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The End is Near!

after PITThe end of the semester, of course! For those who are all ready to graduate and start the rest of your life with a new career, congratulations! For those who still have a couple years, try not to stress about it and keep up the good work.

By the time the new semester starts, you’ll feel as if you’ve been at P.I.T for decades. But if you think about it, these semesters actually go by pretty fast. I can remember when I first started here in August – or September, I can’t really remember – but I thought that it would take forever to finish out my first year. Luckily it flew by! Though I may not be starting another year at P.I.T, I am most certainly grateful for the time I spent here and all the things I learned in classes and about myself.

Just remember to never quit! It may seem like it’s taking a long time to achieve your goals, but once you concentrate on what you really want out of life and your education, there is no time in the world that could stop you and hold you back!

Resume writing

I am certainly not the person you go to if you need help writing your resume because chances are I’ll tell you the wrong thing. Luckily, there is hope for all of us.

Today for my Business Communications class I have a mock interview – not too happy about it either -and we were told to have a cover letter, resume, and thank you letter. Now, I dreaded this because I had no idea how to write any of those things. I put it off and put it off until last night while I was watching “Sleeping Beauty,” it dawned on me that I still had to get that done. So I hopped onto Google and searched for examples of resumes and cover letters. Still, I was confused and probably too focused on the classic Disney movie, but I carried on with my search.resume panic

Finally, I came across a website called Resumehelp.com. All you have to do is choose what type of template you want, fill out the questions and voila, you got yourself a resume! It even gives you starting sentences and phrases to get your mind on a roll thinking about what else you could include about yourself. You can also do your cover letters and thank you letters on this website as well.

Thankfully, I am a dedicated advocate of the Google search, otherwise I would be a sitting duck right about now, complaining to you all about how I don’t have a hope in hell. I strongly advise checking out this website if you are struggling in the resume writing department, it definitely saved me time and a panic attack!

 Editor’s Note: Be sure you work with your Student Services Career Counselors Heather DiLalla in Media (Hdilalla@pit.edu) and Stan Williams in Center City (stanley.williams@pit.edu) for help with your resume, cover letters, and all your job placement assistance!

Health Kick

Instructor Taking Exercise Class At GymJust yesterday I signed myself up for the gym. This will be the third time – don’t judge! – but I have been thinking a lot lately, and I really feel like this time will be different. The reason I believe it’ll be different is because I am more than happy with myself right now instead of the usual me nit-picking every flaw I have.

Now you’re all probably thinking “Then why are you signing up for the gym?” Well lucky for you I will answer that obvious question. I joined – again – because it’s now not about getting my numbers real low or to trying to look like the models on the runway. I am doing this because I want to be healthier, and maybe tone my body in the process. I want to improve the body I already have because I am proud of what I’ve got going on, and there’s nothing wrong with giving my internal and external self a little TLC. Everyone was created differently; there is no one out there that is like you, so why not better yourself and become the best you can be?

That’s why I think it is going to work this time around. I am focused and I am determined. Maybe I’ll post about my struggles and my gains because I know for sure I’ll have some of those – hopefully more gains than struggles. We’ll see about that blog topic in a couple weeks, possibly months, but it would be great motivation for me. I definitely do not want to become lazy and then have to talk about why I gave up! Yikes !

College Didn’t Just Teach Me Math Skills

Since starting school here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, I’ve learned a lot about myself. The main thing I’ve learned – in just the past couple weeks – is that I for sure want to be a journalist, whether it’s for a magazine, newspaper, or a broadcast journalist. Writing is what puts my mind at ease and I do truly enjoy it, so why couldn’t I figure that out to begin with?

That’s the second thing I’ve learned: I make situations harder on myself then they actually are. I guess you could call me a curious and complicated cat. Another aspect about myself I figured out was that I am smarter than I thought. I mean I’m an honor student – can I get a HALLELUJAH?! I was so proud of myself when I received that letter in the mail – even more excited than I get when I find my pay check laying in that cold black box outside my door!journalist

College isn’t just a time to study and set yourself up for a career; to me it’s more than that. It’s a time when you really find out who you are, what your limits are, and who you want to become, and to me that’s pretty important. Long nights cramming and studying for weeks make you think a lot about how far you’re willing to take yourself for what you really want.

