I’m not a girl, not yet a woman

Okay, I totally just used a cheesy Britney Spears chorus as a blog title. It’s the first and ONLY Britney song that I can actually  relate to. For the first time in my life, I truly feel as though the consequences of almost every decision I make from now will effect me for the rest of my life.

Things are no longer black and white at this age anymore. “Would you like fries with that?” turns into “Would you like to indulge in trans fat now and have heart disease at 50?”. Picking out a little black dress means thinking, “Could I pair this with another piece to make it more business attire?”. Social networking becomes a little less social, and more so about business. They say teenage years are tough, but I feel as though the life I live now is way more complicated. If I don’t take my life one day at a time, I feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes.

All in all, I know the things I accomplish now will make for a better tomorrow. It’s crazy to think how drastically my life has changed in two years. I entered college in fall 2009 a naive girl. I will leave Oklahoma State University in 2013 an educated, worldly, motivated, sophisticated woman ready to take on the challenges life brings me.

“This business of womanhood is a heavy burden.”

-Tsitsi Dangarembga


Technology through the years

It has been awhile since I have written anything, and I am excited to be back. I am in my junior year at Oklahoma State University, and am still finding all the little things in life to be exciting and fascinating. Therefore, I will continue to keep my blog about all the occurrences in life that make the human experience what it is.

So, I was sitting in my room earlier thinking about  industrialization and technology. It is a really crazy thing to think about how far we have come with the Internet in just the last 10 years. In 2011, knowing how to use the computer and how to browse the Internet is a must. I listen to  people tell me about  how when they were in college, they had to use typewriters and go out and find resources. Can you imagine life now without a backspace key?! I am not trying to make anyone feel old or anything, but rather reiterate how in such a short amount of time technology has changed our lives forever.

On Kottke.org, there was a post that showed how some of today’s most popular websites looked when they were freshly launched. I can remember being about seven years old and being excited whenever I heard a dial-up Internet connection. In just those short 13 years, the Internet has involved into something that is an integral part of everyday life.

Fortunately, I was born at a time where I could grow with the Internet. I was lucky enough not to be an adult who had  to get used to a life with the technology takeover. At the same time, I was old enough to see how the Internet was changing the world as I knew it (Web 2.0), and I was a part of the generation that I feel as though the Internet had the most impact on. In the short time that I was in middle and high school, the Internet changed how schoolwork was done, how we interacted in each other’s lives, and how we gathered information for research.

The evolution of technology, especially the Internet, is here to stay. We all will have to continue to learn and grow as the times change. This video of this elderly couple trying to converse with their granddaughter via web cam demonstrates how everyone is trying their best to keep up with this super-connected world.  As I think about how I am a little more than halfway through college, I can’t help but to wonder how technology will change my life for many years to come.

Easter and growing up

I honestly do not think that Easter could have come any later this year. I mean, I bought some little pink bunny ears about four weeks ago thinking that Easter Sunday would be only a week away, but noooooo, I had these ridiculous ears sitting out on my desk forever until Easter actually came. I’m pretty sure people who saw them out four weeks ago thought that I was randomly wearing them to be skanky. Truth be told, I bought them because I wanted to feel like a kid again. Once you grow-up, the mystery of holidays passes, so I try to do something fun to make the holidays a bit more magical. After all, kids can’t have ALL of the fun!

In a slide show for the Chicago Tribune, adults show off their creative side by making masterpieces out of the well-known Peeps candy. There has also been research done about the resiliency of Peeps in all types of conditions. Peepresearch.org was created my some college students a few years ago that shows the results of Peeps performing under pressure in a series of lab tests. Peeps again made the headlines this Easter, but this time a home in Seattle. The family living in the home woke up this morning to find that their front yard was covered in Peeps. It seems a little weird to me to take the time to put Peeps in someone’s front yard, but apparently it has become a tradition there to have your yard “Peeped” instead of  toilet papering it.

So there you have it, a few ways that adults can have fun with the holidays again. This will prove especially entertaining if you adore Peeps. Live, learn, laugh and then as an adult re-learn things that make holidays and life simply fun again.

