I spent March 17-20 of last week in New York City, on UVU's dime. Holler.
The Communications department picked 7 students with stellar resumes, obviously, to go to NEW YORK and meet with public relations professionals at the top of their game.
We flew into Newark, NJ via a nonstop flight with no food. Peanuts only. Really Delta? And half a Diet Coke. Apparently we're in a recession. It's a good thing I'm always packing protein bars.
We checked into the hotel, none other than the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. NBD.
I met up with my good friends Ed Felix and Casey Lewis that night to go to dinner, so fun! It's possible that Thai food tastes better in SoHo...but not as good as Siamese Hut.
Thursday was ridiculously busy, but went a little something like this:
Starbucks. Nonfat Chai Tea Latte. Check.
Meeting with Rachel Cohen, Director of Multi-Media at SVP Worldwide.
She was darling.
Meeting with Maneesh Goyal, President of MKG Productions.
My dream job. Enough said.
Meeting with Kathleen Huddy, Textiles Director at Good Housekeeping.
She was so on point. So sharp and exactly what an editor should be.
Ate dinner at SushiSamba in Union Square.
Went that night to go see In the Heights on Broadway with Ed..featuring Corbin Blue. Aaamaaaazing.
Dessert at Amy's Breads. Eat the monkey cake. Seriously.
Meeting with Randy Herbertson, co-owner of SeeSaw.
Again, another one of my favorite appointments. Nothing quite compares with talking to people who are doing what you want to do, who also happen to be the leaders in the industry. Such a thrill to be able to pick his creative brain.
also spent a lot of time with this talented young lady. she is such a hard worker and I'm sure she will succeed wherever she goes! But Kaiti, as much as I love you I'm not much of a cuddler at 4am. Stay on your side of the bed!
Meeting with Mark Newman of Hunter Public Relations.
Super informative and he was so down to earth.
And finally, we met with Ahmad Corbitt, the Director of International Affairs in New York for the church. And we got to speak with four UN Ambassadors. I asked a question. In the microphone.
Dinner at Carnegie's Deli...dessert crepes at the Creperie..and a poetry slam in the Lower East Side. Thanks Ed. I'm pretty sure I was one of three white people there. I did learn that "purchasement" is a word in Brooklyn, courtesy of Mahogany Brown.
Saturday we checked out of the hotel, did some shopping, some Central Park, and Ed and I stood in line at the ShakeShack for an hour.
But it was sooooo worth it.
It went by so fast, and was an absolute blast. I loved every minute of it, and was so grateful for the experience and the connections made there!
I came back even more excited to graduate this year, and even more senioritis. Am I allowed to have that already?
Get me graduated and back in Manhattan.