How to be the best intern this summer

Hi loves!

Depending on your major or chosen career choice, internships have become a necessity for many college students. I’m the kind of person who learns best when actually doing something and gaining hands-on experience. For many careers, such as PR/Marketing/Social Media, your internship experience is far more important that anything you have ever learned in the classroom.

I’ve been fortunate enough to intern for 2 different public relations agencies in 3 different industries over the past year and I’m so excited to share some tips for those of you who are starting, or have just started your summer internship! Here are some tips on being the best intern possible!

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Arrive Early & Leave Late

You should try and be at your desk before your boss arrives to be office, already working on your daily projects. In the case that you come in an hour or two after the rest of the staff like I do, try and get in half an hour before the time you are supposed to start. You want to show that you are a hard worker and willing to prove it. Don’t just take a long lunch break or leave when all your work is done, get ahead on the week’s work or ask the rest of the interns or staff if they need help with any projects.

Dress the Part

You’ve probably heard this time and time again but its so important. Depending on what the company’s dress code is, it’s so important to dress for the position you want. Even if your company allows you to wear sweats / more casual, try to dress a little more professional and put together (let’s say jeans and a cute top). This will not only show that you are dedicated and care about the company and those that work there but also have respect for everyone working at the company and are ready for meetings/coffee dates / whatever is thrown at you.

Takes Notes on EVERYTHING

But actually, bring the cutest notebook you have and get writing. Whether it’s everything from logins (because you will forget once you sit at your desk), how to complete a task, meetings, make sure to take notes! I took notes everyday at my internship last summer on everything from how to write a press release to what my daily tasks were and looking back at it now this was the best thing I could’ve done for myself!

Ask Questions

Whether it’s about your daily projects or to see what your supervisors / other employees are working on and if they need help, it is so important to ask questions! You really never know what exciting project or opportunity can come out of it! One thing that I have tried to do with every internship I’ve had is to try and grab coffee or lunch with my supervisors / Account Coordinators and Account Executives / the CEO / other interns just to hear their experiences, learn more about the industry and make new friends and connections!

Most importantly: be sure to have a great time and learn as much as possible! Yes the internship search and internships in general may be stress and overall tedious but trust me it is worth it! What are some of your tips for having the best internship yet?!?

Love,

Saba 

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Look who’s back!!

Hi loves! 

Happy Monday!! 

I’m finally back after a 5-month hiatus from this wonderful corner of the internet. Let’s be real for a second: life does not go as plan but everything happens for a reason. I can think of probably 50+ excuses to where I’ve been but in reality, the truth behind why I keep going in and out of blogging is 1. I’ve been lazy and 2.  I’ve just been unmotivated/uninspired. Also, junior year just kicked my ass. Here’s a little update on where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing, and where I hope the blog and my life are going!

Work/School: After deciding to quit my dream LA PR/Social Media internship, I am working part-time at a public affairs and PR company down the street from Chapman a couple of hours a day and doing a virtual social media internship on the side. After changing my major two weeks ago (yes I changed my major going into my senior year), I’m taking an online Art History class in order to graduate on time! IMG_6572

Tri Delta: While I ended up not getting elected for another position this year, I did end up taking another little! Laura is a sophomore and just so so perfect! I’m so excited to finally have a solid greek fam and can’t wait for what my final year has to bring!

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Blog: Here we are. 5, almost 6 months later, I finally am out of my blogging/writing rut. I’ve been going back and forth for the past month or so just trying to write this post and write it in my own words and it just feels so good to be back. Over the past several months, I’ve become cursed by the comparison game and it really made me lose my love of blogging. I was constantly stuck watching all the bloggers who started around the same time as me and realized that instead of becoming jealous and comparing myself, I need to just sit down and write. So that’s what I’ve done, I’ve been writing new posts and have been working on completely redoing the blog. By the end of the year I’m hoping to completely rebrand the blog. More on this to come!! 

I’m so excited for all to come not only in my personal life but also on the blog! Thank you so much to everyone for sticking around with me after all this time. 

xoxo,

Saba 

Weekly Motivation #5

Hi loves! 

I’m backkkk! After taking a very long and much needed break from the blog, I’m so excited to finally be back! Now that I’m back, I’m so motivated and excited to get back to the blog! Yes, this blog is a work in progress and who knows if I will ever be 100% happy with it, but for now, I’m taking things day by day and focusing on posts and content that I’m excited about and that all of you will be excited about. If you have any posts requests or anything please be sure to let me know!

 I’m not going to lie, the past week or so have just been extremely rough for me, between friend/sorority drama and everything going on in politics, I decided it’s the perfect time to bring back Weekly Motivation posts! Here’s a little weekly motivation  to help you get through whatever you are going through this week!

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I’d love to hear what your plans are for the week, make sure to comment below!

Love,

Saba

Fall 2016 Goals

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Hi loves!

