One door closes, another opens

Today is my last day as an intern.  These 10 weeks have flown by, but in such a short time I have blossomed. As my internship comes to a close, I look back at what I have done and realize the valuable skills I obtained here have given me a clearer focus for what I want to do with the rest of my life. 

As I look back on these 10 weeks, I reflect on how amazing my experience has been and how it has exceeded my expectations. This being the first time that I’ve worked with consumer brands,  I was able to learn about a great deal about this industry and how public relations contributes to it.  I’ve had the chance to be involved with programs that allow me to witness client news releases on the PR Newswire, work on digital strategy presentations, contribute to press recaps and assist with event logistics.  Plus the perks have been unbelievable.  Usually PR internships are not paid, but mine was and the agency also paid for my metro pass, relocation and housing at Columbia University.  

On the hottest day of the summer when it reached 105 degrees, the NY interns were tasked to distribute Yankee game tickets around the city.  I lucked out by getting the opportunity to take an air conditioned ride to Purchase, NY to deliver tickets to our MasterCard client.  Later that day Robyn Fink gave me two tickets to my 1st MLB game.  My friend from Howard University came to visit me that weekend and we had an amazing time in the MasterCard Batter’s Eye Café Seats.

I had the opportunity to stay at Columbia University’s dorms this summer. This has been the best dorm room living situation that I’ve ever had.  I really enjoyed my four suitemates and I know that I’ve met lifelong friends.

The NY interns from Taylor and Catalyst had the opportunity to attend The Council of Public Relations Firms’ Internfest 2011.  This was a great networking event and gave me the chance to get to know my fellow interns a little bit better as well as more information on the public relations industry.  I appreciated the opportunity to attend such an event.


Since I’ve been in New York, I’ve had the chance to become closer with my friends from Howard University and friends from past internships that recently moved to New York to fulfill their dreams as well.  I also had the opportunity to meet new people through local friends and family. 

Anyway, I recently had a post-graduate life crisis, but I snapped out of my distress and worry.  I ran across a Facebook friend’s status and it read, “When You refuse to Worry, but choose to Rest in the finished Work of Christ, You will see the Manifestation of Your Blessing”.   I have to remember that as I go through this test of faith during my job search.  I had a weak moment, but NO MORE!  This is my second chance at trying to obtain a job and I will seize it with all confidence and faith. 

I truly feel like my dreams are coming true as I embark on my journey through this concrete jungle.  For 10 weeks I had the opportunity to work with some of the best colleagues in New York and beyond and not to mention had arguably one of the best view of the City.  The 38th floor of the Empire State Building will always be a memory that I will cherish forever. As this door closes, another opens.  I’m looking forward to the doors of opportunity that lie ahead. 


Cupcakin’ in New York

I love cupcakes!  If you want to make me smile then buy me one. It’s one way to win my heart or be forgiven. LOL! I’ve made it my business to try different bakeries in the city.

I had my 1st cupcakery experience with Crumbs about 3 years ago.  My hometown of Clarksville, TN did not have cupcakeries at the time and either went to Georgetown at night when it was not open or I never wanted to stand in line at Georgetown Cupcakes back then therefore Crumbs got me hooked on this new food trend called cupcakes. My favorite Crumbs’ cupcake is the Cookies & Cream.  I’m not a devil’s food cake fan, but this cupcake is a must try.

Last summer I tried Magnolia Cupcakes.  It’s always crowded and I never have the opportunity to eat the cupcake when I purchase it which is a FAIL.  The first time I tried it I went back to Granny’s and placed it in the refrigerator and when I was ready to eat it was cold and hard and defrosting it took a long time.  I went again and I told my friend that I wanted to try it fresh but we went back to Granny’s and my story clearly went over her head because she placed the cupcakes in the fridge like I told her not too.  FAIL once again.  The funny thing about all of this is that my suitemate brought to my attention that the Magnolia website states, “Never refrigerate or freeze Magnolia cupcakes or cakes.” This should definitely be on display at the store or on the box.  Oh well, maybe one day I will get to have a Magnolia cupcake at room tempature.

This summer I’ve tried 3 new cupcakeries.

Baked By Melissa is a mini cupcake shop with an assortment of flavors and colors.  I’ve tried the Cookie & Cream, Tie-Dye and the monthly flavors:  Rice Krispy Treat and Firecracker.  The monthly features are excited and fun to try.  What I like about going here is that the bite size treats are fulfilling and I don’t feel guilty after enjoying them.

I love watching Bravo’s Real Housewives’ series and the former RHONY star, Bethenny Frankel has her own show.  On an episode of her show, Bethenny and her husband stop by Two Little Red Hens.  I, also, seen this bakery featured in blogs so of course I added it to my cupcake bucket list.  This place by far is my favorite.  The people are friendly and they bakery has an assortment of cupcake flavors and other bakery items like biscuits, pies, cookies and cakes.  I tried a Black & White, Lemon and Banana cupcake.  The Banana cupcake is my favorite from here, because it reminded me of the D.C. cupcakery, Hello Cupcakes where Vanilla Gorilla was my favorite cupcake to buy.

Today I went to Soho, and my friend and I stopped by Little Cupcake Bakeshop.  It was crowded and had a Magnolia Bakery feel.  I tried the Strawberry Lemon cupcake, but I was not impressed.  The icing was amazing but it was too strong for the weak lemon cake.  It was nothing like Hello Cupcake’s Pink Lemonade or it’s Lucy which has raspberry buttercream and lemon cake.  I bought my friend a Red Velvet and it was good.  This bakeshop also offers Blue Velvet.  I’m still not understanding the concept of Red Velvet and how much people crave it, but to each his own.  Next time I go to Little Cupcake Bakeshop, I will try the classic flavors so that I can provide a better comparison.

I hope you all enjoy my cupcake experience in NY.  If you have any places that you suggest that I try feel free to tweet them to me or comment on this post with suggestions.