Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Aaron Wright, an entertainment writer for the Norman Transcript, describes a day in the life of a reporter. You will hear her talk about her daily schedule and the impromptu life that her career requires her to lead. While I was interviewing her, she told me that to do her job, you need to be able to do more than just write. For example, uploading videos is a part of her job that she is required to do everyday. Debra Parker, Aaron's editor, says that Aaron is so successful because she is eager to take on assignments and she has the communication skills that allow people to feel comfortable while talking with her. After talking to Wright and Parker, I realized all the different skill sets a journalist needs to be a success.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
As a freshman I had no idea what UOSA stood for let alone what they actually do. It wasn't until recently that I found out UOSA (or University of Oklahoma Student Association) is actually our student government. The UOSA branch you should be most informed on is the Undergraduate Student Congress. There are seven different branches within the Undergraduate Student Congress, which include:
- Academic Affairs
- External Affairs
- Problems and Projects
- Congressional Administration
- Ways and Means
- Public Relations
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It's true you're "only a freshman" now, but it's not too early to start thinking about possible future internships and employers. Now, don't start freaking out yet. There's a simple and easy way to begin this process: build your own website. Again, do not freak out. You've already done this via Facebook, Twitter, or another social networking site of your choosing. Maybe it's time to step away from the world of tweets and notifications, and consider giving another social site a chance. Linkedin.com is a social networking website that helps you find connections based off your contacts found in your e-mail address book. All you have to do go to the website, fill out your name and e-mail address and voila! You're one step closer to finding a future employer. I talked to Drea Segura, a Public Relations major at OU, who has a Linkedin account of her own.
The Norman Music Festival is back starting April 24th. Some of you may have already heard of this event that goes on every year, but some of us out-of-staters may have no idea what this is. Sierra Self, university freshman originally from Grapevine says "As a musician it sounds interesting, I just think they need to advertise the better." With over 16 stages and ongoing music by various bands over a two day period, you have every opportunity to go see at least one band of your choice. The music starts at different times according to the venue but lasts all day Saturday and Sunday. Also, don't feel like you have to bum a ride off your friends if you don't have a way of getting to the site of your favorite band. CART will be happy to give you a ride from noon until midnight on Sunday, April 25th. For more information visit the Norman Music Festival Website, where you can find out what bands are playing, what to bring and what not to bring, etc... Enjoy!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Jall Cowsaji, a foreign exchange student from India, is learning to deal with the culture differences in the United States compared to his home. He says that people here are more concerned with their outward appearances rather than a person's character. Although Jall went to an international high school, it has always been easy to make friends with Indians because of their similar background.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Considering this is your second semester in college and you're now a seasoned veteran when it comes to studying, you've probably gotten use to your regular places: your dorm room, your friend's dorm room, your usual corner at The Bizzell, etc... Have you ever thought to look further than your typical study spots? Well, a change of scenery might do you some good. Here are a few suggestions...
For the coffee lover: Michaelangelo's and Fancy That are both great cafes/coffee shops off Main Street in downtown Norman that have a lot of character. Similarly, Cafe Plaid not only has great food, but a coffee bar too, plus big open tables where you can spread out with all of your work. And, because it's located on Campus Corner, it's within walking distance and gets OUWiFi.
For the nature lover: It's [finally] getting warm outside! So post up on the tables outside the Union or in the courtyard near Price. As long as you're on campus, you get WiFi, so why not get your tan on and write a paper at the same time?
For the oh-so-studious student: If you need absolute zero distraction, take advantage of the 24/7 study rooms located on the 12th floor of the Couch and Walker Dorms. Trust me, you won't be able to use them as much as you think next year. While you're at it, use some of your points to stock up on snacks from Etcetera.
For the group worker: If you like studying with your friends but can't all fit into your tiny dorm room, you can rent rooms online at a number of buildings, including Price Business College or the Library.
Really, you can study anywhere on campus. Whether it's in between classes at the Union or out on the grass on the South Oval, don't feel confined to the four concrete walls that OU calls a "bedroom".
I asked a sophomore student at The University of Oklahoma where she would study as a freshman: