lucky and the professor decides they are in a jovial mood that day; you will already be prepared to ask any questions you have. Likewise, it might give you a confidence booster in review to be able to answer any review questions the professor might throw out to the class.

2. Preview the textbook. Many professors will give assigned reading before lecture. Avoid feeling confused and out of the loop; READ! They are telling you to do this for a reason. It will help you to get a jump start of what the professor will be talking about in the next lecture.

3. When in doubt…write it down! If you are sitting and contemplating if the material the professor just spoke was important or not, chances are it is. It is better to write down more than you think you should and to go back after the lecture and filter out the unimportant material.

4. Go on a “diet” with your notes. This sort of contradicts my previous point. Although it is important to write down all that is believed to be relevant to the class, you can do it in a manner that doesn’t take up too much space on paper (or too much of your energy). Learn to abbreviate in a way that best suits you. Begin using “code words” that maybe only you understand. This can in turn help you to memorize material better.

5. Ask your instructor for advice. So many first time college students may not be accustomed to taking notes. Also, professors in college are far different from your last high school teacher. To ensure you are on the track to success in each of your classes, see the instructor after your first class of the semester and ask them to review your notes. Most of the time they will be willing and happy to help so it does not hurt to try! See what kind of notes the professor says are most important to take and have them judge your notes to see if you are taking an adequate amount. Don’t be scared J.

6. Find a method that works best for you. For more information, see Cornell Notes online advice. They give great outlines of different note methods. When I googled “Cornell Notes” an image template popped up.

7. Type out your notes. I absolutely LOVE doing this. To some, it might be seen as doing unnecessary extra work. I beg to differ. It’s an awesome way to reinforce the material into your memory. It’s better than just reading over your notes (I get bored with that). I usually will type out my notes a week or so before I have an exam coming up. It’s a great way to get my notes organized and in the end creates a super useful study guide for myself.

I hope my few simple steps help you to become the SPECTACULAR note taking student that you are! For more information (and where I got all this great advice) see the YouTube clip by LBCC professor: . Happy note taking!

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Frosh Perspective

Hi Everyone!

A little fresh perspective is always a good thing. That being said, Jasmine and I are thrilled to announce a new segment, called "A Frosh Perspecitve."

We're tackling the world of college and the PR major from a senior standing, and thought having a freshman's perspective would be beneficial.

This year's freshman is Angelina Truchan. She plans to major in PR at Wayne State University in Detroit, where Jasmine and I both attend school. We're quite excited to see her succeed in the major and can't wait for her to share lessons of her year with you.

The first piece hits the blog tomorrow, so stay tuned!



Tuesday, October 22, 2013



Forget senioritis. This year has been the most tiring/stressful of college so far. Between classes and work and activities and family, there hasn't been much time to me to just sit and breathe.
When you throw yourself wholeheartedly into projects and work, it's really important to remember to just breathe

It's such a simple thing, taking a second to have a breather, but sometimes the work piles up and deadlines are looming and professors get wrapped up in assigning things and it's easy to forget. 

For the last two months, I've forgotten. It took a jarring event last week to get force me to stop and realize that I've been letting everything pass me by. Friends, family, fun events. I wasn't making time for any of it. And that's so bad. 

No matter how much work you have, carve out a minute or two every day, or even a couple hours on the weekend, to just do what you want to do. Your health and sanity are so important. 

I'm starting to learn that (finally) and hope I can enjoy what's left of fall and my time in school.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Constructive Distraction: TodayWasMeaningful

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This post highlights websites to make your time avoiding writing research papers and reading textbooks productive.

While the point of this series to keep your Internet distractions constructive, sometimes that strays from the traditionally educational and turns into personal betterment and self reflection. This month's distraction is a personal blog penned by Jessica, TodayWasMeaningful.

By no means am I Little Miss Sunshine, but reading Jessica's blog was refreshing. It made me step back and look at life's big picture. Especially now, when I'll soon be transitioning. In May, I'll graduate from university and step further into adulthood. 

This post in particular made me think about how I want to spend the next eight (and some change) years of my life. My journey has been pretty straight narrow and I wasn't afforded all the luxuries of most children and teens. This post made me think about taking a chance, saving my pennies and finally going on a proper vacation or doing something frivolous I have never had the luxury of doing.

Until next month, kiddies...

- J

Friday, October 4, 2013

Lip Service: October

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:
If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably become aware that I am a HUGE Marc Jacobs fan. I
Available at Sephora!
purchased a ridiculous amount of product the day his beauty line launched in late August, and let me tell you, it's a collection of beauty gems. My favorite? The lipsticks! They come in an array of amazing shades, and there is one shade of nude that is so perfect, I can't help but wear it almost every day. 

