Back-to-Back Travels

10456265_10152101840241364_9096411878994879464_n“Travel. The only thing you buy that makes you richer.” 

Excited to be back on the blog after two amazing weekend travels! Working 8-4, M-F, and traveling on the weekends has kept me very busy and inspired.

Last summer, Matt visited me in NYC for Fourth of July weekend, so I did the same this year in what will soon be both of our homes – Boston! We had a wonderful weekend of exploring, and of course . . . food. I am so blessed that our paths in life have led us both to Boston. I truly love the city (and Matt).

Following that trip, I attended my second Her Campus Intercollegiette Conference, #HerConference. However, this time I was part of the National Team! I can not stress enough how much this trip solidified that I made the best decision to start my career at Her Campus Media. I made instant friends and am counting down the days until I begin work. Fellow September-starter Liana and I got to work the Social Currency booth. There were amazing raffles from sponsors including Intel, Luna Bar (they gave away a semesters worth of Luna Bars to two lucky winners), Chloe + Isabel, VS PINK, and so much more. Collegiettes had a great time tagging our sponsors on social media to receive raffle tickets, and I had a blast working that crowd!

Speakers at the conference included Carley Roney, Co-founder and Chief Content Officer of XO Group (formely known as The Knot), and Susan Kaufman, Editor-in-Chief of People StyleWatch among many other notable women in the editorial, blogging, marketing, and digital worlds.

My career is going to be surrounded by empowering women, and my heart is full of passion to sell Her Campus to the world. I had a blast celebrating success with my future co-workers and reflecting on how thankful I am for all opportunities.

10534506_10152114705591364_6857306435054518229_nAlso in New York, I got to see my cousin, Gillian, who is the recently appointed VP of Consumer at Weber Shandwick New York! While in the same building, I visited my Golin girls from last summer (and walked out with this perfect Instagram notebook).

My next flight will be a one-way ticket to Boston, where I will be roommates with a fellow AOII alumna. In the mean time, I am LOVING my time at Next Stop Broadway, making new memories with lifelong friends. HUGE PLUG for my best friend Carlie Craig who works for and is on tour with YouTube Sensation Todrick Hall, so proud of you starring in Twerk Du Soleil! Check her out as ‘Rebecca’, the hysterical IM5 stalker in Todrick Hall’s #BandCamp, and on Instagram as the hilarious @IM54U4Ever9290_10152121240431364_1476153999113395496_n

I had a lot to catch up on, hope everyone is having a great summer as well!

 

HCXO,
Danielle

 

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40 days, but who is counting?

In a past post, My 40% of Happiness, I noted of learning that happiness is 50% genetic, 10% circumstances and 40% – intentional (you choose). So, I find today to be an appropriate day to reflect since I graduate from the University of South Florida in 40 days.

A lot can happen in 40 days. In the past 40 days, I have transitioned out of my last executive position within my sorority, traveled to Boston with Matt, celebrated the birthdays of my sister and dad, and learned more about myself along the way.

Boston was my most alternative spring break, and thus the most rewarding. It was interesting when people would ask why we were in Boston – Our replies: “I am visiting graduate schools!” and “I have a job interview!” – pause – Where did our lives go?

Things are happening so fast, but I have to remember that I am 22 – and feelin’ it! I had the opportunity to interview with one of my dream PR agencies, and I hope that door opens for me. Plus, Matt got accepted to Northeastern University and I am so proud of him!

We visited the original Cheers, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Tea Party Museum, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, Harvard, Northeastern, among other hot spots. I even got to see my lifelong friend Becca – plug for Becca Bakes – and my friend Megan who I worked with at GolinHarris. Matt and I ate a lot of food, with plenty of lobster & chowda to choose from, and you can bet that I took a picture of everything. Follow me on IG @deekush if you appreciate a meal in your feed at least twice a day. No shame in being branded as a #foodie. Oh, and another plug for comedian Josh Blue who we saw at Laugh Boston!

Matt always tells me that everything works out. And alas . . . it always does.

Now, I am going to graduate from USF in 40 days with every week someone asking me, “So, what’s next?!” I will definitely let you all know as soon as I know. I have had so many opportunities here at USF within sorority life, my on-campus jobs, and the honor of serving as a USF Ambassador (crazy that we just welcomed our new class last week and I’ve reached my 1-year mark!)

40 days seems like a lot, but it is not. I will take each day one by one and enjoy the moments.

Cheers,
Danielle

Life is like a truck of ice cream

But really for me, it is. And a bunch of other awesome things!

I can believe that I have been in NYC for over a month now. I say this because I know how to take the subway (okay,  just the E and the 6, but HopStop is my best friend). Actually I say this because New York is so busy and crazy and full of adventures that it is easy to believe that time is flying by so fast.

Here are three things that I, a 21-year-old digital intern, have learned in this ice cream truck-esque life.

