7 Signs You’re a PR Major

PR students stay connected. Photo Courtesy of Apple.com

Every college major or department comes with its own inside jokes and quirks that only its students and faculty understand.  Public Relations is no exception. In fact, PR is probably one of the least talked about majors in college. To take away from the “mystery,” I want to let you all in on the inside story of the PR major’s life.

Here are seven signs that you’re a PR major.

7. Sleep is the one thing that never gets crossed off your to-do list. No rest for the heavy-laden and PR majors, contrary to popular belief, are.

6. When lstening to students form other majors talk about they’re lives , you struggle to reesist kriticizing there grammer. Brownie points to anyone that identifies all the grammatical errors in this sentence. Double points for proper editing marks.

5. You understand how a 500-word news story can take just as long to write as a 1500-word essay. First, you write then you edit. Then you write again and edit. Then you send it off to the editor who edits it and gives it back to you to write … again. See a pattern forming?

4. You’re so literate in SEO that you can find info on anybody. Literally. See that hot TA in the English class? Got his email, LinkedIn and Facebook in less than five minutes with some constructive “Google” searching (don’t pretend like you don’t do this — fact checking at its finest).

3. You get the “It’s not what you know, but who you know” lecture at least 20 times in a given semester.  Friendliness and gratitude go a long way when making professional connections (those thank you notes make a difference!).

2. Your professors reprimand you for NOT using social media in class. “Twitter for Good,” anyone?

Finally…

1. You start blogging solely for the purposes of building up your online presence. I’m just kidding with this one, but honestly, if I wasn’t a PR major, I wouldn’t be blogging. I am so grateful that it inspired me to start.

Did I leave anything out? Let me know what you would put on a list of  the life of a PR major in the comments below.

Thanks!

– Imani

Music Buzz: The Postal Service is Touring?!

Alright, I realize that this is probably old news now to many of you, but as a college student detached from her musically literate friends, I feel I have the right to be ecstatic about this bit of music gold.

THE POSTAL SERVICE IS TOURING!! AFTER A 10 YEAR HIATUS!

They haven’t lost a slightest bit of their massively popular style either.

Posted below is their newly unveiled song “A Tattered Line of String.”

I hope you like it (although if you have any sense of how great they sound, you probably do regardless).

– Imani

P.S. – If you are a student in the Greater Washington area, be sure to grab tickets to this show (link: Music Buzz: The Postal Service is Touring?!). It’s going to be amazing!

 

Moto Jackets – Spring 2013 Fashion Trends

I’m so excited about this trend!

Moto jackets (aka biker jackets by some) are the must-have for all chic wardrobes this spring.

I’ve seen it everywhere from high-end fashion brands, like this one from Christian Siriano. To budget style go-to spots, like this one from Topshop.

I think the great thing about this trend is its versatility. This piece can be styled with both dressy and casual looks with ease.

Plus, it fits perfectly with the edgy vibe that frequented many runways this spring.

My favorite way to style the moto jacket is by combining a basic top with brightly patterned bottoms and a jacket of an equally bright color.

Overall, the moto jacket will be the number one piece for trendy self expression this season.

Good luck finding yours!

– Imani

 

Music Find – Kishi Bashi

About four months ago, I discovered one of my now favorite musicians, Kishi Bashi. He’s a Japanese-American singer and violinist with this really cool electronic/acoustic sound.

I was preparing for Finals Week at UMD when I found his music and listening to it was great for lifting my tired-college-student spirits.

The song I listened to the most was “Chester’s Burst Over the Hamptons” off his 151a album. This particular song is really great for all-nighters. The beat is fiery; it makes you want to jump around the room, brilliant for warding off that sleepy haze.

The greatest thing about Kishi Bashi is that he adds complex musicality to every one of his songs, which is rare.

If you want to take a listen, I placed the video below.

Thanks and I hope you like it,

Imani

Hey there, Internet

Hey Everyone,

I’ll start off with an apology for not “officially” introducing myself before starting to post to this blog.

I hesitated to make this blog my main one but then I thought it might be cool to share with you all the many unique facets of my life.

My little “sharings” for this blog are going to be pretty far-reaching as I have a ton of different interests.

Fashion and beauty, family life and education, politics and social change are some of the main issues that I like to talk about.

However, right now I am really interested in another topic.

Music.

My first “review” will be featured in the next post.

Stay tuned for more of my musings.

Thanks,

Imani R. L.

Newbie Reporter Writing Treasures

Studying and writing for public relations can be tricky work.

With organizing a story, there are massive amounts of research conducted before the real writing begins.

To go through this research process smoothly, I like to use two news resources – Google and Twitter.

Although both are online, Google is definitely the authority in spearheading my research.

I use Google to search for key terms, find old material on topics and read the opinions of other writers on the topic that I am researching.

I also use Google to find out more about the people or organizations that I write about by searching their names for any online presence.

Speaking of online presence, Twitter is a great tool for helping me learn about what kind of online “persona” the organization or individual that I am researching holds.

It also helps me find out about the most current discussion points relating to a certain topic, using hashtags.

I use both tools for personal use as well. I search for information about internships and public relations career education through Google. With Twitter, I search for PR organizations that intrigue me.

Both Google and Twitter are  fundamental tools for new writers.

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