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JMU PR Symposium This Wednesday!

Attention all JMU students out there!

briefcaseDuring this fantastic and informative event, ten public relations professionals from all over Virginia will speak to you about how they got to where they are in the field of public relations with tips and advice to help you get that first job.  The organizations at which these pros currently work include…

Wolf Trap
Newspaper Association of America
JMU Office of Public Affairs
Communications Dept. of YMCA of Greater Richmond

The full day event includes two panels of discussion, provided lunch, and resume/interviewing tips session.  
Panel # 1- 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Panel #2- 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Lunch- 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Resume/Interviewing Tips- 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will be held in Taylor Hall 402 and 404 on the JMU campus. 

Come out and plan for your future in public relations!  If you would like to RSVP to the event, please email


Cash, Dinero, Bucks, Mula!


Excited about getting into grad school but not sure how to pay for it?  Receiving financial aid is not uncommon these days.  At least 40% of graduate students borrow money.  Here are six easy steps to getting free money for grad school…

1) Create a bidding war  for yourself by applying to several graduate schools, including at least a couple for which your grades, test scores, or other qualifications are above average. Schools are more likely to add a financial lure for applicants who bring up the school’s statistics, rankings, and prestige.

2) Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

3) Ask your university department or grad school adviser for help in finding aid.

4) Track down and apply to charities and government agencies that fund graduate study in their fields. This is a great option for those in the sciences, education, and languages.

5) Get your employer to contribute to your education. This is a great option: At least half of all workers receive education benefits from their employers.

6) Even if you don’t get free money, you can lower your out-of-pocket costs by taking advantage of tax benfits, loan repayment programs,  jobs, or grad school bargains.

Being Wait-Listed is Bittersweet

As a soon-t0-be college graduate who has been applying to grad school since January, the wait is finally coming to an end.  Letters of the school’s decision are coming in.  Personally, I applied to two schools.  I was wait-listed at one and accepted into another.  Of course, I received the wait-listed letter a week before my acceptance into my other choice.  

So for a week I was wrought with worry and doubt.  What if I was wait-listed at my other choice?  What if I wasn’t accepted at all to my other choice?  My summer would be filled with anticipation while I wait to hear about my wait-list status.  

For those of you in that situation, I found an enlightening article about that bittersweetness of being wait-listed.  Hopefully, it will provide some insightful info about being wait-listed in today’s world.  

Check out the complete article by clicking here.  


Internships: “A Foot in the Door”

Since the beginning of this school year, I pretty much knew that I wanted to go to grad school right out of undergrad.  I knew finding a job would be very difficult and I figured I was in “school” mode anyway.  Luckily, I applied to American University for their masters’ program and was accepted.  As a result, I am pumped about graduation while most of my friends are dreading it and the job hunt to follow.

Since the launch of our blog, I have mostly posted about grad school. But after attending my admitted student orientation at AU this weekend, I’d like to offer some advice to those of you who will be looking for jobs after graduation…

300_23597During the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. orientation at AU, one item seemed to be emphasized above any other.  Internships.  Internships are the perfect way to get your foot in the door.  Now I know in this time of economic trouble, earning money is very critical.  But if you have enough financial resources to take an internship (paid or unpaid), it is probably the way to go.  Jobs are scarce and more and more people are competing for them.  Why not take an internship where you would love to work, show them how awesome you are, and maybe turn that internship into a job?  Even if you aren’t offered a job, the internship is a fabulous networking and recommendation resource.  

So for all you soon-to-be job seekers out there, I would highly suggest the internship route.  It is a great way to gain useful experience, expand your social network, and possibly lead to that job.

Stay Tuned! Edelman Digital 101 Today!

Hello all!  Keep checking back today and tomorrow for lots of fun and helpful posts directly from Edelman Digital 101 at JMU today!  

Katie and I will be learning all about social media from the experts at Edelman all day today and we will be making numerous posts about all the info we get! 

Stay tuned!

You can also follow posts on my twitter, banekaa, or on Edelman’s, Digital101atJMU.

Don’t Be Scared of the GRE

u140546521Take it from someone who has taken the GRE twice.  It’s not that bad! 

The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is required for all students applying for graduate school.  Just think of it as the “SAT” for grad school. 

The test is offered year-round at various testing centers that can easily be found at the GRE website.  It’s a computer-based test that takes approximately three hours and involes two writing sections, one verbal section, and one quantitative section. 

And you don’t have to sweat for months waiting for your scores!  Verbal and quantitative scores are given at the end of the exam before you leave.  Writing scores are sent to you within 10 to 15 days.  Just make sure you take the test early enough so you can report your scores in your graduate school applications. 

For more information about the GRE or to register, click here!

Getting Into Grad School! It’s Possible!


Hey everyone!  I just wanted to share my good news that I was accepted into the Public Communication Masters’ Program at American University!  

So for anyone out there worried about getting into graduate school just know that it is possible!  When applying to grad schools, I can share some helpful advice…

  • Check and double-check all important dates such as application, financial aid, and scholarship deadlines.  
  • Make sure to mail transcript requests, recommendations, and any other supplemental material in advance so they arrive on time.
  • Have multiple people proof-read ALL your essays.  

These are all easy things to do to make sure little mistakes such as missed deadlines or grammatical mistakes won’t hurt your chances of getting into graduate school.  

Good Luck!  Happy “applying!”