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Are you ready to celebrate with a graduation party?
Are you planning an event, more specifically a graduation party, in the near future? I love planning parties and events so much that I am currently planning my graduation party. However, I know other people do not like planning, so I compiled a to-do list for those in party planning mode.
1. Gather Information about the event
The first step to organizing a graduation party or any other special event is to sort out the main details. In this case, answer a few questions.
-What day is Graduation? What time does the event start and finish?
-Will there be limited seating at the actual Graduation? If so, should your party be held on a separate day?
Having the answers to these most basic questions will help guide you throughout this process. I recommend completing this step no later than two months before the event, so you will have a good amount of time to plan your perfect party.
2. Create Your Guest List
The next step to planning your perfect graduation celebration is creating the guest list. Sit down and make a list of all of the people you would like to invite. When making this list, keep in mind any constrictions from the information you had previously gathered. By making this list, you will be able to accurately gather an idea of the space you will need, how much food, and so on. Once you make this guest list, start to collect their contact information and mailing address to use later on in the process.
3. Set Small Details: Venue, Time, ETC.
After gathering the guest list, I recommend that you sort out the small details of the event. What venue will the party be located in? What time will the graduation party start? Will there be a theme or specific colors used? Do we need to rent tables or chairs? What is the budget? All of this information needs to be kept in a safe and easily accessible place throughout the planning process. Once you figure out all of these details, the rest of the process will fall into place more easily.
4. Order Announcements and Mail the Invitations
Next, at least one month to two months in advance, you need to order graduation announcements or invitations. I recommend this timeline so that your guests will have plenty of notice to plan for your event. Usually, the school will provide official “announcements” that can be purchased through their vendor of choice. However, if you are looking for something a little more unique, I recommend looking at Minted. Through Minted, you can find more options for designs, and the product is of high quality. As soon as the invitations come in, start sending them out to the people on the guest list!
5. Place orders for decorations and food
After sending out your invitations, you need to prepare the details of the event. If you are getting it catered, go ahead and place your order so the caterer will have enough notice to complete the job. For example, I placed an order for the cake at my party about one month in advance. Also, begin to order the decorations for the party. Use your theme or set color scheme to order decorations to bring a festive feeling to your event. Whether it is balloons or flowers, decorations are a great way to make your event stand out from the rest.
6. Set Up Prior To The Event
Be sure to set an appropriate amount of time to decorate and set up before the event. I would also recommend getting your friends and family to help set up in advance so that you can enjoy your event more. More people helping out equals less stress for you!
7. Enjoy your graduation Party
So I landed an Interview, now what do I wear?
Preparing for an interview is one of the most vital, yet nerve-racking portions of the interview process. After I practice my interview questions, I always then ask myself the same question; “So … what will I wear?”
In a world where first impressions are everything, it is hard not to stress over something as simple as an outfit. That’s why I prepared a simple list of do’s and don’ts to get you started! Follow these tips, and you will be rocking that interview outfit in no time.
Don't wear a brand new outfit to the interview
Picture this: you are in an interview, and your brand new shoes are rubbing a blister into your heel. I have made this mistake many times in the past few years. Since I am still in school, I did not and still do not own many interview-appropriate outfits for a business setting. I often run to the store to grab a nice pair of closed toe, flats to match my slacks before an interview. However, I commonly forget to break in the shoes before I wear them. In my last interview, I wore brand new shoes all day and ended up with a massive cut on my heel from the friction. Do not make my mistakes; you can just learn from them!
If you do not have an outfit that is appropriate for an interview, you should buy your essentials! However, you need to try them on and wear them before the day of your interview! If you are uncomfortable in the clothes you are wearing, it will show!
Do find an interview outfit that instills Confidence and Comfort
My best piece of advice is to find an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel confident in yourself. Like I stated previously, your interviewer will be able to easily tell if you are uncomfortable. You should wear an outfit that makes you feel good, both physically and mentally! If you are comfortable, you will automatically feel more confident about yourself. Find an outfit that balances both, while still being professional.
Don't forget to check your interview outfit for blemishes
Do yourself a favor and check your outfit for wrinkles, stains, or rips ahead of time. If you show up to an interview with a huge stain on your pants and a wrinkled shirt, then it will show an interviewer that you did not take the time to actually prepare. While this may have been a quick oversight from you, it will not sit well with a potential employer. Take the time during your preparation to do a thorough check of your outfit for anything that does not belong.
Do dress up more if you doubt your outfit
In many cases, it can be difficult to interpret what type of outfit to wear to an interview. Try to take into account the kind of job you are interviewing for. For example, you would dress differently for an interview with a bank or an insurance company versus a dance studio. My best advice is to always dress slightly better than what you think your interviewers will. Trust me; it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed in any given situation. This does not mean to come dressed for a black tie gala for your peer tutoring interview! You should just try to make a good impression and show your professionalism through your outfit.
You know what to do now; go work that interview outfit
So there is your interview outfit do’s and don’ts! Follow these tips when constructing your outfit, and you are sure to get your dream job!
So you need help with time management?
Welcome to a very typical situation most people find themselves in. Whether you have work or school, it can be challenging to efficiently manage your time. I, personally, have dealt with this myself throughout college and starting my career. Through my personal experience, I have found many effective ways to help manage your time. These are just a few of my favorite tips for time management. If you use these tips, you will be more likely to time manage effectively.
Make a to-do list everyday
While this may seem obvious, making to-do lists are a great way to prioritize what needs to be accomplished in your day. Make individual lists for each day, so that you will be better able to organize and schedule your daily activities. To make this list ask yourself the follow questions: 1.) What do I need to accomplish? 2.) When are your upcoming deadlines and obligations? If you ask yourself these questions, you should be able to make a comprehensive list you can use in the next step! Write your answers down, so that you will be able to organize and schedule them out!
Now that you have created the perfect to-do list, you need to schedule the time to get stuff done! I recommend using a planner or agenda book to schedule out your time. First, find a planner that works for you! Click on the above picture to check out an article from Business Insider with their recommendations for planners. Second, you need to take your to-do list and schedule out time to complete your goals. Balance these goals with your previously planned responsibilities, like work or school. I encourage you to be very thorough when working on your planner. Include times and goals with specified details to keep you on track!
Schedule free time to relax
While scheduling out your days, you need to think about making free time for yourself. Many people often find themselves putting off tasks to relax! To avoid this, try scheduling that necessary time into your schedule. You can use this time for whatever you want, but make sure you are taking time for yourself. I recommend using this time to do something that helps decrease your stress, like exercising! There are times that you might feel the need to skip this step, but I promise you will appreciate this free time in your future when you are getting overwhelmed. Prioritize your wellbeing!
Do not be afraid to say no to help with time management
Do you ever find yourself taking on too many responsibilities? I know I have for sure. After a long time of trying to balance everything out, I decided it was time to start saying, "no." When people ask you to help out, make sure to consult your schedule first. Helping others is always a good thing, but you do not want to commit to something you cannot follow through with.
These are my tips to help you time manage! Try to implement these tips into your daily life, and you will see a tremendous amount of improvement in your overall life balance. While implementing these tips, check out this article about balancing your free time with your responsibilities.