From the Inbox: Jump-starting in High School

Hi M and A!

I’m a junior in high school and starting to think about the future. Do you have any tips as to what a high school student can do to increase her chances of doing well in the PR world in the future? What classes/electives I should take? Also, I would like to get a summer internship this summer but would any companies hire a high school student?

The High School Hare

Young woman studying and drinking coffee

We receive this question often from high school students and it’s wonderful that so many of you are looking to get a head start. While there isn’t a ton you can do in high school to prep for the PR world, definitely consider taking writing classes and leadership roles in organizations. Also continue researching colleges that have PR as a major. It isn’t imperative you choose PR as your major, but anything related, such as communications or journalism, is helpful.

It’s definitely early to start applying for internships and landing a summer internship – most places only hire college students. However, now is the perfect time to start researching your “dream” agency and internship goals once you start college.

Best of luck,

Xo A

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All Wrapped Up

From one of our favorite fashion blogs, Vanilla Extract, comes your must-have scarf list for winter 2015:





I see Scarves Anonymous in my future, guys. I hardly ever leave the house without one (see Instagram). A scarf is by far the easiest and most affordable way to change up your winter look. Whether you wrap that baby around your neck or your body like I often do, one thing is for certain: bigger is better this season.

I’ve been buying so many scarves lately that I decided to compile 12 of my favorites for you.. or for gifts! I mean, I certainly wouldn’t mind receiving a few more…

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You Can Do It All – But Do You Want To?


I’m out of town this week, but was hoping to do a little work while I got a few other things in order. I told myself I am super woman and I will find a way to make it all work.

But then there is this funny thing called reality. While you can dream it up in your head and everything seems to work out perfect and you get it all done, maybe it will rain that day or the boy you’ve been crushing on finally asks you to dinner. You could still manager to get it all done, but do you want to?

I used to struggle with this question a lot in college. I would see my peers over exerting themselves to have double majors and internships, and I would feel a bit behind. The truth of the matter is, everyone has a pace that works for them, and if you make yourself valuable in the areas you are most passionate about (work, school, volunteer, etc.), you will naturally excel there. There won’t be any reason to show face for every possible event or activity, because you’re already doing your best at a few good things. Your good things.

Be sure to take this into account when you’re in the working world too. Whether you have to take some time off for family matters or put your social life on hold while you finish up a big project, know that it will all get done in time and balance will be restored. Don’t drain yourself (especially before the holidays) trying to be super woman. She took breaks every now and then too.


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PR Twitter Tips: November 2014

We’re finally in the last month of the year and to say it went by quickly is an understatement. Here are some of our favorite #PR101 Twitter Tips from the month of November. Thanks to all that tweeted.


: Appreciate the power of the followup.

: Remember not to burn out. Take time for yourself. You’re not good to anyone if you’re a hot mess!

: Some people will forget to thank you, but that doesn’t make your presence any less important.

: Don’t pitch a product by telling them about the other sites that already covered it. So it’s not news, then?

: Avoid the grey areas. Make it your business to be a fluid communicator.

: Reporters want news, not fluff. Keep press releases short and to the point.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @nycprgirls for more #PR101.


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