Well hello subscribers, long time no blog. And when I say hello subscribers, I mean hello Mom and Dad.
As many of you know through my obnoxious Facebook updates, I have recently landed an internship. But not just any internship, no sir… my DREAM internship. You are currently reading the blog post of the new Web and Marketing intern for Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation! What. Is. Up. I get to work with my favorite things 18 hours a week; Marketing, the internet, and Philly <3 What’s that Rocky statue? You’re jealous? Yeah, I would be too.
I just got home from completing my second day on the job (that’s 12 hours of rock solid hustle) and already I have learned so much. So, for you my blogging buddies, I will let you in on the 3 things I’ve learned so far on the job (I should really be charging money for this golden knowledge, but since my parents are probably the only ones reading, I’ll let this one slide. I guess I owe you guys one… for the whole giving me life thing, thanks for that by the way.)
Here we go…
Heels are so much more appealing at 8 o’clock in the morning than they are at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Half way through the day, those suckers go from appealing to appalling in about 2 seconds.
2.) Bathroom Etiquette.
You do not have to tell anyone that you’re going to the bathroom.
Me: “I’m just going to go to the bathroom real quick”
My Supervisor: “You don’t need to tell me that”
Me: “Ok” (walks away)
Trust me, it’s awkward for everyone.
Make a list of all the words you hear that you don’t know the meaning to. I actually got this idea in my MIS class and it’s brilliant. I work in the web department so they’re constantly throwing around words that I don’t know or can’t remember the meaning to, so I write it down and look it up when I get home. This DEFINITELY includes any and all acronyms. Apparently corporate America is an acronym addict.
Until next time, all the love.
1.) Apps – Apps are a great way to create quality photos using your iPhone. Apps are great to assist you with color, contrast, and even depth of field in some cases. It seems like sometimes taking a picture with your iPhone produces a very flat, very blah, image. Using these apps you will be able to edit some very creative and very interesting pictures. One of the most popular photo apps right now is instagram which is great to give your photos that indie, retro, hip, vibe. My absolute favorite though is camera+ which gives you some ready-made photo effects but also lets you tweak the lighting, the contrast, the crop, and the list goes on and on.
A before and after of a picture I took of my friends on Beury Beach. I used the camera+ app to edit it.
2.) Rule of Thirds - Don’t forget that even though you are using your iPhone (or any smartphone for that matter) you should still think about the rules of photography, and one of those rules is the Rule of Thirds. Simply put, this rule states that when taking a picture imagine a 3 x 3 grid on top of the picture and place the subject where the lines of that imaginary grid intersect. In the picture below you’ll see a simple picture of the beach in Jersey. I purposely put the subject in the photo in the upper left hand corner with the line of the sand right where one of the imaginary grid lines would be. Doing this creates visually appealing pictures for even the simplest subjects.
Jersey shore pic following the rule of thirds and edited with Instagram
3.) Use your phone’s focus – A great feature of the iPhone’s camera is that you can tap on whatever you want to be focused. This not only adds depth to your photos, but it also allows for some creativity! Here is a shot that I took of my friend Abby using the manual focus.
my friend Abby at work. Edited with the camera+ app
4.) Get creative with angles – when taking pictures you don’t have to just point and shoot. Even with a smart phone you can adjust the angle in which you take the picture by just a slight rotation of the position of your hands. This is one of the easiest things to get really creative with!
on a bench in Rittenhouse square. Edited with Instagram
5.) Fill the frame – Get up close and personal with your subject. Try to fill the frame to the best of your ability without cutting things at awkward angles.
Eiffel Tower in Paris. Edited with Instagram
6.) Panorama! - A lot of people with iPhones don’t know that it’s actually quite simple to take a panorama using a panorama app. The one below is a little crappy but it still shows how cool your pictures could be in panorama format!
a beach in Barcelona taken with 360 app
happy photographing! =]
Step 1.) buy a Groupon for a ticket to go see Ellie Goulding in concert the day of your midterm (or whatever singer / band you want to see – aren’t Groupons the best?)
Step 2.) Take the midterm… kick ass… leave
Step 3.) Grab an awesome friend
Step 4.) Hang upstairs at the bar area because you are not 16 years old and you’re not from New Jersey so there is no need to dance like Miley Cyrus and fist pump.
Step 5.) Grab a drink and enjoy Ellie Goulding’s beautiful voice and fun performance at the Electric Factory
It’s been quite an eventful past couple of days! Saturday I went on an architecture tour of Philly with Dani and it was awesome. Our tour guide was ehhh but it was nice to just look around and see how beautiful the city really is.
photos I took on the architecture tour
Sunday was Father’s day and after working from 8 to 2 I headed home to be with my Pops. My family took a trip to Viva (one of my favorite restaurants back home) for some amazing food and family time =] Dad’s got a free beer too, so needless to say my Dad and my brother in-laws were pretty satisfied.
Monday, Abby and I decided to cash in our Groupons that we bought a while ago for $15 worth of Indian food. Let me tell you…$15 buys you a lot of food. The food was great though! I <3 Groupon.
In other news… my skin is peeling so much from the sunburn I got the other weekend at the beach that I’m afraid at any moment I’m going to evolve into Charizard… although I can’t say that would be so terrible.
…well it’s not entirely DIY because that would mean you made it from scratch… BUT for those of you who live out of town and need your Philly fix, or if you live in Philly and simply want the instant gratification of having a cheese steak on demand, there is Tony Luke’s frozen cheese steaks!!
Now I was definitely a little skeptical when I picked this bad boy up from the freezer section of the grocery store (seeing as how I live in Philly and have access to the worlds best cheese steaks literally down the street) but after consuming it, I am definitely going to become a repeat buyer! These steaks are delicious! The bread isn’t mushy or soggy in any way and the meat is perfectly seasoned with the cheese sitting delightfully on top. Stick it in the microwave and 5 minutes later, VOILA! you’ve got yourself a Philly cheese steak!
Now all I need to do is hit up the REAL Tony Lukes on Columbus Blvd and see how the fresh ones taste Happy eating!
One of the top reasons I love Fox School of Business so much is because of the AMAZING guest speakers they get to come to campus. Recently, we were able to get Jimmy Rollins, player for the Phillies, to talk to Fox students about entertainment law and the music industry! I was surprised myself when I found out he WASN’T talking about baseball which is what he is known for!
For me it all started when I saw on Fox’s facebook site that Jimmy Rollins was coming to Temple and that you could enter to win tickets to hear him talk about the perils of entrepreneurship in the music industry. Personally I’m not too interested in the music industry or entertainment law, but I figured I would enter anyway…and…as it turns out I was having a pretty lucky day because I won a ticket!!!
So Tuesday morning I ventured to Alter Hall (home of Fox School) up to an area called ‘MBA Commons’ where there was free coffee, muffins, about 150 people, and of course Jimmy Rollins! The event ran from 9:30am to 12 and encompassed everything from copyrights to record labels, of course the best part being Jimmy’s personal anecdotes on his life, his company Jimmy Rollins Entertainment Group and the team. All in all it was really good to hear entrepreneurial advice from someone so accomplished! Thanks Fox =]
Click here to view the Temple News article on the event