For my final post, I decided to give my readers a glimpse into life of a graduating senior in the J-School. Recently, our newsroom has become integrated. Given that it is in its first year, there are a few problems, but overall, it is working pretty well. I have greatly enjoyed this semester, as well as my previous 3 years of college. I have been given amazing opportunities that have meant the world to me. I’ve experienced everything from joining a sorority to taking a random road trip to Los Angeles to visit friends.
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I have spent a lot of time in Weimer over the last few years. It is a major that I just kind of fell into. Growing up as a military child, I moved every couple years and got the chance to experience different cultures and traditions. Journalism was always something I was interested in, since I took and passed the news test, I have never looked back. This major has taken me to many places, most recently to an internship in New York City with Fox News. At some point in the future, I hope to anchor my own show, preferably on a major news network. This career field is one that is constantly changing; history as it is happening, if you will, and I can not wait to see where it leads me.
The Tipping Point was an interesting book and a very fun read. The book had a bunch of different scenarios that illustrated what the tipping point is for a person’s decision-making process. It is moments like these throughout life that can spawn a movement, trend, or even an epidemic. Gladwell brilliantly explained and illustrated this phenomenon in his book. Some examples given were the reemergence of the brand HushPuppies or the decrease of crime in New York City in the 1990’s. He says that there are a few characteristics that all of his examples share. They are contagiousness, dramatic large changes, and that small causes can have big effects. It is a great book for anyone in the media field.
The author begins with 3 rules. These rules are the law of the few, the stickiness factor and the power of context. These rules help to set the tone of the book and attempt to explain how the tipping point and the aftermath that follows occurs. During this phase of the book he gives the examples of Paul Revere, which exemplifies the law of the few. A small bit of information was spread to a large group in a short amount of time. Revere would also be a great example of a connector. Gladwell mentions three types of people in his book. Connectors know varies groups of people and are able to spread information. Mavens gather this knowledge about the area in which the product will be sold. Salespeople sell the product.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It opened my eyes to a number of different issues. Typically, when I think of social epidemics, I think of Facebook, twitter, and the power of social media. Most recently, the power of social media has been able to overthrow various governments in the middle east; this greatly exemplifies the power of an idea. Gladwell organized the material in a way that was easy to understand and easy to relate to. I also enjoyed the way he organized his book, the chapters are concise and to the point. I would recommend the book to anyone going into any type of media related field.
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I Can Hear the Bells: I am a huge believer that through positive thinking anything can happen. This blog is absolutely amazing and so cute. Any girl can relate to this, we’ve all had dreams about when we grow up. This blog is all about what this girl would like for her future, kind of like Pinterest with words.
Good Luck Gator: This blog is so interesting and is great for anyone that likes to craft and try different things. She blogs about her life and experiences. She’s an amazing writer and this blog is definitely worth reading!
See Shannon Run: I greatly admire this girl. I hate working out, HATE it. It’s not fun and doesn’t feel good. However, it is a necessary evil. This girl know exactly what to do when working out and how to make it count. For tips on exercise, this blog is a must-see!
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Super Stylish Fashion: As I have mentioned MANY times before, I love/am obsessed with fashion. It is art that we live our daily lives in. This blog shares great perspective on tons of outfits and gives great styling tips.
Bailey Myers—News, Travel, my life: This girl might by my soul sister. I was born and grew up in DC, so naturally I adore politics. If anyone is interested of the perspective of a young person that ACTUALLY paid attention to the recent election, check out this blog!
In case you missed my initial introduction, here is a little recap. I am a student at the University of Florida and am a member of Delta Gamma. I am studying telecommunications and anchor/report at WUFT. I am graduating in less than 6 weeks and hope to get a job, so far I have worked a lot in the telecommunications field, as you can tell by my resume. I enjoy cooking, traveling, spending time with friends and shopping. Until I graduate, I plan to partake in different acts of kindness. To see what progress I’ve made before I graduate, check out my weekly blog!
No. 15: Start a conversation up with a co-worker that you don’t know.
Every week I intern at a local television station in Gainesville. There are so many different people that work at the station that I rarely ever get the chance to meet or talk to them all. Today, as I was walking into the station, I stopped to talk to be receptionist at the front desk. I see her and we smile at each other every time I come in, but I had never really gotten the chance to talk to her. It was a short conversation, but it helped me to get to know her a bit better. She is a very sweet lady and I look forward to our future conversations. While I have no issues striking up a random conversation with a stranger, some people might. Check this website for tips and tricks on starting conversations. I am almost halfway through my semester and have a lot more left to do on my list. Check to see how far I’ve come, I urge everyone out there to try to pay it forward in some way. Until next time!
No. 10: Cut an article out of the newspaper that would interest a friend and mail it to them.
As far back as I can remember, my grandmother has always clipped different newspaper articles to give to various members of my family when she thinks they might interest us. Every time I go to visit her she has something else to show me. Last weekend I went home with an article comparing the different stances for the upcoming election. The article was from the League of Women Voters, which has an online edition at their website. My grandmother, who previously lived in Washington D.C., greatly enjoyed reading the article. Be sure to check out how far I’ve come completing the items on my list! Until next time!
No. 34: Share a comic strip or something funny with someone else.
Its been a few weeks and, slowly but surely, I am beginning to accomplish more and more on my list. It’s been very exciting and I am definitely enjoying it. This week I decided to share something funny with a friend at the news station. Whenever looking for a way to waste time or take my mind off of something I usually visit What Should We Call Me. Its a hilarious site because it is very relevant as a college student. My friend and I both enjoyed procrastinating and looking at this site.
Each year my sorority hosts our annual philanthropy benefiting “Service for Sight”. Fraternities come to the event to participate in a variety of relay races, as well as sponsoring one lucky guy to compete for the title of “Anchorman” aka Delta Gamma’s sweetheart. Anchor Splash benefits those that are visually impaired. Each member of the sorority participated in some way, this year I helped with food to make sure no one at the event went hungry while outside in the hot sun all day. In years past I have participated as an assistant director. This video shows the end of Anchor Splash when Anchorman was announced. Congrats to Theta Chi!!