How They Got There: Discover Wisconsin’s Mariah Haberman

30 11 2015

Interview by Brenna McDermot (@letterstowomen)

2010 UW Oshkosh and journalism department alumna Mariah Haberman is the host and brand manager of Discover Wisconsin, the nation’s oldest-running travel TV show. After graduation Haberman went on to do agency and consulting work and win the title Miss Wisconsin Central 2012.

Mariah Haberman

When you were in school, did you know that you wanted to work in television? What was your ultimate goal?

My 6th grade career report was about the role of an anchorwoman. So yes, there was always some sort of desire to get into television but by the time high school rolled around, I decided TV was not a realistic career path. I was instead swayed by the challenging, fascinating and exciting world that is PR and marketing.

But during my senior year of college, I somehow found myself on stage competing in the Miss Oshkosh 2010 pageant. This experience sparked a three-year journey to the Miss Wisconsin competition, which ultimately reignited my desire to pursue some sort of public position after all.

My career goal back then was to either become editor-in-chief of a woman’s magazine or owner of my own PR firm. I still think both would make for a kickass career but I see myself heading in a slightly different direction these days.

 

When you were a student at UW Oshkosh, what did you do outside of class in order to prepare you for your career? Did you take any radio-TV-film classes or participate in Titan TV?

I didn’t take any radio-TV-film classes or partake in Titan TV but boy, I wish I had—especially considering UW-Oshkosh has a renowned RTF program. I was heavily focused on the journalism side, which I also really loved.

As far as outside involvement, my immersion in the Miss Wisconsin program absolutely prepared me for what I do today but at the time, I didn’t realize it was laying the groundwork for what I now do. Of course, my internships also each played a key role on the marketing side of my position.

 

What were some of your favorite and most useful classes at UW Oshkosh? 

Every journalism class! The UW-Oshkosh J-department does an excellent job arming its students with a solid foundation, particularly so in writing and AP style. I’m always surprised by the number of professionals I encounter today who want so badly to “find the story”…but don’t have the critical writing skills to tell it—and that’s a tragedy for anyone who considers themselves a storyteller, whether they work in journalism, marketing, television or the like.

A few journalism teachers who come to mind include Sara Steffes Hansen. Dr. Julie Henderson, Dana Baumgart, Mike Cowling, Miles Maguire and Barb Benish, among others!

I also took an intro history class when I was a sophomore that left a pretty big impression on me. I had a fabulously passionate professor (Stephen Kercher), who helped me appreciate the excitement in history and politics.

 

What skills do you suggest students who want to go into journalism or public relations work on honing the most while they are in school? 

Write, write, write! Try all different styles of writing: fiction, non-fiction, headline writing, social media, blogging, etc. Then take the initiative to ask others for feedback on your writing. You should always want to grow and that should be the case for anyone at any experience level in any industry.

 

What was it like transitioning from student to public relations professional? How did you get your first job after graduation?

Well, I still consider myself a student in so many ways but my first job out of college was a temporary position as a PR & Social Media Assistant at a firm in Chicago called Carol Fox & Associates. This company specializes in entertainment and the arts, so when I showed my interviewers the campaign portfolio I worked on as a senior for our “client,” the Grand Opera House, I could tell they were impressed. Still, I didn’t get an offer right away…I had to follow up a few times to make sure they remembered meeting me and they finally invited me to work there from September until December in 2010.

 

Was working in an agency what you expected it to be like? 

My very first boss at Carol Fox & Associates made a comment to me that she didn’t think I was cut out for agency work. This stung but what I knew at the time (and she clearly didn’t) was that I just wasn’t cut out for that particular agency. So what I realized straight out of the UWO gates was that every agency is unique and like any career really, it may take a few sloppy attempts before you find the perfect fit.

I consulted shortly after leaving CF&A and later, accepted a position at another agency – this time in downtown Madison at a firm called Hiebing. When I dreamt of the “agency world” as a college kid, I thought of a place like Hiebing, where you may have smart, demanding clients but clever and creative colleagues and inspiring leaders.

