Spring Cleaning for the College Grad

With graduation coming up, and summer steadily approaching, it is time for a thorough spring cleaning. This is more than a mere season change. I am taking an important rite of passage that requires me to get rid of anything and everything that might hold me back in the future. This is a life cleanse. It includes cleaning out my apartment, my room, wardrobe, my USB, other computer files and folders, and life.

Whenever I cleaned for Spring in the past I always put items in categories. There is trash, and a pile of things I can give to my siblings. Trash includes items that are unsalvageable, and items with my name on it that I held onto for sentimental reasons. Graded homework assignments, notebooks, old birthday cards and gifts, posters and more. My siblings would get my old clothes, jewelry, makeup, etc. that I cannot carry into my adult life. I usually plan to go shopping after this part of my cleanse.

I have been through many USBs throughout my college career. I probably average 2 USBs per school year. I do not have much on my current USB, so I will probably delete everything on it. Just a tip; hold onto files you may want to reference later, if you plan to go to graduate school. For instance, my PR teacher has some helpful documents posted on our school site that I plan to save to my USB.

Now my laptop will most likely be trashed too, but I plan on cleaning it completely out to my USB. I also want to buy an external hard drive. My sophomore year my computer crashed, and when I got it repaired EVERYTHING was gone. All my pictures, documents, and official (more important) documents disappeared. It felt as if a piece of my life went missing, especially when i lost all the photos. So to avoid this in my future, the external hard drive will come in handy.

Now what is most important is cleaning out my life. My social networks, bad habits, and negative people. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a social media junkie. I am debating whether I should just delete my old networks and make brand new ones like I did with my Twitter (@chidere_n). This is not absolutely necessary, for me, because I do not post negative or bad things on my social networks but it helps to do a run-through. Who knows what employers can find? A good way to check on your internet presence is to Google yourself, and see what the internet says about you. One bad habit I do plan on discarding is my terrible procrastination. It is because I am in school, doing assignments I have no real passion for, with just a goal to pass that I have developed a complacency, and a distracted and slow work ethic. Anyway, I plan to find a good job in my desired profession, and bring back that fire to my work ethic. Lastly, my whole college career has been a process of building and ending friendships and relationships. I do not want to go into a new part of my life thinking that I have to keep all my old friends. I want to find new circles and new activities to participate in. I am getting to old for certain circles, and I want to surround myself with people with the same fire and passion as I do. A tactic for this is unfollowing and blocking certain friends, and followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This way, when you dont see the same people doing the same things, you will not get trapped in the same routine.

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What Do We Do?

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I saw this picture a while ago and it was funny to me. Public Relations has been a career where its definitions vary and changes often. Of course it does not surprise me that the people in our lives would not quite understand what exactly a public relations professional does. I don’t know how many times I had to explain, over and over again, what my career of choice is to my mother. She usually has a response of, “Whatever makes you happy.”

It is safe to say that Samantha Jones, from Sex and the City, has oversimplified the image of PR professionals, but that is just me feeling “What I think I do” is grandiosely important than “What I really do”.

It’s the Real World….pshh

I am currently a senior in my final semester at Penn State Harrisburg. Only about 5 weeks left, and I take my rite of passage to the “real world”. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but I have been a real person, living my reality, in this very real world since I was born. For some reason, I am not as scared as some people expect me to be.

I am not at all disregarding the bills, the paying back my loans, the pressures of the adult world. I am just prepared. I have planned to live on my own after 2 more years at home, after college. So I know with living on my own, comes my own bills. Ever since I started college my mother has been reminding me that I am paying back my loans all by myself. Lastly, balancing my full time job, school, and a social life has seemed more adult-worldly than most others.

Once again, I am not undermining this “real world” or other adult lives. I am just very aware and mentally prepared of the trials and tribulations of the adult real world, and I am not afraid. I think i can handle the pressures that comes after graduating college. I have been writing out my 5 year plan since my sophomore year and I have accomplished most goals. Those goals I have not accomplished, I have reworked, still, to my benefit.

I have grown to work my hardest and face problems head on. I am not easily intimidated by anything. I try to stay optimistic and “speak good things into existence”, so they become my reality. So if you ask me… yes, I am ready for MY real world.

Dear Dove,

You have chosen the wrong state to write your note to.

Dear New Jersey, When people call you the “The Armpit of America” take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove

Im waiting for the compliment…

Anyway, luckily Dove scrapped this campaign before having it posted on billboards across my precious Garden State. They should have known better that Jersey is a state filled with a fiery attitudes and short tempers. Seeing this on the Garden State Parkway will have people shooting middle fingers out the window than wanting to beautify their armpit.

Dove responded to my tweets

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Well that is what i like to hear. Maybe i will reconsider picking up Irish Springs over Dove next time i go shopping. Maybe!

PRNEWS asks…

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If i was on Justin Beiber’s PR team with the job of repairing his tarnished image i would first have him lay low for some time. During this time he would focus just on music. The PR team will take full control of his social networking sites so his image would be controlled and everything posted will project a better image for Bieber. Lastly, we will slowly start bringing Bieber out to to the public eye through charity and volunteer work.

This is just brief but tactics used by most publicists for their celebrity clients.