Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Comes to Boston!

Today The Ellen DeGeneres Show was at Boston University! And of course I went to join the madness of their filming. Here's how it all started...

Yesterday I saw this pop up on my Twitter newsfeed:

Even though I was anxious to see what was going to happen, I knew I had to focus on my midterm and would miss the filming anyway because of class. Then today arrived and everything changed.... my midterm was postponed and my six to nine class was cancelled! (What are the chances?!)

Around 3:30 I headed over to Marsh Chapel after seeing this tweet:

Once I got there, I saw the crew setting up and I started to get excited...

While I was hanging around and waiting I kept checking Twitter (of course) and saw this... 

After deciding whether or not I wanted to/had enough green to fully commit to this, I recruited one of my friends to come and dress up with me. I ran back to my apartment and looked around for whatever I could find. Here's what I came up with:

I threw on my "Green Team" shirt from when my sorority cleaned up Fenway, dumped my sweaters out of the green bins they were in and taped a picture of the Red Sox's mascot, the green monster, Wally to the box. It seemed pretty creative to me, until we got there and saw how crazy creative BU students are!

Photo by Rebecca Shinners 
Photo by Rebecca Shinners 
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Then, Jeannie Klisiewicz who is the Ellen Show correspondent, came out to talk to the crowd and direct us on what to do. (If you don't know who Jeannie is watch this video. I had no idea who she was either or what the big deal was, but the video explains it all).

Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
After a long evening of waiting around, the top 10 costume contestants were chosen...

Photo by Rebecca Shinners
And finally it was time for us to be on Ellen!

Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Photo by Rebecca Shinners
Once Ellen saw all of our Red Sox spirit, she decided to give us a challenge. Our task was to take a scary picture with a stranger. Here is my group in the process of taking the picture...

Photo by Rebecca Shinners
And here is our final picture...

Photo by Rebecca Shinners
I'm convinced ours would have worked, BUT when Ellen said strangers, she meant someone who wasn't in costume, so unfortunately our photo wasn't eligible. 

Now from here forward I'm kind of confused about what happened since there was so much commotion and noise. I think the person who won the photo contest got tickets to a Red Sox World Series game and all of the runner-ups got $1,000. 

The winner of the costume contest (which I wish I had a photo of, but I don't because my phone died) won tickets to the Red Sox World Series game AND is being flown out to California to see a taping of Ellen's show. The girl's reaction to her surprise was priceless. After, we had to say goodbye to Ellen and the taping ended.

Make sure you tune in tomorrow at 4pm to watch the whole thing and see me and Sarah Campbell on Ellen!! If you can't find us just look for the obnoxious boxes... I'm pretty sure everyone wanted to kill us because they were always in the way but oh well.

Here is some video footage posted by Ellen! (You can see the boxes on the right at 2:29). Be sure to tune in Wednesday, October 23rd for the whole episode!

Overall, I had a great time and it was definitely a great experience. I'm glad I went!

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Week at FutureM + Google Glass Review

Image via FutureM
Last Wednesday I spent my day at FutureM. For those who don't know, FutureM is a three-day long conference that takes place at Boston's Hynes Convention center. Every year the conference is focused on the future of marketing (hence the name, "FutureM"). The theme for this year was "Innovation" – pretty much all of the presentations discussed how new technology will/is effecting marketing and marketing strategies.

Even though the conference was during the week, I was determined to make it to at least a couple of sessions between my classes and internship. The first day, I met up with my friends Brynn and David. All of the speakers were great and each session was more intriguing than the next. Sessions ranged from "Leveraging Games as a Powerful Marketing Medium" to "The $9 Billion Advertising Opportunity: The Social + Mobile Revolution." I made sure I took tons of notes:
My FutureM weekly pass + some LogMeIn Swag of course!
Out of all the breakout sessions, I'd have to say my favorite was the "Through the Looking Glass: Changing the Brand + Consumer Interaction." Mostly because I finally got to try Google Glass (which I have been obsessed with since it came it. Seriously, check out the promo video, it's awesome!) However, it was also very interesting to see how brands are already finding ways to integrate Google Glass into their brand marketing strategies. Fidelity and Sherwin Williams are two examples of brands that are integrating Google Glass into their marketing strategies (check out the links for the videos – I promise they're really cool!)

Then, at the end of the presentation, I practically ran to the front of the room to get my chance to try Google Glass!!

