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Making the Transition

May 21, 2011

College has been some of the best times of my life and luckily for me I still have another year left. At the same time though I’m excited to go out and work. It will be nice just to have a steady income. Throughout college, it has always been difficult for me to make money while going to school. It’s pretty safe to say I’m not the only one who feels this way. I just recently started interning at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and am loving it. The 9 to 5 work will take a little getting use to I’m sure but other than that it’s been a lot of fun.

It’s just amazing how you go from being the cool senior on campus to the rookie at work. I’ve learned so much so far and can’t wait to learn more. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to actually have a steady income but at the same time I’m going to miss college. What I will probably miss most is the little things like hanging out with my room mates. I wish that I could get married, have kids but still live in a house with 5 of my guy friends while my wife takes care of the kids. All right, well maybe not that far but I would like something like that. All I gotta say is enjoy it while you can because it flies by. I remember my freshman year like it was yesterday. I could tell you everything I did that. I find it hard to believe when people go home because they hated college. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Man I’m going to miss college.

Swag Points To Prepare For College

April 5, 2011

Making the transition

College can be very overwhelming for some. For most, it’s hard to make that transition from High School to college. A few things to remember when choosing a college. Don’t just choose a school based on what your friends decide to do. Go to a school that will benefit you the most. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard of friends choosing a college based off of a friend. College should be some of the best times of your life. Meeting new people in college is something that I love doing. Don’t get me wrong, I still try to keep in-touch with all of my High School friends. Some still go to school with me right now but I’m happy about the new friends I have made so far.

I love the whole aspect of meeting people from all over. I have friends from Pennsylvania, Chicago, Florida, and other states across the United States. One suggestion that I would  make to in-coming freshman is to not take a class with your roommate.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard stories about roommates not liking each other. When you spend every second with someone, it doesn’t take much for you to not like each other.  Class should be the number one priority in college. For some reason, people love to sit with friends in class and just talk the whole time. That might be the number one thing that makes me  annoyed.

Get involved

Me at TV2

Get involved with different  groups. So far I have been involved with TV2, Kent State Hockey, PRSSA, and the DailyKent Stater. Through these groups I have met a lot of people who I have built great relationships with. A lot of the people I have met through these groups have helped me out in some type of way. Without joining these groups, I think it would be difficult for me to get through college. Try something different that may be outside of your comfort zone.

Stay organized

It’s very important stay organized in college, especially your first semester. I remember when I was living in the dorms my first semester my room was so messy you would have thought it was a storage room instead of a dorm room.  I could never find anything. Now I try to keep everything organized. My best advice I can give is color categorize your notebooks and folders. For example, if I have a green notebook for my PR Online class, I will then get a green folder to put all of my papers in. Also,  another thing to do is re-use your notebooks. Chances are you won’t use your whole notebook so rip out the pages you’ve used and save it for next year. It saves a little money.

Go to class

I can’t stress this next point enough. Go to every class. A lot of first year students get excited about teachers not taking attendance but in reality, you need to go to every class. You’re paying for it, so why would you skip. It’s like paying for a hotel room and not staying there. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Class is where you will meet most of your friends anyway. I’ve met some of best friends in classes related to my major. Become friends with them early because chances are you will see them for the next four years of your life.

Network

The last point I find very important is networking. I lived in the dorms for two years and I had some of the best times of my life. I met so many people that I still talk to from the dorms. Use the dorm life to your advantage. You have a meal plan so you don’t have to worry about making food. Try to talk to as many people as possible. Don’t be afraid to go up to someone and introduce yourself.

College is something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Make memories and friends that you will have forever. My motto is to not look back at college and say what if but, I can’t believe that happened. Enjoy it because it goes by quick.

Spring Break Swag Points

March 29, 2011
Mohawk

Me with a mo-hawk

Stand out

Spring Break is upon us and a lot of college students like to go South. Here are some tips to remember when going on spring break. I just recently went on spring break in Florida and had one of the best times of my life. One thing to remember on spring break is to do something that will help you stand out from the crowd. Everyone goes on spring break and wants to have a good time but I personally like to stand out. So, I decided to cut my hair into a mo-hawk. It was something that I had always wanted to try and I decided to do it this year. My advice to everyone is do something that will catch people’s attention. Nothing to crazy, but something that people can look at you and smile about.