1. You will embrace variety 

We may all very well have our one favorite flavor we always choose. But, this world is so much better when we go above and beyond and try the new. I have had multiple experiences to play in the world of PR and communications – from a past internship, fraternal positions, etc. I used to be a stickler for the PR plan – the monthly list of how my organization will succeed 365. Image

If you’re into the digital world of PR, you understand that your plans are constantly thriving and expanding! I am so amazed with all that goes in to social. From content  development months ahead (one of my many learnings I will be bringing back), social media monitoring to the best of all- ENGAGEMENT!
Remember, Simon Sinek says that people don’t buy in to what you do they buy in to WHY you do it – and we do things because we care about our consumers, like reminding them that they are beautiful with glasses! As I scroll through the brands of my clients, and also the competitors, I truly see the value in every consumer comment and how much of an impact the social world has. If there is anything I have learned so far about PR and communications it is that appreciating diversity is key.I love my internship because I get to dive in to a variety of demographics. If you are in an internship or organizational position where you do not feel like you are embraced with variety, make a change! But, feel free to embrace your classic go-to choices as well.

For me, that choice is Campbell’s soup. Image

2. You will travel. 

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Can you spot me in background? My hair is a clue.

I stumbled upon a graphic once that said, “traveling is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer.” Or something along those lines, probably more eloquent than that, but it is so true. Even traveling to the next door over in your office, university or neighbor hood is a travel to me.

I have been a VERY lucky intern. I mentioned briefly in a past post that I got to travel to Boston. In Boston I assisted with the media launch for Good Humor’s Share the Love Summer Tour, where we had past pitcher for the Red Sox, Pedro Martinez help “share the love” and hand out ice cream to his fans and beyond! This trip was a fantastic learning experience for me, and I got to head out to multiple media outlets to give them ice cream.
In New York I continued the campaign with more media drop-offs. Also, here in New York I actually get excited when I get to do intern runs. But really if you need any thermal/ freezer bags of any size in this city, I know where you can find them.

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Every person time I say “Hi, I’m Danielle!” to someone new, it is so rewarding, even if that person never remembers it.
For one of my local travels, I got to be a helping hand for our client VTech at a media event titled, the Holiday Gift Guide Show, at the Marriot Marquis. I know so much about VTech phones and became passionate about relaying that information to every media that walked by – from beauty bloggers to CNN to NY Daily News. P.S. They make a video door bell so you can see who is ringing the door by receiving a photo to your house phone. – GENIUS. I WANT ONE.

3. You. will. melt. 

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But don’t let that stop you. I mean this in two ways. I have had my days here where I am loaded with tasks upon tasks, with monitoring and reporting and researching, but there is no need for a meltdown, just loving those PR storms!
For legitimate heat, you think I would be immune to heat and humidity being from Florida, but that is not the case. However, I am a pro at learning to embrace the sun and getting out there! I am very tempted to fry an egg on the concrete some days, and also tempted to just blast my AC and stay in bed, but no.
I’ve gotten to see some amazing places that soak up the sun and we soak up each other’s awesomeness (obligatory mean girls quotes may vary in my posts). Image For one example, I escaped my own burrow and headed to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to see the ABSOLUT Open Canvas event – the streets turned in to an array of artwork that was highly appreciated and inspiring. My roommates and I then ventured off to the Smorgasburg Flee, which is every weekend! I managed to get a candy crunch center Good Humor (client) bar too, which I devoured prior to melting.
I love you New York, rain or shine. . . . and P.S. it is  always raining in the Museum of Modern Art RAIN ROOM! 5.5 hour wait is a common occurrence, but the 30 minute wait for the “view only” was a good start.

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 HIGHLIGHT

On a personal note – I hope that all of my American friends had a great independence day! My awesome supportive boyfriend, Matt, came to the city this past weekend to spend the holiday with me – we enjoyed Sangria at the Frying Pan followed by the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks! IMG_1179

Our time together can be summed up by broadway and sushi and there is nothing wrong with that. If you’re in Chelsea, hit up Hana Sushi (GET THE LOBSTER ROLL) and/or Monster Sushi.
Kudos to us because we waited for 3 hours in the standing-room-only line for Book of Mormon. We succeeded with $27 dollar tickets to stand near the orchestra, and then scored nearby open seats after intermission. With all of this fun we had to take advantage of the $60 mezzanine Annie tickets that came our way. And yes, Jane Lynch is a perfect Miss Hannigan.
Also got to meet the NY side of his family, I am so appreciative for all in my life!

I’m here I’m here!

ImageI am so busy – but that is not a complaint, I am so thankful! Here at GH we’ve been launching our Share the ❤ Summer Tour in Boston and New York. I got to travel to Boston and handle media drop-off’s to various outlets, and got to continue that awarding experience here in New York as well. I will be updating as soon as I can, I should probably enjoy the nights I can get more than 5 hours of sleep – including tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

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Be a Sponge

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(client) Check out the make your own MAGNUM bar in Bryant Park this summer!

