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Winter fun on a college kid’s budget

The weeks leading up to and including final exams are a very stressful time for every student. After spending yesterday afternoon feverishly studying, I was considering going out to eat and attending the Chinese Lantern Festival going on at the state fairgrounds. The only problem? My bank account did not agree with those plans. It's… Continue reading Winter fun on a college kid’s budget

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IUPUI STUDENT RECOGNIZED BY LADY GAGA’S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION

*The following media advisory was distributed in support of an event hosted by my friend Taylor M. Parker, recipient of Born This Way Foundation's Channel Kindness Award. The media pitch received coverage from Indy-based stations WTHR and FOX59.* Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has selected IUPUI student Taylor M. Parker as their Indianapolis Channel… Continue reading IUPUI STUDENT RECOGNIZED BY LADY GAGA’S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION

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A Lovely Day in Chicago

Today I was fortunate enough to be one of six students from IUPUI PRSSA to attend the mentoring panel hosted by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and DePaul PRSSA. Basically, I got to walk around downtown Chicago and meet professionals from around the country. I spent the whole day geeking out, whether… Continue reading A Lovely Day in Chicago

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Back to School: I tried Zumba! 

The end of summer is a bittersweet time as I look forward to fall and am forced to gear up for yet another busy semester at IUPUI. Unlike in past months, my fall semester includes seven courses and fifteen hours spent working in an office for one of my scholarship programs. I have a lot… Continue reading Back to School: I tried Zumba! 

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Street Team Intern: Weeks 7-13

My official time as an intern at the Indiana State Museum is over now. As I mentioned in my Instagram post on my last day, it was great experience! I spent the summer meeting new people in my industry and getting an inside look at what having a 'real' job is like. I am very… Continue reading Street Team Intern: Weeks 7-13

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Experiential Update: working with an active Indy nonprofit

This past semester, as a requirement for a public relations course at IUPUI, myself and three other IUPUI students created a public relations plan for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA, http://www.indymoca.org). The creation of this plan involved analysis of the organization, its key stakeholders, and the public relations situation at hand - a lack… Continue reading Experiential Update: working with an active Indy nonprofit

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Mock Press Release: iMOCA Special Event

Below is an example press release written as part of a group project in collaboration with the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). Event accreditation belongs to iMOCA - http://www.indymoca.org. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Marissa Smith (e) ms204@umail.iu.edu (p) 765-555-5555 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ATTEND AN EXCLUSIVE DEMONSTRATION WITH ONE OF INDY’S HOTTEST ARTISTS Indianapolis Museum of… Continue reading Mock Press Release: iMOCA Special Event

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Why keeping busy over summer break is important to me

Today I finished the last class of my sophomore year of college, marking the halfway point in my journey to a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I am looking forward to spending the next four months (approximately) away from coursework and curriculum, but I will not be taking the summer off - not completely. Many… Continue reading Why keeping busy over summer break is important to me

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Hosting my first community service event

A short post on the importance of loving and positive spaces I hosted my first community service event this morning and only half of the people who originally signed up actually attended - but I'm not disappointed. When the day began and people started to back out via text message, I was concerned that my… Continue reading Hosting my first community service event