Pin of the Week: How to Travel in Europe for Three Weeks

[REPOST from March ’13 when I was first accepted to study abroad! How the time flies. #tbt]

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This week’s topic: How to Travel in Europe for Three Weeks

Spring break 2013 allowed for plenty of time for browsing Pinterest and in celebration of people getting accepted to study abroad programs, this week’s Pin of the Week is “How to Travel in Europe for Three Weeks”. Although you may be traveling for more than three weeks in somewhere other than Europe, this blog post I repinned from fellow PRSSA blogger Katie Lofblad offers great tips for traveling on a tight budget.

Top Tips for Traveling:

  • Pack Light– Trade traditional suitcases for bigger backpacks designed to maximize space.
  • Pack Smart– Bring only things you can mix and match. You will go shopping!
  • Research– Sure traveling abroad is supposed to have some spontaneity, but you’ll definitely appreciate knowing where you need to go when you need to go there.
  • Spend Money Well– Do a little price hunting so you won’t feel like you have to skip out on any sites on your Bucket List. The experiences will be worth having one less croissant or another London snow globe.
  • Best Souvenir: photos– Save money and use your own photos to make postcards instead of buying them!
  • Embrace Culture– Know some basic phrases in the native language and make an effort to understand and appreciate the local culture. You’ll get so much more out of the trip!
  • Write Everything Down– Whether you make a blog or keep a private journal, take a little time every day or week to write down the places you go, people you meet, and new foods you try.
  • Give Yourself Free Time– Don’t forget that some of life’s greatest moments are the ones we don’t plan for. Don’t be afraid to give yourself the afternoon off and explore a new place or have a relaxing picnic people watching.

If that doesn’t get you even more excited to travel abroad I don’t know what will. As long as you stay open to new experiences and are willing to try new things and stick to some of these tips, I’m sure you’ll have the semester or vacation of a lifetime!

Don’t forget to check out other posts on Steph’s travels blog to learn more tips for traveling abroad.

What are some of your packing/ traveling tips? Let me know in the comments!

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Princeples of Success: Matt Prince of the Walt Disney Company on Personal Branding

“You have the rest of your life to work. Postpone growing up as long as you can” – Matt Prince, Social Media Manager of the Walt Disney Company

Being a member of Syracuse University’s W. P. Ehling Chapter of PRSSA has its perks, and sharing free Jimmy John’s while chatting with the social media manager of Disney Matt Prince on a [rare] sunny afternoon in Syracuse, NY is certainly one of them.

Prince came to town all the way from Southern California to share his knowledge about personal branding and gave some insight about the “Princeples” of brand management. Named one of the Top 40 Professionals Under 40 by OC Metro Magazine in 2011, Prince has certainly earned his crown, and did so all before the age of 26. Whether it is founding his own creative agency, launching two successful blogs read in over 100 countries, leading the communications department for one of the most influential business organizations in California, or serving as an executive speech writer for one of the most famous brands in the world, Prince is dedicated to maintaining a favorable work-life balance, and “working smarter” instead of overworking himself and burning out too quickly.

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Here’s what Mr. Prince had to say:

about success: “The definition of success changes as you get older. The jobs you will have in 5 years don’t exist yet.”

about life: Travel and see the world and maintain a good work-life balance.

about personal branding: Be consistent! There is only one you.

about working smarter: Be strategic. Use apps to help manage your busy schedule like Tweetbot, Tempo, and Pocket.

about Klout: It hasn’t hit its full potential yet, but use it as a personal gauge of your social media influence.

about mentorship: “Find a few different people you can learn from and follow them around like a dog, soaking up all the information you can. It’s very valuable to have a mentor, then give back to others.”

about blogs: Having a blog is valuable if it is done well! 
Find a topic that interests you and go with it. 
Experience writing about what you love makes it easier to write about the things you don’t
. Personal blogs are also great to showcase your writing.

about internships: Get experience in different sectors. 
Learn from all of it, and it will help you realize your interests and what you want to do for the rest of your life. You may be young, but age is just a number. It has no effect on your maturity or your experiences.

about your résumé: “I look for quality writing and overachievers. Tailor your résumé for your audience. You should have 10 different résumés for 10 different jobs. Include the words from the job description in your résumé because I am the one that wrote it. Go in-depth about what you did in your internships. It all depends on how you package your experiences.”

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Special thanks to Matt Prince and SU PRSSA!

10 Things to Do Before Graduation

I am now a contributing writer for the Syracuse chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America!

Think you’ve done all there is to do at SU? Check out my latest blog post “10 Things to Do Before Graduation” to make sure you’ve hit them all.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re graduating in 3 months or 3 years, you should always be filling your time here at SU with new adventures. Take a break from your normal routine and try out some of these things if you haven’t already! Be sure to post pictures and share stories about your experiences on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/suprssa), Twitter (@SUPRSSA) and Instagram.

1.    Get off campus!

Visit picturesque Skaneateles during the winter holidays, go swimming at Green Lakes State Park, hike through the Ithaca gorges, or go whitewater rafting through SU Recreation Services.

2.    Rise to the challenge!

  • Complete the beer tour at Faegan’s and get your name on a plaque.
  • The next day, attempt the “Frittata Challenge” at Mother’s Cupboard and get a free t-shirt.

3.    Study abroad.

Whether it’s across the country or across the world, plan early to travel abroad. SU Abroad offers packages for whole semesters and summer breaks.

4.    Go sledding down the Crouse stairs.

Take a break from studying and relive your childhood!

5.    Try every restaurant on Marshall Street.

Sure Chipotle and Bleu Monkey might be your favorites, but have you ever tried the hot tomato oil at Syra-Juice?

6.    Camp out for a Syracuse basketball game.

It might be cold at first, but seeing Jim Boeheim and the rest of the Orange play up close and personal will warm you right up.

7.    Visit the New York State Fair.

Check the schedule over the summer for tickets to big-name concerts and some unique CNY experiences.

8.    Take a class outside your major.

Who said finance majors couldn’t take horseback riding?

9.    Attend a guest speaker lecture.

Well-known alumni and professionals of all disciplines come speak on campus all the time. Take an hour or two to listen and learn from their experiences.

10. Get an internship!

Actually read all those listservs for once and apply for an internship! Take a chance, and consult career centers on campus if you need advice.

How many have you done?