The Quiet Giant

This semester I discovered a great resource for anything I could ever want or need to know as I began two separate campaigns for two different Advertising classes- one for Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, and the other for Doritos Crash the Super Bowl. This resource is called SlideShare. From discovering target markets involving moms, to learning about the demographics of filmmakers, SlideShare has it all. And, just in case you are wondering, it has other topics that are relevant to you! So, what is SlideShare? It is a website with endless amounts of slideshows on almost any topic. You can upload your own PowerPoint presentations, or look for information on the slideshows that are uploaded by others. SlideShare even has a paid “Pro” version that businesses can use at a different level than individuals. I did not realize, however, how much SlideShare is used by people all over the world until I happened across an infographic about it on Pinterest. The pinner referred to SlideShare as the “YouTube of professional resources”. I have a slight obsession with infographics, perhaps because I am a designer, and I think that this one gives some valuable information about this incredible resource called SlideShare:

So next time you need to know something, check out this “Quiet Giant”.


We Are the Future

The headline “Teen Takes Educators to Twitter School” caught my eye on Mashable today. The article is written about a 15-year-old girl named Adora who spoke at an educational conference in front of 3,000 educators in Austin, Texas this month. This teen has also spoken at Mashable Connect, and has given a Ted Talk – all before the age of 16. The positive response that she received from her audience (on Twitter), exemplifies educators who see the importance of not only listening to their students, but also continually updating their teaching methods by educating themselves:

This semester especially I have been told by my professors that my generation has something that older generations do not have: social media knowledge and skills. This knowledge gives us an edge in the professional world. Recently, I have been working with a local non-profit on developing a social media plan, and I quickly learned that social media is a foreign language to those who have not grown up with it or need it in their jobs. Though they seem like just another normal part of my life, I hope that these “special skills” that I have will help me in the work world.


Home Sweet Home

Home. Most people have one of these. Me? I’m not so sure. My university is in my home town, but “going home” does not feel the same as it did when I began college a few years ago. As graduation draws near, I find myself getting anxious about where I will end up living and working in just a few months from now. Part of this could be from moving around so much as a college student. From dorm rooms to apartments to rental houses, I have not lived in one place for a long period of time since I lived at home in high school. One place that I have considered working is a large city far from my home town. I would live in a smaller town about 30 minutes from this place, so working from home would probably be incorporated into my new job (whatever that new job may be). I began thinking about the increasing amount of people who work from home. My mom is a professor so she does some work at home such as grading papers, but many of my friends also do work at home outside of their offices. So, I went searching for information about how common it is to work from home. I found the following infographic on Mashable:

How cool is that? Working from home used to be considered a negative thing, and it definitely can be if all you do at home is work. It can save you a lot of money, gas, and time, however, and can even help you eat healthier! Whether or not I end up moving to that big city or not, I will keep this graphic in mind when considering jobs.

Everything Around is Breaking Down to Chaos

Today, in my social media class, we had a guest speaker who is also a recent graduate of the advertising program at UT. She told us the exciting story about how her blog basically got her a job at a top ad agency in Nashville. She said that it took about three months after she applied for jobs for her current agency to contact her about coming in for an interview. My immediate thought: STRESS! GRADUATION IN 3 MONTHS! MUST APPLY FOR JOBS NOW! After I calmed down and realized that it would not be wise to skip my last class of the day to job search, I decided to make a plan (and yes, this plan involved applying for jobs immediately).

At this point in the day, after having my advertising campaigns class (which is “the most real world experience” that UT can give us of the advertising world) and my freak out, I was feeling much like these guys from Mutemath…

Now, typically I am a very organized and punctual person, but perhaps a little bit of senioritis has set in. Perhaps all the different things I am involved in have taken over the “you actually need to graduate” part of my brain. So, I did what I always try to do when I feel stressed out: I began two lists (I am a chronic list maker). The first list was of people and things that I am thankful for, and the second list was of practical ways that I can tackle job searching. The “thankful” list is something that I have gotten into the habit of doing recently so that I keep the right perspective about life and what really matters.

A friend of mine gave me this wise piece of advice: If you take a penny and put it right in front of your eye, it looks like the biggest thing in the world to you. BUT, if you pull that penny away from your eye and hold it at arm’s length, it does not look very significant anymore.

After thinking (and blogging) about the stressful parts of today, I am now holding them at arm’s length with the proper perspective that I can handle the things that life is throwing at me.