Moody Margot, the ever-so-flattering gel-formula lipstick pictured here, will set you back a cool $30 (I know, I know), but it is absolutely worth it. I'm totally lusting after "Seduce Me" a gorgeous berry, which is new to the 16-shade lineup. 

This is available at Sephora and at the special new Marc Jacobs Beauty store on Bleecker, if you happen to be in New York. 

Jasmine's Pick:
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My fav tint, Exposed
Normally, I'm all about keeping my Lip Service picks college-kid price friendly, but sometimes you have to splurge and this month's Lip Service is that time. For my fav month of the year, I want to encourage you to treat yourself to some Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint. 

This matte tint is fantastic. You get longer wear because it's a tint, you get the benefit of LipSurgence, aka moisturizer, conditioner and other pout-protecting elements, which are great for the month transiting from summer to winter. 

A Tarte matte lip tint stick will set you back about $24. However, they are often on sale at places like Ulta. As a matter of fact, Tarte LipSurgence Luster tint sticks are on sale for 50% off at Ulta! Of course, Luster isn't as great (or autumn-ish) as the matte sticks, but still a great product available in subdued neutral tones (my fav!)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Spending Quality Time Alone

One of the biggest challenges of young adulthood is learning to be comfortable spending time alone.

For me, the transition was a littler easier because I'm an only child--I've been spending time alone, entertaining myself my entire life. But at the same time, though I spent time entertaining myself, someone was usually in close physical proximity--I would be in my room, but my mom would be in the living room.

And of course, I would spend time with my friends studying, attending sporting events, etc.

But nonetheless, learning to embrace spending time alone is a valuable skill not everyone can master and I'll admit I still struggle with it from time to time.

Spending your alone time vegging on the couch and watching Netflix will definitely make it harder to want to spend time alone. Instead, diversify your alone-time activities:

  • Get outside: Don't be afraid to take a walk alone or hangout in the park and read your favorite book under a tree.
  • Drive: One of my favorite things to do is get in the car, crank the tunes and hit the open road. There's nothing like a solo car trip, even if it's just to the burbs or a scenic drive down a country road.
  • See a movie: I'll admit, the first time you go to a movie alone is a little daunting, but think about it--you're sitting in the dark, in silence, for two hours. Totally a solo activity.
  • Hit the bar: Starts out solo, but it's a great way to make new friends (wink, wink!). You're more approachable when you're alone (or a group of three--three's the magic number!). If you're uncomfortable, go during busier hours, so it's less obvious you're rolling solo.
  • Make a meal of it: Another seemingly scary option is going to eat alone. Instead of getting a table for one during dinner, try lunch or breakfast instead. These times are less daunting because odds are others are alone as well. People like to grab breakfast alone to prepare for the day and grabbing lunch solo gives you a nice break from your coworkers or classmates.
These are just a few of my favorite (and manageable) alone-time activities.

One day, after you've be comfortable with alone time, you'll even come to enjoy it. And people (those with families) tell me, you'll even miss it once it's gone. So take advantage while you still can!

Until next time, kiddies...

- J

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

From the Sideline: Stadium Stories

Working in football is fun and stressful and one of the best learning experiences someone hoping to work in sports can possibly have.

Earlier this year, I started a post series called Over the Boards: Rink Stories, which focused on stories from my major junior hockey internship. Sadly, I wrapped up that venture in late May when my team bailed out of the third round of the playoffs.

Now, I've decided to start From the Sideline: Stadium Stories to honor my latest intern adventure in football.

And let me tell you, this internship has not disappointed. In the first week I:
  • interviewed a Hall of Famer,
  • played catch with my university's local pro alumnus
  • and interacted with my former coworkers, which made the transition easier.
 That was just the first week!

I've been in this internship for a few months, and I cannot say enough about it. It's easily the best and most impactful internship experience I've had to date. I've learned a lot along the way and have some good stories to tell.

Stay tuned for Stadium Stories!

Until next time...

- J

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The New York Story

Hi Everyone!

I'm finally starting to get back into my school routine after having spent the most amazing summer in New York. I've been having some withdrawals, which are to be expected. In a particularly sad moment, I decided to whip up a playlist that outlined my time in the city. This is a mixture of music that reminded me of getting ready to leave, that sound like the city, or picks from my work playlist. I call it "The NY Story" and hope it is a fun listen for you as you prep for classes, do homework, or get through a workday. I also haven't done a playlist post in a little while and am excited to share some new and old favorites. And as I mentioned earlier, I will be embedding all playlists in these posts so listening is MUCH simpler.