Don’t over pack

Make sure you pack lightly-heavy. What I mean by this is bring everything you need but don’t over-pack to where you bring two different outfits a day. I usually try to bring enough clothes for that week. For example, if I’m going to be gone for seven days I will only bring seven shirts. (Remember that most of the time you won’t have access to a laundry machine.)

Go with friends

Only go with people you feel comfortable with. Also try go with a few people you don’t know either. If there is a time to get to know someone it’s on vacation. Especially if you have to drive South from wherever you are going, you will have a lot of time to get to know someone better.

Wear sunblock

Remember to where sunblock on the beach. Just because the sun isn’t out doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburn. It can be very dangerous and sun poison isn’t fun either. My roommate got it and it might have been one of the most disgusting things I have seen.

Play games on the way down there

If your driving like I did for 16 hours, a good way to pass time and to get to know each other is to play the two truths and one lye game.  It’s where someone says three things about themselves that nobody knows  about and the other people  have to guess which is the two truths and which is the one lie.

Saving Money

A good way to save money is to buy lunch meat and make sandwiches as much as possible. Even though your on vacation doesn’t mean you have to eat fast-food everyday. Save money and buy gifts for friends instead of eating that cheeseburger every night. Also try to workout if you can; even if it means a five-minute run. Just try to do something with a little exercise.

Beach toys

Bring things to the beach that will keep you busy. Some people like to just lay-out but I personally like to play catch with a football or something else. It’s nice to relax for a little bit but you can only be lazy for such a long time until it becomes boring.

Safety first

Whenever traveling somewhere, try to walk with a friend. Safety is  most important on vacation. Try not to get caught up in going to the beach all the time. If you can go sight seeing around the city and take in the culture. Try something new that you have never done before. Take lots of pictures and walk as much as possible.

Recap:

  • Be different
  • Pack lightly-heavy
  • Go with people you will get along with
  • Sunblock on the beach
  • Play games in the car
  • Make snacks instead of buying them
  • Stay safe

One of the most important things to remember is to have fun. Your on spring break so you should have the time of your life. Spring Break is something that you will remember for the rest of you life. I know I will.

Me on spring break with friends

Swagger in Sports

March 8, 2011

Tongues out

Me tongues out

So I have been noticing some new trends in sports lately. One of the first things that come to mind for me is hockey, this might be because it’s my favorite sport. Well, just this year, I have just started playing with tongues out. Tongues out is when you flip the tongues of your skates out so that it’s under the shin pad and sticking out. I noticed this trend when I was in High School playing hockey and thought to myself, I wonder if that has any significant meaning to it? Later, I came to find out that a lot of hockey player who do go tongues out are pretty good with their hands and are pretty fast as well (I guess it would only make sense that I started to go tongues out).

This style of wearing skates has caught on like a wild fire. Hockey players of all ages are starting to go tongues out. I’m a hockey coach and I see kids at the age of five going tongues out, so I know that they have a bright hockey future ahead of them. I personally think that I have perfected tongues out and am pretty confident  in saying that I could even make it look good in figure skates if I wanted to. Not saying that I would ever do it anyway.

Here is why I go tongues out:

  • Helps my ankles bend
  • Better balance
  • Skate faster
  • Look cool doing it

High Socks in Basketball

I don’t know who started the high socks trend in basketball but if I do find out I would definitely like to shake their hand. The high socks trend has been around a little bit longer than tongues out. The key with this is to pull the socks up at least to your knee caps. Two reasons, it just looks cool and the sock can ultimately protect your knee cap if you were to fall to the ground.

Kyle Korver

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Kyle Korver, an NBA basketball player, has perfected the high socks trend. He pulls his socks all the way up to his knee cap and to top it off, he makes sure that his socks go along with the color of his jersey. Now if that’s not swag points I don’t know what is.

Even though I have been playing basketball for most of my life, I am still trying to perfect this trend. I am still a rookie at this. When  I play basketball, every time I run down the court one sock will usually fall down to my ankle. So now I’m forced to run down the court with the ball in my hand trying to pull-up my sock at the same time. I feel awkward doing it, I can only imagine what it looks like.