Where has August gone?!? This month has seriously gone by so quickly, I don’t even know how its already August 29! I had so many posts planned for the month and just never got to editing them (and im so beyond sorry). There will be new back to school posts up throughout the month of September! If there is anything you’d like to see, please tell me! Today’s post is going to be about my semester goals, both personal and for the blog. I’d love to hear about your goals for the upcoming semester!

Personal

  • Read at least 1 book per month
  • Work out at least 2-3 times per week
  • Eat healthier
  • Save $50 each month for post-grad

Blog

  • Post 3 times a week
  • Get to 10000 monthly views
  • Pre-Write posts the week ahead
  • Redesign my site

School / Work

  • Get at least a 3.5 GPA
  • Research grad school / GRE / GMAT
  • Have an incredible time at my internship
  • Find a spring and summer internship / job
  • Look into careers with the U.S. State Department
  • Procrastinate Less

So here are my fall semester goals! I’d love to hear about your goals for the semester!

Love, Saba

Weekly Motivation #4

Hi loves!

This week is going to be absolutely crazy! I finished my internship up with Melrose PR yesterday and am currently working on packing up my clothes and other random tidbits! It’s so crazy that I move back into my house in Orange on THURSDAY… Classes start on Monday and I’m seriously so confused how summer has gone by so fast.  Here’s a little weekly motivation for anyone going through sorority recruitment, first week of classes / a new job, orientation week, and everything in between!

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What are your plans for the week?

Love,

Saba

Life Update ~ Summer Recap

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Hi loves!

This summer has been such a roller coast ride, between the weddings, traveling, funerals, and an internship. I’ve definitely felt pretty uninspired the past couple weeks but now with junior year right around the corner (eek how is that happening!), I’m finally back in the writing / blogging mode and while it’s going to take me a couple weeks to get on an actual schedule I’m so excited to finally be back! Here’s a little recap of the past month of my summer vacation, hope you enjoy!

My trip to D.C. last month was probably one of the most eye opening & incredible experiences! Sponsored by the Iranian American Women’s Foundation, we were able to visit some D.C. sites that wouldn’t normally be seen if it wasn’t for this trip. My favorite part was by far visiting the State Department! Being a political science minor & slightly huge HRC supporter (#ImWithHer) it was a HUGE deal to not only be in the State Department but also I learned that D.C. is my #1 place to move post-grad (GW grad school… fingers crossed!).

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Back in California, my older cousin Neda got married to her incredible boyfriend of 10 years, Matt. It’s safe to say their wedding was single handedly the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to! My internship at Melrose PR is finally coming to an end and while I am truly so thankful for the experience to intern at such an incredible company! I’ve already accepted an internship for next semester and I’m so excited to begin!

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I’m planning on starting my Back to School series next week so if there is anything you want to see, let me know!

Love,

Saba

Nordstrom Anniversery Sale!!!

Hi loves!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!

Today’s post is all about my favorite sale of the year: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of my favorite days of the years… after Christmas of course! I’m sure you’ve all probably heard about the sale by now but if you aren’t familiar with the NSale, it is the perfect time to get some of your favorites and NEW items at a discount. Today, I’ve included all the important information needed for the NSale and some of my tips and tricks!

Important Dates

Early Access ( for Nordstrom Cardholders)  begins this THURSDAY JULY 14! The Sale begins on July 22 for everyone! Sadly, the final day of the sale is August 7 but make sure to get online or to your nearest Nordstrom ASAP as many of the most popular items sell out fast (or if you are like me and buy my favorites in multiple colors)!

Early Access & how you can be apart of it

In order to gain access to the sale a week in advance, you must be a Nordstrom Cardholder… Although this isn’t the best part of the sale, gaining points and early access is definitely worth it! My mom has been a cardholder since the beginning and she says its one of the best decision she’s made!

Make a list of what you need/want

Start off by making a list of what you want/need before you go into the sale (for me… booties, riding boots, jeans, etc.) You never know what unexpected surprised you are able to find, last year i found an LBD and an adorable flannel!

Some of the products to keep an eye out for:

Boots / Booties

everyday tops

blanket scarfs

leggings

cardigans

jeans

beauty items

Narrow Down Your Search

Be sure to narrow your search before the sale… looking through the Nordstrom’s website is a lot to handle but it will help you find what you are looking for before it sells out (Searching for the specific item/color is a big time saver)!

Some items that I am looking for this NSale:

Booties

Riding Boots

Everyday tops and cardigans

Jeans

a Gold/Rose Gold watch

sunglasses

 Clarisonic cleansers

  • * something I’ve learned the past couple years is to make investment purchases ~ I’ve saved up and purchased Michael Kors Riding Boots & a Kate Spade Watch ~ and it’s something I definitely want to continue doing with the money I’ve been saving up *

If there are any other Tips/Tricks I should know about please comment below! Be sure to check the new post of Friday/Monday for my wants this NSale! What are you hoping to buy during the sale?!?

Love,

Saba