Company Culture: The Right Fit

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My first post on the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) New Pros blog was published yesterday. It’s all about company culture and the importance of finding the right fit during the job search.

The topic came to me after a friend recently shared a horror story about her current workplace. Her experience made me realize how we young professionals so often focus on getting hired by a company when it’s equally important to discern if we’re the right fit for that workplace.

My parents always told my siblings and I to not only love what you do every day, but to love who you’re working for and the people you’re working with as well. During my short time in the real world, I’ve come to see just how right they were.

If you’d like to read the post, which you obviously should, check it out at prnewpros.prsa.org.

Embracing My Late Twenties

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A wise individual once said, “You’re only as old as you feel.” In that case, then, I  feel like a total 28 year old – caught in between those crazy college years and an extended stay at a senior home.

There are times I genuinely feel like I’m 28 going on born in 1928, with not a day passing at this point that I’m reminded of no longer being twenty-twoooooo (thanks Taylor Swift). I mean, I run and can drive at night, but it’s probably not a good sign that I’ve found myself using phrases like “kids these days,” right?

These geriatric moments and sensations (and frustrations) are a recurring subject and source of humor in conversations with friends. Thankfully we’re not alone, though, as apparently our feelings of old ballness is a “thing,” perfectly encapsulated in a recent BuzzFeed article comparing one’s early twenties to their late twenties.

Scrolling through the gifs (knowing what a gif is… score!), I found myself not only laughing but also finding a lot of truth in (too) many of the examples. The one that rang all too true involves where you’re likely to find me at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning…

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The article also made me realize that I’m now at the point where I could give two shits about gossip and clubbing, have hella more confidence than I did five or six years ago (yeah life experiences!) and feel so much older than college kids – the exact same feeling I used to get around high schoolers as an undergrad.

Okay, time to get ready for bed. It’s already past 9 p.m…

Kimmel Cracks Classic Kobe Joke

L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who I thoroughly enjoy despite popular sentiment against him, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week. He and Jimmy eventually got on the subject of Dennis Rodman’s recent (and random) trip to North Korea, during which “The Worm” told DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, “You have a friend for life” while watching an exhibition basketball game.

While I could write at length about my views on Rodman’s visit, I’d rather focus on another joke — the one Kimmel dropped on Kobe during his interview. The setup for the joke comes about 1:40 into the video, but the pair’s banter makes the entire vid worth watching.

Overheard on the Bus…

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I’ve become a big fan of taking the bus whenever possible on my trips up and down the East Coast. I know the general perception of traveling by bus isn’t a positive one, but Megabus and the Greyhound Express have treated me well since moving out here.

With one of my favorite past times being people watching, an added bonus is that there’s no shortage of this on the bus. We hadn’t even left the station on my trip up to NYC today when I heard the following conversation going down with the girl sitting behind me…

– “You don’t love me anymore?”
– “Whyyyyy?”
– “Don’t break up with me.”
– “Mike, don’t do this to me!”
– “I can’t do it without you!”
– “You’re killing me.”
– “Okay, we’ll talk about all of this later.”

I can only imagine Mike’s responses on the other end of the line during a convo that included entirely too many moans and uncontrollable sobs for it only lasting a hot second. Furthermore, I’m sure the last thing in this world Mike now wants to do is “talk about all of this later.” I’ll admit I was hoping round two would take place at some point during our six-hour bus ride, but I’m sad to say it didn’t.

Oh, and I definitely recorded the conversation at the prompting of a friend I was talking to over text. And yeah, I know I’m a terrible person…

Doggin’ on the Huskies: The Worst Half in History

Northern Illinois didn’t do my home state proud after putting up just four points in the first half of its game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, resetting its own NCAA record for fewest points in a half (previously 5). The Huskies’ futile effort can be best summed up by one of the game’s TV analysts, who stated simply, “This is ugly, ugly basketball.”

This ESPN Stats Info tweet puts the team’s play into further perspective…

Nevertheless, I’ve got to give it to the NIU Athletics PR folks for finding a positive spin to put on all of this…

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Well done, NIU. Well done.