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College Life: A Look Back

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the end for me at Florida State University. I cannot believe how fast these past three years have gone & knowing that I have only six more months left in Tallahassee makes me think about how much has changed within that short amount of time.

When I was a college freshman, I picked my major because it was something I was passionate about but I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. When I started, I was leaning towards becoming a buyer but within my first year toyed with the ideas of styling or working for a magazine. It wasn’t until after I launched FSU Fashion Girl & started interning that I realized that I wanted to get into more the the PR/marketing & social media side of fashion. I still believe that it is so important that college students pick a major that they are passionate about. There is not a doubt in my mind that I picked the right major for me.

Throughout the years, I have met so many different people that I have been lucky to call my friends. My advice to incoming freshman is to embrace these new friendships & try to meet as many people as you can. It is truly amazing what you can learn from those who are different from you. You can also learn a lot about yourself by looking at the people you may not get along with & really trying to figure out why. After college, stay in touch with everyone. A lot of my friends graduated last year & it has been really fun for me to see where they are all ending up – where they are living, working, etc. We are so blessed to live in the Facebook generation which makes it entirely too easy to keep in touch – utilize this.

My last piece of advice for incoming freshman is to embrace the new. College students are handed opportunities that a lot of others would kill to have. Experience everything you can. If someone invites you to something that isn’t necessarily “your thing,” do it anyways. You may surprise yourself. If you get the opportunity to intern in another state or country, do it! I cannot even begin to express how much that experience will teach you about yourself, both on a personal & professional level. Most importantly, have fun! These next four years will fly by faster than you know.

More critical reads for incoming college freshman:

How to Save Money on Textbooks
Interview & Resume Tips from BCBG
Intern Queen Inc.
Gameday Fashion
How To Furnish Your Home (Or Dorm!) for Less

A Fashion Year in Review: 2010!

As the end of 2010 is upon us, I wanted to take this time to reflect on the past. As far as fashion, it is clear that this year three brands dominated my heart this year. These three brands include French Connection, Marc by Marc Jacobs & Wildfox Couture. Thinking deeper than that, I compiled a list of my favorite finds this year.

This list included a Theory blazer, Gucci sunglasses, French Connection dress, Michael Kors watch, Wildfox Couture sweatshirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Juicy Couture riding boots & the Marc by Marc Jacobs perfect purse. Although some of these items made the list because they were a killer deal, they have all become staples in my wardrobe this year.

But of course, this is a time for not only reflecting on fashion, but also on myself personally. 2010 was a major year in my life & I am thankful for everything – the good times and bad.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

-Served as the secretary for FSU’s Collegiate Merchandising Association, ran for 2011 President & lost by one vote but no regrets – everything happens for a reason!
- Became the Public Relations Director for FSU’s CLUTCH Magazine. Instantly began working on finding a way to publish an online version of the magazine (for free, of course!) & starting a blog.
- Completed my first internship with Intern Queen Inc. and will continue on as a campus ambassador next semester
- Met Andrea through my summer internship with Intern Queen Inc. & we collaborated in the fall to create the first-ever #CampusFashion Twitter chat – HUGE success!
- Became a campus ambassador for Kembrel where I began increasing awareness of this awesome website on Florida State’s campus while also saving up money to intern in NYC this summer

After reflecting on all that I have accomplished in one year, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life & what all year 2011 will bring.

Happy new year everyone & thanks for reading! xoxo

College Life: What I Learned By Interning

I have been interning for Lauren Berger, the CEO of Intern Queen Inc., for the past six months. Next week will be my last week interning so I have been looking back and reflecting on everything that I have learned – both personally & professionally.

1. The Power of a Follow Up – Since interning for Lauren, I noticed how often I was following up with people whether it was planning the CLUTCH Magazine release party, applying for an internship, or simply asking a question. You wouldn’t believe how many people are actually thankful – not annoyed – that you are following up with them. Especially when it comes to internships, ALWAYS follow up to make sure that they actually received your materials. They might just be bombarded with resumes but the act of the follow up will give you an edge over your competition.

2. Network with EVERYONE – During college, don’t be selective. Keep in touch with ALL of your contacts. You never know when you might need them or vice versa. This is especially true if you are still not 100% sure of what career field you would like to go in. Organize your contacts into an excel document including their name, company, position, email address, phone number & their preferred method of communication. It’s also important to not abuse this relationship. Keep in mind that this is a give-take relationship – ask what YOU can do for THEM.

