Each week, we will be bringing you quick insights from young professionals and scholars who are making moves and care about helping you level up. We are kicking off The Experts with a quick interview with our lovely head of Content, Corryn Hurrington, who has leveraged internships at Complex Magazine, Williamson PR and Harper's Bazaar, into a full time position Barley Health Care and new job as an Account Coordinator at top PR Company, North 6 Agency. Did we mention she just graduate in 2014?
What advice do you have for overcoming particularly trying academic or professional challenges?
I work in PR (public relations) and some days it honestly feels like the ER - corny but you get the point. I have professional advice for almost any work challenge. My over-arching mantra would be to maintain a positive perspective. It's so easy to consume yourself with whats going wrong or what a situation is lacking. Instead, quickly acknowledge the problem and find an efficient way to resolve it. Also, be prepared to be critiqued and have the discernment to know what's good advice and what is not. My professional career expanded once i accepted the following truth, "if you don't want to be criticize don't say anything don't do anything".
When and how do you seek out support?
2. When I need support, I first look within my network. My rolodex has almost every industry and service covered so I rarely have to even use google. College is the best place to begin and grow your network. There's no other place where you'll experience this sort of diversity - varying from people to experiences. I was able to meet the people I met and experiencing the things I did by saying yes. Maximize your college experience by saying yes. Yes to studying abroad, yes to minoring in a foreign language, yes to the santa-con bar crawl, yes to interning in New York City, yes to rallying for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Like Shonda says) SAY YES!
Any GPA saving tips to use last minute?
Three things: E-mail, Extra-Credit, and Office Hours They will make all the difference. Utilize the administrative staff. I would recommend scheduling bi-monthly check-in with an academic advisor or career service counselor. There are always tons of apps that can help ease the pain of midterm and exam season. Open Study, allows students to form online study groups and participate in a community with the common goal of academic success.
How do you prioritize and balance your responsibilities?
This is honestly something I still am learning to master. Time management is everything, you have to prioritize your responsibilities and stick to them. Stay the course to what matters - some parties and netflix series will have to take the back burner.
Interested in learning more about how Corryn has achieved success in her career? Ask her a question in the comments below or reach out to Corryn on twitter at @CorrynArryana or at inhershoesrk.com