Trust the Person Who Controls Your Happiness

Trust the person who controls your happiness. This is the person who has been there for the ups, the downs, and the insane. This is the person who despite all of your flaws, thinks you’re #flawless. And through all of your imperfections, … Continue reading

A Piece of the Pi – Guest Blog: The Post-Collegiate Perspective

This month, I had the honor of contributing to a post-grad blog series for Alpha Omicron Pi!  Link to original: A Piece of the Pi: Guest Blog: The Post-Collegiate Perspective I am a proud recent college graduate, who made the … Continue reading

Advice for ‘Turning Over a New Leaf’

6e6ce1df038177f4333dd17d01669bb9What an odd phrase – “turning over a new leaf.” I suppose the cliché stems from (necessary pun) the idea that leaves grow and fall, with new life always growing after them. I think that in times of change, any analogy we can relate to with others makes us feel normal.

There are many times where we get this energy inside that tells us it is the perfect time to ‘turn over a new leaf’; The first of the month, the first of the year, a birthday, a move to a new city, a new job, or the ever-so-relevant reality of graduating. It seems that every four years in my life so far I have become the ‘freshman’, for lack of better word. Now, I am proud and empowered because I am a woman with a college education soon to be entering the work force. Here are some struggles I have faced in this emotional last month of a new leaf, and my advice.

1. Be Happy for Others

It can be very frustrating to watch those close to you succeed while you are still finding your way. The constant news feed of “I am excited to announce that…” or “I have officially accepted…” is a natural irritant when we have not had the confirmation to boast of landing our next step. I had my moments where I felt irritated, but not for long. I know my values and personality have me naturally fueled with love and excitement for those around me who succeed. Tell your friends and family congratulations as they move forward, because your time will come – and in any situation, putting others down will never lift you up. So, shoutout to my boyfriend who is on his way to Boston/Northeastern University, and my sisters and close friends who are moving on to their dream schools and careers – I am so genuinely happy for you.

2. Be Proactive

10250230_651763731526886_2700241343909270402_n“Dreams don’t work unless you do”, said John C. Maxwell. This is undeniably true. In college, I was (yes, very hard for me to write was) very involved in multiple organizations and leadership roles, while ending with an overall 3.54 GPA – but that did not mean I automatically had a job waiting for me the Monday after graduation. I am currently in the job search process and have nothing to complain about. Job interviews teach me so much about myself, and actually serve as a great way to reflect on all that I have accomplished. If you do not get in to your dream graduate school, your next leadership role, your dream job, etc. just take on the next opportunity.

3. Perform Mitzvahs!
Translation: Express acts of human kindness.

Me earlier this semester presenting a USF Ambassador “Apple Polishing Award” to Anat Valdman, Program Director at USF Hillel. She is a dear friend of mine who performs mitzvahs every day and has inspired me to be the best version of my self.

This past week, I was busy running errands on my last full day in Tampa, frustrated at having so much to do with so little time. As I was heading to my car to complete the next thing on my list, I was spotted by a mother, father and daughter visiting USF in Greek Village. They approached me and said they were visiting from South Florida and that their daughter was interested in USF and Greek life. They then asked if it was possible to see a sorority house. I was their perfect match: From South Florida, huge advocate for Greek Life, and also the current Community Manager for my house. Their daughter is currently at my high school alma mater! Anyways, I showed them our home and poured my heart out about Greek life, leadership, friendships and absolutely everything else I could stress about how amazing my university is.  At the end of our ‘tour’ the mother said, “you completed a mitzvah today!” and gave me a hug. They had given me that final closure I needed before making my drive home from USF, and I thank them.

4. READ A BOOK. AN ACTUAL BOOK. WITH PAGES.

My dad and I recently reflected on how incredible a bookstore can be – from the smell of books to the excitement of buying one. My new read is Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and a founder of the organization Lean In. The book is perfect for me because Sheryl Sandberg is an idol as she empowers women to lead regardless of stereotypes, barriers and challenges. I look forward to the inspiration I will gain from this book. Other books that have helped me in the past include The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, For One More Day by Mitch Albom, and Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie (founder of TOMS). 

Here is a plug for Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders”, which intrigued my interest to read her book.

5. Enjoy being home

DanielleI am currently spending time at home until I am 100% sure of where I am going next, and very thankful for that. Wherever your home is or whoever it is with, embrace it. I am blessed to be able to go back to the same house that I grew up in, surrounded by a loving mother, father, sister… and a silly puppy…and two very interesting cats. My dad joked that I would wake up my first morning at home and realize my entire college experience was all a dream. Fortunately, I did actually graduate from college. My family has supported me wholeheartedly and are there for me every step of the way. I will miss the crazy moments in my sorority house, the late night college outings and other countless memories. However, home is where the heart is . . . and plenty of old photographs to enjoy.

A Hopeful Graduate,
Danielle

. . . And OH! The People You’ll Meet.

Here in New York there are a lot of places you can go that will inspire you. Even better, in my opinion, there are a lot of people who will inspire you. IMG_1579

As I am finishing my last weeks here, I think I have networked these past two weeks more than I ever have in my whole life. Between courage and events I gained an insane amount of insights from people doing great things! Here is some advice from them to me… to you.

The power of LinkedIn 

If you’re not on LinkedIn, get on LinkedIn (shameless plug, that leads to my profile). You can join groups filled with the individuals you need to be inspired and get and on the right track.