Feel free to follow the playlist if you like it!

Wishing you a fantastic day & week.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Keeping It Professional and Getting Personal

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I believe the adage is you shouldn't mix business with pleasure. Well my friends, it's much easier said than done.

The business-pleasure mixture is a delicate formula that's different for everyone. However, most will agree it's near impossible not to mix the two.

Just think about it. Once you get into the professional world, you'll spend at least 40 hours a week with your colleagues. It's pretty hard to spend the majority of your time with these people and not form some type of relationship.

Not to mention, getting to know your colleagues on a personal level also has its benefits.
  • You'll have topics other than weather to discuss.
  • Being friendly goes hand-in-hand with being open and approachable, which means better communication.
  • Collaborative projects are much easier when others view you as open and approachable.
  • You'll be privy to more office news and information before it becomes common knowledge.
  • Lastly, forging personal relationships can give you a leg up when it comes to references and jobs.
Of course, getting personal doesn't mean you need to share every detail of your life with your coworkers, but talking about personal topics shouldn't be taboo. It's bound to happen, so just make sure to use discretion. 

And remember, romantic relationships are frowned upon in every field. But if handled correctly, they can be maintained. The main objective is to be transparent about it. The entire office doesn't have to know, but it is something that needs to brought to your supervisor's attention. They may set guidelines, which as long as you abide, your supervisor will accept the relationship and you get to keep your job.

Of course, if it's effecting your work performance, that's another story.

Until next time, kiddies...

- J

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Constructive Distraction: The Daily Muse

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This post highlights websites to make your time avoiding writing research papers and reading textbooks productive.

Hello ladies and lads, let me introduce this month's Constructive Distraction, drum roll please...

The Daily Muse is the advice section of the career website The Muse. Both are great resources for job hunting and career advice. The Daily Muse is a great way to make procrastination time productive, especially if you're entering your final year of college and need to begin the job hunt.

Remember, the sooner you start looking, the better!

Until next month...

Your Girls Under PRessure

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A College Kid's Guide to Saving Cash: Home (or Apartment or Dorm) Decor

Whether you’re entering your final year of university (we are!) or finally getting into your own apartment, here are some money-saving tips so you don’t have to eat ramen noodles every day because you’re a broke mofo.

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Everyone's favorite aspect of moving into your own space is decorating. Of course, none of us can afford all the wonderful things on our Pinterest boards, so we settle for wallet-friendly options instead.
  • Thrift shop: Always check out thrifts stores. This doesn't just apply for clothing. You can find furniture, home decor and even appliances, in great condition, at thrift or secondhand stores. Also check out consignment shops (caveat: might be pricer!) and restore stores (think Habitat for Humanity). You'll be surprised the things you can find at great prices.
    For my apartment, I found cheap barstools and updated them by upholstering them with cute fabric.
  • Family: Always ask your family. Of course, you might get new, cute trendy items, but they have things you can update or that will hold you over until you can get what you really want. But real talk, you may not want brand new, top-of-the-line stuff as a twentysomething. Especially if you have roommates.
    I will tell you right now, your stuff will get wrecked. Not all of it and not always, but dishes will get broken, furniture will get stained and things will go missing. It's just the nature of the beast, life and people.
  • Ikea: Ikea has its pros and cons, but it is great for apartment life. You can find essentials and decor for cheap. For my apartment, I found some great decorations including bronze and silver hexagonal mirrors, which made cute decor over my table. Just beware: putting together the furniture can be tricky.
  • Artwork: Thanks to Pinterest, DIY is more popular than ever, and a great way to save on home decor. You can find instructions for everything from turning your Instagram photos into wall photography to creating a fabric headboard, which is for both function and aesthetic. 
  • Paint: A little paint goes a long way. It’s also cheap and the options are endless. You can get any color you can imagine for your walls and furniture. Pro tip: Mixing colors is a lot easier with a sample, whether it's your fav shirt or a paint chip.
    Please, please, please check your apartment guidelines before painting. Not all places allow you to paint, but most do. But always be safe rather than sorry!
What are you apartment money-saving secrets? Let us know. Or show us pics of your place! I love seeing other people’s design choices.

Until next time, kiddies…

- J

Friday, September 6, 2013

Lip Service: September

As future PR people, it's super important to prep our pouts so we can confidently pitch and promote clients! Check out our top lip product picks this month!

