Now’s Your Chance to Become a Member of Open Arts Philly

January 14 – 21 is Open Arts Membership Week!  Sign-up at openartsphilly.com/activate. Members get access to awesome discounts, free tickets and the ability to be part of our Open Arts College Nights, all for FREE.

Here’s What to Expect at the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference

You’re registered to attend the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference or you’re thinking about registering – if that’s the case, email Cory Dulaney to see if there is still room.  If this is your first ILC, or you need a refresher, this is what to expect and how to prepare for the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference!

What is ILC?
The Inclusive Leadership Conference is an annual day-long conference for college students from the Greater Philadelphia Region. It is taking place this February 3rdfrom 10AM – 4PM at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student CenterKeynote presentations set the tone for the day followed by three sessions, each session has up to seven discussions for you to choose. Continental breakfast and lunch is included!

Who will be there?
Last year we saw nearly 400 students from various schools in the Greater Philadelphia region (Philly, the suburbs of Philly, South Jersey, and Delaware). Our keynotes for the year include Michael O’Bryan (Village of Arts and Humanities), Tiffany Tavarez (Wells Fargo), and Mayor Jim Kenney (City of Philadelphia). Community and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, regional businesses and higher education professionals are leading the discussions.

What will we discuss?
This year’s theme is Finding Your Voice: Advocating for Self & Others. We all come from different experiences, backgrounds, and are born with different skills and passions. No one voice is, or should be, the same. Some may protest racial injustices by walking in solidarity and others may organize the protest, getting all the proper documentation in order. Some may write a song for gender equality and others may perform that song. No voice is better than another, and we need all of our voices! Maybe you know your voice or maybe you want to discover it. In either case, we want you to leave this conference with the motivation to (re)discover your voice, the knowledge on how you should use your voice, and ways in which to flex your voice!

How to prepare.
Start thinking about what you’re naturally good at. What skills were you born with and what are you passionate about? Your voice is part of an intricate puzzle, and a space is perfectly tailored for you. Sometimes, though, other people’s space look more appealing and may get more recognition. Activists who chain themselves around a tree seem cool, but what about the person who writes policy to save trees? Film directors may have their work on clean water shown across the world, but what about the behind the scenes editors and camerapersons? Come with questions on how to find your voice, where to use your voice, how to help others find their voice, etc…

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via my email or phone info below. If not, look forward to hearing your voice on February 3rd!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email or phone.

Peace!
Cory Dulaney
Campus Philly Program Manager
215-988-1707 || cory@campusphilly.org
 

Hello, 2018! We’re Getting Fit, Giving Back and Planning Our Cheat Day

Exercise your body and mind! Here’s Where to Get Fit in Philly Without Going Broke and where to test your pop culture knowledge at these themed trivia nights.

Lend a helping hand on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15. The 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service has a long list of community volunteer opportunities.

Take a break from your clean eating resolution for one day. Come on, it’s just one! CCD Restaurant Week is happening January 14-26 at 50+ local spots. Three-course lunch, $20. Three-course dinner, $35. This is a popular deal so make your reservations now.

A Snowy Bowie Skate on Saturday, January 13 and Open Arts College Night: Skate Night on Wednesday, January 31both happening at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

Start the New Year off right by finding, advocating, and teaching others to discover their voice! Campus Philly and Temple University will be hosting the Inclusive Leadership Conference on Feb. 3 for ALL Philadelphia-area college students. Register here.

Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

Ring in the New Year Philly-style!

Welcoming the New Year in Philadelphia is like the dessert of the holiday season. You think you’re done after opening presents and family get-togethers, but hold up! New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are here for the sweet ending. Here are our picks for ringing in the New Year in Philly:

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront
Sunday, December 31 | 6PM-12AM
Celebrate the biggest night of the year with fireworks! Two shows, at 6PM and Midnight. 

New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts (21+)
Sunday, December 31 | 10PM – 2AM
$35 for students and ages 21-25 gets you: 
• all the grooves you can handle
• all the balloons you can handle
• champagne toast
• a floor to bust a groove on to the tunes of the renowned band Ill Doots and Philadelphia favorite DJ Dame Luz

The Ping-Pong Prom (21+)
Sunday, December 31 | 9PM – 2AM
Ping-pong social club SPiN is throwing a unique New Year’s Eve bash. The 21-plus crowd is invited to Ping-Pong Prom, where you can eat, drink, dance and play.

Plus here’s “Cheap or free Philly New Year’s Eve parties ($20 or less)” (21+)

The Mummers Parade 2018
Monday, January 1 | Parade Start: 9AM
During the festive, nearly 120-year-old tradition, 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. The 2018 Mummers Parade parade begins at City Hall and continues south to Washington Avenue.

