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So it’s been Three Months…

September 14, 2011

And as the fall TV schedule comes back into play, I cannot help but compare my life to that of a TV drama. You know in all good teen high school dramas, where the show-runners have a choice to take their beloved characters through college or fast-forward them 4 years, adding additional depth and “maturity” to make them more interesting? That’s what I feel like just happened to me. My life has been fast-forward[ed?].  And while the rest of my world seems to be hitting Play just fine, it seems that someone has left me on Pause. Stuck in what feels like social, financial and emotional no-man’s land, waiting for all of my so-called life lessons to kick in and leave me in better place than I was four years ago. Sure, now I have a diploma. Theoretically I am prepared for the job market because I have several {*cough* 6} internships under my belt. And yes, I wouldn’t trade my time at BU for any other college experience. But now what? For a girl who has had a detailed life plan since middle school, the harsh reality of professional development limbo is setting in. Accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and horrible bouts of what amounts to job envy with a heavy side serving of bitterness.

What makes it difficult is that I understand the reasons. The job market still hasn’t recovered. It’s hard breaking into an industry that you have zero nepotistic connections in. There are thousands of other applicants out there in the same boat as me. I can even meander the “it could be worse” path with gems like, Sure you commute to work 2 hours in each direction daily, but at least you live close enough to NYC to do that. Sure you’re still an intern, but at least you’re working at all. Sure you’re still technically still unemployed, but at least you don’t have to start paying back those student loans yet. Is this working for you? Me—not so much.

So while I simmer in professional purgatory at least I have one thing to comfort me. My DVR.


It’s Officially Official

April 28, 2011

Today before heading to work I popped on over to the BU Bookstore to make a purchase I had been putting off. My cap and gown. While the entire process was painless and took 10 minutes at the most, it had an overwhelming sense of finality to it. I couldn’t help thinking This is it…this is the end. I did notice that they strategically placed a display of Alumni garb next to the checkout which I found irritating. I do not need to be reminded that I only have one week of class left as a college student thank you. As this week draws to a close it is becoming increasingly difficult to use my earlier tactic of leaving the room whenever someone brings up the “G-word.”

Only the child in me was intrigued by this experience. I enjoyed browsing the master list of all of the different colored tassels that each college at BU (there are 18) receives. CAS and COM undergrads get black (snooze) but I was intrigued to see that Sargent College has one thats green and yellow (?) while SMG gets taupe. Suddenly black doesn’t look so bad.

Still, this adventure reminded me that despite the fact that I still have a giant paper and 2 group projects to finish this week, it is indeed The end of the world as we know it. I think I am not going to fully process this until I have to put it on.

College: Student, unplug thyself

April 26, 2011

Today, The Boston Globe published an article (editorial) about procrastination in conjunction with computers in the classroom. I found this particularly interesting in light of the fact that I am taking a class entirely devoted to computers and social media.

College classrooms are alive with the sound of fingers on keyboards, but not all those students staring into laptops are taking notes. Some are trading stocks, buying shoes, or checking Facebook. The distracted are becoming so distracting that some college professors — at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, no less — think it’s time to unwire the halls of higher education. They’re right. read more…

My Nightmare

April 26, 2011

One of my roommates sent this to me today. Literally my worst nightmare…

Home Alone

April 25, 2011

So this weekend, unbeknownst to me, my roommates all decided to leave town. Now maybe I should have seen this coming, it being Easter and all, but somehow I didn’t think about it until the weekend was upon us. Maybe this is because I am Jewish and do not think about such things. Maybe it is because I have always had a friend or family member come to visit me over Easter weekend in the past. I don’t know.

I come home from class on Thursday afternoon (which for some reason BU decided should be a Monday) and I yelled my usual greeting to see if anyone is home. I was greeted with…crickets. I then text all of them to discover that they are either already home, or are en-route to their house. (fun fact: my roommates live in New York, New Jersey and Ohio).