Elise's Pick:
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Jasmine's pick is one of my absolute faves, and as much as I love my glosses and balms, I'm going for a lip pencil this month. Make Up Forever makes these amazing lip pencils that apply smoothly and provide really high-impact color, one of my signature lip looks. It is the Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Pencil and it really, really sticks. My color of choice is 16C, a vibrant, almost shocking, pink. At $19 it's a splurge (I feel like I say that regarding all of my lip products!) but it's oh-so worth it. 

Jasmine's Pick:
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I'm sure you've realized I'm a bit of a Nivea fan girl. But can you blame me? They know to make a mean moisturizing product, especially for lips! This month, I've decided to showcase Nivea's Lip Butter. It's packaged in a cute tin, comes in lovely flavors and, of course, is great for moisturizing. With the autumn months upon us (wee!), it's a great product to keep your pout up to par. My fav (pictured) is vanilla and macadamia--super festive.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jasmine's Thoughts on Senior Year (If We Can Call It That)

One of my favorite memes (source)
Originally, I asked Elise to collaborate on a two-post series about our senior year of college thinking we would have two completely different perspectives of college. Elise loves school and is even thinking of attending graduate school. I, on the other hand, cannot graduate fast enough and wish never to return on a university classroom.

Just because I'm not into sitting through lectures, writing (or typing) pages and pages of notes and being judged on semesterly standardized test scores, doesn't mean I don't like to learn. As a matter of fact, I love to learn. But for me, learning isn't about how much jargon and many facts you can retain from a textbook and spit back on an essay or test. For me learning is about doing something hands on and gaining experience that will further my career opportunities.

Of course, I realize having that super expensive piece of paper is a large part of getting jobs, but in an industry like PR there is so much more. Really, it's all about the experience. Some places do put onus on what school you attended and what your GPA was, but most don't.

For me, attending Wayne State (which actually isn't anything to turn your nose up at, but Wayne is always over shadowed by Michigan and Michigan State) and living in (and loving) the city of Detroit has presented me with some golden opportunities.

Though my senior year officially started last Wednesday on the university's academic calendar, it actually started in July when I interviewed for my current internship. I won't name names, but I earned a great opportunity and a once-in-a-lifetime experience I'm excited to continue until at least January.

While Elise and I differ on our colleges stances and ideals about finishing our undergraduate education--I have been ready to graduate since the first day of freshman year--we are also so much alike. In the past year, we've both found a niche in our preferred industry and fallen in love with a city.

So the proof is in the pudding, the same dream has different paths for all. And learning stretches far beyond the classroom and university. Instead of grudging from class to class, I'll do my learning in an office in downtown Detroit, Sundays at the stadium and those few times a week I do actually have to sit in a classroom.

So here's to the final semesters of cramming for midterms, finals and pulling all nighters to write those annoying essays.

Until next time, kiddies...


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A College Kid's Guide to Saving Cash: Entertainment

Whether you’re entering your final year of university (we are!) or finally getting into your own apartment, here are some money-saving tips so you don’t have to eat ramen noodles every day because you’re a broke mofo.

We've discussed food, booze, fashion and beauty. What’s next, you ask? Entertainment. As most almost grads know you typically don’t get much of a social life, especially if you’re spending your final two semesters working on your senior thesis and tying up loose ends before graduation. But, on the off chance you have a little spare time, finding something social (and cheap) is always great.
  • Local discounts: Growing up, we had this coupon book we called the hockey book because only hockey teams sold it. It was filled with local discounts on everything from paintball to free food. You paid $10 and got saving worth hundreds. Fast forward and in the D we still have this same concept except it’s free and can be picked around campus. The local discount book offers everything from cash off yoga classes to food.
  • Groupon: I just recently jumped on the Groupon bandwagon but it’s a great way to save on everything! Bartending classes, scuba-diving lessons, new restaurants, yoga classes and those are just the things I've recently looked into Groupons for. Setup an account and your preferences for Groupons matching your interests. 
  • Free: Everyone’s favorite four-letter F word! Free is your best friend and if you live in a city there’s always some type of free event happening that you can check out. A great way to find them is look at local radio station (they host a ton of free events) websites or your city’s Patch site.
  • Bowling: Bowling is one of the cheapest activities you can do and it’s a fun! Keep in mind, having the max people allowed to a lane gives you more bang for your buck. Try it out for your next group outing.
  • Student ID: You've already carried this bad boy around your entire collegiate life. Have you wondered benefits it has other than on-campus parking, checking out library books and allowing you to eat in the campus cafeterias? Just out your school’s website; odds are you’ll find a list of local businesses that offer discounts on everything hotel rooms to hair cuts. All you have to do is show them your school ID.
How do you save cash and have fun?

Until next time, kiddies...

- J