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Treat Yourself for the Holidays!

Treat Yourself for the Holidays!

Ice Skating
From the Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, you have plenty of places to lace up and get some laps in. P.S. Stay tuned for January 31 when we are hosting an Open Arts College Night: Skate Night at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

Miracle on South 13th Street
Reaching across South 13th Street from one rowhome to the next, strings of colorful twinkling lights create a canopy of holiday cheer for sightseers to stroll through. After you’ve been dazzled, treat yourself to Varallo Brothers cannoli or Marra’s pizza pie.

Reading Terminal
Don’t know what kind of mood you’re in but know you want to eat something delicious? Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St, is the spot for you. Some of our favorites:  Beiler’s Donuts, DiNic’s Roast Pork, Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Tootsie’s, and Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
We think this is the most festive Philadelphia activity you can do. Run up the Art Museum steps, a.k.a “the Rocky steps,” and you’ll be greeted by the beautiful Christmas tree that’s right in front of the museum. 

High Tea at The Dandelion 
Offered year long at The Dandelion, High Tea is especially cozy during the holiday season. The food and atmosphere – mini cakes, finger sandwiches, working fireplace and big cozy chairs – will have you feeling like you’re in London without taking that seven-hour flight.

 

Now What? Six Things to Do in Philly Now That Class Is Out

 

Conquering the Cover Letter

Work on your cover letter with friends.

by Michelle Ahn

Don’t let a cover letter delay your application for an awesome job or internship this year! Learn how to master the art of the cover letter with our five best tips below!

1. Start with a clean and solid introductory paragraph

If you know who will be reviewing it, address it to them; otherwise, the “To whom it may concern” approach works well. Your introductory paragraph should not be a summary of your life story. Keep it nice and short, by introducing yourself, and explaining why you’re writing to them. You can also reference how you found the position “I was excited to see XYZ role on the JKL career site,” or “I was forwarded this opportunity by a mentor who saw it as a good fit,” etc. You’re setting the stage for your letter here, so no need to get into the meat of it just yet. Typically this is where you should say “I’m writing to express my interest in XYZ role” and “I am a student at XYZ School with interest in pursuing XYZ.” Any other details you want to add here will 9 times out of 10 belong in your second paragraph.

2. Breathe life into your resume

In your second paragraph you have the chance to contextualize your experiences, and paint a picture of your accomplishments. Don’t overload this paragraph with too much—try and focus in on a few accomplishments that really show your skills, abilities, and strengths that match the job description. Use the job description as a guide, and outline exactly how your past experiences match the qualifications required for this role. This is a good place to include metrics that matter, for example if the job you’re applying for wants to see competency in social media platforms and you were responsible for PR in a student group, you can include “increased Twitter follows by X, over Y” or “during this time our follow count increased by X%.” This is a succinct way to show off your proficiency in a skill.

3. Show off your research

In your third paragraph, make your cover letter personal. Recruiters can instantly tell if you’re submitting the same cover letter to each company, and just slapping a new title onto it. Don’t be that person—make sure you do your research about the company and find reasons why you want to work there, and then put all of that into your cover letter. If you’re excited about the prospect of being able to work with your dream company in your dream gig, this is the place to share! Let them know what it is about their workplace that makes you want to join the team.

4. Closing strong

Congrats, you’re almost at the end of your best cover letter ever! In your closing paragraph make sure that you’re including all the pertinent details that your recruiter might need to know. This is where you can state your availability, your contact information, etc. You should also reiterate your interest in the company position and the role, and then sign off!

5. Polishing it up

Don’t forget that your cover letter, like your resume, should not extend past one page. Period. You also want to make sure that your formatting remains clean and consistent. Don’t feel as if you need to get overly fancy with it—you just want to make sure that it’s a pleasant experience to read. As a personal preference, I like to keep my resume and cover letter formatting aligned and consistent; if I have a contact header on my resume, I try to keep the same style header on my cover letter, so they look good together and stand out above other candidates.

That’s a wrap on writing a great cover letter! Put these tips into action and head over to campusphilly.org/launch to check out your future dream gigs. Stay tuned for the next edition of the career advice blog where we will discuss shining up your Linkedin profile!

Happy Holidays,
Michelle, Campus Philly

Photo by Brian Green

7 Ways to Take A Study Break in Philadelphia

Out with the Old, and in with the New!

