When Career Day Doesn’t Cut it

Did ‘Career Day’ leave you uninspired? Are you currently considering a college major, profession, or career switch later in life? Catch up on Role Call, a blog feature where young professional women share their insights on achieving success (…and their advice to teens!) You can also visit our sister site, Major Crush, for a more comprehensive view of the possible college majors and career paths walked by inspiring women.

Now take a look back at the growing list of women career role models – and importantly, what they would advise young women on pursuing their dreams.

We are always looking for more diverse and unique professional young women to profile – contact petalandsass@gmail.com to recommend yourself or a friend, or leave a suggestion in the comments section below.

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Love Letters: Hashtag Feminism

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‘Love Letters’ is a Petal + Sass blog feature that regularly asks a group of diverse women in their 20’s and 30’s about their experiences with health, sex, emotional wellness, body image, college, careers – and what they wish they had known themselves as teenagers. Visit the Love Letters’ To My Former Self page to learn more about the contributors. 

Question Posed: What does feminism mean to you? Did you think much about feminism when you were in high school, or did it become more or less important to you later in life? 

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Role Call: Real Women Novelists

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Katie Coyle is the author of popular YA novel, Vivian Apple at the End of the World.

Role Call is a Petal + Sass blog section featuring interviews with professional young women occupying diverse careers – and their advice to teens.

Name: Katie Coyle

Age: 29

College & major: Marymount Manhattan College, English Literature

Graduate school & concentration: University of Pittsburgh, MFA in Creative Writing

Past jobs: I have worked at a movie theater, a boardwalk bookstore, a video store, as a personal assistant to a very wealthy woman’s personal assistant, a babysitter, a resident advisor, a writing tutor to student athletes, and as a temporary receptionist at various investment banks and non-profits.

Current occupation: Writer,  Vivian Apple At the End of the World

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Happy *Dieting.

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Not Pictured: A Fistful of Cheetos.

It’s hard to avoid the word “diet” this time of year, glossing every magazine stand in neon yellow font, or uttered miserably with a deep sigh from the pouty mouths of your mother and best friend. After the holiday season splurge, feeling a little uncomfortable in your favorite jeans is par for the course. But constantly striving to simply “diet” has proven time and again to fail. Why don’t “diets” work? Because life – and the foods we have access to on a daily, livable basis – is not such an easy thing as to contain to a rigid formula.

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The Graduate: Should I Study Business?

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June received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

The Graduate is a new blog feature considering college majors, graduate school, and a look into career options beyond higher ed. Are you a college or graduate student who wants to be featured next? Tweet us @PetalAndSass or email petalandsass@gmail.com for more information!

Name: June Odongo

College & Major: University  of Massachusetts at Lowell, Computer Science

Graduate School & Program: Harvard University, Harvard Business School

Current Occupation: About to jump into entrepreneurship.

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Starting Over (In The Eyes Of College Admissions)

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Half of the academic marking period is over. You put your best foot forward (at least in September…and maybe a few days in October?) and now you are starting to wonder if perhaps you’ve crashed and burned with five more months of grades to go.

Your midterm grades weren’t spectacular, but you were pretty antsy and excited for the looming holiday season…pumpkin spice lattes… eggnog lattes…and now you’re just jazzed to reunite with your basic vanilla lattes again. Who can blame you with all of the legit distractions?

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