Today, I work at Discover Mediaworks in Madison, which is part agency, part production firm. I get challenging work every day and I also get to spend my time with a super awesome team. (Confession: That is one aspect I’ll say I didn’t think much about back in college: the importance of having wonderful colleagues. You can have the most impressive clients and interesting work, but if your co-workers are lame, you’ll be miserable. #Fact.)

 

Why did you decide to do your own consulting, and why did you stop?

I wish I could tell you that after leaving CF&A in Chicago, I was inundated with clients begging to work with me but…ah, not so. Although I knew I wasn’t meant to work at CF&A long-term, I was hoping they’d hire me because, well…because I didn’t have a back-up plan come December. But a full-time job offer never came my way and so, I moved back to Madison and did what any desperate, jobless 23-year-old would do (?) – I scoured Craigslist for clients. Yep. I met with realtors, construction managers, even an owner of a wine shop start-up. It was random and weird but I was ambitious and open-minded and optimistic.

Was it ideal? No. Not in the slightest. I hardly made any money and it felt like I was hustling for nothing. I was living in my aunt’s spare bedroom. And the whole “CEO of my own PR firm” thing sure didn’t feel like how I dreamt it would. But I learned so much and I think it helped me look pretty decent when I went to apply at my next employer (Hiebing), where they happened to be searching for an ambitious account coordinator for their PR team.

My main takeaway during these first couple of years was probably: “This career thing is messy, even downright ugly at times but, if I stick it out, someone will notice my awesomeness! (Right!?).” (ßTotal Millennial ‘tude)

 

Did you enjoy working for yourself? 

Yes and no. The pay was no bueno. But I loved the pressure of having the success of someone else’s marketing efforts on my shoulders—so in a way, it confirmed that I was in the right field. Freelancing may not have been my first choice but looking back, I’m proud that I had the gumption to make up my own job when 2010 had practically nothing to offer college grads like me; I was as determined as I was inexperienced.

 

What were the challenges of having your own consulting business?

You have to have a ton of self-motivation and a fair amount of confidence. The motivation part, I had down. Consulting definitely tested my self-confidence but lucky for me, UW-Oshkosh granted me a strong background in PR  and my pageant days meant I was generally unintimidated by the folks who sat across from me at meetings—no matter how brilliant or smart they were. (If you can answer, “What are the top three biggest threats facing our government today?” in 20 seconds in front of a pageant panel of five distinguished strangers than you can sure as heck spitball marketing ideas with some realtors.)

And as I previously mentioned, I certainly didn’t make millions while consulting but I consider my freelancing gig an investment as I picked up invaluable lessons such as the importance of coming prepared, being open-minded, doing my homework and digging deep to get the job done right.

 

How did you get your job at Discover Wisconsin? 

 

While I held my first and only pageant title, Miss Wisconsin Central 2012, I reached out to someone I kinda, sorta knew who worked at Discover Mediaworks, the production company that produces Discover Wisconsin. I asked him if the team would be willing to let me guest host one episode. He didn’t say yes, but he didn’t say no and he did promise to keep in touch and run my idea past the managing director “when the time was right.” I remained optimistic. I also would remain in touch with him – sending messages here and there on Facebook to make sure he knew I was still interested in meeting their team and discussing the possibility of guest hosting a show.

They finally invited me in to “audition.” I should have been pretty darn nervous as I’ve never done any sort of audition in my life – and truthfully, I didn’t think it went all that well. They were originally only going to offer new talent part-time positions as ‘field hosts.’ They ended up offering me a full-time job as the lead host and marketing strategist. It’s been quite the adventure ever since!

 

What are your responsibilities at Discover Wisconsin? 

As a host, I perform voiceovers, improv and scripted material, conduct interviews, dress up in weird costumes, waterski behind planes, eat lots of cheese curds, ATV in -30 degree weather, etc. etc.

