Here’s to new beginnings!

Well this past semester has been quite the challenge, but I have made it through. With one week left in my undergraduate career I am reminiscent but also feel ready to move on to something exciting and new. torie1This blog has been a great tool for me to get my feet wet in the blogging world, I have explored and learned quite a bit about blogging and how it works. I have especially learned a lot from all you! To all of you who have read my blog and maybe even learned something, thank you! It has been wonderful to know that my blog was valued and useful, I felt like I became part of something bigger than myself.

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It is fitting that a chapter in my life is coming to a close as I begin to close up this chapter in my blogging career as well. I hope to keep blogging again soon, possibly in another format, maybe even in a professional capacity, hopefully on a more specific topic that will bring me even closer to you all!

troei3Keep an eye out for me in your internet travels and more importantly keep an eye on your own personal goals. In the meantime strive for excellence in all that you do, know that you really are unstoppable, and most importantly never stop looking for your next adventure.

xoxo
Victoria Ariel

Confidence and the Job Search

For the past week I have woken up everyday and started looking for jobs but I have only applied to about two. I am so intimidated by the process and the idea of actually getting a response back!

I am always feeling like I need to have everything perfect and I also really don’t qualify for any of these positions since they all prefer 3-5+ years of experience. What is an almost recent college grad to do? (I am buying my cap and gown soon, serious reality check.)

I came across one particular article about being insecure in your 20’s and about how as much as they are very romantic years they are also very stressful. The article links to a list at the end about 20 good habits to pick up in your twenties. I have read lists like this before and I see some common themes.

They encourage you to cut the bad out of your life: the negative people, the bad habits and the negative thoughts. Lists like this also encourage you to not compare yourself to others and to try to accept changes instead of fight them. These are all great pieces of advice but I also feel like they do not take the time to recognize that we are human and that all of the things that these lists encourage us not to do are also human nature and can not always be controlled.

Don’t get me wrong, these are all great things to aspire to but I also hope that everyone can still recognize that they are human and do not feel bad about themselves if they do not match up to all of these pieces of advice.

Well it’s back to the world of resume’s and portfolio’s for me. Do you think these lists of advice help or hurt us?

 

Social Responsibility & Leggings, What’s Not to Love?

The work is piling on more and more as the end of the year grows closer. The fear of not graduating because I can not get my work done and the fear of missing out and moving on are ever present throughout my days here.

I just have to keep reminding myself to breath and focus on the little things that I love about my university. This article from the NY Times talks about how we can decrease “brain fatigue” by just going for a walk in the park. It says that right about now I should be taking a break from work and going for a walk so I guess I should enjoy my beautiful campus while I can and the work can wait…right?

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Something I really wish I was able to focus on more right now is my job search but specifically my portfolio. Of course I have been creating my portfolio consistently throughout my years at school but I have not had the time in the past months to compile it all into one place. I have been given a lot of great opportunities here and would really like to showcase it. I just discovered WordPress Porfolio and I think that this along with a hard copy of my portfolio would be great. It would be able to highlight all of the things that the hard copy couldn’t and more.

So as the job search chugs along (slowly that is) I find myself looking for companies that are strongly geared toward social responsibility as well as companies that carry an authentic reputation. I came across an article about H&M on Refinery29’s page the other day and was really impressed. H&M is now one of the first companies to release the names and locations of all of its factories in its move towards even greater transparency and openness. Now that is what I would classify as an authentic company.

Refinery29 also caught my eye for another reason: the legging handbook (as I like to call it). They have gathered five different legging looks that aren’t your average baggy shirt and tights combo and it gets better…The five girls showcased give the low down on their top do’s and don’ts of leggings, I think every female should take a look, study it even. Some of these looks may even be office appropriate…sign me up!

It’s definitely a tie for which one is my favorite:

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Which look do you prefer? Are leggings work appropriate (if done well)?

P.S. Doesn’t this look delicious and who doesn’t love a sweet Sunday read?

Homesick.

There are a lot of things that hold me back from reaching my full potential and homesickness is definitely one of them. I suffer from homesickness a lot of the time and to some people this may make me sound like a baby but I’m not homesick for just home it’s more than that. I feel homesick for the past and for the future, for comfort and for people and places I may not ever be able to meet or see.

Like this past weekend when I got off the plane from London and some people’s parents were there to greet them, even entire families showed up to surprise their loved ones, I didn’t have anyone to run to or to share my stories with. Granted my “family” was in London with me but it still would have been nice to see Mom,Dad and Chloe Grace standing their with big smiles on their faces.