The picture to the left is Michael Durwin and I. Michael Durwin is a Google Glass beta tester (he was one of 8,000 people chosen to test Google Glass). Right now he's working on an awesome project called Glass: A Love Story. The film is shot using Google Glass! It was fascinating listening to Durwin describe the challenges he's faced filming, but so far the film looks awesome! I would never have guessed the shots were filmed on such a tiny device. Check out the movie site here.

As for my thoughts on Google Glass, I have to say that I think it's over-rated. It's a really cool toy, but I can't picture it ever replacing hand-held devices. The image that is projected in front of you is very small and appeared pixilated. It also could have been that I was not used to using it yet. But for someone like me, I know if I had Google Glass I would never listen to a word anyone says again. I already get distracted by little things (especially my phone) so to have something in the corner of my eye at all times my attention would be gone. 

The other three days of the event were great! I wish I could have gone to more, but unfortunately I had class and a midterm to study for. Here are some pictures from the rest of the week:

View from inside the Hynes Convention Center
The lobby of the conference (There's Brynn on the right!)
Brynn looking tech-savy wearing Google Glass 
David looking super happy to be wearing Google Glass :)
One of my favorite slides from Wednesday's keynote presentation
Dharmesh Shah (Founder of Hubspot) delivering the final keynote presentation 
Free cookies! To get us pumped for FutureM 2014
Despite being exhausted by the end of the week, I am thrilled that I took the time to go to the conference. It was a great opportunity to learn new things and even talk to companies about future job opportunities (it'll be here before I know it). I suggesting getting out there and looking for conferences to go to! It's a great way to learn about the industry you want to get into and you never know who you'll meet.

If there are any more big conferences coming up or events that I find, I'll post it!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Advice from Levo League Mentor Tiffany Dufu

Recently, I have received a lot of questions about where to learn about internships and where to find career mentorship. For those seeking career advice, I frequently visit the website Levo League. It's a great company devoted to providing Gen Y women with advice, mentorship and career pportunities (such as internships and job listings). I was even lucky enough to spend some time at the Levo League office in New York City this summer. Not only was the office awesome, but the passion of everyone who worked there was incredible. 

One of my favorite features of the Levo League website is the opportunity they give users to "Ask a Question" to any one of their 80+ mentors. 

Video via Levo League

Whenever I find myself stuck and needing some inspiration I always know where to go. Something I've been struggling with this semester is finding time to balance all of my activities and school work. It's been a challenge but Levo League mentor, Tiffany Dufu, really put time management into perspective for me with her answer to my question. 

What I take away from this is that it is possible to do everything that you want to do, but first get the bigger tasks out of the way so you can fit in smaller tasks later. Even though it seems obvious, having someone put it in these terms for me really makes it stick. 

I valued the advice so much that I even made a little graphic to hang on the bulletin board above my desk. This way, when I feel overwhelmed, I'll always have Tiffany's advice right in front me as a reminder!

Just remember, "focus on the big rocks."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Weekly Fitness Goals (Free Print Out)

Recently, I decided that it's probably a good idea if I actually stay up-to-date with this blog, especially since so many people have been asking me why I haven't been posting. Honestly, I've just been so busy and I'm trying to change some things about the blog, but while I'm in the process of doing that I figured I should continue to post. 

Anyway, this week is midterms week for me, and I feel like studying has taken over my life right now. Since I haven't done anything but study, there really hasn't been any time for me to work out. So what I decided to do was make a list of fitness goals so that when I decide to take a break from studying I can log what I want to accomplish and what I have accomplished. 

I broke down the list into four exercises that don't take too much time to complete:

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I think this is a simple and easy way to see your progress and get you moving, even if it's just for a little bit. By seeing what your goals are and what you have accomplished, I feel like you're more likely to keep going. 

Time to get back to studying. Keep checking back for new posts and updates to the blog!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Back to the Blogging Grind (Interning Tips)

It has been too long since my last post. I completely failed to fulfill my goal that I set when I started this blog. But on a more positive note, I can say that my neglect towards my blog was for good reason. My hours of studying and pulling all-nighters paid off and I ended the semester on a great note. Following that, I moved back home and am starting my two internships in NYC this week. It's really been non-stop but I'm loving every minute.