As the brand manager, I take part in tradeshows, premiere parties, client meetings and handle media relations and social media efforts. I oversee our radio program, marketing materials and scriptwriting.

 

Would you consider your job at Discover Wisconsin a public relations position?

In part, yes. My job is very strange. I don’t really have a lane. But I tend to get bored easily so this position suits me well!

 

What can a journalism student do to make him or herself a good candidate for television? 

Be eager to learn…forever. You want to learn about other people and you should want to learn about yourself, too. I think sometimes on-camera folks get a weird rap because of the vanity aspect, but I wish I could eloquently describe to others how much I’ve learned about myself by watching what I do and say on camera. It’s so not about whether my hair looks decent but instead about the way I communicate to others and how they communicate back. It’s fascinating and surprising and that is one of the thrills of getting to work on camera.

 

What role has networking played in your professional career? 

If I didn’t make a point to reach out to a Facebook acquaintance I “kinda, sorta knew,” I would not have this job. (And now I consider that guy a good friend of mine – bonus!) Networking is invaluable. I’d say even more generally, just putting yourself out there and not being afraid to say hello to someone or being open to meeting up with someone over coffee is a good thing – you just never know what could come of it.

 

What have you found is the best way to network with the right people not just a lot of people? 

Social media. I’m honestly not the biggest fan of networking events because as your question points out: You do tend to meet a crazy amount of people—and not always the “right people.” With social media, it’s easier to strike a quick, casual conversation with the “right people.”

 

Is social media an important part of your career? If so, how do you use it to enhance your career? Does someone REALLY need to be active on most platforms? 

Social media is a huge part of my career, both for the Discover Wisconsin brand, but also for me as a public figure. I love giving fans a peek behind the “curtain”. That’s also the place I most often receive feedback from viewers. And, when I started, I relied on social media to learn about the state of Wisconsin very quickly. I get inundated with travel recommendations and since I’m still a relative newbie in regard to being an “expert on all things Wisconsin,” I do rely on social media to get answers and ideas from viewers.

I don’t know if I would say someone who wants to be in television absolutely needs to be active on most platforms; I’d say do what you love. For me personally, I have fun on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat so those are the channels I focus my efforts on. For the Discover Wisconsin brand, it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and our blog.

 

It is often said that today’s job seekers need to brand themselves. How did you go about doing that successfully? 

I’m sure that’s true but there is something about calculatingly branding oneself that rubs me the wrong way. Getting your name out there and working hard to differentiate yourself from the competition? Yes and yessss. I suppose that is part of personal branding, but my advice would be to make sure you’re emphasizing your strongest traits while working on your weaknesses. Obviously, don’t shout your weaknesses from the rooftop but take active steps to improve on your flaws – without being disingenuous on- or offline.

 

For many this is a time of self-discovery, so they may not know exactly what they want their brand is or exactly what they want to do. What advice can you give to people like this? 
I think the journey to self-discovery involves as many experiences as possible. I love new and different. Surround yourself with people who maybe have very different interests and take up experiences that you normally wouldn’t.
And don’t lose your authenticity along the way. That’s key.

 

Current students are mostly used to working with people their own age. Is working with people from all generations different? Are there different ways to work with each?

Yes, working with folks from different generations is different – but it’s also better. A healthy work culture is a diverse one. I love learning things from people younger than me and people older than me; people from completely different professional backgrounds and people who worked in similar fields. Humans are generally inclined to connect with people who are most like them, but I would challenge anyone reading this to strike up a conversation with whoever seems the most unlike them at work or in the classroom. I’ll think you’ll be surprised at what you might learn.

General rule of thumb: Approach every work relationship with the “What can I learn from this person?” sort of attitude. Everyone wants to play teacher. Be the student.

 

With all life transitions comes fear: fear of moving, fear of not finding a job, fear of not being prepared, fear of the unknown, etc. What kind of fear did you experience as a student or as a professional and how did you overcome it? 