Below are our top resume tips to make your resume sparkle in the New Year:

1.       Keep your resume to one page

As a general rule of thumb, unless you’ve worked for decades, your resume really should not be more than one page. Recruiters sift through hundreds of resumes a day, and if there’s clearly information on your resume that isn’t relevant, it’s easy to glaze over it and keep moving. You want to make sure that your resume is finely tuned, shorter, and customized.  Which brings us to tip #2…

 

2.       Customize, Customize, Customize

Seek to highlight your most relevant experiences for the job that you’re applying for! You don’t need your high school babysitting experience when applying for a data analyst internship your junior year of college! PRO tip: I like to keep one long word document filled with all of my professional work experience (along with some of my side hustles!), all of this information is formatted exactly the way my resume is, which makes it easy for me to simply copy and paste relevant experience when applying for a new internship or job! Take a few hours from your holiday break to sit down and write down all the professional, and/or extracurricular experience you’ve gained! It’s the best gift you can give your future self.

3.       Don’t overdo creativity

Even if you’re searching for work in more creative fields, I would recommend making sure that your resume has simple and clean formatting. A clear and consistent font and logical formatting goes a long way with helping recruiters get a good idea of what your experience is like. It also ensures that when your resume goes through automated computer systems, you aren’t passed over because the computer couldn’t decode all your hard work. There’s plenty of space to flex your creativity in the later rounds of that interview process!

4.       Strong bullets and action words!

Don’t forget that less is more. You should be making every word on your resume reflect your strengths. Don’t overload your resume with fillers, but rather make sure that every bullet on there is intentional, and a good reflection of both your work experience, but also what you could potentially bring to the table! Use action words to show exactly how you’ve been able to accomplish something. If you’re looking for work in a field where metrics are not necessarily key, then don’t feel the need to insert numbers for the sake of numbers. However, if you are looking for work where metrics are an important reflection of your accomplishments, definitely do not sleep on them! Numbers paint a very accurate picture of what you’ve been able to accomplish, and can help the recruiter understand your skill sets tangibly.

5.       Proofread.

Proofreading and making sure that your resume is as clear of typos and grammatical errors as possible represents your commitment and attention to detail. If you feel like you’ve stared at your resume too long, then make sure to take a few days break, so that you can get fresh eyes on it next time. Better yet, ask a friend or trusted upperclassmen to take a look at your resume. Often times a different set of eyes will reveal typos you wouldn’t have noticed, or just offers a fresh perspective! Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone to do this for you, trust that they’ve asked people before them, and the circle just keeps on giving. Don’t forget that done is better than perfect, so if you’ve stared at the computer screen for too long, asked for feedback from others, and feel good about it, then by all means hit submit!

I hope this advice has been helpful to you with your process; stay tuned for our next edition of career blog advice where we break down everything to do with cover letters.

Happy Holidays!

Michelle  Ahn, Campus Philly Program Manager

The Semester is Coming to a Close, and Philadelphia Festivities Are Just Beginning!

While your semester is winding down, Philadelphia is going full-steam-ahead into the holiday season! From local holiday markets to free museum days, here are some ways to take a study break and enjoy Philadelphia in its festive glory.

Channel your inner Olympic champion by bringing your best moves to the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. With a valid student ID, get free skate admission at the rink Monday through Thursday until December 21st. Skate rental not included.

Planning to shop til you drop this Saturday? Refuel with sweet treats at the Crepes and Cocoa Pop-Up near a.kitchen, 135 S. 18th St.

Speaking of shopping, there are several holiday markets happening this weekend! Crafty Balboa Holiday, 2017 South Philly Handmade BrigadeHandmade: Indoor Market & DIY WorkshopsGo West Craft Fest

Run, run Rudolph! Lace up your sneakers for Saturday’s free Rudolph Run in Manayunk.

Celebrate Weckerly’s Ice Cream one year birthday at their first brick-and-mortar shop at 9 W. Girard Ave. “Throughout the day (and while supplies last), guests will enjoy a complimentary slice of birthday cake with a purchased scoop of ice cream.”

Head to Old City for Saturday’s Philly Holiday Festival’s Free Museum Day at National Liberty Museum. After, browse the unique Old City boutiques or stop by Franklin Fountain for their Holiday Hot Fudge Sundae.

On Tuesday night, watch the ’90s classic, “Home Alone,” on the big screen at PFS Roxy. No need to get dressed up for the occasion. The holiday movie screening will also be a pizza and pajama party…students receive a discount.

Get your bike ready to ride and shine for the Bicycle Coalitions’ Holiday Lights Ride on Wednesday. The ‘best-spirited costume’ will receive fun prizes!

Looking for more? Check out Eight Festive Events Happening in Philly and our Campus Philly calendar.