thinking positively really helps :)

17 04 2008

The past week or two have been pretty tough for me, as you can see from my previous posts… However, I’m starting to feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! So, I’ve decided to take my previous con’s and look at them in a more positive light, especially in the ways those situations have played out in the past week.

1. “Sleep deprivation ensues…”

eh, still ensuing. i plan on doing nothing but sleeping for the summer…. hi. ber. nation.

2. “My cell phone won’t recognize the charger anymore, and Verizon says it’s a hardware problem. So, I can’t has phone until May 11 when I can get an upgrade. I’m thinking about buying my own phone online and activating it myself…”

SUPER YAY! I bought a palm treo 700p smartphone off of ebay for $150 after verizon were jerks to me and wouldn’t let me get a deal on a phone in the store. so… i didn’t give them any commission, mwahahah. activation was a bit of a headache, but it was overall MUCH cheaper than going through the store. and, i got to bluetooth all my contacts to my new phone! =]

3. “Less work being published in the Pacer lately.. mostly because of upperclassmen trying to get more stories and pictures published for their portfolios, which = less need for graphics.😦 Also, being asked to make more ads, which = more money. :)”

doing a big summer movie review graphic for the tech page for the year’s final issue. woop!



4. “Laura’s car battery is dead, which means she gets Eric’s car, and Cheryl get’s my car. Everything is difficult now.”

Laura got a new car battery, and my  mom has reassured me that after graduation I get the car fo-EVA then! yayyyyy

5. “Missed the Women in Comm trip to St. Jude’s Friday because I accidentally set my alarm for PM instead of AM… and because I was planning to go on the trip, wasn’t prepared for class anyways, so still didn’t go… farther behind now…”

they had fun, and i’ll go next year. it’s no biggie now🙂

6. “I have a billion WUTM and language labs to make up… BLEH!”

making them up steadily! only like 1 or 2 down now!!

7. “Thinking I might have to drop MUS111 next semester, because if I don’t I’ll be way overloaded… as if I’m not already”

I dropped it, and i’m over it. there was no way i was going to take an 8 a.m. music class located in the farthest building away from my apartment with 20 hours, SI-ing, working for the pacer, being an SGA senator, and rushing with adpi…🙂

8. “I’ve gained 20-30 lbs since when I was in shape last year this time. SAD FACE!”

dylan and i have decided to get in shape together this summer. the motivation will help!

9. “Prospective new Landlord has been tre´ sketchy… not answering phone or calling back, when we were supposed to meet yesterday and talk about signing a lease and paying deposit??? meh?”

signed for the lease tuesday, and am moving into the apartment today. YAYYYYY!

10. “I have so much work to do, I can’t think straight. Includes:
– World Builders Project; need to finish content, slideshow, art, practice…

the presentation went amazingly well, and everyone loved it.

– SGA Campaigns and Elections ><

i got elected as senator! it’s all worth it.

– Voice and Diction Interview and Vocation Presentations next week.. still unprepared..

got all A’s…🙂

– Japanese speech contest at Vandy this saturday… yet to write speech or practice it, when I’d much rather be at BDX’s parkinglotapalooza instead!

dropped out of the speech contest- wasn’t prepared enough for it anyways. gave me time to perfect the world builders presentation and do my best!

– Three sections of Math homework to be done.. boo

it actually ended up being really easy, and after taking the math chapter test yesterday i feel really good about the entire chapter.

– Viscomm brochure due next week, and I’ve only done the cover! AH!

i got an extension on it- dr. nanney gives me a lot of slack on this stuff. maybe because he always sees me running around with a billion things to do and knows i’m not a slacker…? i’m not complaining!

– I’ve missed 3 SI Lecture classes in the past two weeks…”

everything’s fine… and kids are still coming to my sessions! only a week or two more of SI sessions and i’m done for the year.

Other really good happenings as of late:

Awarded with the Dorotha Norton public speaking scholarship ($600) and outstanding Sophomore scholarship ($500) at the Communications Banquet last week. Also awarded outstanding new member of women in communications award🙂

Decided to rush ADPi next fall, and Dylan’s going Sigma Chi. yay us!

Moving into my new apartment with Dylan, which will be amazing. I’m so excited to be out of the dorms, and for us to finally be in ONE place together. *sigh of relief….

