I am thrilled to have articles published on both Gen Y Hub and University Ave today.
Here is a SNEAK peak at my articles (read the full version and view the pictures at the respective websites):
Gen Y Hub:
Preps may be fashionistas but the true prep realizes that it is really what’s under the Lilly Pulitzer dress that counts. Preps contribute to a wide array of charitable endeavors and can be seen on guest lists ranging from the New York Botanical Garden Ball to the Boys and Girls Club of Boston Annual Dinner. I love to don a dress as much as the next darling but I also believe in the importance of hands-on community service. My sorority stressed the difference between philanthropy and service. Philanthropy involves giving money to a charitable organization (for example, going to a Save the Spotted Owl benefit) and service involves interacting with the individuals you are helping.
I was exposed to community service at a young age. In middle school I began tutoring at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan’s Gift of Literacy Program. This program sends tutors to public schools throughout Manhattan to teach reading to students that are struggling.
In high school I began working with the March of Dimes. I was born four and a half months premature and weighed a pound and eight ounces. I became a Teen Ambassador for the March of Dimes in order to show parents that there is life after the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). My parents used to tell a story about a doctor telling them that the surgery I had received would not leave scars when I was would wear a strapless prom dress. They said that prom dresses seemed so far away when they were living with the day-to-day stress of whether or not I would survive. When I volunteered for the March of Dimes I enjoyed providing tangible evidence that a preemie in an incubator could be an avid equestrian who could, literally, fall off the horse and get right back on.
In college I was involved with community service through my sorority. My sorority believes that by serving others, sisters become more valuable citizens, students, workers and community leaders. One of the events my sorority hosts is called Princess for a Day. We invite elementary school students in the community to a girly day of manicures, brunch, a dance party, and a tea party as well as helping them make goody bags for the Ronald McDonald House. We dress up as Disney Princesses and act out various stories and let them take photos with Disney Princesses. One of my favorite events that my sorority participates is the Martin Luther King Day of Service because we believe that it should be a “day on” instead of a “day off.” We help to paint classrooms of an inner-city high-school. Last year I helped to transform the band-room by painting a mural of different DC attractions such as the Washington Monument and cherry blossoms.
I knew that I wanted to continue engaging on community service as a post-grad. I joined the New York Junior League and made good friends in my provisional group. I even got my first choice committee, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP). Women who volunteer with PIP help to restore and rejuvenate parks throughout Manhattan. They paint, dig, and build (providing an excuse to break out your norts somewhere other than the gym). Seeing the impact that my sorority sisters and I made at inner-city schools helped me decide to join PIP.
I recently read the Woody Allen quote “eighty percent of success is showing up.” I interpret the quote as meaning that you will never get what you want if you don’t try. In other words, even at the risk of rejection, you have to “go for it” in order to strive for opportunities that may or may not be within your reach.
I didn’t think that I would be hired for an internship at the White House but I wrote the best essays I could and sent them in. I could have been swayed by the thoughts that “there are probably people who are more qualified ect.” but instead, I focused my energy on the certainty that I would not get the opportunity if I did not even apply for it. I got the internship. When I later applied for another internship although the application submission date had passed, I sent my cover letter and resume to a random person on the website. I ended up getting the internship. The same mindset works when you are no longer looking for an internship*. This attitude is helpful whether you are a second semester senior on the first full-time job hunt or a post grad hoping to switch jobs. Of course submitting a resume and cover letter may not actually be equivalent to an eighty percent chance of landing your dream job. It is also important to make sure that your submissions reflect your personality, spirit, drive, and competence in the best possible light (I recommend reading all of the articles in the career page of The Levo League website!). When you take a risk you are confronted with your fear of rejection. No doubt about it, rejection hurts, but I’d rather endure rejection than suffer the regret for not pursuing my dreams.