Home Away From Home

Everyone has their home away from home. That place you think of when you think you need to run away from your current situation. My home away from home is Denver, Colorado.

Two of my siblings moved to Denver about three years ago and since then I have visited numerous times. Denver is the place where I have gone white water rafting, went to the only amusement park in a downtown, my first MLB game, and hiked my first mountain.

Denver is my safe place. I am currently on track to graduate a year and a half early and Denver seems like the perfect place to spend the year and a half I had not accounted for previously. I wish to begin my Communications career in Denver and build my way up either there in Denver or create networks that will take me to another location.

Your home away from home is a very sacred place. Mobile, Alabama is the place I was raised and although I do love it and consider it my home, my go-to run-away home is definitely Denver.

EXTRA CREDIT: Domain Names

The domain name is one of the most important parts of a website. This is how people access your website and it is the first impression given about your website.

When choosing a domain name you must keep these things in mine:
1. Keep it simple. If your URL is something easy to remember, viewers can return to your site with no trouble at all!
2. Make it something catchy. If your domain is something catchy, it will stick in people’s minds and they will view it more often.
3. Keep it short. Similar to keeping it simple, you want to be able to have something that people will remember and find easily.
4. Make sure you get your point across. Don’t use a super off-the-wall domain that won’t express what you are trying to get across through your website.

Creating a domain can be fun and easy if you go about it the right way! I was extra simple with the domain for my website and just made it my name, you can easily do the same!

Graduating Early Jitters

Graduation alone is scary, but graduating at least a year early is even scarier. In high school I was enrolled and did exceptionally well in Accelerated Placement (AP) and dual enrollment classes. These classes counted for college credit and put me ahead when I walked into college. I am in the first semester of my second year of college but am already taking courses that I should be taking as a first and second semester junior.

I walked into college thinking that I would be graduating May 2019 but I am on track to graduate December 2017. This is a year and a half earlier than what I thought I would be graduating which is extremely exciting and scary all in one.

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The thoughts that have run through my mind are:
1. What am I going to do with my life???
2. Should I get another degree in the time I thought was going to take me to finish my first degree?
3. Should I move out of the state? Which state?
4. Should I apply for the Disney college program?

All of these thoughts and more have ran through my head and make the process even harder. Growing up is scary because of what accompanies it.. bills, career, and a family. I’m definitely excited to start the rest of my journey but I will be sure to make this next year is a great one!

VIRAL = FOREVER

When content goes viral on the internet, and virtually anything posted onto the internet will last forever. When posted content goes viral on the internet that means that thousands, millions, and possibly billions of people have come in contact with that content. Things can go viral in a matter of minutes, hours, and days. Content can easily be shared from country to country through the use of the internet.

In Gregory Ciotti’s A Scientific Take on Viral Marketing, the author speaks about Wharton Professor Jonah Berger’s study of what it takes for something to go viral. Berger’s conclusions were that it’s usually positive and dwell on positive issues or topics, it evokes a strong emotional reaction, and it is usually practical and useful.

It’s important to understand the concepts of things going viral and how they could potentially go viral in the field of communications. Public relations and communications coordinators are trying to reach as many people as possible in their target audience and are therefore going to use the tips of how things could possibly go viral in order to reach many people.

Viral content can either extremely help or hurt in the communication world.

Pizza 101

If there’s anything that I am willing to consider myself an expert on.. it’s pizza! My family, friends, and sorority sisters claim that if people really were what they ate, I’d be round, tomato-y, and topped with the best of toppings.
Pizza comes in all shapes and sizes and all sorts of flavors. My personal favorite kind of pizza is chicken, pineapple, and bacon. I’ve tried hundreds of pizza topping combinations but the chicken, pineapple, and bacon has quickly become my usual meal.

As a self-pronounced pizza effort, I’m going to make a countdown of the top five pizza places I have tried and what all they have to offer!

5. Little Caesar’s
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Little Caesar’s ranks among the top five in my list because of it’s inexpensive pizza. Although the quality isn’t as great as the rest on this list, sometimes the low college student budget is craving a pizza and this is the place that does the job without using half of the week’s food budget.

4.Cici’s Pizza

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Cici’s ranks next on the list because of the endless amount of pizza you can consume at this buffet. It is also at a low cost and you can eat a whole day’s worth of calories in one restaurant. Custom and personal pizzas can be made at no additional cost.

3.Hungry Howies
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This pizzeria is the best for those of you who love to eat dinner and desert all in one! You can customize your crust to something sweet like cinnamon and therefore you could eat your slide of pizza and finish it with something sweet.

2.Mellow Mushroom
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Mellow Mushroom is my favorite pizza place in my hometown, Mobile, Alabama. They usually have the best customer service and the crust is to die for! A pizza from here, accompanied by some hummus and pita bread, make for the best dinner in Mobile.

1. Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom
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Old Chicago Pizza places first in my countdown for best pizza for its quality taste and crispy Chicago-styled crust. This restaurant is my favorite to visit in larger cities. Tasting this pizza should be on the top of your bucket list if you have yet to try it.

All in all, ALL PIZZA IS GOOD PIZZA!

Internet Privacy

Through the eyes of a future communications professional:
There are many issues and flaws within the internet and media. The main problem is the lack of privacy. This lack of privacy can be harmful and beneficial at the same time.
The lack of privacy could be harmful because there will be information that I will not want to share with the public. Not all information should be public to the general audience.
This could also be beneficial because as a communications professional, my career is going to be centered around trying to communicate as much information to as many people as possible. This advantage will allow me to find information on future employees, employers, companies, and products that people might not know can be found or do not know is on the internet
“Three Essential Steps to Make Yourself More Hack-Proof” by Mat Honan offers three tips to ensure that your accounts and websites are better protected and safe from hackers. These three tips are: do not reuse passwords; set up two-factor authentication; and use a password manager. It’s important to use these steps and take them seriously because they are what are going to help save your content.

Impacts of lack of privacy:
I think changes in the way we view privacy has implications for public discourse and a democratic society. If we view privacy as something that should be respected and something we should have, we will move towards implimenting laws and action to save our content. We could also elect people who will help fight for our right to privacy.

Web Design

Web Design Training:
After looking through Creativebloq.com that suggests the best websites to use when beginning the web design training process, the one I believe is the easiest and most convenient to use is W3Schools. The blog has voted this website as the best to use because it is the most useful. I have used this website to help me when using HTML codes on my website design in class. It is easy to use because it is equipped with a search bar that allows you to search for exactly what you’re looking for and shows you what codes to use. It gives examples of when to use the certain codes and how to insert it into your document.

 

CA 260 as an Online Course:
I believe CA 260 would be a great online course. The instructions of how to make an effective blog and website could easily be laid out into documents and shared with students. Sometimes things are said in class by the professor that I forget about because they are not written down where I can access them later on. In an online course, I could easily access everything that the professor would like me to know for the class. I think I could get the equal amount of knowledge out of the class. Although having the words all written out from my professor would be beneficial, it is also very helpful to have my professor in front of me and available to answer my questions.