By: Irene Pool
With fall right around the corner, we have to start preparing for the transition to different routines. No more shorts, crop tops, flip-flops, summer night drives or weekend beach visits. Instead we start preparing for football games, sweater weather and pumpkin spiced lattes!
But have you ever wondered if your professional behavior changes along with the seasons? The start of fall means the start of classes, start of a new schedule at work or even a new internship opportunity.
How are you going to stay connected with friends from back home after you moved to school? Will you be able to attend that Friday night football game when you have a five page paper due next week? With the start of something new, you have to learn how to have balance. Enjoy a late night out with friends, but don’t completely forget about your duties as either a student or employee.
Being involved in something new allows you to go out and connect with different people. It’s okay to post that selfie with a group of friends and your school mascot, or your first day on the job. Allowing others to see what you are up to gives them an opportunity to still feel connected with you.
You also shouldn’t forget to follow that certain organization on campus that catches your eye or that new potential customer. Reach out to new opportunities and see what others are up to. Connecting is always a key aspect of meeting new people.
New experiences are all about enjoying your time. Step out of your bubble and see what the world has to offer. Don’t just stay in one routine, mix it up every semester. That allows you to connect with new people and maybe even expand your resume.
Irene Pool is a senior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in public relations and minoring in communications. This is her first year in EMU’s PRSSA chapter. She was drawn to social media because she likes being able to connect with others in many different ways. Irene is an outgoing person who enjoys learning something new every day. She loves finding the beauty in the world and facing new challenges.