This semester has been the craziest one for me yet. I’ve learned so much from so many different professors. This year has taught me a lot. One of the lessons i managed to learn was how to look outside of myself. Being that my major is Public Relations, I’ve learned in more than one class the value of looking at things from a different perspective. A perspective outside of the one you hold is key when dealing with multifaceted situations. Understanding your target audience is just as important as understanding those around you. I’ve learned how to take the lessons as they apply to P.R. and apply them to my everyday life. Now that’s a real return on investment.
Knowing how to reach your intended market despite cultural or physical barriers is important because it teaches you how to communicate with others. That being said, it’s actually extremely important to master these skills as they require you to learn how to interact outside of your normal surroundings. The entire semester in my experiential agency PR class as well as my Global Advertising and PR class I’ve been learning about how to communicate effectively across countries and groups of people. Whether it be Eastern or Western hemisphere- all people have cultures, values, and traditions that should be respected. In PR it’s important to know the different traditions and cultures when interacting with different countries, areas, people groups etc. This also applies to life. A decent human being needs to have at least a basic level of respect for those around them. It pays to be genuine and it pays to care about others- especially the things that make them unique. In an era where you are judged so heavily for being yourself so freely- it’s important to show not only support but understanding for the different things that make us unique. We need to practice accepting each other more than we try to distance ourselves. The same way we have to accept and adapt in PR to appeal to a culture or people; we need to have that same level of acceptance and adaptation towards each other.
PR has clearly manged to teach me more than I think even my professors intended. It benefits me though because i can now go out in to the world with the knowledge and abilities to communicate effectively- irregardless of who my audience is. I think that’s the biggest takeaway of this semester. How to apply these simple teachings, modules, and lessons into our everyday lives. If you can grasp the importance of being able to accomplish such things then you can go on to be a great human being. Applying the PR Code of Ethics to your day to day life leaves for you to have a great springboard to work off of. It also helps distinguish you from peers etc. In the age of self-made experts, it’s nice to have a genuine person just be genuine. This semester has taught me over and over again how to achieve that softness. That multifaceted perspective. That deep understanding for other people and cultures despite if they identify with what your used to. That’s the biggest takeaway a student can get- I’m just lucky to have been woke enough to receive beyond the information given to me.
So all in all, I would say that I had a great semester. I learned a lot- both inside and outside of the classroom. I love that I was able to learn so much this year especially since this is my last semester at NYIT.
*Tuition Eventually Had Me Like*
My time here has been an amazing experience that I don’t regret or view as a waste of time. Given everything I had to do this semester I’m proud of all the work I’ve done as well as the achievements I’ve made. Out of everything, I think my work I did for Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson is what I’m most proud of. They actually used my email invitation banners I created for their Leadership event and want me to produce more.
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Lately I have been obsessed with this American drama series “The Fosters”. I started watching this show like 3 weeks back and I am almost done with season 5. I have always loved good drama series like Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and so on.The Fosters is one such family drama. Basically the show is about the struggles of foster kids, how the foster systems fails them, how difficult it is for them to have a normal childhood. What I love about this show is that along with this issue they talk about other social issues as well like gay relationships, problems faced by Black people and transgender, immigrants, drugs.
The main lead Callie and her younger brother Jude are foster kids and they’ve been in 7 foster homes. In one of these homes Callie was raped and it another their foster father beat Jude. They suffered a lot in these different foster homes until they found a loving home who adopted them. The couple that adopted them is a lesbian couple and they already had three kids two of them were also foster kids.
This family of 7 members have their ups and downs which is beautifully shown in the show. The teenagers in the show portray the problems and confusions that we face during the teenage years. The pressure of fitting in, getting over heartbreak, struggling to understand one’s sexuality and also the feeling that no one gets us not even our parents. Their rebellious nature, innocence, curiosity everything is shown in the show. And it is shown exactly the way it is I mean there is not always happy ending and we don’t always get what we want, friends can be selfish and sometimes you have to hide things from the people in order to protect them. But it also shows that whatever happens , happen for a reason. The show talks about sex educations for LGBT students and the pressure these kids face when they want to come out to their conservative parents.