You also have to be willing to put yourself out there to meet new people because that’s a huge part of life. It’s especially true if you need to make connections with people that will, in turn, get you into the job that you want or even place you right in the position you’ve been dreaming of. Maybe it’s just me, but this is how I feel about college. You may have a different opinion, which is perfectly fine. Just make sure you are making the best out of your experience and enjoying every second of it.

Resolution Check Up

resolution check upNow that the tinsel and mistletoe are tucked away and taking a long winters nap, it’s time to get out of your food comas and get the ball rolling once again. It’s a new year and I can almost guarantee most of your New Year’s resolutions are “to become the best version of yourself”.  Luckily for you, a new semester is a great way to reinvent yourself.

It’s time to forget about the Christmas movie marathons and start thinking about scheduling study marathons with a group of friends in your classes! I feel as if this semester is short, which can only mean that final exams will sneak up on you quicker than Cupid on Valentine’s Day, shooting his arrows left and right in the name of love.

The best way to accomplish your New Year’s resolution is to first set short-term goals for yourself. For example, for us students, we all know those dreaded tests are bound to pop up. So for this month tell yourself you will get a B or higher on those pesky papers. Once you achieve that, keeping moving forward – maybe add in something like “eating healthy” and “exercising.” As a bonus, being mindful of what you put in your body and staying active will greatly improve the way you think and feel, especially about school. However, don’t tell yourself you’ll be able to do something outrageous, and certainly do not punish yourself if what you thought you would get done didn’t happen for you.

This world is made up of mistakes. Do you think if someone was so precise about fabric color, we would have tie-dye? I don’t think so — someone had to have knocked over the paint to develop that funky swirling pattern.

So remember that if you mess up or fall off the track, tell yourself “tomorrow is a new day.” Or as the singer Aaliyah said “if at first you don’t succeed try, try again” If it takes you a couple days, weeks or months, IT’S FINE. I will bet you a million dollars that you’re not the only one struggling!

Sleepyhead Syndrome

To be completely honest, I absolutely love my sleep. It has become one of my best friends. I remember a time in pre-school when I wouldn’t get up from nap time, so they dragged my bed into the classroom and I woke up to all the kids staring at me. I’m not too sure if it was a lesson the nuns wanted to teach me but all I gained from that experience is an extra an 15 minutes of sleep with a snack and chocolate milk waiting for me. Who wouldn’t love that?

This morning my mom said to me “What makes us sleepy?” and being the curious cat that I am, I wanted to find out. I did some research and came across a website called NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the name of the article was “What makes you sleep”. Upon reading this, I discovered that your body “clock” is a 24-hour repeated rhythm, which is also called circadian rhythm. There are 2 processes to the circadian rhythm, the first is a pressure to sleep that increases every hour of being awake. The second is all about your “internal” clock. This means that certain signals in your environment can trigger your sleepiness, such as light for morning time and darkness for night time. When it gets dark, your body will release Melatonin in order for your body to prepare to fall asleep.

Things that can make you feel tired are:

original_sleepyhead-pillowcase-teddyDehydration- Just because you’re feeling lightheaded, doesn’t mean you’re hungry. Next time try to drink a bottle (or 2) of water!

Cell phones- Constantly being on that phone of yours increases brain activity, making it almost impossible to fall asleep (yikes!)

Extreme Workouts- Running for longer than 30 minutes can rev up production on cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

Low Iron- If you’re not getting up to 18 milligrams per day of iron, you can start to feel worn out!

So if tomorrow you feel like a zombie, like I feel today, remember these tips. Re-evaluate how your day was yesterday, did you stay up all night on your phone? Did you drink enough water? Or are you just simply a night owl? For the nights were you find yourself counting sheep and it not working, try staying up all night, on a day off of course, and keep yourself busy throughout the next day. When 7 or 8 pm starts to roll around, settle yourself down –  maybe watch some TV or read a book, something that will make your eyes heavy. This way you’ll fall asleep at normal time and wake up feeling refreshed. I like to call it the “internal clock cleanse.”