At first it was kind of nice. Being Passover, I had been cooking for myself for the past couple of days, so it was not that weird to eat alone. Thursday night I also had a giant term paper to write, so honestly I was not planning on going out, and enjoyed the silence when I stayed up to 4:30 AM finishing it. I even left my laptop and notes all over the kitchen table (something I try to avoid doing when I know other will eat near them).

Friday rolled around and I went to class and then proceeded to an event I had been putting together for the entire semester immediately after. I was busy running errands, putting up decorations and dealing with logistics. A couple friends who attended the event decided to go out with me afterward, so even then I did not notice the absence so much.

Then came Saturday. I woke up to the eerie silence of an empty apartment. It was raining out, and usually in my apartment that calls for a day of movies and doing almost nothing. I crept out into our living room to make myself some coffee when it hit me…I was all alone. I was saved when a friend of mine called and invited me to brunch around noon. This was followed by a day of intense shopping at the Pru Mall. When I finally came home, I felt a pang again when I realized that I had no one to show my purchases to (because clearly the best part of buying a dress is showing it off to your friends). I sent a half-hazard picture message to one of my roommates but it just wasn’t the same.

By the time Sunday came I realized I was in trouble when I woke up at 1 PM. I read some of my emails and text messages to find that not only was it sunny out but it was a steamy 75 degrees here in Boston. And what did I do all day? Watched TV in my room and read a book. When I started contemplating dancing around the apartment in my underwear Risky Business style to break up the silence, I knew it was time to call someone to meet me for dinner. When my Jewish friend, who had spent the weekend in Rhode Island on a photojournalism assignment, came up to my apartment and looked around her response was, “Wait…Are you the only one home?”

The moral of this story is that however independent I like to think that I am, I really do not enjoy living by myself. Left to my own devices I will not only order way too much takeout, but also develop anti-social habits that will undoubtedly lead to a future as a cat lady. Having roommates is not only a way to keep the rent down, it is like having a second family. And when they go away, I really do miss them.

Roméo et Juliette: A New Twist on a Classic Tale

April 21, 2011

So one of my accounts for PR Lab for this semester is The College of Fine Arts. As Account Supervisor my baby for the semester has been promoting the Opera Roméo et Juliette, specifically the Friday April 22 performance. My team and I have worked round the clock to make this performance perfect, and highly attended by BU students. One of our promotional pet projects was a behind-the-scenes video featuring some of the designers in the production including costume, set and lighting design.

Another project was planning an executing a pre-party prior to the performance. We settled on the venue Our House East where we are throwing a Masquerade-themed pre-party for the graduating Seniors. The event will have free appetizers, masquerade-themed swag and a cash bar.

The performance is an all-French opera rendition of the Shakespeare classic with English supertitles by Allison Voth. The opera is a collaboration between CFA’s School of Music Opera Institute and the School of Theatre and is hosted by CFA graduate students. The music is by Charles Gounod and the Libretto by Jules Barber and Michel Carré.

Roméo et Juliette will run from April 21-24, beginning at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Sunday at the Boston University Huntington Theatre. Tickets are free with a BU ID, so don’t miss out. Tickets for BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students and senior citizens are $15, and $20 to the general public.

The Huntington Theatre is located at 264 Huntington Avenue. Our House East is located at 52 Gainsborough Street. To buy your tickets online, visit the Boston Theatre Scene or call the Box Office at (617) 933-8600.

Grads and Social Media

April 20, 2011

Here was an interesting article I came across from the Atlanta Business Journal about Graduating Seniors using Social Media to enter the work force. This struck a particular chord with me due my experience with Edelman Digital recently, where by tweeting out that I had finished my application, a recruiter contacted me in less than 12 hours later.

You’re graduating and you’ve got the technology skills to take on the world. After all, you’ve grown up with laptops, Facebook, YouTube and smartphones. But are you connected to the working world you’re about to enter? read more…

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