I was asked to work on a friend’s uncle’s local political campaign to design logos, fliers, posters, etc. for elections near august (with payment!). Also, asked to help design the logo for Dr. LeDuke DDS. (Union City, TN). All for the portfolio…

My dad will be here soon for Cheryl’s graduation, as well as both sets of grandparents and a few uncles/aunts. Can’t wait to see distant fams again!

My friend, Noriko Kudo, is coming from Japan for a week in late May to visit! We finally get to show her around our hometown and introduce her to our friends. I miss her a lot, too😦

Bensons are coming back from Memphis soon for the summer, which means lots of hanging out! They’re bringing music tooooo!

Offered a photography side-job for weekends n’ such. Sounds good, and $10 per hour!

Only really 2 more weeks of classes

Just realized that my new apartment DOES have a dishwasher. Life = GOOD.

🙂





my life = teh crazy

8 04 2008

So, my life has been super hectic lately. For organization’s sake, I’ll just list what’s been going on in my life as of late.

PRO: Just got elected President of Women in Communications today! I’ve also been nominated to be President of Visual Communications Society, and as of now I’m running uncontested.

CON: Sleep deprivation ensues…

PRO: I’ve gotten really good feedback on my work as UTM’s Engage Campaign Manager! I think the fliers/posters/web site looks really sharp. Shout out to Kady Elliott who designed the site, http://www.engageutm.com!

CON: My cell phone won’t recognize the charger anymore, and Verizon says it’s a hardware problem. So, I can’t has phone until May 11 when I can get an upgrade. I’m thinking about buying my own phone online and activating it myself…

PRO: Just bought some good music off of itunes: Old 97’s, Yael Naim, The Bird and the Bee, The Apples in Stereo…

CON: Less work being published in the Pacer lately.. mostly because of upperclassmen trying to get more stories and pictures published for their portfolios, which = less need for graphics.😦 Also, being asked to make more ads, which = more money.🙂

PRO: Referendum to change the yearbook format is on SGA Ballot, and hopefully supported by the majority when in the chambers. I’d love to see it changed!

CON: Laura’s car battery is dead, which means she gets Eric’s car, and Cheryl get’s my car. Everything is difficult now.

PRO: No class Thursday because of the Communication Career Day.. yay! God does love me! Maybe I’ll even get a scholarship…?

CON: Missed the Women in Comm trip to St. Jude’s Friday because I accidentally set my alarm for PM instead of AM… and because I was planning to go on the trip, wasn’t prepared for class anyways, so still didn’t go… farther behind now…

PRO: No more SI Training sessions for the semester! Woohoo!

CON: I have a billion WUTM and language labs to make up… BLEH!

PRO: My mom doesn’t care if I come to her house to steal food, and will give me a bunch of furniture for FREE when I get my new apartment! Best Mom in zeh WORLD!

CON: Thinking I might have to drop MUS111 next semester, because if I don’t I’ll be way overloaded… as if I’m not already

PRO: Got University Directories Internship this summer! One week vacay in North Carolina for training, I get to stay in Martin all summer to work, make my own hours, and get paid commission! And it counts for college credit… baBAM, son! =]

CON: I’ve gained 20-30 lbs since when I was in shape last year this time. SAD FACE!

PRO: Engage’s group on facebook, VOTE ENGAGE, now has 40 more members than VOTE ACTION. hehe

CON: Prospective new Landlord has been tre´ sketchy… not answering phone or calling back, when we were supposed to meet yesterday and talk about signing a lease and paying deposit??? meh?

PRO: Helped Dylan super-clean and organize his room. For the first time ever, it’s somewhat cozy now!

CON: Now for my room…

PRO: One more month until Summer!

CON: I have so much work to do, I can’t think straight. Includes:
– World Builders Project; need to finish content, slideshow, art, practice…
– SGA Campaigns and Elections ><
– Voice and Diction Interview and Vocation Presentations next week.. still unprepared..
– Japanese speech contest at Vandy this saturday… yet to write speech or practice it, when I’d much rather be at BDX’s parkinglotapalooza instead!
– Three sections of Math homework to be done.. boo
– Viscomm brochure due next week, and I’ve only done the cover! AH!
– I’ve missed 3 SI Lecture classes in the past two weeks…

But, if I can just get through April… I’ll be fine. Luckily none of my Finals will be too difficult… no study intensive classes… YAY!