I feel everyone can relate to the show some how. You don’t have to agree to everything in the show but I think we all once faced these dilemmas and we came out of it or figured something out in our own way. We made mistakes, tons of mistakes but learned from it. We found ourselves in a situation we never thought we’ll be in but came out of it stronger. We did and said things that hurt our parents and people we love but later we regretted it. I am not yet done with the show I still have few episodes left but I think you should give it a try.
Reading thousands of pages of educational books, spending thousands of hours to learn some new skills and getting knowledge, students often ask themselves how this information will be used in the future career. This article will highlight the most important career lessons every student can learn in college.
#1: Importance of Time Management
Studying in college is not that easy, and it became more complicated when professors of different classes give very limited deadlines for the huge projects. How to manage it to succeed in every class, and to not scurfy with one project to be well on another project. The time management is the only secret how to overcome the pressure and to deliver the high quality work. While in the college risk is getting a low grade, when building a career not following the time management rules may lead to losing the job and getting a very bad reputation. Thus, college time is a very good chance to develop time management skills.
#2: Technological Skills
If just 50-60 years ago, someone who knows how to use PC was considered as a genius, then today’s life make this skill as a must. The technology is rapidly developed nowadays, and there are basic skills that every job seeker should know, regardless the profession. It is also important to remember that technology skills required today, will be different tomorrow, and much more complicated in few years. Thus, college time is a great period to experience in learning new technical skills to step forward with your competitors when the employer selects the employee for the position.
#3: Failure is not a Reason to give up but a Reason to Develop
Unfortunately, on the way to the dream job, there will be many rejections and failures. Moreover, only very strong and self-confident person will accept this challenge. Instead of giving up, it is a reason to realize weak point and to develop them. The same as in the college, sometimes it may seem that when spending all free time on working on the project, at the end it gets a low grade. It is still not a reason to forget about hard work, but it is a reason to accept criticizing. Why not to use a chance and come to speak with the professor. What would he recommend in order to avoid failure next time? No one excludes the human factor, and maybe the reason for bad lack is just a personal misunderstanding, but it is still a reason to develop communication skills which will also be necessary for the future career.
photo credits: Savannah River Site, mauwee88
Hello my beloved readers,
I am back again to talk about food but honestly when am I not?
Last weekend I got together with my high school friends and we decided to go out for dinner to Olive Garden. Now let me clarify, they decided the place we were going to and funny enough I’ve had only gone once to Olive Garden a couple of years back and it was the worst meal I’ve ever had so I never went back. When they told we were going there I wasn’t that excited because of my previous experience.
We decided to go to the one in Times Square and surprisingly there wasn’t as many people as I expected. We didn’t have to wait to get a table which I appreciated. I ended up ordering the Cheese Ravioli and it was AMAZING. I was honestly so pleasantly surprised.
It was so good that I convinced my mom to go have lunch at Olive Garden yesterday, even though she was hesitant because of the bad experience we had, she accepted and she was blown away by the food. She
ordered the Salmon Piccata which is grilled salmon topped with a lemon garlic butter sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and capers. Served with parmesan-crusted zucchini. She loved it. I ended up ordering the Ravioli di Portobello which is ravioli filled with portobello mushrooms, topped with a creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce. It was completely amazing.
So I have to say Olive Garden redeemed itself from that first experience that I had and yes, it is actually good.
Today I am going to talk about this school semester because it has been my best semester in college ever. This was my first semester as an advertising and public relations major and it was the best decision I have ever made changing my major to advertising and public relations. My first semester of college I was an architecture major that didn’t go so well at all and then after that I switched to engineering management which didn’t go so well at all either. I wasn’t doing while in any of my major classes because I didn’t understand the subjects at all. So, I knew I had to change my major. So, after doing tons of research I choose advertising and public relations and I am very happy I did. I have learned so much about social media, advertising, and public relations thanks to all my professors and I understood everything I was learning compared to when I was in architecture and engineering management because I enjoyed the subjects. And because I enjoy all my classes I love doing the homework’s and projects that I get assigned which sounds kinda weird to my friends because I like doing homework. In the beginning, the class I was most scared was advertising design concepts because in this class we needed to create our own advertising campaign and I didn’t know a lot about how to create a campaign in the beginning, so I was terrified. But as the semester went on I learned a lot about the process it takes to create an advertising campaign and when I got my first project which was to create advertising campaign on a brand. The brand I received was skechers and while doing this project it wasn’t just an annoying school assignment, I really enjoyed doing it. I was able to do whatever I wanted for it. I created my own concept and even took my own pictures which were a lot of fun taking. I even bought the shoes and had my friends wear them for the print ads. I worked so hard for that project, but I had a lot of fun doing it. And I even got a A for the project which I am so proud of. The other class I really enjoyed was this class because Professor Scheckel is one of the best professors I had at NYIT and his stories are the best and really funny and I learned a lot about blogging which will help me so much with my own blog and I learned a lot about social media and how to use it for a business. My main goal this semester after I changed my major was to not be lazy and improve my GPA and I have been keeping up with that goal. In my past semesters I would do everything the last minute however this semester I would start all my assignments as early as possible. And I believe my GPA will even improve as well. And other then school this semester I even had more time to spend with my amazing friends who have made this semester even more awesome.
