As today marks the start of a new quarter, what better way to begin than with some sound advice? Blogger Jillian Aramowicz shares the insights from students in every quarter.
Recent 2nd Quarters, to incoming rookies
“Break up the work and when you do it. Obviously don’t procrastinate too much, because there is a lot of work first quarter, so time management becomes really important.” –Rae Faiman, CW
“Never resistance criticism. Get used to it, actually, and learn that’s it’s always a good thing. You’re basically in criticism school now. Also, does anyone have any thoughts on Truvia? Email me.” –Mitch Reeder, CW
“Learn to focus on what you’re doing no matter what else is going on. I always remind myself, I have nothing to do but this for the next year.” –Mitch Schlensky, AD
My own first quarter survivor advice: The answer to any question is Ignatius, Danny, and O’Callaghans. That’s it.
Recent 3rd Quarters to 2nds
“Quality. Over. Quantity.” –Eric Guth, CW
“Start comping early. At first I was almost scared to, but once you start it, it’s fun, and doing it sooner is way better than doing it later.” –Amara Abbas, AD
“The main thing is learning to concept better. The stronger the concept, the stronger the campaign.” –Lauren Hammond, CW
Second quarter survivor advice: If you are locked out of an agency because you are late to class, stand quietly at the door and look sadly inside. Someone will let you in. They don’t even ask questions.
Recent 4th Quarters to 3rds
“Don’t forget about stuff you’ve done in the past. Don’t be afraid to go back and make something better if you liked it initially, no matter when you did it.” –Andrew Lieberman, CW
“Don’t go last when you present, because at that point, seriously, no one cares.” –Sarah Frazer, AD
“Stay organized, and take things one at a time. Make one good thing you like really nice and move on to the next instead of trying to get everything you like done at once and it being sloppy.” –Anna Buller, AD
3rd quarter survivor advice: Your cohort should be like Gandalf leading you through your job search. If you weren’t comfortable talking to them in the second quarter, try to be more comfortable with it in the third. You guys are ride or die with your cohort until you’re done with ad school, so get to know them.
Recent 5th Quarters to 4ths
“Go to class even if you don’t feel like it. After all you’re paying for it and if you can even get the tiniest shred of advice you wouldn’t otherwise get out of school, it’s worth it.” –Kate Cullen, CW
“Little details. Get your site formatted. Buy your domain if you haven’t yet and figure out what you can get done in your downtime that will make your life easier later.” –Tess Dmitrovsky, CW
“Keep a good line of communication open with your partners, always. If you take the comps to cohort or someone else, let them know the feedback quickly.” –Chloe Lebamoff, CW.
Well, there you have it, creative team, do these things and you’ll probably be alright. It’s all very sound advice, and although I’m officially a 4th quarter today, I don’t yet have a survivor quote to share. Instead I’ll leave you with this piece of wisdom from the great David Ogilvy; “Play to win, but enjoy the fun.” But of course, we already like having fun here at CPS. Have you seen how we behave at our school functions lately?