Hello, NYC & JWT!

collageSome people say that a woman is deemed to always remember two dates in her life: her birthday and her wedding day. Well, since I haven’t embarked on the whole marriage journey yet, I’m replacing that day with May 2, 2014. What happened on May 2nd, you ask? I got my offer to intern at JWT New York, one of the top Global Marketing Communications Agencies! You’re probably wondering why such a thing would be forever remembered in the life of Sally, but hey, from a girl who grew up in the suburbia of Philadelphia, where the “cool” thing to do was make a 7-Eleven or Wawa run at 10pm, this was quite the surprise. I would be venturing off into a city that I’ve only ever taken day trips to and beginning to follow my passion for everything advertising, and more importantly, at my dream company- JWT.

I heard of JWT a couple years ago while at a family friend’s house in Cairo, Egypt. How? Vodafone! Vodafone commercials have always given me a customary “at home” feeling when visiting Egypt every summer and turning on the TV. I even used to watch a lot of them with my friends here in the U.S. on YouTube, just to get the Egyptian nostalgia out of our systems (is that weird?). Well anyways, after years of obsessing over almost every single one, I decided to research the company behind them; and with the temperature topping 105 degrees and all of my friends hiding in their air-conditioned houses, researching JWT and staying in seemed like the better option. Ever since that summer, I envisioned working at a global company such as JWT, one where culture and ideas overlap and become the best of friends–because what’s an idea without tailoring it to each culture? That’s where JWT seems to have hit the jackpot for me, and its overall success over the past 150 years shows exactly that.

Now I’m here! It’s my second week so far, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Our 10-week program started off last Monday with orientation where we were taught everything about the company, from JWT’s history, to the function of different departments, to the best places to eat in the city—plus everything else, pretty much! This combination of work and play, especially with meeting all of my 29 other interns, has made this journey perfect so far. I’m interning with dotJWT, the global digital group, and they’ve already jumped on the opportunity of having me here by including me in a lot of their ongoing work and projects! My first project even included me having to research the digital impact on advertising during the World Cup, and for anyone who knows me; soccer is definitely the highlight of my life (well, before Spain lost the other day).

After getting to know the other interns a little more during our volunteer day yesterday at the New York Food Bank, I’m definitely excited to continue learning and growing as a person this summer, both professionally and socially! New York has already begun to shape me into a more motivated person, and JWT has been the main source of that. I’m definitely so thankful for this experience and on top of all of that, I’m living in Brooklyn Heights this summer as well! I can’t wait to see what these next two months have in store.
Stay tuned for more pictures/New York Adventures!

A look back into my favorite events of this year

Last day of classes was today. Last week of finals is next week.

Both mean one thing- my senior year is quickly approaching!

Looking back at this year, I once again couldn’t be more thankful for all the opportunities I have had– everything from the new friends I’ve made, to my current internship at Independence Blue Cross. I’ve definitely had a dose of senioritis without ever technically being a senior yet, but this weather has had my extra happy and excited all the time! Campus itself gets lively and everyone who hibernated the past couple months tends to peak out of sleep comas and ACTUALLY socialize, but that lasted for about 2 weeks unfortunately and now everyone is back in hibernation studying for finals.

But since I’m looking for anything to do but study, I figured I’d give you guys a quick look into some of the events I attended these past couple weeks!

Owl Ambassador Prom

image (3)One of the most influential jobs I’ve had here at college definitely has to be working in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as a Tour Guide. I always owe it to the friends I’ve created in that office for making me who I am today, even though we’ve only known each other for 3 years. I’ve become a master of public speaking, and have been more comfortable with myself and my capabilities, especially because i’m surrounded by students who are leaders on campus and go after their dreams-literally. My co-workers have had internships in Chicago, NYC, and have studied abroad all over the world. They’ve definitely pushed my in ways I cannot explain and I was able to celebrate that with them a couple weeks ago at our Prom. We rented out the Benjamin Franklin Yacht on Penns Landing and had a night filled with celebration… on a boat! It was definitely a memborable night with friends I know i’ll have forever & did I forget to mention we were on a boat.. overlooking the city skyline?

Global Women’s Dialogue

image (1)One event that I have had an honor of running these past two years is the Global Women’s Dialogue. Along with a couple on-campus organizations, we plan an evening at least once a semester where we bring together different cultures, religions, and women from all over the world and different careers to talk about issues that revolve around being a women. This years theme was the obstacles of women leaders and what it actually means to be a leader. Along with my partner in crime, Ghizlan, we were able to bring over 40 people this time! We divided them all into sub-groups assigned Dialogue leaders in each one to lead the quesitons and get the conversation going. As a leader myself, I found the women in my group to open up in ways I didn’t think would happen. I definitely always learn a lot from this event, and leave feeling very inspired!