Starting a new internship kind of reminds me of the first day of school. Everything is new, you don't know what to expect, and you get to buy some new supplies (naturally, I love schools supplies). If you're starting a new internship, like many college students are this week, I'd suggest getting some fun supplies! Start off simple:
  • Notebook: I love small colorful notebooks like my pink one from poppin.com. Since it's small it's easy to carry around and the bright colors are fun.
  • Pencil Case: My pencil case is from Vera Bradley, which I've used since high school. I keep everything in there from my flash drive to gum to pens, pencils and highlighters.
  • Pens: Always have a pen on you since you never know what you might need to jot down. Precise Rolling ball pens are my favorite. 
  • Highlighters: Having highlighters is good for organizing your notes and differentiating what task belongs to what project. 
  • Coffee Mug: I love my Starbucks coffee mug. Especially since I'm constantly refilling it and need coffee to function for the entire day...
Beyond all of the fun supplies, nerves and excitement of starting an internship, if there is anything I've learned this week it's three simple things: 
  1. Stay Organized – Keep track of who you are meeting, your tasks and your deadlines. Through past experiences I've realized staying organized early on will help in the long run
  2. Be Curious – Ask questions. I used to hesitate to ask questions because I was afraid of sounding dumb, but honestly you're there to learn and it shows you're interested and engaged.
  3. Listen – I've come to realize that the first week is probably the most important week of an internship because you need to understand everything quickly. Once you listen to everything and apply it, then you can really get going and gain trust and responsibility.
Well actually, I've learned four things. I think this is the most important (at least for me): 

Go to bed EARLY – I'm commuting into the city everyday from New Jersey, and I have to say I can feel the difference from when I go to bed at 11pm compared to 12:30am. I'm definitely more productive with more sleep. Sadly, coffee isn't always enough. 

If you're interning this summer I hope you have a great time!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick's Day! I'll be stuck inside all day studying & doing homework that I didn't do over spring break. It was so worth it though. So nice to have a break and get away. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy your day!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Washi Tape DIY Projects

I recently discovered washi tape, and I have to say, I've become a little more than obsessed with it! What is washi tape? It's decorative Japanese tape that comes in tons of different patterns. The tape is delicate and more transparent than duct tape, making it perfect for adorable DIY projects. Here are "100 Ways to Washi" that I found on A Night Owl's blog:

My favorite DIY washi tape projects from this top one hundred list are numbers 832, 97, & 84

So after reading all about washi tape and looking at all of the awesome things you can do with it, of course I had to buy some! I bought for roles of colorful washi tape from The Sewing Post on Etsy. 

I bought pink, yellow, green and blue washi tape all in different patterns and I am absolutely in love with them. Who knew tape could make a person so happy? I can't wait to start crafting!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Words for Wednesday: Be Your Own

I've read this quote in the past, but for the first time I'm actually understanding what it means. I know it might sound selfish, but I'm realizing that in college you really have to do what's best for you. It's the only time in your life that you can actually 100% focus on yourself.

For me, when I'm constantly worrying about someone else, or revolving my life around that other person, I forget what it is that I am trying to accomplish. I don't know if this is just me, but I think it's really easy for people (including myself) to get caught up in relationships and trying to make other people happy, when the real question is: are you happy? 

I'm not saying that you should cut everyone out of your life or break up with the person you're in a relationship with. However, I think it's really important to find balance in maintaining a relationship and figuring out who you are. That means keeping your personal life and relationship separate sometimes. 

I know I'm not perfect – I am so guilty of worrying about other people before myself – but here are some ideas on how to "become your own" without having to give up on relationships in your life. 

1. Have your own experiences

Go somewhere you've never been before. Travel with new people. Immerse yourself in a new culture. All of these things will allow you have your own experiences that you can then share with someone else. You'll become more independent and discover new things about yourself. It will give you a chance to do something that you want to do without anyone holding you back.

2. Pick up a new hobby

Whether it's painting, journaling, running, or even blogging, picking up a new hobby can help you discover a new passion for something you never expected to love. For me, blogging has really made me think about myself and become more aware of my goals, my interests, and who I hope to become as a person.

3. Be a college student

Last year I was constantly going home because it was familiar and safe. I know that comes with being a freshman, but I was either going home or visiting my boyfriend almost every other weekend. Not only was I miserable when I went back to school because I didn't give myself a chance to adjust, but I was also missing out on making friends and fun activities at school. I was missing out on what it meant to be a "college student."

I've made some changes over the past year and continue to keep this quote in the back of my mind. Now I feel more independent and have a better grasp on who I am and what I hope to achieve. Once you take some time to think about yourself, it becomes easier to balance being yourself while being with someone else.

Does this all make sense? I hope at least one person enjoys my Wednesday rants.