Sunday, January 29, 2017

Advice for a College Freshman

After many applications, college visits, and number crunching, you have decided the place where you want to spend the next 4-8 years. Then, comes the packing and getting settled into your new room before class. For the first few days, you meet so many people that you can hardly remember all the names. After a week of class, you begin to settle into a routine. You still have unanswered questions, might be a bit homesick, and are wondering how to comfortably settle into your new home. I asked a friend of mine who is a sophomore at the University of Toledo about what advice he has for freshman.


What was the hardest part about transitioning from high school to college?

Figuring out what to do with all of my free time. In high school, there were no breaks in the day. In college, you might have a class and then a large break before your next class.

How did you know that the college you chose what right for you?

Things just worked out. I made friends easily and had a smooth transition.

What advice do you have for a freshman who is trying to get involved, but is not sure where to start?

The best thing you can do is not be shy. Try new things, but don't force yourself to get involved in organizations that you don't enjoy. 

How has your experience been at a "big" school?

There are more people around to help you if you need it, but it's hard to get to know people unless you are really putting yourself out there.

Tell me about your involvement with Greek life.

My fraternity has helped me get involved around campus and make new friends. It also forces me to be more involved in the community and to make time for community service. 

Is there any other advice you have for a freshman?

Study and go to class. Don't be afraid to ask questions and go to office hours. 

There are so many people in the same situation as you right now. It may be uncomfortable at first, but jump in fully and you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. 
Source: Jordan Skilliter


Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Comment Game

When you post something on social media, the goal is to get others to share and respond. If you are anything like me, you get so excited when someone comments on your post. I always get a nervous anticipation, hoping that the response is something nice. However, in today's world of free speech and entitled people, some of the comments are not always nice. Here are some tips for when someone wants to play "The Comment Game".

1. Do Not Take It Personally

Sometimes people have a bad day and something you said could set their emotions off. The best thing you can do is try not to be offended when someone posts something rude or upsetting. If you discover that someone's comment has made you angry, step away for a few minutes before you rashly respond with mean words. After you have given yourself ample time to process, look at the comment again and determine a respectful way to reply. 

2. Don't Fight

In "The Art of Social Media" by Guy Kawasaki, he states that anything beyond two responses is an argument. As much as you might believe that you are correct or vice versa, some people just have a desire to fight on social media. Do not give in to these people! Not only will it make you look bad, but it could upset other people.  Always try to be the person that takes the higher road of kindness and respect. 

3. Ask a Question

If someone responds to your post with incorrect or degrading information, ask them if they have dealt with the topic you are discussing, themselves. Often, the answer is no. This will show others viewing the conversation that you take your topics seriously and do your research. 

4. Positive Feedback

Not all comments are bad all the time. Sometimes people will agree with you completely and respond to thank you for posting or sharing. It is always nice to respond to these people and let them know that you appreciate their feedback and support. However, if the responses become too long or off-topic, take the conversation to a private message. 

There are so many tricky situations when dealing with social media. Without being able to see the person or hear their tone of voice, often messages can be misinterpreted. Always try to assume the best in people in these circumstances. On the other hand, if it is a person that has been confrontational before, discuss with them privately why they are so upset with your posts. If you do not get a logical response, don't be afraid to block that person. 

For more information, check out "The Art of Social Media" by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick available on iBooks and Amazon!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Quick Guide to Emojis on Snapchat

Oh no! A heart just appeared next to my crush's name on Snapchat! What does this mean? After Snapchat took away their best friend lists, they created an emoji system that can reveal certain things about the person you are snap chatting. Here is a quick guide to what that emoji means.


1. Baby 👶 

You have just added a new friend on snapchat. After you snapchat this person for a few days, this emoji will disappear. 

2. Hearts 💛💞

The yellow heart means that this person is your #1 best friend and you are also their #1 best friend. A red heart means that you have been each others' #1 best friend for two weeks straight. Finally, the pink hearts mean that you have been each others' best friend for two months!

3. Smirk 😏

This emoji means that someone has been snap chatting you frequently, with no reciprocation from you. You are one of their best friends, but they are not one of yours. 

4. Grimace 😬

The person that has this emoji is snapping one of your friends the same amount that you are snapping that friend. 

5. Smiling 😊

You snapchat this person a lot, but they are not your #1 best friend. 