International Students Association Grand Ball

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One thing Temple University takes pride in is it’s diversity, and this was definitely a deciding factor when I was a shy high school senior trying to pick between colleges. This event pretty much brought students that were all over the world under one roof- for a diverse 3 hours of events and music celebrations. There were over 42 countries represented, and luckily I was one of 3 that brought Egypt to the table! The night was filled with different shows- from salsa dancing to occapella, to belly dancing and a cultural fashion show.

Ron Pope Concert

image (2)My favorite non-campus event of this semester, for sure! I got to see one of my favorite artists preform at World Cafe Live! This is a small acoustic-like venue located right near Drexel’s campus and is definitely one of my favorite spots in Philadelphia! They always have tons of small concerts going on, as well as karaoke. As soon as I found out Ron Pope was going I booked tickets right away and dragged some of my closest friends along. I was about 10 FEET AWAY from him the whole night. My life was made.

 

And with a week being left in the semester, I once again couldn’t be more thankful for all these events and many more that I had the privilege of attending! And guess what… I’m taking on a new city this summer.. NEW YORK :) I have finally accepted an internship offer at JWT in Manhattan and will be venturing off and living in the big apple.

So if you’ve taken nothing out of my blog so far it’s that dreams really do come true! *cue Disney music*

& just like that, Spring break is over.

I’d be lieing if I said I didn’t sleep through about 75% of my spring break last week. & I loved every bit of it.

It’s always amazing to go home and catch up with family and old friends, especially when you’ve been stressed out for so long. If you’re a busy person like I am, every bit of free-time is me-time. I spend it relaxing and hanging out with my friends and family, but also with myself. I think the one thing I’ve realized over this year is that I’m not fully an introvert, but i’m also not fully an extrovert- i’m oddly somewhere in between. I love being able to binge-watch One Tree Hill reruns on netflix by myself and would be perfectly content doing that for hours at a time. However, I do love to be out and about exploring with friends and catching up on our lives that seem to transition and change with every break we get to spend at home.

So it’s safe to say that I did a little bit of both, and it was extremly satisfying. Often times us college students get so worked up with our busy lives that we don’t take time to relax and focus on our social lives as well. Being able to struggle both aspects of life has definitely been hard, but i’ve managed to pull it through! I don’t know exactly how, but thankfully I did.

The only scary thing about spring break is that everyone always knows that interview season is just around the corner. All those months I spent applying to internships in the late fall/early winter are now starting to come through with interviews. Summer internships are always the best kind to have because not only are you left with more time to focus on that particular job, but you learn more in the process! Nothing is set in stone for me yet, and I think that’s why I’ve started hating the months of March & April specifically because of the decisions that are always made during that time period, but hey, if it means i’m that much closer to summer– then so be it!

Life isn’t always stressful, because college is filled with event after event. My tour guides and I are having a Tour Guide Prom this Saturday on the Ben Franklin Yacht at Penns Landing! Sounds fancy, huh? Well it’ll be more fancy when I get to show you pictures! So stay tuned to hear more about my wanna-be-fancy life, and don’t stress in the meantime-please? :)

My favorite time of the year…

EXPERIENCE TEMPLE DAYS!

Not alot of people get to say that working on Saturdays is actually fun, but for all of us Tour Guides at Temple’s Admissions Office, It’s our favorite part of the year! Whether it’s getting to introduce the school we love to people coming from all over the United States, or even dancing at 7 in the morning, it’s always such a blast.

Over the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of working as an Owl Ambassador, and I think it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for applying and being accepted to this job back when I was a freshman. I remember my group interview just like it was yesterday, and how scared I was to take the stage and give only a two minute brief about myself to the over 200 applicants that were in the room. My body was shaking in my seat that day; nervousness was definitely written all over my face that day; but for some odd reason, as soon as my body made it’s way up to the front of the room, I found the perfect words and they seemed to just roll off my tounge. Maybe it was because it was something I wanted really badly? I’ll never know.

It was definitely an opportunity that I took head on and continue to do so until this day. Even though i’m not working as many hours as I had back when I was a freshman and sophmore, I still make sure to find time in my schedule to give at least one tour a week! There’s honestly no better feeling then nailing a tour and having the parents applaude you at the end for a job well done.

Not only has this job helped me with my presentation skills, but it made my personality shift from a girl who was afraid of taking risks, to one that’s willing to go full force when it comes to an opportunity. I was able to not only learn almost every fact about Temple, but take the facts and turn them into my own words and even always add the “sally spin.” Stupid word I know, but I always love being able to throw in jokes here and there no matter how dumb they might be.