I’ve experienced all kinds of fear and I’ve come to realize fear is an amazing thing. Use it to your advantage and do not let it cripple you. Overcoming fear is actually quite simple: You just barrel through it. You say yes to every opportunity you possibly can. So when you’re asked to give a presentation at the local boys and girls club, say yes. Better yet, you proactively reach out to the boys and girls club to ask if they’ll let you come in. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve introduced myself to an organization and asked if they’d allow me to come in to speak about x, y or z. I do that less and less these days but in my first couple years as I was trying to develop my public speaking skills, you can bet that I was putting myself out there as much as I could. At the risk of sounding a bit corny, it really does come down to facing fear and saying, “Watch me shine.”

 

Is there anything else I should know about you or your career that I didn’t ask?

I believe my career started long before college graduation. People tend to have this weird sort of notion that the “real world” begins when that diploma is handed to you. This is garbage. I’ve had a lot of crazy, part-time and/or temporary odd jobs that played a role in my profession today – from standing on the line at Oscar Mayer to bartending in Oshkosh to being a ring girl at a handful of MMA fights. I always felt a bit self-conscious that I wasn’t one of those college students who worked at the same grocery store for eight years but every single weird, odd job I had made me a bit sharper, a bit more sagacious and a quick(er) study.

My point in sharing this is to reiterate the advantage of partaking in as many varied experiences as possible. It doesn’t need to be in the form of work but just know that the more people you meet, positions you take in and organizations you learn about, the better you’ll get at jumping head first into new experiences sans trepidation.





Amplifying Your Internship Experience

6 11 2015

By Ryan J. Sweeney, UW Oshkosh journalism alumnus (@sweenr0272)

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Let’s face it: in today’s competitive job market, landing a college internship–whether it’s paid or not–is essential to bolstering your résumé, garnering real-life work experience, and getting hired after graduation. On the surface internships sound like a necessity, but how do you ensure that you’re getting the most out of the opportunity? Below I’ve compiled several tips on how to take full advantage of what your internship has to offer.

Show a Strong Work Ethic

Forget any and all rumors regarding interns and coffee-making. If you want to really get something out of this experience, you’ll need to prove yourself. Make deadlines, ask questions, and deliver high-quality work. Prove to your boss and your coworkers that you really care about the quality of work that you’re dishing out; your efforts won’t go unnoticed.

Get to Know Your Colleagues

Although working hard at what you do is imperative, networking is also key. Acclimating into your new work environment can help create trust between team members, generate contacts for your future career goals, and build confidence in yourself and your role within the company. Your coworkers will also feel more confident in you, too, once they realize you’re more than just a productive machine.

Provide Your Unique Millennial Insight

As a millennial, you know new trends in technology better than any other generation. Whether you’re passionate about mobile tech, adept on social media channels, or simply knowledgeable on the latest trends, providing this unique insight can help you be seen as a resource within your company.

Take Advantage of New Opportunities

If there’s a new opportunity available for the taking, don’t hesitate. As an intern, you have to be willing to try new things, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. But don’t just wait for opportunities to arise. There’s no shame in asking if there’s any additional work you can do.  

Overall, it’s important to take risks and give it your all. Your internship experience will only be as impactful on your future as you make it. If you’d rather just be the coffee-maker, then you’ll likely miss out on the truly rewarding experience that an internship can provide and maybe the possibility of that internship becoming a full-time job upon graduation.

Author Bio:

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in English with an emphasis in creative writing in spring 2015. I started working at E-Power Marketing in fall 2014 as an online marketing intern and became a full-time team member upon my graduation as an account specialist. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, or Tweet at me!