So this past week in NYC has been incredible (I’m sure this will continuously be the case), but really! I am learning so much at my internship and truly getting to see all that goes in to the insane world that is public relations.

I’ve just been so motivated, inspired, challenged and more and haven’t been able to find a way to word it. However, today at an IPG intern event, a speaker really nailed it for me. They encouraged all of us interns to

“Be a sponge”.

Really, soak up everything you can.

I am certainly a sponge. Every client I hear my team talk about I just want to learn more, and seeing our campaigns launch throughout the summer is so rewarding to be a part of.

I am in the digital department, and let me tell you, spending the days on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine . . . will never be the same. Did you do as I suggested and go “Like” your favorite brands on Facebook yet? Do it, they are watching.

Golin Girls!

Golin Girls!

Part of being a sponge is cleaning up messes (haven’t had any crises yet, but I am so ready), and not being afraid of what you are put up to. This week I got my first intern errand challenge – getting supplies for a client’s video shoot. I traveled all over for a specific product, and even a mini road trip to Jersey City for a needed piece to the puzzle.

So enjoy absolutely every opportunity AND CHALLENGE – another example being me getting an awesome grade on my basic marketing class after my building’s internet went out and I trekked quite a few blocks to a Panera – you come across, be a sponge. Be a really big sponge ready to get soaked with knowledge, and maybe a little worn out 🙂

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK 

Boating in central Park! My housing offers many adventures for us, and one of them was a free hour of boating in Central Park. This was quite the workout when I took my turn rowing the boat, but the scenery was so beautiful! Also, one of the girls who signed up is an AOII with me, I love wearing AOII shirts and finding these discoveries. Also, while rowing along, a boat of 4 girls hollered at me asking what sorority my shirt says, and it turns out they were 4 sisters, making 6 pandas out on that lake! IMG_0504

Always makes my day when sisterhood shines like that – making me even more satisfied with being a sponge and soaking up that opportunity!

Have a great week, sponges.

Aaaand… how can I forget that Darcie and I got fried Oreos in Times Square?

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123 first week in NYC #internlife

Well I can officially say that I have survived my first week as an intern in NYC. I really am getting the best taste of living in NY – because this intern housing is most likely the most probable  I’ll ever find for less than 2000 a month. My flight was great – shout out to JETBLUE and I had wonderful service from the cab to my home.

My view every day and night!

My view every day and night!

1. FRIENDS

You need friends in NYC. Really, you need friends everywhere. Or maybe it’s just me because I hate being anywhere by myself. I’m lucky that one of my good friends from back home is interning in the city as well, and is my suitemate! The first night here I pulled a college freshman move and excitedly went to the meet-and-greet for the housing. Found a girl that I knew way back in the day, and it was a great night of getting out with pizza and wine after that!

I love how much there is to offer here. I’ve got Paige, Andrea and Nevena who are interning over at a well-known cancer research center, and my two roomates who are at high fashion shoe companies.

Also, attending a NYC INTERN PARTY,

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as official/non-official as it was, I met some awesome friends and we have a great NYC summer crew going on!

I love both my roommates and I truly thank my extroverted personality every day of my life. So, if you’re headed to college, an internship a new city – remember there is another person just like you waiting to be friended, so say hello.

2. THE INTERNSHIP – LIKE YOUR BRANDS

Unfortunately a non-clever heading thanks to Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. My internship is wonderful! I admire all my coworkers and I am learning so much. I’m working in the digital department of the PR/Communications firm GolinHarris. I am getting hands-on experience with social presence and all that goes in to the management of brands with facebook, twitter, instagram and beyond (THERE IS SO MUCH) so please take the time to look up all of your favorite brands on Facebook and give them a “Like” and when you’re enjoying them tell them so with a tweet, because it means more than you think!

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Also have my cousin here, who works at the PR firm above me, so thankful to join the IPG fam with her, I owe a lot of this experience to her.

3. GETTING LOST, EXPLORING, GETTING LOST, EXPLORING 

10148_10151392509141364_410845620_nLiterally in that order. My roommate Darcie and I would love to think that we have the subway down like pros – and we do when we use our phone apps and once we are actually on the subway (or when I nice New Yorker let’s us know we are on the wrong train, thanks again sir).

I can say that I’ve successfully crossed these off the to-do list:
CENTRAL PARK, FAO SCHWARZ, MUSEUM OF NATIONAL HISTORY, HIGH LINE, CHELSEA MARKET, BIG APPLE BBQ, AN ISRAELI PARADE, SAW THE PURGE  . . .

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. . . and getting casted for a reality TV show (normal).

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: 

The highlight of the week absolutely has to be celebrating Amanda’s 21st birthday! It’s so crazy that I celebrated her sweet 16, 18 and now 21. We had a wonderful dinner and night out on the town! I love meeting new friends and also so excited that my PR ladies from USF, Nikki and Ashley who are interning in the city helped celebrate too. Feeling young and wild and free.

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