In 2005, my little brother, Josh, and I were placed in foster care. My mother relinquished her parental rights shortly thereafter and now lives in Texas. She has struggled with alcoholism for many years and even though I no longer speak to her, I do still love her.
Josh was adopted in 2010 and he now lives in a small town in New York. Since I was older, I was never adopted and I moved to Georgia in 2009 to attend college.
Click the “Placement Timeline” link above for a detailed assessment of where we have lived.
Contact me: email@example.com
I tell my story to inform, to inspire, and to show other foster children that they’re not alone.
Come Tuesday, this photo will be printed in 800 ADPR Connection programs. I’ve been drowning in work for this event but I’m happy to say that everything is finally coming together! ADPR Connection is a networking event sponsored by BBDO and Porter Novelli and includes a senior luncheon, professional development workshops, resume and portfolio critiques, career fair and an evening mixer (it’s going to be a longgggg day).
I co-directed the event this year and the entire experience has been such a great opportunity - but come Wednesday morning, I’ll be ecstatic that it’s over (and I’ll celebrate with a bottle of wine and a super early bedtime!)
Aside from finally getting paid (Best. Day. Ever), I’ve had a lot of other things to smile about the past few days:
1. I got a new roommate and she’s wonderful! She’s from Boston and she’s interning at CNN. We get along so well and it’s actually nice to have someone to talk to when I get home from work. We eat our dinner on the couch together and share stories about what we did at work- it’s our little intern family <3
2. I still can’t get over this one. I got a phone call yesterday from a girl who said she was starting her internship at Coke today. She looked me and the other interns up on Facebook and she couldn’t understand why we were already friends since we (thought) we had never met. But then, we realized we both volunteered in Tanzania together!!! IT SERIOUSLY IS SUCH A SMALL WORLD. We met on a dala-dala in Africa, and now, here we are interning at the same company. Mind officially blown.
3. I’m going to pitch a social media campaign for Diet Coke tomorrow and I’m so excited/nervous. I told my roommate my idea for the campaign this afternoon and she loved it- lets just hope it goes over just as well in the meeting tomorrow. And if they don’t like the idea, at least I know I tried!
Even though I have to go in at 7:30 tomorrow, I’m all smiles tonight :)
First off, I’m honored to have even made it to the final 10 – that’s an accomplishment all on its own!
All 10 of us have our interview on Wednesday and we then drop down to 5. Those 5 then head to the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta and interview with the executive board and from there, only 2 are selected for the internship…It’s definitely quite a process…
I looked up the other 9 finalists resumes on LinkedIn and competition is definitely stiff – we are all super qualified, go-getters. I know that I’m qualified for the position and I know that I’m more than capable of putting in the long work hours so it’s just a matter of making sure that the person interviewing me sees that.
Any interview advice that ya’ll can sprinkle on me?
I have to be out of the house, and on my way to Atlanta by 6am tomorrow….
Tuesday: Class 8-5, speech presentation about Athens, Greece in 403 B.C.
Wednesday: Journalism test, AP style quiz, PRSSA meeting with Scott Williamson, PR rep for Coca-Cola (and hopefully, my summer internship! Keep your fingers crossed!!)
Thursday: Class 8-5, Interpersonal Communication test, ANOTHER speech presentation about Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture (I’m actually really looking forward to this presentation)
Saturday: Work at 3
Sunday: Work at 4:30
Monday: Class till 10, pickup dry cleaning and run last minute errands before trip
Tuesday – Saturday: Trip to Washington, DC for PR agency tours!
For the past three years, 16 PRSSA students at UGA have been selected to go on a Public Relations agency tour in Washington, DC - and I was selected!!
I’ve been so professional lately:
Tacked on a minor in Speech Communication
Bought a suit
Developed a solid resume
Began working on my online portfolio
Decided to run for PRSSA president in the spring
Business Rebeka is out in full force people, you better watch out! :)
I bought my first suit this weekend. I have a massive career fair on November 8th (over 40 public relations agencies will be there!), so I decided to invest in a new outfit for the occasion.
I went to see the on-call academic advisor this afternoon to see if I could get course credit for my internship, and unfortunately, I can’t. While he was loading my information, we made small talk and I mentioned that I was anxiously waiting to hear back from the Grady School of Journalism to see if I was accepted into the public relations program. Instead of making me wait till Friday, he was kind enough to look me up to see if I was accepted…
AND I WAS!! I’m officially a public relations major! AHHHH!!!! :)
We were assigned over 300 pages of reading and the exam only had 38 questions.
After I finished beating myself up for getting a 79, I noticed those lucky few who managed to get a score below 5.
note to all: taking a test in college is like being punched in the face repeatedly for 52 minutes - and if you think you did poorly on an exam, check out the test statistics and think “hey, at least my score is in the double digits.”
For my PR class this semester, we each had to create a mock press kit for a fictional product or service. I did my project on the Horatio Alger Association (the Association I received my national scholarship from), and I had them introduce a study abroad scholarship for $15,000.
I spent 5 hours working on the aesthetics of my kit yesterday. With over 300 people in our class, I knew mine had to be flawless in order to get an A. I used one of the University MAC computers (because Macs have such amazing design programs), but when I opened the attachment on my Dell, the format was an absolute mess:
(I’ll spare you by not posting all 15 pages):
There’s dotted lines around a majority of my text boxes, images are stretched and skewed, the font sporadically changes, and there’s random text box written in Latin everywhere.
Little things would make my life so much easier…I love/hate you technology, and I love/hate you perfectionist Rebeka.