Learning how to prioritize and find your passion can be a difficult task to accomplish. It can be scary, we think we need to be involved in everything in order to be successful, but if we stretch ourselves too thin, we only end up hurting ourselves. In this post our author, Lily Ng, explains how she took steps to recenter herself in the midst of college craziness.
People love to give college students advice. Whether it is to study more, take a certain class, stop skipping your 8 a.m. lecture or to relax more, there is always something that we can do better. College is all about prioritizing your time and learning how to stay calm amidst the chaos and pressure.
The more I thought about my future, the less I was certain of what I wanted to do. So, I decided to quit my job and to prepare myself for the PR world and adulthood.
1. I took a breath
Do something that will help you re-center yourself. (Here are 5 Ways to De-Stress) Public relations is a stressful career field and we are going to have to learn to take some time for ourselves
Take a yoga class once a week
Learn how to knit
Treat yourself to a manicure
Developing these habits early will help you in the future when you are stretched too thin.
2. I got organized and made a plan
For the PR world you have to brand yourself and present the best version of YOU. In order to be successful you have to take some time to organize yourself
Developed my own personal business cards
Created my own website
Cleaned up my social media
I know I want to get PR internships in the future and by following the bullet points above, I am setting myself up for success.
3. I started my Internship Search
What will best prepare you for your future career? If you don’t know what you want to do, then test the waters. I started researching PR firms and things that I could do to get experience, these include:
The PRactice at OSU
There are so many places in Columbus that offer amazing experiences and making these short term goals will help you reach your long term goals in the future.
Now I’m not saying everyone should go and quit their jobs, but I am saying that you as young adults we have no strings attached. We can live off ramen noodles and crackers for a little while. This is your time to figure out who you are and what you want to do. While jobs are helpful, sometimes you just need to take a step back and evaluate where you are and where you want to be.
About the Author: Lily Ng
Lily, a junior Strat Comm and English major, is a repeat writer for our blog and is a great addition to our team. She is the account exec for our client ClearlyCased. Lily hopes to one day work for a PR agency in Chicago.