Network, Network, NETWORK!

                         Transferring to Temple University for the spring 2017 semester I felt a lot of emotions. I was excited for the challenge and new beginning yet anxious like a little kid the night before their first day of school. I was also nervous and a bit scared that I would be out of place. See, I wasn’t the traditional student. I went to college straight out of high school in 2009 but dropped out to enlist in the military. After enlisting, I started school again but due to the constant geographic and work schedule changes that came with my new line of work I was constantly taking breaks from and changing schools. Not to mention that I was also pregnant with my first child so making the decision to go to Temple was one that would require a lot of determination, discipline and dedication.

                         I could only take online and night classes a few times a week because of my job and my commute was an hour each way! And although I was just a few years older, initially sitting in classes at Temple I felt a bit unconnected with my classmates at times. Because of my military background some of my instructors and classmates thought that I was so cool, experienced and had the upper hand. However in my eyes I felt out of place and far behind. Not only was I completely switching career fields but going into my senior year I had yet to have internship while other kids in my class was working on their 4th and 5th internships. On top of that I was having scheduling and other miscellaneous issues with my command which conflicted me from taking the classes and from fulfilling my internship requirement, all of which I needed to graduate. After much debate and jumping through hoops, I made the tough decision to separate from active duty so that I could fully focus on obtaining my degree. Thinking the hard part was over I was feeling completely liberated! However in the same breath I still felt discouraged, scared and far behind because I had yet to secure an internship, I was juggling being a newly single mom nine hours away from family, I had just quit my job and not to mention it had taken me all of nine years to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of undergrad.

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Inside View on NSAC

NSAC team


Temple University’s NSAC team did an amazing job finishing up their competition last week placing fourth out of fourteen teams who presented in front of the NY judges! That’s a great accomplishment for all students involved in the process. This week, I sat down with graduating Advertising-Art Direction student, Angela Lanza, to talk to her about NSAC in general and what it’s like to participate in the competition for future Temple students who may be interested in trying it out.

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Personal Branding Boot Camp – Networking made easy


Who, What

The Philly Ad Club is hosting a free event for students and young professionals about the ins and outs of networking. (To learn more about the Philly Ad Club click here to visit their website.) Did you know that networking is the “hidden” job market? Over 60% of jobs are filled before they are even posted because of referrals and networking. Don’t miss out on these opportunities because you don’t know how to network effectively.

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Lasting Impressions at At Media

My time interning at At Media flew by. I feel like I am more prepared to enter my senior year at Temple because this experience has reinforced how important this final semester is. I was intrigued by the inner workings of such a small company and how they are able to rely on a network of freelancers to complete their understated workload.  The team at At Media, mainly Antoinette Johnson and Tyler Westnedge, introduced me to several organizations, namely Old City Creative Corridor and recently, Skillshare. They have shown me how to reach out to people either through cold calling, networking, or through social media and I have watched first hand how this has benefited them and given them opportunities that otherwise would have been missed.

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Temple University Portfolio Night!

The Temple Advertising Club (TAC) will be having a Portfolio Night open to students both in the creative and accounting tracks. There will be advertising professionals from all over Philadelphia including ad agencies Razorfish, Dudnyk and LevLane. Don’t miss out on a great chance to network and get professional feedback about your creative pieces!

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Networking is your power tool.

I’ve always been told that the last semester of senior year is the most difficult. It’s the period in your life when you have the least time to yourself. Yet regardless how many times I have been told this I continued to think, “how hard could it really be?” Well, now I know. Since early January I’ve been managing my last few senior level classes, an internship at Philadelphia Magazine, work, my sorority, and trying to enjoy every last bit of college that I possibly can. I now truly know the meaning of “there aren’t enough hours in the day.”

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