Being able to share my love for my school is an indescribable feeling. This past weekend was definitely one of the greatest ETD’s i’ve ever gotten to host because I not only got to dance with some of my closest tour guide friends, but I was able to show visitors our new residence hall, Morgan Hall! In all it’s 27-floor glory I literally had every parent walk out with their jaw dropped because of how modern and amazing the building looks on the inside.

Despite the pressure that’s always thrown on us tour guides to give visitors the best experience, I wouldn’t have begun and finished my college career doing any other job.

Kudos to all my fellow tour guides for another successful Experience Temple Day!

Being busy never tasted so good.

image-4Yes, tasted– because to me, every accomplishment and step forward is like biting into pizza for the first time. Maybe that’s not quite the right metaphor for what i’m trying to describe; but that’s only because what i’m describing can’t really be described in the first place.

Accomplishment.

Often in life we tend to focus on what’s coming next, that we forget to congratulate ourselves for what we’ve done so far. We push ourselves harder (which is great), but seldom do we just take the time to relax and be proud of ourselves. A little pat on the back every now and then doesn’t hurt! We do so much and accomplish so much that we just rush to the next day without actually realizing what it is that we’ve accomplished. It’s not until we’re awarded or congratulated by another person do we begin to realize that we’re making our dreams come true, little by little.

No, I haven’t won any awards this past week, but one thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately is the power of accomplishment; and how everything we accomplish happens because of a past accomplishment. It’s kind of like a spiral staircase that never ends– and even though it’s scary not knowing where it’s going, we should be happy that we keep moving up a level, not down.

With all the amazing people I work with, whether it’s at my internship, my admissions office, or my student governement cabinet, I’m always left feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. No meeting that I attend is ever left up in the air or un-successful. I guess it’s true that as you get older things begin to take on a more serious role, but to tell you the truth, it’s not all that scary. How scared you are of these accomplishments and steps depends on how comofortable you are with where you stand in life. If you surround yourself with people you love– doing things you love, you won’t realize your accomplishment because they’ll seem like a normal day’s worth of activities; And, hey, that’s not a bad thing!

Accomplishments are what keep us pushing and wanting more. So if everyone were to just take a second and realize how much they’ve done and how far they’ve gone, life would be a little less scary and a lot more happy.

New semester; new start

If you were to stop any college student on campus and ask what they look forward to the most after winter break the answer is usually nothing. Because who in their right minds would like anything more than sleeping all day and staying up all night? But if I was to answer that question without saying the obvious “nothing” answer, it would definitely be the fact that I get a fresh start.

It’s often easy during the semester to completely lose yourself and find yourself drowning in exam after exam and paper after paper. Us college students often forget that we’re actually suppose to breath. Yes, breathe. Because somehow midst all the exams and papers we make our way through and survive to another winter or summer break, and then are followed by the same cycle again once a new semester hits.

But that’s not entirely a bad thing! I love the fact that I can come back refreshed and ready to take another semester worth of classes, an internship, a job, and multiple clubs and activities. There’s a secret joy in knowing that you’re slowly setting yourself up for the future that you’ve always wanted. It may seem so far away, but now that i’m finally almost a senior, I’ve realized that nothing is ever too far away. Just like I’ve been saying over and over again: time flies, and it flies fast. Those crucial semesters turn into full years and before you know it you find yourself applying for internships that could lead to a job after college– aka what I’ll be doing a year from now. I guess this I where I should hashtag #foreverscared, because I really am and I’ll never say it enough. Maybe that’s why I’ve been drowning myself in so many different things; to just take the pressure away and have less free time to think about how close the real world is.

All I can really do right now is push myself more than I have before & just have faith in what I’ve been doing these past 3 years. I’ve gotten to places I would’ve never imagined going and have met people that I’ll never forget.

If you really think about it, college is only 4 years out of your whole entire life– so don’t stress & instead just make them worthwhile.

The winter break blues

— just kidding, there’s no such thing!

No matter how bored one may be during winter break, it’s winter break. A time where each one of us college students can finally clear our minds and relax after a tough semester. 

This winter break I’ve managed to squeeze in a vacation to Florida & Disney World (yes I lived out my fairytale side for a couple days) and have continued interning– Because you know what? Life is all about being productive. Once you’ve had your fair share of lazyness, which for me is about 3 days total, you kind of get tired of doing nothing. And lets just say that waking up at noon everyday was painful, but of course I didn’t regret it!

Now that i’m back at my internship and about to start the spring semester in about a week, it’s finally hitting me that i’m almost a senior. I’m exactly four months away from being 1 year closer to the real world, and in all honesty, I couldn’t me more afraid. But I guess that’s life! College has definitley shaped me into a person that’s not afraid of new opportunites and challenges because those are the times where you learn the most.

— and the most important lesson: give yourself a bedtime at least one week before the semester begins; because having 8ams will not be survivable otherwise.