There are good writers and then there are good writers. Erika Harwood would definitely fall into the latter category. This former University of Michigan Style Guru always had a knack for mixing fashion, humor and personality into her weekly articles—a difficult trifecta that is easier said than done (and done well).
So it was no surprise that post-grad, Erika took her triple threat of talents to a place that is built on personality—MTV. Now living in the Big Apple and working as an Assistant at MTV News, we caught up with this rockstar as she shares with us the five things she knows now as a member of the “real world.” (No, not that MTV “Real World”…)
1. Say ‘yes’ to as much as you can: There’s always a limit to what you can handle, but taking on a project or extra responsibility—even if you’re nervous—will push you and make you more confident. Most likely, you’ll be surprised and impressed at what you’re capable of.
2. Talk to as many people as you can: Whether they’re your professors, other students, leaders of the clubs/organizations you’re in, reach out and pick their brains. You never know what you’ll find out just by going out of your way to chat.
3. Intern: Do as many internships as you can! Your dream internship won’t just appear in front of you. Taking a small one while you’re at school or while you’re home for the summer is way better than not taking one at all. And remember: it’s never too early to start interning.
4. Hang out with your friends: When you’re busy and feeling overwhelmed, it’s really easy to get wrapped up in your work. Make sure you take time to be with the people who will keep you sane when you’re taking on a lot.
5. WWRD: Whenever you’re unsure of something, whether it be what to wear to class, if you should go out on a Monday night, or if you just need a little boost of confidence, ask yourself: what would Rihanna do? Believe me, there are no better words to live by.