So I recently watched the Netflix documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond and I thought it was amazing. It takes you behind the scenes with Jim Carrey during the filming of the 1999 film Man on the Moon, in which he portrays comedian Andy Kaufman. During filming Jim didn’t just read his lines, he literally became Andy. To put on the best show possible, he never left character and was always Andy. He talked and acted like him and even made everyone on set refer to him as Andy.
During the documentary, current day Jim Carrey takes you through his mind set during the film and helps you try to understand what he was going through. The way he describes it Andy, who died of cancer in 1984, basically took over his body and portrayed himself in the movie. He says Jim was never actually there during the filming of the movie. He completely embodied the character and let Andy take over, as he expelled Jim Carreys thoughts from his mind.
Throughout the documentary 2017 Jim takes you on journey questioning every spiritual, mental and physical aspect of our lives and really makes you think about what the meaning of everything is and makes you envision things from different perspectives.
If you haven’t seen Man on the Moon I highly recommend watching it before the documentary. The original movie is amazing as it is but then the documentary will take you deeper into understanding the true meaning and will show you a whole other story that was going on during the process. Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman are truly two brilliant characters and will be iconic forever. They changed the comedy game in there own way and should get all the recognition possible as I believe they are two of the greatest to ever do it. I have been a fan of Jim Carrey ever since I first saw Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Dumb and Dumber over ten years ago and it’s crazy to see how much he has progressed and created such a spectacular career.
Going into 2018, many of these artists have caught my attention. This is only prediction that these artists will either gain popularity for the upcoming year or a well-known artist that will get the deserved awards that they should be getting.
- Logic: Coming from a rough childhood, the 27-year old rapper talks about his trials and tribulations in his songs as he started rapping at the age of 13. In a way he has many similarities to J.Cole talking about the errors of society. His last two album such as Under Pressure made me fall in love with his music, but the album was released in 2014 and didn’t get as much traction. It was only until the 2017 MTV VMAs that he was nominated and won his very first award ever and for the coming year of 2018 he is now nominated for 2 Grammys, his success is only going up for him.
- dvsn: The Canadian R&B act under Drake’s label, OVO (October Very Own) consist of producer nineteen85 and vocalist Daniel Daley. dvsn also called division first album ended up on Billboard’s top R&B albums chart at number 17. As OVO has many successful artists under the label, dvsn has gained a lot of popularity in not only Canada, but the U.S as well, having sold out tickets in New Live venues. Since the duo is gaining popularity in America, I wouldn’t be surprised for the upcoming year, dvsn would have their first American televised debut on a Award show.
- R.lum.R: Alternative R&B singer, Reginald Lamar Williams has gained success with his song, Frustrated which was number 1 on Sirius XM radio and was streamed 20 million times on Spotify R.lum.R was named “Artists to watch at SXSW” and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Easily has one of the best falsettos, he is definitely an artist to keep your eye after.
- Nothing but Thieves: Hailing from Essex, England the alternative funk rock band consist of 5 members that formed in 2012. Their singles such as Itch, Hanging, and Trip Switch all we’re at number 1 on the Billboard alternative songs charts, and broke into the Top 15 of the Billboard alternative. The band have recently been performing in America for their tour. Having similarities to the Arctic Monkeys, Nothing but Thieves self-titled album gained popularity not only in England, but in America as well.