“I love being stressed!” said nobody, ever.

By Jess Carnprobst

ImageOne of the best things about Ohio University is the endless opportunities our school provides. I know I’m speaking for everyone when I say that it’s very easy to get involved here. Unfortunately, all the opportunities, along with schoolwork and a job, can lead to a lot of stress in your life. The good news is that there are concrete ways to eliminate stress and enjoy the warm weather that is (hopefully) on its way.

  1. Just breathe

First and foremost, remember to breathe. Nothing is actually as bad as it may seem in the moment. Sitting around and stressing is only going to make matters worse, so just breathe. Stressing too much can lead to a lack of sleep, which will increasingly lower your ability to properly perform in class, work or extracurricular activities. Exhale all of the bad energy and inhale the positive and continually remind yourself that your problems today will be gone tomorrow.

  1. Prioritize

I know it’s hard, but sometimes the work for that class you really don’t like needs to come first. Don’t spend all of your time doing work that can wait. Finish your work in order of importance, that way you are not scrambling at the end to finish something that is due the next morning. Once you’ve mastered prioritization, it will become a lot easier to start tasks ahead of time, eliminating last-minute work.

  1. Stay organized

Whether it’s making a to-do list, carrying a planner with you, keeping your calendar updated, or your own organizational trick, it is vital to stay organized. If you can’t remember what meeting you have next or what assignment you have due tomorrow, how will you ever stay on top of your work? Leading an unorganized life is just asking for stress. That doesn’t mean that without a color-coded life plan you’ll never be successful, but a simple organizational trick like a to-do list is very important. By staying organized, you will always be on top of your work.

  1. Enough is enough

You have to know when to say “no”. It’s so easy to continue taking on too many responsibilities without realizing that it’s not going to be feasible to do everything. When you’re too busy, it’s ok to say no to the next opportunity that comes along. During my experience, I’ve learned that quality is better that quantity. It’s better to give a few things your best effort than to give a lot of things a little bit of effort. At the end of the day, you will gain more experience by diving deeper into your classes and a few of your favorite organizations.

When you’re stress levels have reached the max, just keep in mind that there will always be another day full of sunshine and opportunity. Your stress will be gone in no time, and you’ll be back to feeling at ease before you know it. Just keep your chin up and remember that you’re a Bobcat, and this stress won’t last forever. 

PR is what you make it: incorporating your everyday passions into your everyday job

By Jess Carnprobst

We all talk about corporate PR versus working at a PR agency, but we don’t often think beyond that. I thought I had my life figured out because I knew I wanted to work at a PR agency, but then I went exploring. After going to the PRSSA National Conference in October, I realized how many options PR professionals have. When we broke into different sessions, there were so many options like food PR, healthcare, entertainment, crisis management, nonprofit, integrated marketing; the list goes on and on. The wide range of opportunity blew my mind. If you have an interest in something, I can guarantee that you will be able to work it into your job as well as your personal brand, no matter how strange it may seem.

As a lot of you probably know by now, I’m obsessed with cheese. I have my own cheese week, I walk around telling cheese jokes, I eat cheese at least once a day; yeah, I go the whole nine yards. I had never thought about doing PR for a cheese company until I sat in on a session on food PR at PRSSANC. My whole word exploded with new thoughts and ideas. I started to realize that anything really is possible and I will never again underestimate an idea or passion. If you are passionate about something, it is important and therefore relevant. I could potentially do PR for a cheese company one day, and although that may seem strange to most people, that excites me more than anything in the world.

My point is, no matter what your interest is, you can incorporate it into PR. And the best part is, if you want to dabble in a bit of everything, there is always the agency path. No matter what your interests may be, you will be able to find a way to express that in your job. Everyone needs the help of a PR professional; so don’t be discouraged, even if your passion seems unconventional or strange. Where there is a will, there’s a way.

Stay true to yourself and find your passions. Once you have found what you have a true passion for, do some research. Look into different companies that incorporate your passion into their work. If you like what you see, shoot them an email or a request to connect on LinkedIn. Most importantly, when you connect, be sure to let your passion shine through. If there is one thing I have learned the most within my last year and a half in college, it is that passion and drive will get you further than anything else. Employers want someone who will truly love what they do and enjoy waking up to it every morning. Incorporate what makes your heart race into your daily job, and you will never work a day in your life.