Five Things We Learned From Our Conversation With Rene Delgado

29 10 2015

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Journalism department alumnus, Rene Delgado, is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Delgado was awarded this honor for his work as Associate Creative Director at Leo Burnett. Delgado took time to speak with students and faculty about advertising, originality, and the Super Bowl. The top five insights:

  1. Go with your gut

Know when to speak up when you have an idea. Delgado was the mind behind the “In Bed Tagger” app, a twist on the old fortune cookie joke, which allowed users to add an “In Bed” image to pictures they took. This app was a part of a campaign for Sealy mattresses. Delgado said this app almost didn’t get made because he and his colleague almost didn’t pitch it. The last pitch of the meeting, turned out to be the best idea of the day.

Not only should you speak up, but don’t be afraid to trust your first idea as well. Delgado said his first idea for a localized McDonald’s ad supporting the Chicago Blackhawks ended up being the idea that got made.

  1. You are going to fail

“You are going to fail a lot, and that’s OK,” Delgado said. “So, do what you like to do, and do it a lot.” You need to be willing to work for what you want because…

 

  1. Hard work pays off

Most of the time you will be working on basic projects, the ones that do not have a large budget and fill the day-to-day workweek. Eventually you get to work on the big projects. For example, a big project for Delgado was the Super Bowl. One of Leo Burnett’s clients is esurance. Delgado was a part of esurance’s national campaign “Sorta You Isn’t You” which debuted at the 2015 Super Bowl with ads starring Bryan Cranston and Lindsay Lohan.

  1. Pursue your passion

 

Bring that passion to your job because it can result in memorable experiences. Some projects are going to mean more to you and your passion is going to be what makes those projects successful. Delgado showed two recent projects that meant a lot to him. The first was an ad titled “#EqualDreams” for esurance in support of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. The second is a new campaign entitled “Put The Guns Down” for Chicago Ideas with the hopes to prevent gun violence through music.

  1. Be memorable

 

For those graduating, one of Delgado’s key pieces of advice is to be memorable. “You realize you are a brand.” Delgado said.

The way you present yourself to prospective employers can determine whether you get the job.

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“Go Network” Says Pandora’s Brody Karmenzind to Ad Media Class

27 10 2015

By: Cindy Schultz @sindeelouhu

Brody Karmenzind, account development specialist at Pandora and 2014 journalism graduate, offered media and career tips to Dr. Sara Hansen’s Ad Media class on Sept. 17. Via Skype, he shared insights from his Oakland, Calif., office and encouraged students to explore outside of their comfort zones to find advertising careers they will love.

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Karmenzind offered his experiences to show ways that networking, having multiple internships and putting oneself into uncomfortable situations can lead to the job of a lifetime. In January, Karmenzind joined the advertising sales team at Pandora headquarters. He works with more than 760 SMB clients via phone, email and LinkedIn to develop strategies using ad media planning with Pandora ad formats to help reach new customers. Before getting this job, Karmenzind submitted 35 job applications and interviewed with Google, Twitter, and Facebook. He stressed to put yourself out there on the job market and keep striving for what you want.

While talking to the students, Karmenzind stressed three main ideas:

Pay attention in Ad Media class

Advertising Media helped Karmenzind in key areas crucial to his current job:

  • Identify the demographic and target audience for your ads – this is the most important part of a campaign.
  • Understand the best medium to use to reach your intended audience. Think about what ads are you using and why. Your target market will help guide where your ads are placed.
  • Measure results after an ad is in place to verify effectiveness and determine what is working and what isn’t. This allows a company to know where its results are coming from so that they aren’t spending money blindly.

Working at Pandora is amazing

Karmenzind stated his favorite part of working at Pandora is the company culture. The majority of employees are under 30 years of age with an equal mix of men and women. Company culture is a regular source of motivation:

  • Employees often attend concerts, and some in-house concerts are held at Pandora corporate offices.
  • Team-building exercises and sales training opportunities abound. For example, a week was spent in Cancun, Mexico, to aid teamwork.
  • Karmenzind said he has honed his skills at ping-pong, which is a big part of the company’s culture. It is not unusual for team members to play two to three matches per day for 10- to 15-minute sessions. The company sponsors a ping-pong club and league.

