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Sofia - RWU Class of 2013

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Where oh where did this semester go?!?!

Woah. Can you believe the semester is almost over? Where did the time go?!

My life has been filled with work, class, projects, and meetings non-stop. Per usual, I stretched myself as thin as I can possibly go, and I am participating in probably way too many extra-curriculars, but what can I say? I’m an involvement addict. I am the Opinions and Entertainment Section Manager of The Hawks’ Herald, the Account Executive of the yearly Bateman competition, the Editor-in-Chief of COMMent, taking four classes, blogging, and working floor sets at American Eagle Outfitters. All while trying to have a social life, deal with a mother who wants far too much of my attention and a complicated ex-boyfriend who attends the University of Rhode Island.

Remember when I said that multi-tasking was easy and just takes a greatly organized agenda book and time management skills? Well, I am surely testing myself this semester. Some days I leave my apartment at 8:45 a.m., not to return until almost 1 o’clock in the morning.

How do I manage? Aside from a greatly organized agenda book and time management skills (which are a great help, btw), I make sure everything that I love everything I’m doing. Yes, sometimes classes are difficult, but I love my major, I love my minor, and I am passionate about the things I am learning and confident that these skills will take me places in the future. I mean, what’s the point of doing something if you don’t absolutely love it? Same goes for my extra-curriculars. Sure, I’d love to be able to sleep in weekday mornings and see my roommates more often, but I love what I am spending my time on. I love writing and I love design. These are things that get me through my days.

So what’s been going on with me this semester? Aside from all of the bologna I mentioned above, I spent Columbus Day weekend with my family in Vermont, I went to San Francisco for PRSSA National Conference, and this past weekend, I saw One Direction (<3) at Mohegan Sun with my roommate and went to New York City with my aforementioned complicated ex-boyfriend. It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while, and a nice getaway before crunch time- final exams and all of those heavily-weighted assignments that our professors saved until the most stressful point in the semester.

I also confirmed my very last schedule of my college career a couple weeks ago (so scary!) and gave myself Tuesdays and Thursdays off for yes, you guessed it, another internship. For those of you who know me, you know that I have been feeling mega unproductive this semester by not filling up my resume even more with a fifth internship. I was offered one, but due to scheduling conflicts, I had to decline. This broke my heart knowing that I might not graduate with my goal of completing six internships.

However, I may have solved this predicament (and I don’t know why I have never thought of this before…) by having two internships next semester. How will I do this without dying, you ask? One of them will be with Miamore Communications in Providence on Tuesday/Thursday. The other will be on campus in the RWU Marketing & Communications department doing Media Relations. I have not yet been offered this internship yet, but my interview is this week and my fingers are crossed! This internship would be absolutely perfect because it is on campus, relevant to my major, and it would also be my work-study job. What could be better than that?! Not much, my friends.

So keep your fingers crossed for me and I will keep you posted!

Love always,

Sofia x

Back to Bristol!

Hello my friends!

I have finally returned to Bristol, RI. London will forever be remembered as one of the best experiences of my life, one that I will cherish forever. Being back in Bristol feels like such a routine, thinking about how I was traveling abroad just a few months ago just doesn’t seem real. (I find myself reminiscing and looking through pictures to remind myself!) And as soon as I come out of this dream world… I realize it’s senior year.

Oh, s***.

I have way too much to do.

I basically spent the summer working at American Eagle, took a couple vacations with my family (Florida and Martha’s Vineyard) and celebrated my 21st birthday in August at Mohegan Sun! Being productive was not happening. And neither was an internship. I was offered an internship with Cone Communications, but things fell through when I realized how expensive it would be for me to commute from Brockton to Boston everyday and not get any pay or compensation. I was pretty bummed that I had to decline, but I think it was for the best. I clearly needed the summer to relax before coming back for a crazy, insanely busy senior year.

First, I am taking five classes: Mass Comm Research, Digital Journalism, Photo Journalism, Advanced Design, and a Senior Seminar (three hours long on Tuesday night… UGH). This year I am also Account Executive of the Bateman team (a PR competition where we plan an execute a campaign on a given subject.. this year is on bullying). I am also a member of VOS, PRSSA, and the Hawks’ Herald. I have a new work study position at the study abroad office and I am in the works of possibly getting an internship. When will I be completing hours for this said internship? I haven’t the slightest clue. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I just can’t picture myself taking a semester off from an internship, especially my senior year! I feel like that’s horrible luck and karma would come and find me when I’m job hunting…

That’s another thing, I have to find a REAL JOB. Like a big girl job. Like all of my years of education and thinking about that omnipresent question: What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s here. And I have to start looking in just a few months. This can’t be real… someone pinch me?