Baby steps…





a much larger, nastier can of worms has been opened…

14 03 2008

In the past week, instead of relishing the free time most students enjoy while on Spring Break, I have been busy doing homework, researching for future projects, designing a variety of artwork projects, and selling ads around town. Not to say that I haven’t had a few hours of “me” time, but the majority of my break so far has been spent working on the computer or out around town selling things. All this, only after my last blog which joyfully sang the praises of Brawl and how I planned on spending the majority of my Spring Break playing it with my friends. Boo!

I spent the greater half of this afternoon trekking around town talking with small businesses about possibly advertising with the Spring 2008 edition of Beanswitch. And even though Beanswitch is an established Literary Magazine on campus, and has been for a good number of years, hardly any small businesses or their employees know anything about it. My apologies, oh Martin townspeople, for having over-estimated you level of cultural awareness. Needless to say, not many businesses were interested or could afford to purchase even a half-page advertisement. The joys of living in a tiny and seemingly economically declining town… I haven’t given up yet, though. I’m getting back up on that horse tomorrow to market to a few other businesses in town, and possibly in Union City.

Note: The Women in Communications Organization at UTM is holding a 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, March 29th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the UTM Fitness Trail. If anyone would like to sponsor the event, it would be $20. Entry fee is $5. However, we are also taking donations as well!

Other homework/projects of mine include:

1. Researching information concerning Online Advertising. (note the blog title…) At first it was all quite intimidating, as I didn’t really have much prior knowledge on the topic, but the more I read up on it the better I feel about all of it. =]

2. Writing my speech for the Japanese Speech Contest at Vanderbilt, sometime in April? Either way, it’s speeking for 5 minutes in straight Japanese, without your manuscript in front of you… probably in front of a ton of people. Because of this potentially nerve-wracking situation, I’ve decided to talk about a personal experience of mine that the audience will probably find humorous, and that will also be easy to improvise with if I forget a lot of my speech: Learning How to Drive in Japan. There are a lot of funny or interesting things I could talk about, and since it’s my own personal memory, it will be easy to improvise with if I blank out.

3. Poster and Flier advertising my Japanese 111 SI Sessions. I made the flier earlier this evening, and I’ll probably use the same type of art/design for the poster. I’m really pleased with it, too =]

4. Worksheets/Lesson Plans/Reviews for my JAPN111 SI Sessions. I haven’t done such a good job structuring my sessions as of yet, or of making tangible assignments/reviews for my students… hopefully this will raise attendance henceforth.

5. Getting all my graphics and artwork off of the Pacer network and on to my external hard drive so that I can ultimately put them online (hopefully my own personal website in the future!) and to my Carbonmade online portfolio. Right now it’s pretty bare, so I’d really like to beef it up.

6. Better develop my HTML/CSS skills so that I can put together my own personal website. Until then, I’ll have to depend on my wordpress/facebook/carbonmade/linkedin/virb etc.

7. LAUNDRY. bleh ><

8. Math Test Corrections. Yet another reminder that I’m far, far from perfect… =]

9. If I indeed sell any ads for Beanswitch, designing/laying them out in the publication. Fun Fun! Work I like ^^

That’s all I can remember right now. Hopefully I can get my work consolidated soon so that I can finally start uploading it online. I’d enjoy seeing the final product!





brawllin’ ^^

9 03 2008

Last night, around 11 p.m. as I was about to go to bed, I was informed that Super Smash Bros. Brawl was being released at 12 midnight to select stores. I knew that it was coming out sometime soon, but I wasn’t aware that it was last night.

