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Kelly M

Kelly M

Home Institution: University of Dayton

Internship Site: Public Affairs Council

Program: Media and Communications

During an internship, meeting the right people is just as beneficial as the experience itself. One person I’m grateful to have worked with and learned from is Erika Compart. As the senior director of communications at the Public Affairs Council, Co

Take the Advice!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

It’s not often that life hands us lemons... but one thing young people do receive is a lot of advice. Every speech I hear and birthday card I read is ripe with suggestion or persuasion. I'm not complaining - the guidance of others is something I never take for granted. With the amount of uncertainty I face as a 21-year-old student/intern, an outside perspective is always welcomed.  

A Few Moments to Reflect On

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lately on this blog, I've been picking broad themes & rolling with them rather than explicitly recounting my experiences in D.C. This post will feature 3 pictures and a bit of context to catch up to speed with things I haven't covered in my recent posts.     Union Market

In a small-but-mighty PR firm, DeAnna Rich is a force to be reckoned with. Rich is a fairly recent graduate of Columbia College, but her confidence gives an aura of someone with years of field experience. When I sat down with Rich, she was nurturing and friendly - giving thoughtful advice without patronizing.  

I think most of us can agree that the feeling of being young is a bit schnizophrenic. On the one hand, you have the excitement of unlimited potential that motivates and envigorates us. On the other hand, there is a blissful lack of responsibility. In figuring out how to embrace this paradox I've gone through periods of trial and error. I've overworked myself, biting off more than I can chew and then projectile vomiting the excess come exam week. Other times I had to force myself to trade excessive nap time for jogging. Slowly, but awkardly, I started to make it work.

Twitter: It is What You Make of It

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A few months ago I decided to make a professional twitter. I think it's something that most of us interns are told we aught to do. Thinking forward, I began to doubt that explaining to employers how “I just don’t really get the whole twitter thing” was going to help get me a job in a field where social networking is a powerful strategic tool.  There is certainly a learning curve with twitter and finding a “voice” is something that happened slowly for me. At first my tone was forced and inauthentic.

Making the Most of the Commute

Monday, June 23, 2014

Having a commute is the one thing that makes me feel most “adult.” I had a very distinct childhood fantasy of myself rocking ( and I mean Hillary Clinton rocking) a pantsuit and running out the door, fumbling with keys and a coffee thermos, off to an important destination where I’ll have responsibility and authority. The fact that I’m consciously categorizing anything using the terms “grown up” or “real person” as I have been, means that I’m far from real adulthood.

One of the things that is really making my time so special here is my cohort of pals from the University of Dayton. We have some large personalities, opposing political beliefs, and a bunch of different academic pursuits… but we come together as a group so well. We have group dinners, watch the West Wing together, and are always in contact about weekend opportunities and looming deadlines. I’m grateful to have a support system here and so many interesting and endearing people to share my experiences.  

My First D.C. Weekend Adventure

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Being raised in a small village and going to school in a small city made me appreciate the opportunity for novelty and opportunity. But after a week in DC, I’m having a hard time remembering what monotony is like. Every day I haven’t had to look far for either entertainment or mental stimulation.  

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