I’ve started to notice that people are starting to shy away from this trend now and I’m not quite sure why that is. Maybe I just have no sense of fashion, I don’t know. Well I’m trying to bring this trend back. Let me end with this, if you’re looking on the basketball court and you see someone about 5 foot 7 with a pair of the old school basketball shorts that come up to about the upper thigh. The  socks will come up a little bit over the knee cap to about mid thigh level. Chances are it’s going to be me on the court.

TV, Movies, Commercials Affecting College Trends?

March 1, 2011

I think it’s safe to say that college trends are always changing. At Kent State, it seems that Ugg Boots and North Face’s are the trends taking over our campus. Now here is my question. How do these trends start? Is it because we watch our favorite TV show and our favorite actor or actress is wearing a certain brand or product that makes us want to have it?

Directors do a good job of product placement. It’s not only directors but also advertisers but anyone who is trying to sell a product for business. How companies have to advertise their products is changing fast. Advertising is a dynamic market that has to keep up with changing trends. It’s amazing to see some of the creative ideas that brands have come up with to sell their products. I personally think beer commercials do the best job by using humor to engage its audiences. Bud Light does a good job of using a catchy slogan, “Here we go” to advertise its products. They say the slogan in the commercial creating a brand awareness with the commercial. Doritos also uses humor to sell its products with its commercials. The Superbowl is a time for companies to advertise their products and during last years Superbowl, Doritos definitely stole the show with their commercial. It features a little boy playing video games and after a man walks in to take his mother on a date he catches him looking at her inappropriately. The man then reaches for a Dorito and the kid loses it.

I will always remember this because as I was watching the commercial, I saw the kid slap the man in the face and I spit the water I was drinking all over the place. It was one of the funniest commercials I had ever seen. If I were to grade the commercial I would give it an A+.

If you really look closely at shows, you will notice that there is product placement all over the place. The Jersey Shore for example, uses it all of the time. Look closely at some of the labels they have on their clothes.  Product placement is used in movies as well. Here is my question. Does product placement really work? I know that it’s a great tool to use but here is my question to u guys. Do you actually notice if someone drinks a Coke product over Pepsi during a movie? I get so engaged in movies that I hardly pay attention to the brands.

Bringing me back to my first question, how do trends even start? Is it on a national level where  we see our favorite stars wearing a certain brand and we want to be like them. Or, is it on a local level where the popular kid in school starts wearing a certain brand and everyone wants to follow.

The Hangover” set a record for the most money paid for a single theatrical product placement, back in 2009. I can only imagine how many people went to Caesars Palace and if Caesar really lived there.

So I’m curious to find out what everyone thinks. Does product placement actually work or are advertisers just wasting their money. So here is the question if product placement works, which strategy works best. Is it in commercials, TV shows, movies or just through viral marketing, (Youtube videos, etc…)

Everybody Knows That It’s T-shirt Time

February 22, 2011

So what does t-shirt time mean you may ask yourself. T-shirt time has been made famous because of the hit show on

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MTV,  “The Jersey Shore”. Mike “The Situation”has been coined with coming up with this phrase. Mike explains t-shirt time as the shirt before the shirt. Everyone likes to put on there full wardrobe before a night on the town, but when guests come over and everyone participates in their activities before they go out, a lot of people will start to sweat. Well, here is a solution, don’t put your going-out shirt on until your ready to walk out the door.

T-shirt time has caught on like a wildfire. Everyone across college campuses have been doing this. Right before T-shirt time, someone will usually yells out to everyone, “It’s T-shirt time!” Usually at this point in time, all of the guys will put on their going-out shirts. I don’t think there is a saying for girls, but I think it might be kind of weird if girls tried to put on a shirt before the shirt (that’s just my opinion).Girls usually show up with their full wardrobe anyways, so that eliminates that problem.  Most of the time, guys will be wearing a white t-shirt or some type of undershirt before they put on their going-out shirt.

T-shirt time is a process that can done in a few easy steps:

  • Take a shower (you have to be fresh when you go out)
  • Put your going-out clothes on minus your going out shirt and shoes (the shoes is just  a personal thing I do)
  • Take part in pre-going out activities such as watching T.V., playing video games, playing corn-hole and others.
  • As soon as it’s time to go out, someone has to yell out, “It’s t-shirt time!”
  • Put your deodorant on, then put your going out shirt on
  • After you have your going out shirt on and shoes, put some cologne on
  • Last step and probably most important, turn your swag on

These steps can be done through a variation of different ways. The steps don’t have to be in the same order as listed.