After Dylan (my boyfriend) got off of work, we decided to check the local Martin WalMart to see if they were going to sell copies at midnight. Unfortunately, our local WalMart is always a few days behind on the uptake, and so they weren’t expecting copies for another few days. BLEH. We proceeded to call the Union City WalMart, and were surprised to find out that they 80 copies that they were going to begin selling at 12:01 a.m. We got ourselves to Union City, hoping that there wasn’t too big of a line. Ofcourse, in our metropolis of culture, there were only about 20 closet nerd-hicks just standing around, either dressed in Brawl costumes or hunting gear. We ended up being 5th in line.🙂

 At 12:01 they began the sales, and I was happy to hear that they would let me buy 3 copies! Usually they only allow 1 per customer with limited numbers of merchandise. I had previously agreed to pick up a copy for Eric (my sister Cheryl’s boyfriend) and Brandon (our mutual friend). We returned to Martin with 3 copies of Brawl, a Brawl user’s guide, and a receipt bearing a large total amount spent… haha.

First, we went to Iman’s where Brandon was working. We dropped off his copy, and returned to Dylan’s apartment where a few hours of Brawling ensued. I could tell right away that I was going to enjoy this new version much better than the previous… and for these reasons!:

 1. It has a slower pace. My timing on Melee was never really on or fast enough, so Brawl is better suited for me.

2. I love the new items and Final Smashes! They are so much fun.

3. The graphics are amazing!! Leave it to a VisComm/Graphics kid to geek out over appearance ^^

4. Frog/wall jumps, new characters, re-vamped moves and specialties, awesome stages, and fun/challenging story mode (that is ACTUALLY a story… woohoo!).

5. Brawl parties will rock.

 So, my entire day has been pretty much devoted to Brawl thus far. I really need to get some homework/graphics work done… but I’m preoccupied by Brawl’s awesome glory. Yay, spring break = week of free time!

Happy Spring Break/Brawl Week to all!





I feel like I Just Opened a Huge Can of Worms…

7 03 2008

So ever since SEJC, I (as well friends of mine who also attended the conference) have been busy getting networked online, and “living on the web,” as our keynote speaker Paul Conley suggested. During his presentation, it was hard to keep up with him as he was dropping website names left and right, naming over 10 websites that any serious “new media” journalism student should be aware of. The more he spoke, the more ignorant and unmarketable I felt. I jotted down the website names he threw out, and made it my own personal endeavor to finally get networked online, and to start visiting the sites he highlighted regularly.

Since SEJC, I’ve created accounts at wordpress (^^), twitter, wired journalists, linkedin, virb, newsvine, SPJ, and SND. (::gasps for air::) Not to mention that I already had a facebook as well…

In summation, it’s all pretty overwhelming. Now that I’ve created all these accounts, I need to work on keeping up with them, customizing them, blogging, networking, marketing myself, etc. Every time I created another account and browsed around on the site, I ran into more things that existed on the web that I had never come in contact with before. It has definitely been a humbling experience, but it has also motivated me to work harder at becoming better acquainted with what the web has to offer, and learning how to utilize those resources to my advantage in the future.

As of right now, I really want to become better acquainted with RSS feeds and how to utilize that stream of information best. I also want to customize all my account profiles and pages so that I can use those to market myself in the future. I’m just glad that I had this slap of reality to the face as an underclassman, and will not jump out into completely cold waters whenever I near graduation.





Language Lab Rantings of an Angry Child

28 02 2008

Sitting here in the Language Lab… I conveniently left my lab assignment in my dorm room however, so I’ve just been sitting here listening to Modest Mouse and going through kanji flashcards. It’s so unnerving to sit here and not have anything to do in lab, knowing that I have SO much else to do! I have a broadcasting midterm tomorrow (which counts for 1/3 of my grade), a Japanese test, and many other assignments due. My experience with language labs in general is that they’re a waste of time. If you monitored every student’s computer, I’d be willing to bet that more than half are checking their myspaces, facebooks, what have you… (for me, wordpress.. ^^). Also, I can do every assignment Hammondo Sensei assigns comfortably from my own computer in my room! Also, it’s my last class of the day, which makes it even more difficult to mentally persuade myself to go every Tuesday and Thursday.

Sorry… Like I said, bored with nothing to do.

On a slightly more humorous note, I started out Language Lab by putting my headphones in the wrong plug, so the lab got an ear-full of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” for about 2 minutes before I realized that I was not the only one enjoying it… (or not enjoying it…)

=]





Blogtastic! =]

24 02 2008

Hello great big wordpress world! I created my account today so that I may better network myself on the internet.

In the words of Paul Conley, new media journalists should “live on the web.” – SEJC, Oxford Mississippi, Feb 2008