 

 

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Scatter My Ashes Where?

bergdorfsSecond semester has rolled around as I’m sure you all know, but just like a new semester I have begun to have new thoughts about my career path. Better yet, I have been contemplating my career path. My mind is all wrapped up in thoughts about the future and it’s hard for me to stay focused on the present. I completely understand that the program I am in now is a great one to be in, but what if I wanted to transfer to one of my choices whether that be an art school in Philadelphia or New York to become an art director?  Or maybe I want to take a more concrete path and try becoming a Dental Hygienist or Veterinarian. Regardless, I need certain classes to transfer to one of these options and right now I don’t believe my current studies can do that. I’m a tad hesitant though to switch, I don’t want to mess up anything or get people confused or angry by switching… (That’s for sure one of my flaws, “people pleasing”.)

I just have so many hopes and dreams I can never get my thoughts together. Recently, I watched a movie on Netflix called “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” Now if you don’t know what Bergdorf’s is… well, shame on you! Bergdorf’s is just the first half of Bergdorf Goodman, which is a department store in New York City. In this movie they talked about the history of the building and the Bergdorf and Goodman families. Upon feasting my eyes on the gorgeous Louboutin heels and Michael Kors dresses, I fell in love with my love for fashion all over again. Don’t you think that means something? Or does it not? This is the constant battle I have with myself. Do I just love it or is it the path I should take. I mean I love food but I know for sure I don’t want to take that route. I have an unpleasant job in my past to thank for that.

As the movie went on, I admired the scenery of New York City so much I felt as if my heart melted for it. A women named Linda Fargo appeared and she is known as the “eyes of Bergdorf’s” or so I’ve read, yet I do believe it’s true. As Senior Vice President at the luxurious store, she is “responsible for spotting trends and shaping the visual identity of the storied and opulent New York department store,” says the Business of Fashion website. The job she or any fashion guru, art director, photographer, journalist excites me but also scares me half to death!  That’s when I start to think about possibly dentistry or becoming a vet. I can still be the trendy fashionista that I am, especially when I would be making a good living to treat myself in that way, let myself indulge in the fashion industry even if I’m not exactly in it, in it. Does that make sense?

To help people or animals would be amazing! I have come to believe that my nature is to nurture. To take care of others whether it’s on their teeth or furry belly’s. Another thing that puts a wrench in my thoughts is I have these visions of my future living in the suburbs, me working the 9-5 as well as my husband and then coming home and enjoying their company. I adore those thoughts because I do want a job where I can come home at 5 or 6 at night and have a meal with my loved ones. Heck maybe living on a large amount of land with our chickens and horses. But hey, it’s not like I couldn’t do my writing on the side, maybe even start my own blog?

Have I lost you yet? I bet while reading this you’re just as confused as I am — trust me, I get it. I have a long way to go before I finally decide on what path I am going to take whole heartedly. At least I only have to pick between 3, and not 5 or 6 anymore, right?

 

Plot Twist: Valentines Day – not just for couples?

Funny-Valentines-Day-Quotes-For-SinglesIf you are aware of your days and months – which I hope you all are – then you know that it’s February and only a few days left till Valentine’s Day.

Even though I am in a relationship, I definitely do not forget the “lonely” v-days and how I felt as if I were the only single girl out there! I know how silly it sounds now, but there are those who still wish they had that special someone to share it with.

To all the single guys and gals out there, no need to sweat it. Just because you see posts on Instagram and Twitter of lovey-dovey couples doesn’t mean you need to soak in your sobbing tears or build yourself up with anger. Doing those things will only affect you in the worst way possible. Instead, try making a girls’ night out of it. Instruct your single girl friends on what to bring such as popcorn, comedy and/or horror movies, a bottle of wine, board games, facial and nail kits etc… For the boys, simply invite your buddies over and telling them to bring some beer, video games, and snacks (enough to feed 10 even if there’s only 4 of you!) -For those who would prefer the company of both a male or female presence during this heart-shaped holiday, try something new like gathering a group of your single girl and guy friends and creating a scavenger hunt throughout the town

In all honesty, there is no need to sulk and become miserable on Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself to flowers, a card, heck even buy yourself that box of chocolate covered strawberries, who cares! As long as you are reminding yourself you don’t need anyone to make you happy or complete, and that you are just as amazing single as you would be in a relationship. Bottom line is, never forget you, regardless of what holiday it is.