Another phrase that has been made popular because of the Jersey Shore cast is the phrase, “The cabs are here!” Usually what will happen is someone will look outside and see that their ride to wherever they are going is there and it’s time to leave. So, what will happen is someone will yell out, ” The cabs are here!” letting everyone know to finish up what they are doing because everyone will be leaving soon. I have been known to yell this out a few times and I have perfected this phrase. As soon as I notice that our ride has arrived I will then proceed to yell out, “The cabs are here!” in every room in the house. I usually will say it a few times just so everyone is aware.

T-shirt time will usually occur five minutes before the cabs are ready to pick everyone up. It’s hard to gauge what time the cabs will be there, so I will usually ball park the situation. It’s not uncommon where I’ve had to yell  “It’s t-shirt time!” right before I yell, “The cabs are here!” I have lost track of time and have dropped the ball a few times but it always works out in the end.

Don’t forget when you get out and you hear loud music playing and your not sure what to do, start fist pumping like there is no tomorrow.

More Men Needed In PR

February 14, 2011

Is there something that I’m missing here. The public relations field is filled with women. I don’t really understand why though. Is it because you have to dress up a lot and men don’t like throwing on a tie and nice pants? Or, is it because PR is a lot of writing and men don’t like to write?

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I personally like to dress up from time to time. I went to a catholic high school, so I had to dress up everyday. I personally liked it. A lot of my friends would complain all of the time and say ” I hate dressing up I think I look stupid.” It didn’t bother me at all. I tried to have fun with it. I would buy ties that fit my personality. I was always the goofy kid in school, so everyone always wondered what type of tie I was going to wear next. I wore cartoon ties, pink ties, pretty much any tie that would make me stick out. Now that I’m older not much has changed. I think I’ve perfected the sweater vest though. Anytime I dress up I try and wear a sweater vest with it. I just think it  fits my personality. Jim Tressel, the coach of Ohio State’s football team, has perfected the sweater vest, but I think I come in a close second place.

One of my favorite parts of PR is the networking aspect. I love to meet new people and keep up with social media. I think I have a problem with facebook. I have to check it at least five times a day. It’s funny because I feel like I have a natural instinct for facebook. For example, whenever I get on the internet and open up my browser I have to log on to facebook first before I do anything else.  I also have a Twitter account, still have NO IDEA how to use it but I have one and I’m learning.

The point I’m trying to emphasize is this, PR is great, well I guess that’s just my opinion but also from other people I’ve heard it’s great too. It’s not just a women major. More guys need to think about taking the PR route. There are so many different things you can do with PR. You can work in sports, entertainment, non-profit and the list goes on. I just think a lot of guys see it as a writing intensive major and shy away from the fact that there are so many opportunities with this. Most guys would think that going to a classroom with 110 girls and only 10 guys is cool but it’s really not. PR needs more men, and I need wing men.

Benefits of PR:

  • Networking
  • Many job opportunities
  • Showcase writing talents
  • Showcase business swagger

According to sunnyshimblogspot.com, 70% of the PR workforce is women, but that number is starting to rise for men. PR is a trendy major. For the guys out there thinking about switching to PR, it would be a great idea. It gives you a great opportunity to develop your own brand and come up with your own type of swagger. I personally like to wear sweater vests but there are other opportunities to show case your own swagger as well. Develop your own brand, wear things people will remember you by. Sometimes I’ll wear suspenders just to be memorable to people.  It’s almost like when people dress up they feel as if they are obligated to just wear a shirt and tie and not try anything different. Well I encourage people to be different, especially college students. Wear something that will make you stand-out at your first interview. Something that compliments your personality.

P Diddy Swagger

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P Diddy pulls the business casual look off perfectly. He flaunts it like there is no tomorrow and you can tell he is confident. That’s how you have to be nowadays; confident. I’m confident with everything that I wear, whether it be a pink button up with a pink tie or an all black pin-striped suit.  I try to make everything I wear look good.

So now remember gentlemen and also some ladies, just because PR is a writing intensive and hardworking major, doesn’t mean you can’t display your own  swagger.