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Seriously… where the heck did June go? As one of those weird human beings who loves humidity and always complains about being cold, I’m always sad to see summer disappear before my eyes.

Words can’t fully describe how wonderfully June treated me, so I’ll paint a picture through photos instead.

Top left: I’m hopelessly addicted to Harvest Pizzeria. I think I’d eat lunch there every day if my wallet and metabolism allowed it.

Top right: Columbus Commons does an amazing job providing food and entertainment for Cbus residents. I took advantage of the free Saturday a.m. fitness classes this month, and I plan to attend some in July, too.

Middle left: Columbus Clippers games rock, even if you don’t love baseball. Huntington Park is a gorgeous ballpark.

Middle right: I’m trying to exercise my green thumb this summer. Zinnias make a great addition to my front porch.

Bottom left and right: I explored Chicago with some of my favorite ladies earlier this month. What an incredible city!


Granted, it’s no view from a Chicago high rise. Or from a flat in the heart of New York City.

Nevertheless, I’ll certainly miss working in the sky.

The view from my 29th floor cube in Columbus, Ohio.


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” -Helen Keller

When I wrote this post in January 2010, many friends and mentors encouraged me to explore my options in the post-grad job search.  Although I considered a career in Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Chicago, my heart was set on moving to Columbus.

After two months of interning in Columbus and searching for jobs, I am happy to announce that I am employed as a marketing and social media specialist with the State of Ohio!

Image Courtesy of dan418 at sxc.huWhen I graduated and moved to Columbus on a whim, I honestly wasn’t sure if I made the right decision.  I didn’t know what my future held, and I was afraid I’d have to move back home at the end of my summer internship.

My post-grad decision was a risk, but it was certainly one worth taking.  I feel so blessed to have an awesome network that supported me as I explored career opportunities.  I’m more than ready to begin my career!

I can think of a million posts (maybe I’m exaggerating) I’d like to write about what I learned during the post-grad job search… and I will write.  Soon.  At this point, I think I could write a book about how essential your network is when searching for internships and jobs.  But that’s another post for another day!

PR graduates: How’s your job search going?

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
-Arnold Bennett

Tree Photo courtesy of ksvignette,

After graduating from college, moving three hours from home and starting a new job within a one-week time period, I quickly realized my life was spiraling into a transitioning state.

As a self-proclaimed realist, I  prepared for the “big” changes as best as I could.  I knew it would take time to adjust to a new internship in a new town.  I knew I’d have to get used to living alone after having two awesome roommates to laugh, vent and cry with.  I knew it would take sweat and tears to rebuild my professional network while adjusting to the “real world.”

The change I didn’t prepare for?

The transition from country bumpkin to young city professional.

I know it sounds cheesy and clique, but it’s true: I’ve made quite a few “interesting” discoveries as I adjusted from my township upbringing (my hometown’s population is less than 2,500) to city living (Columbus’ population is approximately 747,000!)

In honor of living in Columbus for a little more than one month, I thought I’d share a list of several “big town” discoveries I made.   I’m sure you city dwellers will get a good laugh!

Discovery One: Parallel parking is normal.  All the cool people do it.

I survived the first five years of my “driving” life without parallel parking.  Therefore, please imagine my surprise when I realized my apartment complex has street-only parking.

I am happy to announce that my parallel parking attempts have been quite successful.  And by successful, I am referring to the fact that I didn’t hit any cars.  I’m not referring to how long it takes me to straighten out my vehicle.

Discovery Two: Street sweeping isn’t just in movies.

I thought street sweepers only made grand appearances in movies; however, I recently discovered this street-sweeping phenomenon actually exists.  I’ve always joked that I’d love to be a truck driver in my spare time, but now I’m pursuing an on-the-side career in street sweeping.  Or Zamboni driving, if time and opportunity permit.

Discovery Three: Bicyclists are more obnoxious than most drivers.

When I was in college, my biggest driving fear was accidentally hitting a jay-walking, drunken student at night.

My biggest driving fear in the city?


Disclaimer: I know many law-abiding, cautious bicyclists who take their spin sessions seriously.  Unfortunately, I’ve encountered many bicyclists who think it’s appropriate to ride on the wrong side of the road, swerve through traffic, ignore red lights/stop signs, etc.

Discovery Four: If you’re indecisive, the food choices are overwhelming.

If you live in a small town, your food choices are very limited: and you usually have to drive at least 15 minutes to get to the nearest fast-food joint.

As a slightly indecisive individual who honestly loves all kinds of food, it’s completely overwhelming to live so close to so many delicious options.  I’m within walking distance from any kind of food imaginable: including cupcakes.  It’s going to take more than a year (and a larger food budget) to visit all of the Short North’s swanky restaurants.

To those of you who moved from the country to the city: What kinds of quirky “city” secrets did you discover?

No matter where I'm living, I keep this quote magnet on my fridge.

Although they can be cheesy, I’m a sucker for inspirational quotes slapped on magnets, coffee mugs and note pads.

Just like a simple “I love you” or short, snarky e-mail can positively or negatively affect your mood, a to-the-point motivational quote can turn any Debbie Downer attitude upside down.

Last week, I came across an inspirational magnet that mentioned an Eleanor Roosevelt quote.  The magnet read,

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

I know I’ve heard this quote several times, but it didn’t have real significance until now.

As you progress through elementary school and make your way through middle/high school, you’re taught that college is the “gateway” to success.  You’re disillusioned into thinking that if you pursue a college degree, you’ll graduate in four years, instantly land a fabulous job, buy a house and live the American dream.

I consider myself a realist, so I knew the transition from college to the “real world” wouldn’t be full of sunshine and rainbows.  I worked hard in college and hoped my academics, internships and extracurricular activities would help me land an entry-level public relations position before I graduated from Kent State University in May 2010.

Unfortunately, this didn’t happen: and it was scary.  I knew I could move home and live with my parents until I accepted a full-time position, but  I wanted to pursue a career in Columbus.  So I brushed my fears aside, packed my bags, left my family and friends in my small northeast Ohio town and headed to the city for my dream internship in a field I love: health care public relations.

Nothing beats lunch outside the Ohio Statehouse!

I’ve been living and interning in Columbus for almost one month now, and although it was scary, I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and took the risk.   I absolutely love my internship, and to my surprise, I enjoy city living.  I’ve had to sacrifice some of the things I love to make ends meet, but I know I made the right decision.

So that’s what this blog is about: My journey from PR student to PR pro in a new town.  I plan to discuss anything and everything that’s on my mind, from obnoxious city bicyclists to social media measurement.  Feel free to stop by and join the conversation!