The transition from classroom to internship, college to entry level, is a strange one and often, quite isolating. While there’s a lot of material out there on how to find a job, there’s a void when it comes to transforming from a student to a professional. The Inbetween highlights different experiences recent graduates have while assimilating to their post-grad jobs and internships in a way that’s humorous, real and relatable.
Consider us your coaches on the adult world and the anxieties that come with it. Twice a week, our correspondents will share real-life experiences about what it means to be a student, an intern, an employee, and most importantly, someone trying to figure it all out.
Questions? Comments? Give us a shout: theinbetweenbloggers[@]gmail.com
Maria Pianelli is an Account Executive at LaunchSquad, aspiring author and occasional journalist. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2014 with a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and has completed internships at the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Staten Island Advance, the New Paltz Times. When she’s not commuting, Maria embraces her creative side, delving into fiction. She is a published poet and is currently working on her first novel, which explores one’s relationship to time. Follow her on Twitter @MariaPianelli.
April Castillo (SUNY New Paltz ’15) is a journalist and gluten free foodie who chomps down a lot of spinach to offset her cookie addiction. When she’s not studying biology or training for half-marathons, she blogs about recipes and restaurants for Gluten Free Staten Island. Her work has been featured in Woman’s Day, Woman’s Day Latina, The Huffington Post and The Staten Island Advance. Feel free to tweet at her, especially about food, running or dogs via @goaprilgo.
Alexa Gold is a senior at SUNY New Paltz from Bethpage, NY. Alexa has studied Marketing Communication at Kingston University in London and recently completed her press internship with the Woodstock Film Festival. Upon graduating, she is looking forward to home cooked meals and cable TV. You can follow Alexa on Twitter @AlexaMGold
Zameena Mejia is a senior in the Honors Program at SUNY New Paltz, double-majoring in Spanish and journalism with a concentration in public relations. She puts her skills to practice on a day-to-day basis as the New Paltz Office of Communication & Marketing media relations & marketing intern. Among other writing outlets, she’s extended her love for blogging professionally as a New Paltz Blogger and a former Abroad Blogger during her semester in Spain. As a New York City native, Zameena is a museum-hopping, concert-going, adventure-seeking traveler, always ready for a new challenge! Drop her a line on Twitter & see life through her eyes on Instagram.
Victoria Morrell, Vic or Vic Mo (as she is known by many) is a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz, where she learned how to make drinking out of mason jars look cool. She is currently figuring out how to be a New Yorker living in Southern California. When she isn’t busy navigating the pitfalls of a liberal arts degree, Vic occasionally enjoys yoga, hiking and photography. She always enjoys baby animals, eating vegan food and watching critically-acclaimed TV shows off stolen HBO Go accounts. You can find more of her written work on Tumblr at ragingbitchface.tumblr.com.
Tom O’Connor is a student of journalism and Arabic at American University in Washington, D.C. He is from Staten Island, New York and has previously interned at the Staten Island Advanceand the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. He has also been featured on Al Jazeera Arabic. Tom plans to report on Middle Eastern affairs after graduation and enjoys balancing hard news with poetry, prose and music, all of which he plans on publishing in the near future. Follow him on Twitter at @ShaolinTom.
Joseph Pisicolo is soon finishing his undergraduate studies at Cornell University where he explored interests in human resource management and labor relations. Dedicated to one day working in public service, Joe has interned in corporate HR settings, on large-scale organizational consulting projects, and with the United Nation’s International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Residing with his family in Staten Island, Joe currently interns for Deloitte Consulting and spends free time working on an entrepreneurial project that aims to promote opportunities for peer advisement.
Carly Rome is a 21-year-old Long Island native and recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz, where she double-majored in Public Relations and Sociology and (unofficially) minored in ultimate frisbee. She has held an interesting array of internships and odd-jobs, from ”Road Warrior” Summer Intern at Honest Tea, to Editorial Intern at Long Island Press, to dog-walker extraordinaire. When she isn’t busy in the midst of a seemingly never-ending job search, Carly enjoys bike riding, hiking, kickboxing, playing ultimate, and going to punk shows. Though she hopes to someday move to a big ol’ city and have the means to support her constant desire to travel, her short-term goals include putting her degree to good use and perfecting the art of homemade pad thai.
Rachel Wong is a creative writer who lives in New York City. She won a Tomaselli Award for Best Drama in 2013 and is currently working on getting her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature. When she’s not creating plays, poems or chunky scarves (which never seem to get finished), she is satisfying her Starbucks and reading addiction at the local B&N. Follow her on Twitter @rkywong.