 

It’s all about ME!

Recently I have been conducting interviews for the staff here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and I got to thinking “why not interview myself so people can get to know me better?” So if you have some spare time, take a second and read all about me!

Q: What high school did you attend?

A: I went to Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA
Morgan McLaughlin
Q: What college did you go to?

A: Well right after I graduated high school in 2013, I was accepted to the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Fashion Marketing and Management, but I didn’t go and honestly I don’t know why. Then I went to Delaware County Community College but didn’t have a great experience so I dropped out. Finally after a year I enrolled here at the P.I.T and I couldn’t be happier!

Q: What was/is your major and how long did it take for you to achieve it?

A: Right now my current major is Business Administration, and I am still in the process of earning my Associates degree, but it usually takes about 2 years.

Q: Was there ever a time where you wanted to give up and take the easy route?

A: ALWAYS, unfortunately. I was one of those kids in high school, and even sometimes to this day I get lazy, and I want everything to be easy. But I have been through some tough obstacles that were not easy at all, and I overcame them and became a better person because of it. People tend to make success complicated, myself included. If you show up, do your work the best you can, maybe even put in a little extra effort and strive for your dreams, you’ll get it. Then one day you’ll look back at how “easily rough” it was, if that makes sense?

Q: Any hobbies?

A: Well on and off I have been going to the gym and I am hoping this year my parents get me a membership to LA Fitness for Christmas, because for once I want to be able to finish something, plus I want to become healthier. Usually when it comes to the gym and I, it just doesn’t work out. It’s that ‘being lazy’ thing, I presume. I have a gut feeling that when I do start it in 2015, I am going to stick with it and my gut feelings are right 95% of the time. Other than working out, I do love to write, obviously, and I also love love love reading fashion magazines and sometimes sketching designs!

Q: Dream job?

A: I was 110% sure I wanted to be a whole bunch of things but once I started here at P.I.T  and got the job as the Social Media blogger I knew I wanted to be a journalist for a fashion magazine like ELLE, Marie Claire, Vogue, Nylon, etc.. Although I still wouldn’t mind being a wardrobe stylist for a movie/ TV show.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show, song, and color?

A: Favorite TV show is “Reign” on the CW – seriously, I’m obsessed. I highly recommended it. If you ask my boyfriend he’ll tell you I have way too many favorite songs! But right now I would have to say that my favorite song is anything on the new Taylor swift album “1989,” which is odd because I never liked Taylor Swift before. And my favorite color is orange. It’s just reminds me of summer and I think is fun and bright!

If you would like to know me a little bit better or suggest some topics for the PIT Blog, you can always email me or visit me on the Media Campus, I’m always floating around here somewhere!

(School email: 14mclaug7635@pit.edu)

My Life at PIT – No Rest for the Weary

HeadacheThis week has been, well, its hasn’t been that great. I’ve been conjuring up this excruciating headache that feels like my brain is actually spinning around in circles like a merry-go-round, and after being seen by my doctor I was told I was actually sick. It came to me as a shock because usually I know when I’m sick or getting sick. I guess last week my throat was hurting me, and I did take some time off, but I didn’t know it was to the extent that the doctor would have to prescribe me with antibiotics.

It was all a bit confusing. And missing school is not okay with me because I am missing valuable information in my classes. I am also missing out on working and making money that I desperately need  for a million purposes. Since this is  my first semester back to school, I have found myself fighting battles trying to get up and to remember why I’m going to school. If it were that easy to sleep in and have a perfect life, I don’t think anyone would be happy to be honest. You’ve got to go through tough decisions and life lessons to really become the person that you are today. If everything was perfect I believe that everyone would be the same, and to me that’s boring.

So, I have to constantly remind myself that I am working my way to the top, or at least I hope I get there, and to ask for help when I need it. That was always one of my flaws, never asking for help and I think that’s why I did struggle so much through my high school years. I have been thrown into so many different situations where at some point it did get the best of me, but learning from that and other lessons I know what I need to do in order to succeed. Although it may be tough going to school with a cold and having a hard time trying to focus on my school work with this headache, I know it will all be worth it in the end.

Nothing is easy in this world, and if its easy, its not worth it.