Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mother Mentor

Merriam-Webster Online defines a mentor as "a trusted counselor or guide."

When we use the word mentor, we usually think of someone we learn from in a professional setting: a professor, athletic coach, internship supervisor, etc.

Though we learn about our future professions, navigating an office setting and other professional facets from these individuals, we also learn how to be an all around decent human being.

Recently, I've been thinking about one of my latest mentors, my university PR internship supervisor, and what she has taught me. Aside from being an office and professional role model, she's also been a mother role model.

Disclaimer: Children surely are not something I want now and I'm not sure I ever want them, but my mentor makes me know the type of mother I want to be.

1. She calls her children her dudes.

2. Her dudes read about Batman and Iron Man, but they also learn about every day superheroes like Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. Each weekend they venture around Detroit visiting its gems: the Heidelberg Project, Hart Plaza, the Detroit Tigers, urban mini golf, local parades, pop-up yoga classes, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center and Palmer Park among others.

4. To round them out, she makes sure they enjoy traditional suburban and rural kid activities too: camping, hiking, bike riding, street hockey, catching frogs, skipping rocks, etc.

5. Their interests include hockey, baseball, comic books, superheroes, being outside and architecture. No, the last item isn't a typo. Her younger dude's favorite Detroit building is the Penobscot Building, which was also his Halloween costume.

Also, her dudes have little interest in playing videogames.

6. She talks to her dudes like adults. They're only 4 and 5 years old, by the way. The first time I met them, she introduced us as if we were all adults.

7. She spends as much time as possible with her dudes, but she isn't afraid to take time for herself. Also, her dudes (and their dad) get her the best "me time" gifts. They sent her to an all inclusive spa for mother's day.

My mentor does everything in her power to make her dudes well-rounded, open-minded individuals.

Keyword: Individuals.

Her dudes are only 15 months apart but she makes sure to spend one-on-one time with each dude and allow them to do separate activities.

If or when I become a mom, I'll always think about my mommy mentor and her dudes.

What parts of life have your mentors impacted?

Until next time...

Rock out, kiddies!

- J

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Decoding the Office Dress Code

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Man or woman, job or internship, one of the biggest questions is always: What's the dress code?

Does your suit have to match? Is it okay to show a little leg or should you always wear tights? Can you get away with not wearing a tie?

I'm in the seventh month of my current internship and let me tell you: I'm still not 100% sure what the dress code is.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Constructive Distraction: Lovelyish

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 Lovelyish, a site our very own Elise interned for.

Yes, you inferred that correctly: Lovelyish has virtual internships.

Based out of New York, most of its content is beauty, fashion and DIY but the site has a lot of lifestyle features. The site is dedicated to bringing its audience a diverse view of the latest trends and DIYs with guest bloggers and its own editorial staff.

Also check out the message boards. You can browse as a guest but you need to sign up to post.

A note from Elise: I really loved my time writing for Lovelyish and the amazing readers. It was a great place for me to discuss fashion, beauty, and really anything I felt like sharing! You can catch all of my posts here.

Don't forget about the internship opportunities!

Until next time...

Your Girls Under PRessure

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How To Be A Great Mentee

We recently introduced Lisa, a guest blogger here on Under PRessure and for our friend Lindsay of That Working Girl. A PR and Poli Sci double major, we love the take on the field that she'll be providing for us, starting with this post!

One of my favorite parts of the public relations industry is that everyone is so eager to mentor and be mentored. I am privileged to have been both a mentee and a mentor in the last couple years and have taken notes on how to make the most out of those experiences. Being a mentee is such a rewarding experience as long as you make the most out of it.

So here are some tips on how to be a great mentee:

1. Listen up: It’s important that as a mentee, you listen to what your mentor has to say. He/she can provide you with career insight, personal advice, constructive criticism, tips and tricks about life and the public relations industry. Since a mentor is more knowledgeable about certain areas you may not be familiar with, it only benefits you to listen to what they have to say and apply it to your life. Your mentor is taking the time out of their busy schedule to ensure you are succeeding, so the least you can do is listen to what they have to say.

