Friday, November 14, 2008

Last Day of Classes/so close yet so far away!

So today is the day! No, not the day where I kick the bucket or sign my life away. No my friends this day is even better than that. The last day of fall quarter classes, and it couldn't have come soon enough! I do have an entire week left of exams, but ehhh I'm over it. The fact that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel is plenty a boost in itself. I can smell the Turkey dinner already and hear the sweat sounds of Buckcherry. Yes, be jealous I am going to be in attendance at the Buckchery/Avenged Sevenfold Concert on the 23rd.
Thanksgiving day is the day of happiness at the Ellis household. Food, and lots of it, family, friends and the ever cheesy playing of games that has become a family tradition. This day cannot come soon enough!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Friends Are My Life

Tonight I couldn't help but smile, as hard as times get at points or no matter how beat down you think you are your friends are always there to pick you up even when they don't even know it. The arguments, petty comments or misunderstands are nothing compared the the good times and great memories made amongst friends. Bonds made, memories shared and situations embedded into your minds remind us of the real meaning of friendship. Having others there to pick you up when you fall, remind you in a loving way that you screwed up and wipe your tears when you cry is an honor and a privilege never to be forgotten or taken for granted. when you lay in bed at night, be thankful for the relationships you have and the friends you have by your side and how can you do anything but smile!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Week 10-PR

So tonight in PRSSA we had a different kind of presentation. Instead of the usual here I am and this is what I do we talked about networking. Janeele Steele spoke about networking your way to a job. Finally, a topic that really makes me excited. I think networking is super sweet if I do say so myself. I really enjoyed the process while at conference in Detroit and thought that the tips she gave tonight will be helpful in future situations.

I realize that social media is the driving force behind this new explosion of PR but we can't forget to stick to our roots. The ability to Twitter or stay LinkedIn is a fantastic opportunity but we still must be able to talk with someone face to face, the building blocks of communication.

Networking is so much easier than in previous years but we can't take this gift for granted. Realizing to do simple tasks such as updating resumes, staying in touch with contacts and keeping a clean slate will put you well on your way to networking success.

My favorite quotes of the night were to put yourself out there and remember its who you know and even more who they know that can get you a job! So get out there and start networking!

Is that the only reason??

When I heard about the final results of the presidential election I was not happy. The fact that the president elect has the name of Barack Hussain Obama slightly scares the crap out of me. Now I'm not one to judge but I feel like there is something wrong with this picture. The President of The United States...not Eastern countries. If you are a religious person this is especially a scary situation that we should not be in.
I understand that people want to make history and participate in this historic event, the first African American president, but for what reason are you doing this? The mere fact that you feel African Americans had a horrible past and hard history is not a reason to put a man in office. Many more facts should be looked at and considered.
I am not saying the man is not intelligent or capable of doing a good job in office, but was he really the best candidate for the position? Think about it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Do It Now Jingle

The Beat Goes On Remix
by: Tegan(Tizzle) & Jenna(Jizzle)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Week 10-Reading

This chapter of New Influences really hit home for me. Just this past weekend I was talking to my dad about the importance of him, as a self owning business man, needed to start a blog. He had no idea what I was talking about. He has a small tax business in which he is always thinking of new ways to market to those in need of tax help. He has written books, made tapes and just recently started a Web site. I told him he was on the right track but he needed to get on the blogging train.

I showed him the basic format, what time he would need to commit to keeping the blog up to date and how to link to his site. I really think he is now considering starting up his own. I told him if he simply took twenty minutes every morning to answer a question, talk about a confusing topic or just give an example of the previous days events he would be well on his way to a successful blog. I was surprised when he said he had heard other tax practitioners beginning to follow this new path of social media. Maybe my dad is cooler than I thought?

In closing, I would totally have to agree to the importance of blogs to a corporation. What a better way to reach the public. Blogs are cheap, easy to maintain and simply take just a few minutes a day. Refusing to keep up with the times or adapt to this new social media is not smart for companies that want to remain or become successful. The growth of blogging has continued to expand over the past few years. This is a definite sign blogging isn't going any where soon.

Week 10-ONU

Wow, today I think I almost lost it! This end of the quarter stuff is really stressing me out. I know that we are getting down to the nitty-gritty but I feel like you shouldn't have to feel like jumping off a bridge along the way. Assignment after assignment I feel like as soon as I finish one thing something else comes along. I don't really feel like I have room to relax, even when I work ahead. I can't wait till Thanks giving break when I can sit in my room and do nothing without feeling guilty or like I am falling behind. Think I am overreacting, listen to this.

Spanish would probably be my easiest class, which is sad considering my native language is English. We have two more tests, plus the speaking portion. I do appreciate the fact that Professor Oliver is easy to work with and very relaxed. I feel less stressed because I know she is willing to work around issues that may arise. Do you know what I say to that, muchas gracias!

The rest of my classes focus on my major, which I love, but at times feel totally behind. Having two classes with Agy is rough. Don't get me wrong, I learn a lot, but at times I want to run out of class and play in traffic. I know PR writing is one of the building blocks to PR success but I don't want to freak out every day on the way.

Social Media is amazing, and I have learned some very unique and important tools what will help me in the future, but sometimes I feel like we should do assignments in class and perhaps break down assignments and redistribute them throughout the quarter. Today when I looked at all the projects coming up I almost went into cardiac arrest. Podcast and video I can handle but the news of a ten page paper put me over the edge. All I know is when these classes are over I am going to celebrate. Needless to say, I hope these next two weeks go by quickly and I can get everything done without losing my mind.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Week 9-Reading

This chapter (NI) was hard to follow. I realize social media is in transition and has been since the beginning but I don't understand all the lingo that they use along the way. What I got out of this chapter was that communities are important, PR needs to learn as much as possible about these continually changing marketing techniques and press releases may be on their way out.

Certain men and women helped pave the way in which I am in awe. I wish one day I would wake up and decide to be the first (fill in the blank) to make some discovery that would change the face of my generation. People like Blodgett, Abramson, Schwartzman and many others used simple ideas to create an entire way of life.

The public has done a great deal to improve how we communicate. Their impute is necessary for expansion and is a gateway between what people want and what is created. Every day new ideas hit the airways, figuring out which ideas will work the best and help the most amount of people.

Listening to your peers may not be what you were taught while you were growing up but in today's world it works. People are more likely to listen to their friends, family or someone credited than some random person that supposedly knows all about the topic. I think this is why podcasts, blogs and the Web work so well. Keeping eyes and ears out as to who the up coming firecrackers are will probably have more affect on you than one might think.