Me at 29…

So not sure who knows this or not but I am a student. I am not your “traditional” student between the ages of 18-23. I am turning 30 years old this June and will be graduating next May. Returning to school has been a few things to me. It has been challenging, sacrificing time away from family, and rewarding. Being a part of New York University has allowed me some really great opportunities and has taught me so much about myself in just the short time I have been there. I would like to share my tips to all those non- traditional student returning to school. These of course are things that I have personally found helpful in my own experience and are based on my personal opinions.

 

  • Communication: One of the first things I did when making the choice of going back to school was communicating with my spouse. I have been dating my fiancé for 7 years now and been living together with him and my son for about 4 years. My fiancé was very supportive in my decision and was actually a big part of making my decision easier to go back and finish school. I think it is important for people to have communication with either their significant other, parent or anyone in their group of circle that they trust to talk with. Having a really good support system and someone that you can talk to about your goals and passions with is very important. Having a full- time job, a son and a being in a committed relationship was already a lot of work. Dedicating my time as a student was just another thing to juggle which leads into my next bullet point.
  • Dedication: If you are planning on going back to school, I think it is important to realize the time and dedication it takes to be an adult student. I will always be grateful for my other half in making it possible to become a part- time employee and a full- time student. I know not everyone may be able to do that and there are a lot of people who go to school part- time/ work full- time or work full- time and be a  full- time student as well and do great. I made that specific choice for myself because I wanted to make sure I would still have time to spend with my son and give my family the attention they deserved. Going to a school like NYU or any university for that matter requires so much more dedication. Taking four or five classes at a time can be very stressful and challenging at the same time. GPA is something that becomes very important for employers when hiring new students. If you are looking to be in a specific industry, I would also advise to look at internships in those fields to get an idea of what types of GPAs they are looking for in their candidates.
  • Network: One of the main reasons I chose to go from an online university to a traditional campus university was this specific thing. Having worked in Corporate America for almost 10 years, I know just how important it is to network. As a student, it can be a bit easier to build a network if you have a plan. This is not to say that you cannot find promotion or networking events in a company but it is much more difficult in a major corporation with hundreds of employees all scattered in different departments. Networking at a campus can be easy if you make time to become involved. Signing up for newsletters would be the easiest way for people who cannot afford the time to be on campus as much. This will keep you informed about the events that the campus is having and that way you can pick, choose, and plan accordingly. Of course, you many not be able to attend all events but more often than not, you can always find a time to go to an event. Once you go to a few events, you may even begin to see the same faces because, just like you and me, they are too trying to expand their network and meet new people.
  • Don’t be shy: By this I mean, do not be shy to use all resources that the school provides. I mean ALL! (You are paying to attend your school so you should use the resources they provide) For example, my school has a career center, career fairs, exclusive events only for students (Ted Talks, Important speakers & guest, student discounts, and much more), free wifi ( I mean HELLO, who wants to use their own data!!), etc.. you get the point. I have personally used my career center many times for different things. I have gone to employer presentations (basically an employer, lets say NBC, comes and speaks to students about potential employment or internships and usually provides special links to apply to), had them review and fix my resume, applied for programs that I didn’t think I would get into but did anyways. If you are not shy about using the resources that the school provides for its students, you will most likely miss out on great opportunities. I was actually able to go with 30 other students to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and meet with members of Congress. I mean c’mon, if I had not signed up for the newsletters, not applied for the trip to D.C. I would have missed out on that great experience and not have built a connection with those individuals.
  • Have Fun: I can honestly say, that as stressful as I may get about my grades and classes at times, I absolutely love being a student again. I don’t know if I appreciate it more because I am much more mature and have gained life and work experience or if its just because I am that much of a nerd. I love the opportunities that I can get through being a student, making new friends, learning about things that I may have taken for granted before, and much more. I recently became the Social Media Chair for my particular school at NYU (you know NYU has A LOT of schools), and I cannot wait to start my role and being involved in that. I will basically gain knowledge, experience and work with others in marketing (which is my major btw) doing what I basically do on my personal time which is being on social media. Of course with a bit more of an agenda, but still. Again, if I didn’t make time to become more involved in school, find ways to be involved and network, I probably would have never gotten this role. Just enjoy it and have fun.

At the end of the day, you define the level of your own success by what you do and how hard you work towards achieving your goals. My version of success may be different from others and vice versa. I hope my own experience and opinion was helpful in anyway to anyone who may have read this. Its 1am and I have to be at work at 8am tomorrow so I should go to sleep. Until next post….

