Friday, April 30, 2010

PR Feature

Hello everyone!

Well, today I was featured on a PR blog, spotlighting graduating PR students as they enter the very intimidating job market. The blogger, Jeremy Pepper, offers some great advice for people looking to get into PR, and I am really excited to have made his acquaintance. Check out his blog post below!

In other new, I graduate tomorrow! Went and picked up my cap and gown this morning, saw my family for a few hours, get to hang around with the beau and then heading to the senior banquet! It's funny to think back about how people always warned that college would go by really quickly, and I didn't really believe them. Now, I can honestly say it was all a whirlwind. It seems like yesterday I was settling into my dorm for the first time, remarking how crazy it was to be on my own for the next four years. Where did the time go?

I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Setting the Record Straight on Earth Day this is another non-necessarily related post to the original intentions of this blog, but it is so ridiculous that I feel it worth mentioning.

I want to start by wishing everyone a late happy EARTH day. I capitalize Earth because there was some apparent confusion on Twitter yeaterday. Yes, Avatar was released on DVD and blu-ray yesterday, which was very exciting. However, that dis not make it Avatar Day, or Pandora Day. Why, you might ask? The answer is simple...


Yes, this can be disappointing, but for those of you having a hard time accepting this, there are alternatives to ending your own life or sinking into a state of complete and utter depression. Earth, while lacking in spinning lizards and floating mountains, is still a great place! Don't lose hope! There are support groups available, should you find a need. However, there are more general implications from this...stupidity...

I went down to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for meatloaf, still thinking about the Earth Day / Pandora Day debacle that occurred yesterday, when I saw further affirmation that the world has lost its mind.

Ralph's is having an Earth Day sale, commemorated by cupcakes and sheet cakes. Now, Earth day is supposed to be about our planet and how great it is, so logically, the next step should be to honor our planet, which is not really that hard to do in confection form. Shoot, bake a circle-shaped cake, throw some icing on it and call it a world.

However, rather than depicting something even remotely related to Earth I saw these:

Yes...those are Na'vi on the "Earth Day" cakes/cupcakes. Whoever came up with this idea, it's not helping anyone. Not to mention, all these earthquakes might be a sign that Earth is getting pissed at everyone so hyped up over a fictional moon...

Thursday, April 22, 2010


So, today was my last day at Consumer Product Events/BDPR. It was a little bitter sweet. On the one hand I was glad not to have to really deal with prospecting anymore, which might have been the most boring thing I've ever done. On the other hand, it was a good experience in retrospect, and I'm going to get a good recommendation letter out of it. Say what you want about Alyson, if you meet her she is going to help you succeed in any way she can. That's one of her best qualities.

I never really understood the value of internships outside the theoretical discussion of the importance of experience that they give you in college. However, when they say it is important for experience they aren't kidding. From this I learned that I might not necessarily want to be in the firm side of things, though a larger agency with more accounts and opportunities for involvement might be a little different. If I had to do PR tomorrow, I would definitely use a lot of things that I learned from this internship on a daily basis, so I guess in that sense it was a success.

I'm having lunch with Alyson on Monday, and I plan on piquing her brain for what the best next step might be from here. We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alright ladies...let's chat this doesn't really have anything to do with "post-graduation" stuff, but I saw something today and makes me feel like I need to take some time to explain something.

I am not against dresses. I'm not even necessarily against short dresses, so long as they are not obscene. But we, as women, have to understand that the concept of wind, especially strong wind on a rainy day, makes wearing a dress with nothing underneath it a very risky business. Let's all just use the brains that we were given and take weather into consideration when we get dressed in the morning -- I'm sleep deprived, and I knew enough to wear leggings and boots underneath my dress today. It takes minimal effort.

Anyways, I guess the way I can make this apply is to say that it is important, when considering graduation, to upgrade your wardrobe to a more professional one. You are always making an impression on someone, and that might just lead to a job one day. Even if it is a 3:00 on a Friday, dress to impress. Fitted jeans and a nice t-shirt make a better impression, and are more practical, than a short skirt exposing things that should be private with every gust of wind.

The ginger has spoken. ;D

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We've all got to start somewhere

This is the pilot post of Ginger Snaps, and as such, I think some introductions are in order. My name is Tara, and I am a 21 year-old redhead originally from St. Louis. I've spent the last 4 years toiling away at Pepperdine University, where I will receive degrees in psychology and public relations in a short 11 days. My life plans have been shaken with my failure to be accepted to law school despite fairly competitive credentials, and I am now trying to figure out the best path for me to take in a world where I am no longer a student. Yea, that's pretty much me in a nutshell.

My purpose behind this blog is not to rant on and on about my problems, or share meaningless drivel about my life. I really want to talk about my experiences post graduation for those struggling to get into grad schools, trying to find that first job and just overall freaking out about life post-graduation. Hopefully, I can make some of the mistakes for you, and provide helpful insights into the terrifying new world of life outside of formalized education.

I've never blogged before, so this will be an adventure for both of us, and I am excited to learn as I go. Suggestions are always welcomed and in fact appreciated! :)