2. Shadow them: Mentors love when their mentee is eager to find out what a typical day for them is. Ask your mentor if it would be okay to shadow them at work to get a feel for what your future career may entail. Shadowing will provide you with so much insight about two things: the work ethic of your mentor and the PR industry as a whole. Observing their office behavior, dress, attitude, etc. can be a great way to learn and then emulate that when you start your career.

3. Ask questions [Ed. note: this is SO important!]: If you want your mentor to look over your resume; ask. If you want to know what your strengths and weaknesses are when pitching a story; ask. If you need advice from your mentor on how to write a press release; then ask! It’s as simple as that. They want you to go to them for guidance, that’s what they are there for! A mentor is there to answer any questions you may have about practically anything. Even if they are not able to answer your question, they often know exactly the right person to direct you to talk to.

If you have not reached out to someone to be your mentor, I strongly encourage you to do so. Find someone that you trust and someone that also shares the same interests as you and ask them to be your mentor. A mentor and mentee relationship does not have to be so formal and proper. I like to look at my mentors as friends who just happen to provide me with a lot of advice and guidance.
Please feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have!



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Blogger

Hey everyone!

Jasmine and I are quite excited to announce that we have a guest blogger who will be contributing to Under PRessure! We'd love to give you a little intro, but we thought it would be fun to have her give the introduction, so without further ado, meet Lisa. 

Hey there fellow Girls Under PRessure, I’m Lisa!

As a senior at Illinois State University double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science, I hope to one day work on political campaigns as part of the communication team.

I like to think I can speak Swedish, Spanish and sarcasm fluently, but I constantly fail at all three of those. Despite my hectic schedule of blogging, interning and compulsive list-making, I find time to nap, read and watch re-runs of the West Wing.

If you have any questions for me or would love to connect, reach out to me!

We're really looking forward to what Lisa has to share with you, especially since she brings another realm of PR to our blog.

Keep your eyes peeled for her post!



Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Faves: That Working Girl Debunks Internship Myths!

We are well into internship season! Now that you've adjusted a bit into your new gig, there are a few things you've probably learned. These likely include clients, their voices, the office do's and don'ts. But there are a few internship myths that are quite common. Have you figured out what's true and what's not?

Our blog friend Lindsay at That Working Girl has done the work for you! Check out her post on "Internship Myths – Debunked!" for the lowdown!

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Have a great weekend!



Lip Service: July

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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First, I'd like to apologize for being a tiny bit neglectful to the blog this summer! Adjusting to a full time work schedule and some extra projects has been keeping me busy! But, I do have a fave new lip product that I'm super excited to share. A couple weeks ago I was killing time before a dinner, so I meandered into the beauty department at Barney's. I was convinced to try some product, and lo and behold, a new obsession was born. What is it? Hourglass lip stain. I've converted my foundation to Hourglass, which is a post for another day and another venue. BUT, this Aura sheer lip stain in petal, at a pricey but worth it $26, is a gem. 

It's a water-based stain so it doesn't feel heavy at all. And the color I chose, petal, is light and looks very natural on. You can blend it and build the color easily, unlike some stains that dry right away making it perfect for long days of chatting, coffee drinking, and client meeting.  

Jasmine's Pick:
This month, I'm picking an old stand by: Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Beeswax is all sorts of good for your pout, and the peppermint gives a cooling tingle. Since July is one of the hotter months of the year, I like to keep it simple and avoid sticky glosses and bulky balms because I'm active and on-the-go.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is wallet friendly, only setting you back a couple bucks. It's available pretty much anywhere, but of course drug and cosmetic stores will have a wider variety than the grocery store checkout. 

It comes in the standard tube or a round tin. Both are pocket friendly.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July from your girls Under PRessure!

Enjoy the long weekend and be safe.

Also, a belated happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! Hope you enjoyed your weekend and safely cellied.


E & J