Sinceramente Jane

 

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I Love Lucy

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

Today in New York City, the weather is about 45 degrees and I haven’t stepped foot outside of my apartment. The holidays have arrived and Christmas is next week. I can say that I am proud to be done with all of my holiday gift shopping AND wrapping is done. I would hate to be in the madness with the rest of the people who are doing their last minute shopping. So this whole week I kept thinking about my post for today. I chose to write about Lucille Ball because growing up, I would watch her show and was just in love with all of her wardrobe. I loved the flow of her classic housewife dresses. She would even wear the dresses that would have the pants underneath called: hostess gown dress

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Lucy in her famous hostess gown dress

 

The thing I loved the most about the I Love Lucy show besides the entertainment of making the audience laugh was her fashion statements. I almost feel like back in the “day” women who would stay at home would make it a point to still get dolled up and keep their looks on point. I can’t always say that I have the energy to get dressed up when its not for an occasion or for work but I would like the idea of doing it more often just because (leggings have ruined my life =) The way women dressed back in the 50’s was just so classy and modest and although I do enjoy my sexy outfits of my generation, sometimes women get too revealing in their choice of clothing and forget that how you present yourself is what you attract. The media and celebrities definitely are not on the modest side of fashion these days but that is a topic for another blog on another day. Let me show you guys some of my favorite Lucy outfits at her best:

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Lucy in high wasted pants
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Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Desi Arnez, Lucille Ball (look at her classic midi skirt)

I bought a midi skirt this year when I went to this amazing boutique that I adore on the Upper Eastside called Fox’s. It was like it had my name written all over it when I walked into the store that day.

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Sinceramente Jane

This was in the middle of summer and the weather was perfect for this outfit. I styled mine with a plain black mid top just to be a little sassy. The skirt itself was really colorful and bright that it really didn’t need anything else to take away from its sight.

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The midi skirt was also styled with some basic black open toed heels and some bangles with a simple clutch. Overall I enjoyed the outfit for the occasion (dinner). Lucille is definitely an icon in fashion classic style. I will always enjoy looking at her pictures and watching her shows. Enjoy the video below:

Until next time everyone. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.

Sinceramente Jane

Hola chicos y chicas,

Hoy, en la ciudad de Nueva York, el clima es de unos 45 grados y no he puesto un pie fuera de mi apartamento. Las vacaciones han llegado y la Navidad es la semana que viene. Puedo decir que me siento orgulloso de terminando mis compras de regalos navideños. No me gustaría estar en la locura con el resto de las personas que están haciendo sus compras de última hora.

Toda esta semana me quedé pensando en mi post de hoy. Elegí escribir sobre Lucille Ball. De chiquita, yo veía su programa y estaba enamorada con toda su guardarropa. Me encantaba su vestuario de vestidos de ama de casa clásicos. Ella incluso usaba los vestidos que tenían  los pantalones debajo llamados: vestido del vestido de la presentadora.

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Lucy en su vestido famosa de presentadora

La cosa que más amaba sobre el programa de Lucy, además de la hospitalidad de hacer reír al público fue sus declaraciones de la moda. Casi me siento coloque en los días de antes que se quedaban las mujeres  en casa, ellas haría un punto para todavía areglarse y mantener su apariencia en punto. No siempre puedo decir que tengo la energía para vestirme cuando no es para una ocasión o para el trabajo, pero me gustaría la idea de hacerlo más porque (leggings han arruinado mi vida =) La forma en la cual se vestia la mujer de los años 50 era tan elegante y modesto y aunque yo disfruto mi ropa sexy de mi generación, a veces las mujeres de esta época no se ponen mucha ropa y se olvidan de que como uno se presenta es lo que atrae. Los medios de comunicación y celebridades definitivamente no están en el lado modesta de moda en estos días, pero eso es un tema para otro blog en otro día. Les voy a  enseñar algunos de los  trajes favoritos de Lucy en sus mejores momentos:

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Lucy con el pantalon de moda cintura alta
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Vivian France, William Frawley, Desi Arnez, Lucille Ball (en su falda de moda)

Me compré una falda midi este año, cuando fui a este increíble encanto de tienda que adoro en el Upper Eastside llamado Fox’s. Era como que tenía mi nombre escrito por todas partes cuando entré en la tienda ese día.

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Sinceramente Jane

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La falda midi me la puse con unos tacones negros básicos abiertos con punta y algunos brazaletes con un embrague simple. En general me gustó el traje para la ocasión (cena). Lucille es sin duda un icono de la moda de estilo clásico. Siempre voy a disfrutar mirando sus fotos y ver sus espectáculos. Disfruta el vídeo a continuación:

Hasta la próxima vez todos. Gracias por parar cerca y leer mi blog hoy.

Sinceramente Jane