A Few Things I Learned In Atlanta

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Last weekend I went to the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta. I had the most amazing time, I met the most amazing people, and I learned a lot, I was only there for 2 days but it was 2 days that I will never forget. Here are a few things I learned, hopefully some of these tips will help you too.
• Find an old iPod you can use to listen to music on the plane.
• Atlanta is run by Coca-Cola.
• Happiness is contagious.
• Be simple. Be clear. Be awesome.
• Be ballsy, be crazy, and stand out.
• Learn to question the impossible.
1 glass of wine = 1 hour of exercise.
• Build a can-do reputation.
• Test all your technology before an event starts, to make sure everything works.
• Learn to be flexible. It’s not a matter of if things go wrong it’s a matter of when.
• Learn to loosen your grip.
• No job is too small; so treat every assignment your given like it matters, because it does.
• Don’t ever settle. Hold out for both marshmallows, it’ll be worth it.
• Learn to shine your own shoes, and iron your own shirt. You shouldn’t have to depend on others for everything.
• If you have a good idea, find an online platform and promote it.
• Dating advice and interview advice are one in the same.
• Everything is communication, it’s not just what you say and what you do. It’s also what you don’t say and what you don’t do.
• Learn to really listen when others are speaking.
• Become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
• Do what you say you are going to do.
• You have a responsibility to take care of you. So make sure you are eating right and getting enough sleep, because everything else can wait.
• Don’t apologize unless you really mean it.
• You can have more than one mentor, so don’t be afraid to reach out to multiple people.
• Mentors should guide you, advise you, give you courage, and give you perspective.
• Don’t wait for a mentor to come to you, go out and find one yourself.
• Even when you are 94 yrs old you will still be learning new things.
• People like when you take initiative, but you have to do it in the right way.
• Learn to scuff your shoes and skin your knees. Get out there in the real world and don’t be afraid to do work, and more importantly, don’t be afraid to fail.
• The world moves fast so learn to keep up.

What they Don’t Teach You In School

Lately I’ve been studying a lot, but not all of it has been for my classes. The truth is a lot of stuff that you really should know in life they don’t teach to you in school. The education system is a very strange thing. You spend 6 years learning the basics, then 7 years in secondary education, then you get to higher education, and if you want to be really, really smart you even go to grad school. But at the end of it all you’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, and all you have to show for it is a piece of paper. And on top of all that, you don’t even remember anything that you pulled all-nighters to study for.

The truth is, school doesn’t really prepare you for the real world. I don’t know how taxes work, or how to change a tire. Cooking is still a bit of a mystery, and I have no idea how a mortgage or a credit score works. You know what I do know? The Pythagorean fricken Theorem, yeah cause that’s going to be so helpful when buying a house. So you know what I did, I started teaching myself. I’ve been learning all the things I’ll need to know when I finally have to go out into the world as a self-sufficient adult. Credit scores, cooking, human body, we need to know all this stuff. And since our education system is sorely lacking, we will just have to teach ourselves.

Finances
You know what they really should add to the curriculum? Credit scores, because believe it or not, those are REALLY important. Basically your credit score is made up of all your big spending. Loans, bill payments, credit cards, all those effect your credit score. And you’re probably thinking, “What does a credit score do?” well a credit score is what a bank looks at to see if you are responsible enough for them to give you money. So basically if you ever want a brand new car, or a house, you need a good credit score. Now if you want a good credit card basically all you have to do is pay your bills on time, that includes those pesky student loans.

Cooking
Now that we know about money we need to learn about food, this can be done in 3 simple steps. Step one: pick up a cookbook or find a cooking blog. Step 2: pick a recipe. Step 3: try that recipe. That’s really all you can do is just try, and cook. But start simple you know try a nice chicken breast, and then work your way up from there.The truth is cooking is all about practice, the more you do it the better you’ll be.

P.S: Some people really just can’t cook. So if you are one of those people, I advise you find someone who can, or get a second job to pay for all the takeout you’ll be buying and the gym membership you’ll need.

Human Body
You wouldn’t believe how many things they do not teach you in health class. I recommend checking out Laci Greens youtube channel, she teaches you everything you need to know about the girl downstairs. Now I know some people feel embarrassed about discussing body parts with others, but even if you are embarrassed you should still learn about it because ladies, it’s literally a part of you. You get to spend your whole life with the lady downstairs so you should learn, what she likes, and how to keep her happy, because a happy vagina = happy you.

This is just some stuff to help you get started, the rest you’ll have to figure out on your own. So go consult google about the body. Find a cooking blog, I recommend Annie’s Eats, or stop at Barnes and Noble and buy a cookbook. Ask your parents to teach you about finances. You have so many great resources, use them. Then you can share your plethora of real world knowledge, with everyone you know.

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A Few Things I Learned Over Halloweekend

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  • Fiddler on the Roof is an amazing musical!
  • You don’t need to go trick or treating to eat a shit ton of sugar
  • Beach balls in the crowd get really annoying really fast
  • You are never too old for glow sticks
  • And if you put a ton together you can make a jump rope
  • Its OK to dance by yourself for a little while
  • Some costumes take a whole lot of explaining
  • Others are pretty self explanatory
  • Parties thrown by your school can be a whole lot of fun, and usually have free food
  • but, make sure if you’re planning on leaving you’re allowed to come back in
  • Make sure you get all your stuff before you leave
  • Wear shoes you are willing to commit to
  • Know that by the end of the night your costume probably won’t look as good. And know that that’s OK.
  • Alright my lovely royals, I want to know….what were you for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below

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