First Week Wrap Up

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My life was changed dramatically this week as I entered into the business world and started my internship at Carriage Trade PR agency in Savannah, Ga. Although I have been training at Georgia Southern University for almost five years, I still felt a high level of anxiety as I walked through the doors of the Desoto Hilton Hotel. To introduce me to the business professionals of Savannah, Marjorie Young, my employer, took me as a guest to the Savannah Rotary Club. My great grandfather, Frank Johnston, had been the president of this club in the 1920s, and my family had made it a point to reiterate the fact that I needed to make a good first impression. So the pressure was on. Before I walked into the luncheon, I had already met two media contacts from local news stations.

Once Ms. Young and I had sat down at our table, I started to relax a little. There was a presentation over the Savannah tourism market which was very interesting. Apparently, Savannah is an international travel destination because of the historical background of this port city, and Jet Blue is adding Savannah to their flight plans for Chicago. After the presentation, all of the Rotary members were asked to join the president outside for the unveiling of a historical marker in honor of the club’s 100th anniversary. All three of the news stations had reporters and film crews documenting the event.

While I was there, I decided to use my photojournalism skills.

Rotary Club Historical Marker

Rotary Club Historical Marker

 

The next day of my internship was spent coordinating a fashion show for the grand opening celebration of Goodwill in Pooler.  Ms. Young introduced me to Ashley Borders, professional wardrobe stylist, designer and owner of her own clothing line “Bedouin”, and Jan Bass, Marketing Director for Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire.  Together, we mapped out the itinerary of the grand opening and the layout of the show.  Yesterday, the four of us met with Paige Striebig, a graduate from SCAD with a major in fibers and a minor in fashion, and the owner of Wild Fibre, a yarn shop.  Striebig and Borders designed over twenty pieces for show.  Ms. Young and I volunteered as well to be models.

Ashley Borders, Paige Striebig, and Paula Fogarty- Goodwill Fashion Show Fitting

Ashley Borders, Paige Striebig, and Paula Fogarty- Goodwill Fashion Show Fitting

 

While we were there, Ms. Young was able to get a local news station, WTOC to come interview with a Goodwill representative about the number of jobs created by the organization.

WTOC interviews Goodwill representative

WTOC interviews Goodwill representative

 

It’s only the first week and I’m already involved with such exciting projects.  I know I have said it before, but I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such a well-known and respected Public Relations professional.  Marjorie Young has already taught me so much in the first week of working with her, I can only imagine what the next months will bring.  Don’t worry readers, I will keep you posted on my progress.

 

Wish me luck for tomorrow!

 

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Mugshots

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Catherine Holmes, 55, Custodial Staff at Georgia Southern University, Hometown: Statesboro, GA
Catherine Holmes, 55-years-old, originally from Statesboro, Ga., one of the Custodial Staff at Georgia Southern University, takes trash out at the Information Technology Bld. on campus, Monday, January 28, 2013.
Sydney Robinson, Hometown: Palm Beach, FL, 22, Student at Georgia Southern University
Sydney Robinson, Hometown: Palm Beach, FL, 22-years-old, Student at Georgia Southern University, Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Kara Exum, Hometown: Valdosta, GA, 22, Student at Georgia Southern University
Kara Exum, raised in Valdosta, GA, 22-years-old, student at Georgia Southern University, unwinds after a stressful day at class, Friday, January 25, 2013.
Jenna Hill, 23, Student at Georgia Southern University, Hometown: Ashville, NC
Jenna Hill, 23-years-old, currently a student at Georgia Southern University, originally from Asheville, NC, starts her weekend off by Margaretta at El Sombrero, in Statesboro, Ga., on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Portraits

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GRADE ME! Josh Hodnett, 24, from New Orleans, Louisiana, cooks dinner for his roommates during the stormy weather this week in Statesboro, Ga.

Josh Hodnett, 24-years-old, from New Orleans, Louisiana, cooks dinner for his roommates Sunday, February 10,2013, during the stormy weather that hit Statesboro, Ga.

Molly Bentley, 23, from Macray, Ga, working as a manager at Little Ceasars in Statesboro full-time to get through college, until she can graduate from Georgia Southern University this spring.
Molly Bentley, 23-years-old, from Macray, Ga, working as a manager Monday, February 11, 2013, at Little Caesars in Statesboro, full-time to get through college, until she can graduate from Georgia Southern University this spring.

Features

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On the right, Greg Simpson, 23, from Savannah, Ga., getting comfy with his lady, on left, Heather Baker, 24, from Savannah, Ga., at their couple’s retreat to a cabin in Bryson, NC.
On the right, Greg Simpson, 23-years-old, from Savannah, Ga., getting comfy with his lady, on left, Heather Baker, 24-years-old, also from Savannah, Ga., around the fire on Saturday, February 16, 2013,  during a couple’s retreat to a cabin in Bryson, NC.
Emma Murray, 22, from Savannah, Ga., catches snow on her tongue for the first time, on a hiking trip in Bryson, North Carolina during Valentines’ Weekend.
 Emma Murray, 22-years-old, from Savannah, Ga., catches snow on her tongue for the first time, Saturday, February 16, 2013, during a hiking trip in Bryson, North Carolina.
On left, Ashley Cravey, 23, from Atlanta, and on right, Eden Smith, 20, from Statesboro, Ga., are buried in books as the start of tests comes rolling around this week at Georgia Southern University.
On left, Ashley Cravey, 23-years-old, from Atlanta, and, on right, Eden Smith, 20-years-old, from Statesboro, Ga., are buried in books, on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, as tests begin in classes this week at Georgia Southern University.

Let There be Light

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Running late for class, Katelyn Rogers, 22-years-old, from Cordell, Georgia, rushes up the stairs of the I.T. Building at Georgia Southern University on Tuesday, March 05, 2013, trying to make it before her quiz.
       Running late for class, Katelyn Rogers, 22-years-old, from Cordell, Georgia, rushes up the stairs of the I.T. Building at Georgia Southern University on Tuesday, March 05, 2013, trying to make it before her quiz.
Hanging out with roommates, Sydney Robinson, 21-years-old, from Palm Beach, Florida, gets cozy on the couch last Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at her apartment complex, The Islands, in Statesboro, Georgia
Hanging out with roommates, Sydney Robinson, 21-years-old, from Palm Beach, Florida, gets cozy on the couch last Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at her apartment complex, The Islands, in Statesboro, Georgia

Plant Sale – March 2013

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Waiting for the crowd to fill in at the Heritage Pavilion, members of the band Supernova, Kyra Samuels, on left, Faith Ayala, in center, and Chyann Hoyle, on right, are only thirteen years old and already performing to a live audience at the Georgia Southern Garden of the Coast Plain’s Spring Festival and Plant Sale, on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
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In the Children’s Leaning Garden during the Spring Festival and Plant Sale, percussion instructor, Sammy B. Warren IV, 27, from Dublin, GA, representing Pladd Dot Music store, lead a drum circle for kids of all ages to join in the fun at the Georgia Southern Garden of the Coastal Plain, on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Kids could walk up and start playing a variety of instruments, including bongos, hand drums, maracas, cowbells, cabasas, or even several Meinl Wood Frogs, set up around the circle.
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Helping choose the right plant is important to Austin Halaby, on right, in orange, age 11, from Statesboro, GA, as him and mom, Maggie Halaby, on left, in purple, age 39, from Texas originally, cruise up and down the aisles of plants for sale at the Georgia Southern Garden of the Coast Plain’s Spring Festival on Saturday, March 30, 2013.