Theres an App for That

I recently downloaded a sudoku app.  Sometimes work can be boring so I decided to download it.  I really like the app.  It gives you multiple options to play on different levels.  It saves your place so if your stop playing the game it will pause the timer and it will also save your proMessages Image(42157451)gress.  When playing a game such as sudoku it is nice not to loose your spot.  The reviews for the app were very positive and that is why I choose this app over countless of other gaming apps.  The colors on the app are not to bright where it wears out your eyes.  They
are a mix of neutral browns and blacks.  You also can receive points on how fast and how accurately you play the game.  It also helps you keep track and easily see if you already have a number in the common by outline the other likes number is green.  These outlines are only on the easy level the more advanced the less help you will receive.  It is an over all good app, I will continue to use it in the future.  I would also recommend it for others.

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Communication and Interview

When it comes to communication it is the most important thing to learn and practice while in college.  I learned this lesson while working on my Associates degree.  At the time I was just a bartender and server for a small local restaurant.  I worked my way up to becoming the general manager and became very close with the owner.  Once starting classes at Saint Ambrose I took a step back and started bartending again.  During the summer when I needed extra money I went straight to the owner of my old job who owns a nuclear pharmacy and asked if they need any help.  I now work full-time and have healthy relationship with those in charge.  They way I accomplished this was by nailing my interviews and communicating well.  I also still bartend and serve which is great for practicing communication.

UnknownThe biggest reason to learn and study effective ways of communication is for your future.  Every college student will have to interview after college.  I have nailed every interview I have had for my last three jobs.  All three I have worked there long-term.  Having skills to interview well could help you land your dream job.  I just thinks it is important to learn how to effectively communicate in both your personal and professional life.

Not only is communication important during interviews, at the workplace, and in your personal life.  It all ties into social media.  These days most people have at least one social media site where they communicate with others.  Online once something is said sometimes it cannot be taken back.  It is important to watch what you say and post on social media, because employers may be watching.  Not mention family members who watch.

Take some time and monitor how you communicate.  Do you communicate different with friends than with family?  Do you communicate differently with co-workers than with your boss?  Do you talk to your professors like you do with your boss?  Sometimes it is interesting to watch and listen to how you communicate.

Social Media in My Life.

I used to use social media a lot.  These days not so much, I make the choice not too.  I also do not have much time.  I know the title of my blog is your average college student and most students use social media.  Maybe I should change my blog name, but with being a student full-time and working two jobs sometimes I don’t have time to just browse the internet as much as I would like to.  Now sayingimages that I have to say I do use social media when I can.  I have a Facebook which I use to keep in contact with old friends from high school, distant family, and people from trips I have been on.  I use Facebook on both my phone and computer.  The most important feature of Facebook for me is really to talk with family members I usually did not have contact with.  My family is a bit different from most.

UnknownI also have an Instagram account, which I use my phone to access.  I was once more active on my Instagram than I was on Facebook, but like I said before my time is limited.  My post have been less and less frequent.  I also used to be a bartender and when I was working there it was also more useful to post on Instagram and Facebook.  Since I now work at a Nuclear Pharmacy I cannot really post about my job.

I have rs_600x600-140711114502-600-tech-snapchat-logo.ls.7114_copya snap chat account which I do use a lot more than other media apps. I keep in contact with my old co-workers, friends, co-workers at my serving job, and honestly my most important contact is my little cousin.  She just started school at the University of Wisconsin.  It’s her first time really away from home.  I love seeing all the new things she’s doing and keeping in contact! I think social media has so many functions that there are not many functions missing and if there are I don’t realize them until the app is updated, such as when snapchat updated and has the discover feature.  My goal is to work in PR so one thing I defiantly need to do is become a lot more familiar with social media and the many different sites which people use.  There are many popular ones.  Here is a list on a site that I found.

Interested in PR? These 10 things can help you learn more!