Just finally picked up my parking sticker yesterday and I haven’t even gone grocery shopping for my apartment yet… oops. I’m a mess already!

Until next time…

-Sofia xx

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

I’ll start out by saying that basically everything I was told about studying abroad and London was wrong. The people are not rude, the fashion is not drastically different, the food is not gross and I do not need $5,000 a month to live. I have weekly homework, I do have to attend class each week and I do not have an absurd amount of free time. Also, I’m almost positive people never sleep around here and the Mondays really are messy. Oh, and people are more obsessed with William and Kate than you could even imagine…

William & Kate

But some things, I suppose, you just have to dive into head first and figure everything out on your own. This is what you would call growing up.

So I’ve been here about three weeks now, and I’ve got to say it feels like two months. I don’t mean this negatively, I just mean my days have been filled and I hardly even have time to keep my room clean– at the moment it’s looking more like a construction zone. But I’ve gotten myself settled, and that’s the most difficult part I would say. I’ve found the nearest grocery store, I’ve gotten myself a cell phone, I’ve found all my classes and I know how to use the public transportation. (The few times I’ve gotten myself lost or was unsure about what direction I was going, the people here helped me get wherever I was trying to go–they are amazingly nice.)

bus

I’m living just outside Central London (20 minutes to the city by tube) on the Harrow campus, which is where the Media, Arts and Design students live. After much trouble and irritation with the Administration/Registry Offices here, I am finally enrolled in Arts & Entertainment Journalism, Fashion Trends and Contemporary Culture, Fashion Journalism, and Personal and Professional Development. Begrudgingly, I have to take the latter class in order to be enrolled for an internship.

So far, I really love all of my classes (maybe that’s a bit enthusiastic for my internship class), but I am starting to notice how different the education system is here compared to in America. First, I find the students to be pretty rude here. The lectures are three hours long and after about an hour usually, we get a “biscuit break” for 15-20 minutes. Many of the students do not return after the break and the ones who do are chatting and hardly paying attention to the tutor (that’s what they call professors here). Students will also get up and leave whenever they want, even if the tutor is in mid-sentence!

This may be explained by the class lectures, however. My notebook at the moment is pretty much empty, which is an extremely unusual thing for me. I have not taken a single note for two of my classes. In one particular class, we spent almost the entire 3-hour lecture listening to popular music through the decades and how much better Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” is better than “today’s rubbish”. If any information is useful enough to write down, it’s already on a PowerPoint slide and posted on Blackboard. My assignments list for the entire semester takes up one side of a small piece of notebook paper. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining, it’s just extremely different and unusual for me. On the plus side, my two journalism classes are taking us to visit museums, exhibitions and even to the theatre to write reviews like real critics! I guess I just have to accept that this semester is going to be filled with a lot more fun things than work… I’m not too mad about it.

I also started my internship with Henrietta Ludgate. I was surprised to see that it’s not at an office building, but actually at a mall! It’s a store, office and workshop, all in one space. My first day there, I was already so hands on—literally. We moved furniture around the shop to make it more interactive for the shoppers to see the clothing actually being made. Customers can buy clothing off of the floor or have it specially made for them, having the option to choose their own fabrics and colors. It’s a very small company because Henrietta is an up and coming designer, but I love working so closely with someone who is such a creative entrepreneur.

fashion

Because Fashion Week is coming up, I’m working every weekday I don’t have class (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) but each day is a new adventure and something exciting and new. I’ve been cutting out patterns, picking up fabrics and dropping off pieces to customers (I even got to go to Colin Firth’s house to drop off a dress for his wife to wear to see the Queen!). There was a photo shoot in the workshop last week and I even found out that Henrietta was the winner of the Fashion Innovation Award at London Fashion Week last year! I am eager to continue this internship and learn more about the business from someone growing so quickly.

As far as sightseeing is concerned, I have gone to a couple of markets and landmarks which I will talk about in my next blog post. But one really cool thing that I did was go on a night cruise, which was organized by my university for all of the international students to get to know each other more. I actually met a large group of girls from Harrow AND we got to see the Tower Bridge! Simply breathtaking…

London Bridge

Well, I think that’s enough for now! Promise I won’t forget about you all while I am conquering London.

Cheers!

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