6. Fire 🔥

You have a snap streak! A snap streak is when you snap a person everyday for multiple days in a row. Most people try to get their snap streak to the 💯 day mark.

Now you can successfully determine what an emoji next to a name means. Happy snapping!
Sources: Snapchat, emojipedia.org

Friday, January 20, 2017

How to Rock a College Audition

Auditioning for a music or theatre program in college can be very stressful. In high school, you may have an audition coach or voice teacher to help you prepare. In college, a lot of the preparation falls on you. Below are a few tips for a successful audition. 

1. Use your Resources

I am lucky enough to attend a school where the professors do not charge you for extra training outside of class. However, most professors do not advertise that they are training for free. The first thing you need to do is ask your professors if they would be willing to look at your set outside of class. Another resource to take advantage of is your school library. They often own or have access to contemporary plays for your monologue(s). Last, vocal music can typically be ordered online for under $10. 

2. Always be Learning

In some calls, you may be asked to perform a piece of music, slides, or a dance. In order to be able to successfully do these things, it is important to practice your quick learning skills. This can be done by attending a dance class at school and sight-reading music. The longer you keep your brain learning new dances and music, you will be able to pick them up on the spot in an audition. 

3. Practice with Others

Most people can perform perfectly in the comfort of their own room or shower. Once there is an audience, you may forget to breathe or your brain might blank. To avoid this from happening, practice your entire set in front of a friend, or multiple friends, if you have the option. This should make you at ease when you perform in front of others again at your audition. Friends can also help you improve with their feedback. 

College auditions can be scary for your first year. It gets better as time goes on and you begin to learn what your performance strengths are. Just keep practicing, do your best, and never be afraid to ask for help. Break a leg!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Four Things You Didn't Know About Facebook

Facebook, launched in 2004, has become a place for more than 1.79 billion users to post and share anything and everything they want. However, Facebook can be used for much more than you think. Here are four things you may or may not have known you can do on Facebook.


1. Follow People

Everyone knows that when you want to see somebody's posts on Facebook, you send them a friend request. What you might not have known, is that you can follow somebody. You don't have to be their friend, and you can see everything they post on their public setting. 

2. Turn your Profile into a Page

If you aspire to become famous in any way-there's good news! You can change your personal profile into a public page and have unlimited followers. Then, if you decide that you don't want it to be a page anymore, you can change it back. 

3. Customize your News Feed

If there are people in your life that are important to you, you can click the setting bar (where you go to log out), click on News Feed References and make your close friends' posts appear first! You can also hide posts, for example, if a family member is being annoying but you don't want to unfriend them. Last, you can go to any of your Friends' Profiles and get notifications every time they post. 

4. Take Notes

Taking notes on Facebook used to be popular for posts that are super long. Although it is not used as often, the feature is still there. Now, notes can have pictures. Also, if you click the customize button at the bottom, you can make it so the note can only be seen by you. 

I hope these four things gave insight to a few hidden tools that can make your Facebook experience even better!

Sources: Google, The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick, Facebook

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Resume and Interview Advice for Someone with Little to No Experience

As a freshman in college, I have been struggling with what to put on my resume as I start to look for my first internship. In December, I had the opportunity to meet with my PRSSA mentor and colleagues to discuss what they look for in an intern's resume. 

Class Experience and Skills

Most employers are aware that you are a college student and you might not have a lot of experience outside of the classroom. If you are worried about your only former experience being a waitress, then use examples of projects you have completed in class. For example, Created and managed a social media account, can show your employer that you are familiar with social media and can manage their accounts. Also, list skills that you have learned during your part-time job like: communication, teamwork, leadership, etc. 

How Informed you Are

When looking to hire someone, employers want to know that you want that position. It is important to make sure you do your research on the company beforehand and be prepared to tell the interviewer about their company. Be aware of what the position is asking for and create similar wording on your resume. Also, be ready to answer any questions with real life examples from your past jobs. Last, inform the interviewer why you would be a great fit for that position, using examples from your resume.

Personality

Having the skills required for a job is important, but people will only hire someone that they want to work with. Be passionate about the job and show them that you are committed to the company and its success. However, do not try to fake the excitement if it is not there. Sometimes, the position is not right for you. Overall, be confident in what it is that you can bring to the company. 

Now that you know more about creating a beginner's resume, get to work and get those interviews!