How to Network as a College Student

Hello all! It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted on my blog. I’m not going to lie.. My motivation slumped, and a lot of life happened to me these past few months. Currently, I’m back in college and in full swing (Lord, help), but I’m ready to be back in your news feed.

To begin, there has been a puzzling question that has been on my mind for some time now. If you know me, you know that I am extremely eager to learn new things. So, my question is how do you break into the PR industry (or any industry you are working in) as a college student?

Believe me when I say this, I’ve Googled this, Pinterest-ed it, Youtube-ed, Read books and articles, Podcast-ed it and just about everything else. I made myself a LinkedIn account, follow about 10-15 new people/companies on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)  every day, and read articles written from professionals. Here’s my problem that many of you might have in common with me: How do I break into the industry if I’m from a small town and don’t live in a major city? This question has been TAUNTING me. I feel that I have been doing all the right things..so where are my results at?  So far, I’ve connected with professionals on many platforms and I stalk their pages religiously, but it is hard to meet them because I don’t live in their city. Like I said, I’m eager and hungry to learn more.

Even though I haven’t gotten my big break, I have thought of 4 tips on how to network and learn more about your industry and what you want from life.

1). Find a job in the industry you want. Any job.  I recently got hired as a Stylist at Francesca’s Boutique. I love fashion, but truthfully never thought I’d work retail, but I’m learning a lot about production, sales, and what it means to work for a corporation. Even though I may never meet the CEO at least I know the retail side of the Fashion industry.

2). As a college student join clubs that you may have an interest in. On my campus at Western Michigan University there are over 300 RSO’s (registered student organizations) and I’m currently a member of M.O.D.A which stand for Merchandising Opportunities and Design Association. One reason why I enjoy it is that I’m with other students who love fashion just as much as me. Again, I was hesitant at first, but I went for it. I may not have met career changing professionals, but there have been a few speakers who are big names in the fashion industry and hearing their stories are so inspiring. Also, weekly M.O.D.A meetings is a good break from my academics.

3). Follow as many people as you can that are in your industry on social media. Okay, maybe not EVERYONE. But, search for people and companies by looking at their pages and seeing if you have something in common. Do they like fashion? Are they from a big city? Do they love sweets like me? Are they in my field? I ask these questions and when I do find new accounts to follow I follow them on EVERYTHING. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn. I mean, what if I got called for an interview and I already knew more about their company than they thought (impressive, am I right?)

4). Be hopeful! I’m from a small town and I don’t go to school in a major city..and I forgot to mention, I’m a poor college student. So, at times I feel disappointed and behind. Some days I feel that I already need to have 5 internships and a 4.75 GPA. Then I float back into reality and remember that working hard is a process, and good things take time.

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Networking doesn’t always mean face-to-face interactions. For me, networking means learning about new people and companies in your industry and following them on social media, because I LOVE the power of social media (the positive one, of course). Networking also means trying new things and figuring out what I want in life. And of course, networking is an on going process, so you do have to stay hopeful. Truthfully, I’m no expert. I’m just a really driven young millennial who is extremely passionate. Now, I want to ask you..What tips do you have to expand your network? Anyone else work in the PR industry?

 

 

 

 

 

10 Wearable Trends for Summer 2016

I am all about personal style, and of course, accessories! Summer is my second favorite season besides fall, but what is so exciting about summer is the huge color palette to choose from! Floral, pastels, stripes, chevron, lights, darks. You name it, it’s virtually endless.

As we all know, I’m seriously addicted to Pinterest fashion boards, and I’ve created my top ten fashion trends that I’m obsessed with, and ready to strut this summer. I love chic styled fashion combinations that are fun, flirty, and professional, so here are some of my favorite trends for you to watch out for this summer.

Pointed heeled flats are to die for. Look how causally adorable these flats are, comfy and stylish. What an easy way to look chic. Pointed toes are easily one of the most versatile shoe you’ll ever own. This look is great for the office, date-night, and for a causal Sunday when running errands.

 

I basically wear accessories religiously. I seriously doubt you’ll ever see me without a cute pair of earrings, statement necklace, or purse! Statement necklaces make a powerful impact on a cute plain tank, and are a huge trend right now. Bracelets, hat, handbag add an extra flair of fun. If I had to choose between gold or silver accessories, I’m loving gold for this summer, especially rose gold! A couple of pieces of jewelry will definitely add to your outfit, but make sure you don’t over-do it.

Floral off the shoulder tops scream SUMMER! So fun and flirty these tops are, as seen off the runway in Paris to New York. A great way to add color to a white pair of jeans, black skirt, and dark washed jeans. Perfect for a girl’s night out, or new date with that cute boy you’ve been talking to! The bell sleeve detail is perfect for tops like these.

HIGH- WASTED DENIM are reinventing themselves even better than the last time! Finding the right pair can be tricky, but when you do they seriously accentuate the right parts, and look so dang cute. The right fit is essential, because you don’t want to be walking around in “saggy mom jeans”, am I right ladies? This denim is great for a casual day out, and is not going out of style anytime soon.

Professional and so chic, what a perfect combo. Blazers can be combined with just about anything. Casually paired with printed shorts or with a peplum top or skinny jeans, you name it.

Two-piece outfits are *obviously* so easy to wear, it almost hurts. When the temperature starts to rise, you’ll be loving your two-piece set a little extra, because of course, there’s room for breathing. A super simply pairing, for a simple day or fun night out with the gals.

I’m all about unique sunglasses that are flirty and trendy. Yes, we’ve moved past the boring, and now BOLD is in. Over-sized sunglasses are a must, but the cat-eyed and round combination are too cute, two of the best styles in just one look. The cat-eye adds sexiness to your outfit, and round frames are a great hipster effect, you rock it girl!

 

High neck tanks are sexy enough to show a little shoulder, but so trendy when worn with solid pants or shorts. These tops are super wearable, and breathable when the weather gets hot. By highlighting your collarbone and shoulders, the modest neck line makes this a perfect tank to wear.

 

Shift dresses are an obvious go to! These are super simple and comfortable, but the “shift” of the dress, makes it casual. This dress is great when you want a little extra breathing room, or when you eat a little extra at your favorite brunch spot. The prints and colors are endless for this summer style.

Cross body purses are so handy, and come with so much ease. They’re small enough to fit exactly what you need, but still make a big style impact. There are seriously so many colors that will fit any occasion.

 

These are just SOME of my favorite trends for this summer. But the most important thing is to WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE! Fashion trends come and go, but the most important guideline to follow with style is to make it your own and make it unique to you. I happen to love these trends because of how chic the colors and prints are. Keep an eye out for these styles, but don’t forget to experiment to find a look tailored to you! The impact of personal style can make or break a first impression, so be confident and of course, always Pinterest for tips!

 

You can follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/sabrynacisneros/ and my fashion board at https://www.pinterest.com/sabrynacisneros/f-a-s-h-i-o-n/