  1.   Do you know what public relations is? If not that is the first thing you should look at before going into public relations.
  2.   Know exactally what Public Relations is and what it will mean to you.
  3.  Get a degree.  No, you don’t need a BA in public relations to be successful in the field.  One of the most important things I have learned is that it takes a variety of skills to be successful.  Gain as much experience you can in everything you find interesting.  You never know what could happen or what circumstances you will have to work with that day in a career in PR.
  4.   Finding out what qualities can help make you successful in PR.  A blog by Kellen McKillop give us her own personal advice on what it takes to make it in PR based on Public Relations professional Valerie Shaindlin.  Emotional intelligence is a must have, PR is not a place for introverts.  Valerie offers advice for students pursuing PR. These 5 areas are what she find important and are worth evaluating yourself: helpful skills, education, education, experience, practicing communication skills.   Another piece of advice is to figure out the area of public relations you want to be in.
  5.  Explore who you are in College.  We all need a little advice every once in a while, especially while in college.  Jeremy Porter offers not only advice for what students should try to do while in school.  But he also offers advice on how to narrow down exactly what you might be most interested in.
  6. Don’t be scared to ask for advice.  If a certain career or area makes you want to learn more go for it! There are many sites that offer advice on what it takes to make it in any career out there.
  7. Finding out what qualities can help make you successful in PR.  A blog by Kellen McKillop give us her own personal advice on what it takes to make it in PR based on Public Relations professional Valerie Shaindlin.  Emotional intelligence is a must have, PR is not a place for introverts.  Valerie offers advice for students pursuing PR. These 5 areas are what she find important and are worth evaluating yourself: helpful skills, education, education, experience, practicing communication skills.   Another piece of advice is to figure out the area of public relations you want to be in.
  8. Continue to develop your skills.  Including digital and social media skills, professional developments, and work experience.  You can never learn to much!

9. Know you surroundings.  Know whats going on in your community, the country you live in, and around the world.  The more you know the more you have to offer.

10. Research, Research, Research!!  And make sure you enjoy what you are doing! 

Basic Lessons for Communication and Life offered by the Foo Fighters

As a twenty-four year old college student there are so many thing I have learned and still have to learn, in life and for my career.  Public Relations is a field that I am interested in learning the in’s and out’s of.  With so many blogs out there you can gain so much useful information.  PR Breakfast Club’s blogger Nathan “PRCOG” Burgess post from August 25, 5 Communication Lessons, offers us lessons not only for PR, but lessons we can use in our every day life.   Now these aren’t life lessons he came up with on the top of his head.  He uses the advice from Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.  Who would have thought that they would be able to offer us some inspi
ration?

His five lessons include sharing with others, standing up for what you believe in, being ready for the unexpected, trying new things, and admitting when you make a mistake.  All of these things seem pretty basic and should be things we already do in our day to day lives.  But I can honestly say sometimes I don’t follow all these lessons.

His number one was “Share your beer (or other things).  Now everyone loves someone who will share their beer or offers us a drink (as long as it’s not roofied).  But this does not just include beer.  Sharing your time, influence, and expertise or any other positive foo fightersqualities you have to offer SHARE THEM, don’t be selfish.  All though the blog post was plain only one picture, he did offer links to articles that help further the point he was making in each of the five lessons.  When you look a little further and click on each of the links provided, it makes the blog post so much more worth the time it takes to read it.

Number five is admitting when you made a mistake.  Dave Grohl states in an article for Rolling Stone that “It’s the dumbest band name ever.”  Referring the the band Foo- fighters, even though he thinks that, I’m sure now he wouldn’t change a thing.  This link was one of the best ones because it gave a in-depth look at all five lessons wrapped up in one interview.

Taking this advice moving forward can help you in your career, personal life, and also your academics as well.  I know I plan on using these five lessons moving forward.

A New Journey

Hello everyone!! I’m Angela.

I am so excited to be a college student at St. Ambrose University.  I was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa right down the street from campus.  My memories include the many graduation ceremonies on the front lawn under the oaks and my dads graduation in the same spot.  I was also in a kids summer program called NYSP.  I love making goals and reaching them so thats what I did and applied for college.  While in school I love hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and meeting new people.  I also work two jobs, so sometimes I have less time to do things I love while in school.  But I also like learning so its a great balance.