I read these words while scrolling through the blogosphere one day:

“Sometimes you’re 23 and standing in the kitchen of your house making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to your heart. You’re just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up your dry cleaning. And also more exciting things like books you’re reading and trips you plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence. Or fading from your memory, which is far less exciting. And suddenly you just don’t feel at home in your skin or in your house and you just want home but “Mom’s” probably wouldn’t feel like home anymore either. There used to be the comfort of a number in your phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else. But just to calm you down when you started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person you are feel foreign. When you realize that you’ll never be this young again but this is the first time you’ve ever been this old. When you can’t remember how you got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to you now. The song is over. The coffee’s done. You’re going to breathe in and out. You’re going to be fine in about five minutes.” – The Winter of the Air

I feel like this really pinpointed the feeling. Does anyone else ever feel this way? How do you deal with homesickness?

The Siren's Tale

As far back as I can remember, I’ve carried a constant feeling of homesickness every time I am away from my dwelling. While the feeling has manifested itself differently over the years, it’s always there. That gnawing discomfort that sits in the base of your stomach, tugging at your heart-strings with no mercy.

It all began one day when my Mom let me know I’d be starting kindergarten. At first it sounded like a great idea, but when I saw the bright yellow school bus chugging down my road, my stomach hit my kneecaps. I frantically ran into my backyard, giving my Mom and Aunt a mad-goose chase to grab me before the bus drove away. I thrashed about and yelled out, “I just need to spend time with my Barbies!” Life priorities, after all.

Much like a bad 1980’s comedy movie, when my Mom brought me to the bus…

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Woman of the Week!

I present to you: Sheryl Sandberg

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Yes you may have heard of her, she is the COO of Facebook and she essentially rules the world, but really.

I am taking a class called Representation in the Media and we have recently been focusing  on women and their role in the work force. We read a New Yorker article  highlighting her rise to the top and her strong work ethic. Sheryl believes that women are just as capable as men at getting to the top but most times they hold themselves back.

Sandberg spoke at a TEDWomen conference and she gave three suggestions on how to solve the problem of the lack of women in top positions. The first being that women need to “sit at the table”, we can not expect to get anywhere if we are just sitting back and not participating. Her second piece of advice for women is “make sure your partner is a real partner”, make sure that the person you’re with is going to support you and that you will be able to share responsibilities. Her final piece of advice is “don’t leave before you leave”, even before women begin a family but are thinking about starting one they stop taking on important tasks and by doing this you make yourself less valuable to your organization.

 Although Sheryl has a bad rap with some women because of her unconventional stance, I really appreciate her viewpoint and think that if more women were as assertive, ambitious and confident as she is then the world would be a better place. To hear more of what Sheryl Sandberg has to say check out her TEDWomen talk  & her Barnard commencement speech 2011

 

Whatever it takes

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So I’m a second semester Senior in college and like most Seniors in college, I’m freaking out. I am constantly trying to create a plan for myself and better myself for the future. Over the past four years I have gotten great grades and have been heavily involved on and off my campus but I still feel uneasy about finding a job and making my way into the real world.

Although this uneasy feeling exists there are still things that I do day to day that allow me some sanity!  I stumbled upon the blog The College Prepster during my sophomore year and have really grown fond of Carly. She is everything I aspire to be and more. She talks about helpful organization tips and gives her readers an insight into her life as a 20-something that inspires and astonishes. She is not your average woman and of course not all of us can accomplish what she has by her age but when I read her blog I feel confident about heading into the unknown.

Another great spot for tips and motivation, especially for young woman looking to move up in the world, is the Levo League. I first heard about this site through Carly’s blog since she now works there but it is something I always go back to. The Levo League offers great articles about how to be successful in the workforce along with relevant and feasible job postings for the freshly graduated woman. Office hours is also an extremely helpful mentoring tool that Levo League provides. Listening to highly accomplished woman tell their stories and give advice, knowing they have been where we are, is an easy avenue to our own success.

Something else that I do to better myself is scroll through Twitter and discover Twitter feeds that are interesting and informative. Some of the most helpful Twitters are the ones by business magazines like Forbes and Inc. I also follow Twitter feeds like NY Marketing Jobs and Washington Post Jobs which give me up to date job postings and opportunities. Creating a Twitter that is solely for business and professional use is also a responsible step towards making it in the professional world.

And if all else fails there is always the quiet place …What are some things you look at or do to ease the anxiety of new beginnings?