OSU Clothesline Project

Below is a video I did for my Electronic Communication class. I chose to cover The Clothesline Project, which is an organization that travels across the nation to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence against women.

Social media obsessed

Living in the age of technology can be a blessing and a curse. People now have the opportunity to access the good, the bad, the ugly, the pointless and the absurd  in seconds. But on a more serious note, a really serious note, adolescents and young adults are ridiculously social media obsessed, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Jonathan Lacaba of the Oklahoma State Univerisity Daily O’Collegian wrote an article about how annoyed he is with social networking obsession. Like Lacaba, I agree that this isn’t a new problem, but it is a problem that has been ticking me off lately.

I use social media to keep up with old friends, find out what is going on around campus and to keep up with what others are saying about current events. I check social networking sites when I have time or when I’m bored (Ok,  and maybe sometimes while writing an essay or two as well, but that’s just keep me awake). My point is that others just dont know when to to stop with social media madness. I guarantee you that if I spend less than an hour in a public space, someone will mention social networking, which seems a bit pathetic to me. People spend precious classroom time, aka tuition dollars,  browsing pictures of someone else’s life, even if they don’t know them. I work at the library where it seems students will go Hulk on someone if they don’t get the chance to “Tweet” during study sessions. People leave the library saying “I need to update my status” or “I need to respond to that Tweet” like they’re saying they need a cigarette and a glass of wine.

I just wanted to know what happened to good old face-to-face socialization. My best memories have been those days when I would spend at least 5 hours a day outside with friends, not tracking their every move via a computer screen. Social media even takes away from the college experience because cyberstalking is apparently better than meeting fresh faces every day. Looking at old college yearbooks and listening to the dorm stories of those who attended college before social media existed,  I realized that college was the bombnizzle. If you wanted to contact someone on campus back then, you show up unannounced and disturb the heck out of them until they open the door. Then, that person did the exact same thing until you’ve put together a mob that is ready to wreck havoc across campus. Sounds like fun to me!

Social networking has been recently studied for its link to depression in teens and young adults. Young people begin to rely on their friendships through social media that they lose social skills in the real world. Membership data collected a year ago about social media has been compared with their membership data toda, showing mind-boggling jumps in numbers.

My whole point of this post was to express how tired I am of people being obsessed with other’s lives.  Being obsessed with social media will take away your own happiness as you sit there, comparing your life to somone else’s so you can feel better or worse about yourself. Enjoy the life that was given to you because all that precious time spent worrying what someone else is doing is time that you could use to live your own life to the max.

Have You Forgotten (video)

I had an assignment for my Electronic Communication class this week to find a video and analyze it. Browsing through Vimeo.com for my video of choice, I came across the video Have You Forgotten by Christopher Smith.

The first 30 seconds of this video shows American citizens of an earlier time struggling to make ends meet. You see people sleeping outside on cots, children playing around tenement homes and car junkyards.  Paired along with that old footage is an announcer telling of how great America is. He mentions America as a place of prosperity, where the people who make this country work day in and day out to make it the great place that it is.

  After the first 30 seconds, we are taken to present times where we see a young girl walking alone with a blue folder in her hand. There are about one or two shots that come up of old newspapers headlining hard economic times. I finally made the connection that this video was about the great promises of opportunity in America that millions are now having difficulty attaining. No matter where the young lady in the video goes, she is alone with her little blue folder filled with resumes. At about 1:5o into the video, we hear FDR proclaiming the Second Bill of Rights, which promises the right to a job and other securities. There is then a fade between American’s of the past working and our “modern” girl walking a road alone. The video ends with the girl of today getting up and uncovering a graffiti phrase stating “Have You Forgotten.”

This was such a beautifully executed video that showcased that the struggles of past Americans still face us today. Through a tough economy, our government still has not solidified the rights and promises of FDR in 1944. We still stand before our government asking “Have you forgotten about us?”

Soundslides project-Condom Casino

Below is a video I created with a classmate, Conner, for our Electronic Communication class. We chose to do our project over Condom Casino, which is an event put on by OSU’s Student Union Activities Board to teach and encourage safe sex in a way that college students find fun and interactive. Enjoy!