I personally have a strong passion for advancing the sorority experience. As a part of the National Panhellenic Conference group on LinkedIn, I did some searching and found the woman who is in a position of my interest, Jules. Jules is NPC’s Marketing and Events Manager and also oversees their social presence. I connected, messaged and landed an insightful 45 minute phone chat. I loved her quote, “I am the voice for 4 million women.”

Key advice from Jules: 

  • Non-profit experience in the communications world will give you lots of experience in to event planning
  • Great tools you should learn: InDesign, Excel (From what I’VE learned, you may think you’re a pro… but there is so much more)
  • And the best… “Whoever said not to put your sorority/fraternal experience on your resume is WRONG.”

IMG_1637I also guess I have good timing, because just a few days after this phone conversation I finally got to meet up with a friend and past client of my dad who works for… dun dun dun… LINKEDIN. Stephanie. Stephanie is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met, and she is truly passionate about the benefits of LinkedIn and advancing in your career. She gave me some great advice and had me leaving very confident that I know what my passions are, and there are ways to really make that passion show!

Key advice from Stephanie: 

  • You get 100 characters for your title on LinkedIn. You’re whole feed may be students and interns – stick out and use 100 characters to really sell your title and your goal!
  • VIDEO profile. You may see these popping up in your feed, but LinkedIn suggests recording a video of yourself (not in pajamas) introducing yourself and your career goals.

#HerConference

IMG_1584On July 26-27 I attended the 2nd annual intercollegiate conference for Her Campus Media. I am part of the Her Campus USF team, we write articles on everything a collegiate at USF needs to know! You can check out our stuff, here.

This 2 day conference was full of speakers from various outlets such as Glamour, Cosmo, Seventeen and much MUCH more. Key speakers speakers were Josie Natori, Natori (And I got a bra fitting, leading to a free bra being sent to me!), Fran Hauser, ‎President, Digital — Style & Entertainment Group at Time Inc, Chandra Turner, Executive Editor — Parents Magazine, and Jason Wagenheim, VP/Publisher — Teen Vogue.

I also attended workshops on how to make my blog a powerhouse, how to make the perfect cover letter, entering a job in the PR/Marketing world and my favorite was on leadership and action steps by Levo League, a  thriving community of young professionals, mentors, and innovative companies taking Gen Y by storm. IMG_1618

LEVO LEAGUE STORY: Long story short, Jules (NPC..phone conversation..beginning of this blog) mentioned Levo to me. I had to go to their workshop because of this and I absolutely LOVED it. Within 5 minutes I get a message from Rachel from my sorority’s (AOII) HQ – who I’ve NETWORKED with in the past –  asking for contact info because AOII wants to get involved and also that the Co-Founder is an AOII. I soon met Amanda Pouchet, my awesome sister who is a part of this empowering organization. Full circle of networking.

Key Advice from #HerConference

  • When you go up, you can come down – Josie Natori, Natori Company
  • Mistakes are GOOD, if you can’t take risks you can’t move forward – Josie Natori
  • Want a job in PR or marketing? In your interview make sure you can showcase that you know how we know what we know (AKA you know what makes you buy Froot Loops over Cheerios. Show that.)
  • Resume: USE TOOLS. BE CREATIVE.
  • Don’t let perfection get in the way of better – Freyan, Levo League
  • See positive. Think positive. Be positive. – Levo League
  • Build & your courage will follow – Jenny Blake, Author/ Life After College
  • Who doesn’t love gadgets that make your life easier? – Nikki Nash, Marketing, Intel
  • Tomorrow, they’ll be hyped on something else. – Chandra Turner, Parents
  • BLOGS ARE QUALITY > QUANTITY, How to make your blog a powerhouse
  • Everything Jason Wagenheim, VP/Publisher Teen Vogue said…

Picture 6The Intern Icing on the Cake. #InternQueenParty

Last but not least, on Tuesday I attended an Intern Queen Party with Lauren Berger.This networking event took place at an Ann Taylor and had a panel of speakers from CBS, Mashable, USWeekly, SiriusXM, Ogilvy and more. I learned so many great things – like do not send your resume at 3 a.m., key times are 7-9 a.m. or 4-6 p.m.

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Overall, I’ve had such a rewarding intern experience and overall experience in this city. I am looking forward to my senior year. I recently got a marketing assistant position with one of my favorite (Okay definitely top favorite) USF departments …. WELLNESS USF!

I hope you got some good advice out of this post. There is a lot more where that all came from. Let’s chat 🙂 What is the most inspiring advice you have ever gotten?

HIGHLIGHT

IMG_1555I GOT A TOUR OF MASHABLE. Mashable is a news source for the connected generation… and I am as connected generation as it gets. One of the media connectors at my agency knows a lot of people in high places. His friend Chelsea Stark is the Games Reporter at Mashable and she gave us the grand tour. We learned so much about this awesome database. I learned that when pitching to media, applying for a position, anything, you need to research the company. And okay, that’s obvious but I mean yeah – USE THE OBVIOUS! For example, Mashable always uses large images, so if you have something you want to share with them, try 3 bullet points and a big image.

Also we met the Editorial Director, Matt Silverman who filled us in on their works with YouTube and how viewers won’t subscribe to a channel, but they will subscribe to a personality. YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS SERIES: 5 Facts We Learned on the Internet. You’re welcome.

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