Tips and Tricks

Super Senior Year

I am currently in the second semester of my “super” senior year at St. Cloud State University. I feel like I am finally in the right place and know exactly what I want to do up until graduation. It only changed my major 4 times before finally landing on Mass Communications-Public Relations. I realized after taking the introduction classes that it was something I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I also was always interested in Psychology since it was my major coming into college. I decided that instead of it being a major, I would minor in it. There is really no rush into figuring out what you want to major in so definitely take your time until you find something perfect!

I am also currently working at H.R. Pesty’s, a local bar in the area and work for C&L distributing as a Budweiser Ambassador. I have learned a variety of skills working at both these jobs that I will be able to apply to any future job that I may have. I love working at both of these jobs because I get to talk to people everyday. I am an extremely social person so it kind of is the perfect place for me to be right now. It is nice to have a job that I already work with promotions and social media campaigns because in the future, I could see myself working for any company doing those types of things.

Now, I’m just waiting for the rest of my life to begin!

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Photo by Kaitlyn Anderman. ©Kaitlyn Anderman. All Rights Reserved.

 

Word Press

On my first day of class in COMM240, I received my first assignment. The assignment was to use WordPress.com to make a website with a blog. I had never heard of the site before so I was interested to get started to learn the program. I found out that WordPress.com is a site used for 25% of websites in the world. It uses a special Content Management System, CMS, that allows the user to edit a website in their browser.

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When creating a site you must register at WordPress.com before the fun can begin. You have the option of the free or premium version then, pick a username and site address to get started. There are many options for themes and customizations, even more if you purchase the premium version. You are able to adjust settings to make the website fit your personal needs best.

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Once you are logged into WordPress.com you have the ability to check out other blogs and discover what’s newly posted on the discover page. From there you’re free to spread your wings and get creative. I found this awesome video on youtube.com showing you how to add a video gallery to your site.

Video by Ramiro Tenorio. How to create a WordPress video gallery. Published April 5, 2014. 

After using WordPress.com for 3 weeks now, I feel confident to say I now have the ability to construct a site. I can’t wait to use my new skills on future assignments and projects.

21 is fun.

April 29th 2014, I turned 21 years old and was ready to take my partying to the bars! It was a great day for me that started with bloody mary’s and ended pretty early on account of all the birthday shots. After all the fun I had, it was rough to wake up the next morning paying for it all. I think I  laid in bed for two whole days and promised myself I would never drink again. (Something I’m sure a lot of people have said after a long night drinking)

Obviously that pact I made myself was broken by the next weekend and somehow I had to figure out how to deal with those serious hangovers if I was going to continue the fun. Here are some awesome tips how to avoid or cure your hangover!

Remember that it is okay to have some drinks and enjoy time with friends but to always remember to stay safe. If you think you or a friend of yours has a serious problem with alcohol please get them the help that they need. To learn more about alcohol awareness visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

South Padre Here We Come!

Spring break usually consisted of me working, working and more working but my junior year, I was determined to change that. I moved into a house with the same girls I lived with in my apartment the previous year. We always talked about going on a trip somewhere for break but could never make the plans set in stone and actually do it.

South Padre was finally decided on. My roommates Becca and Kortney and good friend of ours that lived down the road, Kaci and I were taking a 26 hour road trip across the country. On the way there we made countless memories that I will never forget.

Finally we arrived in Texas! I was so excited to spend the next 5 days on the beach with my best friends. There was lots of partying, eating and relaxing and well worth the 26 hour drive. It was an awesome experience and can’t wait to go on many other adventures with my friends.

It is always important to make time for the people you care about in your life and let your hair down every once in a while for a little relaxation. Sometimes dealing with all the stress with papers, projects and exams it is nice to just take a break! Go on Spring Break and keep those memories with you forever. You aren’t going to remember what grade you got on that math test 10 years from now but I can guarantee I will always remember good times spent with friends.

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Priorities

Halfway through my sophomore year I was still deciding on my major. I came to SCSU anticipating psychology, then thinking business, then maybe education. Honestly every major offered here probably crossed my mind at some point. I was still stuck on partying with friends on the weekends and wasn’t too worried about what I was going to do with the rest of my life.

It seemed unrealistic to me to figure out what I wanted to do at the age of 19. I put it off until recently when I realized I needed to finally figure it out. I decided on Mass Communications- Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. I enjoyed the basic core classes and liked how interactive a lot of them were. Designing, creating and editing media were something new to be, but something I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed.

It is important for me to find a healthy balance between school, work and my social life. Coming closer and closer to the end, I think I am getting more motivated to finish with a bang and make an effort to really try the best I can, because I know that I have the ability to do so.

Photo Attribution

Photo attribution is extremely important when using a picture or other creative form of work that doesn’t belong directly to you. Mostly everything on the internet is copyrighted and you need permission from the author to post it but it is usually free content. Other media is protected under public domain because it is too old to be protected under copyright law. I think it is better to be safe than sorry and give credit where credit is due otherwise it could result in fines.

There are sources on the internet where photos are available without permission such as unsplash.com so you can just credit where the photo came from. Here is an example on how to credit a photo from Unsplash.

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Another source for free media on the internet is archieve.org. They have lots of photos, videos and other related media. Below is a video from the site with correct accreditations.

Free video from archieve.org. Video: Coffee House Musical Traditions by Yen-Ming Chen from archieve.org. Licensed under creative commons zero.

Photo attribution is something that I will use from here on out during the rest of my college career. It is very important to understand what content is protected on the internet so you know what material you can use for blogs and websites.

No More Garvey!

As freshman year was coming to an end, I was getting excited to move into my very own place. I never realized the entire year of living in the dorms how lucky I was to not have to cook any meals for myself. Every meal was just a short walk downstairs.

On June 1st 2012, I moved into my very first apartment with 3 friends I met in the dorms. I don’t think any of us had really any idea what we were going to cook. I was thinking I would probably end up eating like a 5 year old child; Mac n’ Cheese, frozen pizzas, Ramen noodles, and chicken nuggets.

I pretty much stuck to that diet for a long while but recently I have been following this account called “Tasty.” They show you awesome recipes and step by step tutorials how to make deliciously easy meals that I have found perfect for college student satisfaction.

Check out these 10 Tasty meals that I found to be helpful with my lack of cooking ability!

Party Hard, but Party Smart

I remember my first day of college like it was yesterday. My cousin and I were moving into Sherburne Hall on the 4th floor. I was anticipating my first day all summer and it was finally happening. I don’t think there is any way to describe the dorms other then saying that the beds were less than luxury, the food was convenient but not the tastiest, but the people made the whole experience worth while.

During the first few weeks I met some amazing people that I still consider my best friends today. I definitely took advantage of the social aspect of college and kind of made hanging out with friends and partying a priority. The memories I created during these crazy and exciting times are forever imprinted in who I am and something I will never take back. One thing to keep in mind, if you are partying, remember to stay safe. Here are some awesome tips on how to stay safe while having a good time!

The freshman 15: ways to party smart in college