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"Light" Reading

Jennifer A

March 25, 2012 - 12:00 PM

There is something about reading for pleasure that cannot be beaten. Maybe it is because all term long we are forced to read boring Biology textbooks and academic research papers on the psychology of a specific TV show and how it has affected teens- whatever the reason is, it is most welcome.


This, my last Spring Break in college, I have chosen to re-read a few of my books lying around and pick up one I have never read before a classic, Sense and Sensibility. I have never been too much into classics before until I read Wuthering Heights this last winter break. It was a story of a very strange and gothic romance. Although it was one I never wish to have, it was undeniable that it was real and emotional. Reading books from the past transports you not only into another story different from your own, but another era all together. One where things seemed simpler without 20 forms of technology dictating how someone felt about you.


Whether it be a classic an easy beach read, light reading is extremely important for our minds. Yes, learning is needed and nothing can expand your academic mind like opening a book but, our minds need to be expanded in another way to, through imagination.

Portfolio Review

Jennifer A

March 12, 2012 - 12:00 PM

This past Friday seniors in the final class for our public relations major traveled to Portland to have our portfolio of our work reviewed by a panel of professionals. This is the capstone event for our major, what we build up to for four years. To say it was nerve-racking would be an understatement.


Basically what we do is compile samples of our work from classes, internships or volunteering into an organized scrapbook of sorts. We then practice our presenting skills by telling stories of our work. We focus on strategic thinking, results and how what we did is beneficial to a work environment. After we present our work for approximately 20 minutes we leave our portfolio behind as they discuss amongst themselves. We are then called back into a room and critiqued about every little detail of our hard work.


Even though it is terrifying I learned a lot. I took some great insights home with me and was praised more then I thought I would be. Over all it was a great way to end my major. I am proud of all the effort I put into my public relations major and am excited to see what else I will do!

What College Teaches You

Jennifer A

March 11, 2012 - 12:00 PM


 Not everything you learn in school is completely necessary for real life. Will knowing the year the telephone was invented open any doors for me? No. Does knowing the proper order for classifying living organisms change the course of my life? Not likely. Here is what I have picked up in school that I know will help me afterwards.


1. How to deal with terrible people in group projects
No matter what your major is there will always be some form of a group project to make or break you. Being in the J school I have them every term. For the most part I have survived. But, there is always the project that kills your soul. Whether it be someone not pulling their weight of someone else completely taking charge and bombarding you with emails about assignments that are due weeks away. College has taught me to deal multiple different types of personalities in group settings.


2. How to stay up all hours of the night to accomplish a task
Not that this is necessarily a good thing but it is important nonetheless. Sometimes stuff needs to get done the night before. It may not be the smartest thing in the world but having the practice and discipline to do this is a skill that will surpass college.


3. Memorizing facts to sound intelligent (or to take a test)
Most of the information I have acquired in my classes will never be used in my career. I may casually drop it into a conversation to sound clever or to prove a point but other than that the factoids will just be taking up space in my brain. However, if someone brings up the symbolism in The Odyssey I can hold up my end of the discussion.

4. Holding your liquor for happy hour
I was once told that I should treat happy hour like it is a part of my job. It is the place where you can connect your personality with your coworkers. The people who get ahead in life are the ones who are relatable.


5. How to meet strangers
This is also called networking, but in college that isn't what we call it. When you are at a party full of strangers you have to get over the awkward ‘I don't know you' point to have a great time. Same with networking professionally: find something you connect on, be sincere and go with it.


6. Weekends start on Thursdays
This is obviously true in college. This was proven in the real world to me with my internship this summer. The corporate office was practically empty and the ones who were there weren't really ‘there'.


7. What you put into something is what you get out
This is a lesson I will take with me for the rest of my life. Whether it be with your school work, sorority, relationships or hobbies; the amount of time, energy and love you invest is how much you will receive back.


Dependence on Technology

Jennifer A

March 4, 2012 - 1:00 PM

This past Tuesday I lost my cell phone. I am not talking about it sliding behind a seat cushion and being without it for a few hours, I am saying it completely disappeared into oblivion. Being without a phone for a few days I realized how much I am dependent on the technology I am surrounded with.


When I have a cell phone I am not constantly checking it. I know that if I have it I will be told when the world is trying to communicate with me. When I do not, I feel like everybody and their mother is trying to get a hold of me at once. Then when I realized that my phone would never be returned I went back to my old phone.


My old phone is about fours years old and has the resemblance and weight of a brick. I do not receive email or can I get on Facebook. Now I feel that I need to check my social media and email every chance I get because I am not being alerted on my phone if someone is trying to talk to me. It's amazing to me how dependent on technology I have become. This isn't saying that I can't go on a vacation and turn off all my technology and just be. But, for normal day living no, I can't do that. I don't know if there is a rehab program for what I have but maybe I should look into it...

Weekend Visits Home

Jennifer A

March 4, 2012 - 12:00 PM

This weekend I surprised my parents by coming home and visiting them. (I think the bigger surprise however was me coming home without any laundry!) Whenever I get the chance to come back for the weekend it is always a relaxing experience.


This past weekend was my sorority's Dad's Weekend. For whatever reason my father decided not to come so I thought since so many of my friends with their Dad's, I should be too. Whenever I come home I can feel stress melt away. Even though I live in Eugene the majority of the year, it's nice to sleep in my own bed. Loud music never wakes me up, all my meals are made and more importantly they are healthy ones!


One of my favorite parts about being home is seeing my dogs. That has to be one of the hardest parts of college-the lack of animal contact. My dog recognized my car and ran quickly to my front door to greet me and did not leave my side for hours. My parents were not so excited, but still enthusiastic.


A weekend at home is always too short but winter break is too long. The perfect amount of time home is five days. You are still considered a guest, you can see most of the people you want to and you feel refreshed. Although my trip home was just for the weekend it was a breath of fresh air helping me get through the next two weeks until break.

Jennifer A
YEAR: 2012
MAJOR: Public Relations & Advertising

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