During a recent visit to Oakland, Hansen and Dr. Timothy R. Gleason had an opportunity to catch up with Karmenzind and take in Pandora’s company culture. They hung out in the “D” of RADIO in the photo below.

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Use your skills to network

Karmenzind provided suggestions for students to network toward landing internships and jobs:

  • Develop short- and long-term goals for yourself. Use your instructors for networking – they are great resources for job and career advice.
  • Polish your LinkedIn profile. Recently, LinkedIn visited Pandora and chose Karmenzind’s profile as No. 1 among Pandora employees (so be sure to check out his profile).
  • Tailor your skills and push your agenda in your hobbies and find ways to gain experience utilizing those passions. An Appleton gym Karmenzind belonged to wanted to improve its social media profile, so he worked with it and bargained for a free membership to the gym to boot.
  • Realize that you need to network to get work. Think about ways to stand out in online and in-person networking, such as interests, hobbies and experiences that will help potential employers remember you.
  • Take advantage of opportunities within the Journalism Department. He recalled how helping out at the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association allowed him to network with Kirsten Strom, a journalism alumna working at Pandora. He also cold emailed a local Pandora employee and invited him to breakfast. These connections were outside of his comfort zone but both of them recommended him for an internship at Pandora in Chicago – which led to his success today.




Journalism Alumnus Introduces Children To Clash The Titan

15 10 2015

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By  Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

A UW Oshkosh journalism department alumnus is returning to sell and sign copies of his first children’s book, “Hail Titans: Take a Walk with Clash,” at Homecoming on Oct. 17.

In author Cory Jennerjohn’s recently published book, Clash will take young readers on a tour of the Oshkosh campus.

Jennerjohn said he is looking forward to returning to campus for Homecoming, specifically, seeing the new growth on campus like the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.

“I haven’t even seen the Student Rec and Wellness Center yet,” Jennerjohn said.

The book is Jennerjohn’s own two sons’ first introduction to Clash. His eldest son Carson, 5, liked the mascot. However, Bennet, 2, was unsure of what to make of him.

“Clash is an intimidating presence,” Jennerjohn said laughing.

Even though Jennerjohn said this will be his only book on UW Oshkosh, he is currently working on a similar project with UW-Stevens Point and hopes to collaborate with the rest of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the future. Jennerjohn said he also has an exciting potential project in the works involving the Big Ten, but it will not be aimed towards children.

Jennerjohn expected this first project about UW Oshkosh to last four to six months. Instead, it was a more than a yearlong process, which he said taught him patience.

“The communication process can be overwhelming,” Jennerjohn said. “For example, I had to have patience in choosing an illustrator, editing, making changes and overcoming the multiple hurdles involved with branding, and rightfully so.”

While writing the book itself was a learning process, Jennerjohn said he learned valuable lessons from his time in school as well.

“The journalism professors made me think outside the box and be assertive as a journalist,” Jennerjohn said. “I received memorable support and advice from my adviser Miles Maguire. He told me ‘Use the most of your time. Don’t let a dead end stop you from getting ahead elsewhere.’”

To purchase a copy of “Hail Titans: Take A Walk With Clash,” Jennerjohn will be on campus Saturday, Oct. 17 selling and signing copies at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center from 9:30-11 a.m. and then at Tent City, south of Titan Stadium, immediately following from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The book is also available for purchase on campus at University Books and More and online at Amazon and mascotbooks.com.





Getting yelled at like it’s your job

9 10 2015

By Katie Neumann, UW Oshkosh journalism alumna

I’m basically a professional at being yelled at. I’ve worked at Disney World, where daily people told me I ruined their lives, spit on me and shoved me. I remember vividly the first time it happened – it was about two hours into my first day of training, and I ended up having to go behind closed doors to cope. Life isn’t always that intense, but since then, I’ve learned a lot about dealing with situations like those, at work, in the field and generally in life.