3. ALWAYS Call to Decline an Internship Offer - I got the opportunity to listen to Lauren speak at this year’s Teen Vogue Fashion University in New York City & she has mentioned this same advice before. Provided you are only applying for internships that you actually want, always say yes to an internship offer. If you get another internship offer which you feel is the better fit, pick up the phone & call the first company. You will be able to convey your genuine apology for declining the internship over the phone rather than an email.

4. Personalize your Cover Letters & Tailor your Resume - You won’t believe how many people we see apply for internships with “Dear Seventeen Magazine” for a Lucky Magazine internship. This is a sure sign that you are sending out the same cover letter for multiple internships. Personalize both your cover letter & resume for the job and company you are applying for. Also, keep your resume to one page. Anything that wasn’t covered in your resume, bring up in your interview and/or cover letter.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions - If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to ask! If you can get away with asking another intern, do that first. In general, your boss will be thankful that you had the courage to ask a question rather than try it out on your own & make a mistake.

All in all, I have had an amazing time interning for Intern Queen Inc. If you are interested in interning for Lauren, go ahead & apply for her summer 2011 internship program. You can also join the campus ambassador program (no FSU students please, we already have two!) – email me if you are interested & I will let you know what all you need to do.

Spotlight On: Intern Queen, Inc.

Whether you are currently looking for an internship or you will be looking for an internship in the near future, Intern Queen Inc. is your one stop shop for everything you need to know about internships. Lauren Berger, the CEO of Intern Queen Inc., became known as the “intern queen” after completing 15 internships during her 4 years of college. Intern Queen Inc. offers free online internship listings which you can apply for directly through the website as well as career advice through her I Am Intern blog. Whether you are a student looking for an internship or an employer searching for the perfect intern, look no further than InternQueen.com.

Find your dream internship by:
- Looking through the internships online at InternQueen.com
- Following the Intern Queen on Facebook and Twitter
- Signing up for the Intern Queen Hot List – which informs you of what is going on with Intern Queen as well as companies who still need interns
- Subscribe to the Intern Queen’s YouTube channel
- Joining the Intern Queen on Twitter every other Tuesday for #internchat – Ask Lauren any and ALL of your internship questions THIS Tuesday from 7-8pm EST
- Search through the I Am Intern blog to find more tips and advice straight from the Intern Queen herself!

Top Five: Things To Do This Summer

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Whether you are currently done with school for summer or not, this list is for you!

1. Reinvent Your Style – Summer is the perfect time to try a new look on for size. Have you been dying to try a new trend? Looking to rid your closet of old clothes that you don’t need or wear anymore? Do it now! Sell old clothes back to Plato’s Closet, donate them to charity or give them away to someone else. Buy new clothes for less at outlet malls, discount stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls or at thrift shops. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download the My Style Fashion Assistant application for only $0.99 (or enter to win for free for FSU Fashion Girl’s giveaway on May 12th) to help you store your favorite outfits and keep track of the items in your closet.

2. Try a New Recipe – Everyone needs that go to recipe that they use when they are in need of bringing something that everyone will love. Mine? Oreo balls. They require no baking whatsoever. Just your time, a bag of oreos, cream cheese, chocolate chips and a freezer. EVERYONE will love them!

3. Find an Internship – Summer is the perfect time to intern. You have more free time typically during the summer and you are able to intern in areas other than the one you live, if desired. A fantastic resource for all different types of internships is Intern Queen Inc. During her four years of college, Lauren Berger successfully completed 15 internships and her mission is to help other students do the same. Although it might be a little late in the game to start applying for summer internships, it is never too late to get an offer. Employers are still actively looking to hire interns for summer and fall 2010. Follow Intern Queen on Twitter and/or Facebook to instantly find out who is still in need of interns for summer.

4. Try a Self-Tanner – We all know how damaging the sun can be to our skin. This summer, try to avoid the harmful rays by getting a  safe glow. Two of my favorites include Beautisol Summer Glow or All Seasons Glow and L’oreal Sublime Bronze.

5. Enjoy Popcorn and a Movie – Make sure you check out these movies this summer:

5/14 Letters to Juliet
5/21 Shrek Forever After
5/28 Sex and the City 2
6/11 Coco Chanel & Igor Starvinsky (limited)
6/30 Twilight Saga: Eclipse