AT WORK

Own your mistakes

Until the day you retire, you will be making mistakes and disappointing your bosses or coworkers. Messing up means you are trying and learning, and while that doesn’t mean your colleagues will always forgive you, it means you should forgive you.

Explain only when necessary and present solutions

If someone approaches you about something you messed up, offer an explanation (and a succinct one, at that), not an excuse. Any time you drop the ball, figure out how to fix it (or options for moving forward) before going to your boss or colleagues. Present a solution, not a problem. The people that come with solutions are the ones who go places.

You are a mirror

The most important thing I’ve learned at my big kid job is people will look to you to figure out how they should feel or react. If you need to go to your boss with something you messed up, be calm and confident, not frazzled and on the verge of tears. Fake it ‘til you make it.

IN JOURNALISM

You are not a publicist

Your job is not to make people happy. Your job is to write accurate and newsworthy stories. If a source or a reader doesn’t like a story, but you didn’t get information maliciously and it is factual, you have nothing to be sorry for. Realize by the very nature of going into this field, some people won’t like you. A lot of people won’t like you. Accept it. Own it. And move on.

IN LIFE

Apologize like (and when) you mean it

Apologies will get you very, very far in life, but only when they’re genuine. Admit you were wrong and explain how you’ll work to make sure it won’t happen again. In some situations, you may feel you have nothing to apologize for. I don’t think people should be quick to apologize simply because someone is asking them to. If you are willing to risk a personal or professional relationship that is at stake, I think it’s acceptable to stand by your decisions and respectfully say you don’t feel like you have anything to apologize for. You don’t owe anyone anything.

You are strong. Really strong.

You have survived everything that life has thrown at you up to this point (including all of those group projects). The world has conditioned us to think in the years before and after you graduate, you’re lucky to get a job, and that’s not untrue, but in that frenzy, it’s easy to forget how much you’re worth. You’re smart and valuable, and yes have a lot to learn, but everyone does. There’s always something to be learned. Remind yourself from time to time how hard you’ve worked to be here, and how strong you’ve become because of it.

If someone is upset with you, more often than not, it is a reflection of them, not of you. You can’t choose who calls you a life-ruiner, spits on you, or shoves you, but you can choose which police reports to file. Spend your life with people who make you happy, not filing police reports. Paperwork is such a downer.





Are you ready for spring 2016 advising?

28 09 2015

By: Brenna McDermot @letterstowomen

With only a few days before advising starts on Wednesday, Sept. 30, this is the perfect time to make sure you are prepared. Ask yourself these questions before going to your appointment:

  1. With whom do I want to advise? You don’t have to advise with the person on your STAR, so sign up for advising with whomever you feel most comfortable. Make sure that you let Cindy Schultz know if you plan on changing advisers so that it can be changed on your STAR.
  2. Have I signed up? Sign up for a 15-minute meeting with your adviser on the colored sheets attached to their doors. You can’t have a meeting unless you are signed up.
  3. Have I printed out my STAR? Advisers need your STAR to know what classes you have taken and need to take. Because appointments are short, there isn’t time for you to print your STAR out at the beginning of the appointment.
  4. What classes do I want to take? Go on Titan Web and review all the class options available. Again, there won’t be time during your appointment for your adviser to tell you about every class.
  5. What class CAN I take? Too often classes conflict, so pay attention to what times the classes you want to take are scheduled. Also, look to see if the classes you want have prerequisites that you must meet.
  6. Do I have backup classes? Unfortunately, some classes fill quickly because of the small enrollment cap, and they might be the classes you want. Have some alternatives that you are willing to take if this happens.

Even though advising can be overwhelming and frustrating, being prepared and flexible will make the process more enjoyable. For more information on journalism advising, please visit this link: view this link http://www.uwosh.edu/journalism/internal-documents/journalism-advising-procedure. Happy advising!








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