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bloggingPrinciples of Public Relations has been a class that I have greatly enjoyed taking this semester. I have learned many things that I have never learned before that will definitely come into play in the future. I am still undecided on my major, but this class made me realize that I would enjoy working with Public Relations one day. I really enjoyed Public Relations because every week you are required to blog. Blogging is like your modern day journals. You can write all of your perspectives and thoughts on topics that are intriguing to you.

The specific class that I am in requires you to write weekly posts, public relations examples, and to comment on your classmates posts. At the beginning of the semester, I really dreaded having to do this every week, but I was totally wrong. I found myself really interested in writing these and always wrote more that I was required to. If you are a person who loves to tell a story and can ramble on about anything, then this class would be a perfect fit for you.

If you are new to the blogging world, here are some tips that you should take into consideration while putting together your blogs:

  1. Don’t stress about it!  When you are writing your blogs, don’t think too hard about it.  What you are writing should come naturally to you.
  2. Ask questions.  If you are ever confused on your blogs or the topic that you are blogging about, ask your professor.  It’s important to make sure that you are doing your work right and not just guessing on it.
  3. Keep an open mind.  Don’t feel like you are limited to blog about certain topics.  Explore new topics and write your opinion about them.  It is a lot of fun!

I hope that you enjoy blogging as much as I did! Remember to use those tips and you should be good to go! Happy blogging!

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“Rain, Rain”

rain dropDo you like listening to the rain fall outside your window while you sleep? Some people find it to be very relaxing, and others find it to be very distracting from their sleep routine. I happen to be one of those people who are a huge fan of rain storms. Just last week, I was lying in bed and could not fall asleep for the life of me. All I was wishing for was a thunderstorm to happen right that second. I decided to go onto the app store to find an app that would help me fall asleep. I came across something called “Rain, Rain”. This app offered every single type of rain form that you could possibly think of. How much more perfect of an app could I have found for myself!? To name a few, this app offers sound effects such as thunderstorms, city rain, rain on a tent, forest rain, summer rain, windy storm, rain dripping, etc. One of my personal favorites is the classic thunderstorm sound effect. It has the perfect combination of thunder, lighting, and rain fall.

So if you are ever looking for something to relax you or make you fall asleep, I suggest downloading the “Rain, Rain” app. It is completely free and guarantees to come with great, soothing sound effects. Ever since I downloaded this, I have noticed myself using the “Rain, Rain” app every night. I set a timer for how long I want it to be playing, and it will automatically turn off without waking me up. It is amazing how many apps are out there, and even better, most of them are free. “Rain, Rain” is definitely one of my favorite apps that I have on my phone right now. Even if you don’t think you may like it, download it and give it a shot. I bet you won’t end up deleting it and you will love it just as much as I do.

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Pretty Girls With Ugly Secrets

pll1Pretty Little Liars has been a huge hit since its first time hitting the big screens in 2010. Five girls, named Aria, Hanna, Spencer, Emily and Alison, were best friends their whole life. One night in the summer while having a sleepover, the girls woke up to realize that Alison was missing. In later months, her body was found in the basement of a home, and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis was over. After the funeral of Alison took place, the four girls received a text message at the same time, reading “I’m still here bitches, and I know everything – A”. A is out to ruin these girls lives and reveal all of their secrets. Each and every one of them have a secret that could ruin their lives, and Alison will always have that blackmail on them. If they become close to figuring out who “A” is, something always seems to go wrong, and they always end up back at square one.

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This show has been an ongoing mystery to see if Alison is still alive, or if someone is taking her identity and sending messages off of a blocked number. Alison has always been the leader of her group and never really had the nicest of attitudes, so these cruel messages really made Alison’s friends believe that it could be her. So who is it? Could it really be Alison? But I thought she was dead? Who is in her grave? The mystery still continues!

The Pretty Little Liars cast is currently working on season 6. The viewers have received many clues throughout the seasons, leading up to the big “A” reveal.

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Linda Stasi critiqued the first season of Pretty Little Liars and captured all of the very important details. I love how she added titles of other movies and shows to resemble the relationships between the two. It is very important to be able to critique things, both negatively and positively. In the Public Relations world, many people critique the way that companies advertise and promote their products. Critiquing things allows for companies to learn from their mistakes and succeed in their works.

“Critique like no one is watching – A”

Saftey comes first

I bet you all could remember the days leading up to getting your driver’s license. Once that day finally came, it was like receiving a plastic card that read “freedom” on it. You could now drive around for endless hours and get away from reality while listening to music, and driving aimlessly until it was time to come home. Yes, having a curfew was still a thing at the age of 16. Not many new drivers realize that the cause of death for people age 16-19 is caused from incidents caused from driving. Teens are four times more likely to crash their vehicle while talking or texting on the phone. The US Department of Transportation is trying to come up with some ways for teens to be safe while controlling a vehicle.

infotainment system  Just last week, GM announced its first car that can monitor teen drivers and limit things that they are allowed to do in the car. The 2016 Chevy Malibu will have a key feature that will identify that a teen is behind the wheel. The system will mute the radio and make sure that all seat belts are buckled before the car is put into drive. Parents of the drivers will also be able to view how their child is driving by using the new infotainment system. The idea of this will be like a “report card” and discuss the drivers overall performance while operating the vehicle.

AT&T is now offering a DriveMode app works with the new iOS iPhone update. This app will automatically turn on when the moving vehicle is at 15 or 20mph. It will silence your text messages, and send a message to those who are trying to get ahold of you saying that you are too busy driving to respond. Once you turn DriveMode off, all of your texts will be able to view. If you are not an iPhone user, then other apps that are very similar are offered for which ever type of phone service that you use.

Another very similar app this is available for all phones is Canary. This app will inform parents when their child is breaking the rules of the road. It will send an email the moment your teen unlocks their phone while driving, exceeds the speed limit or leaves a designated geographic area. One of the most important things to do is make sure that you are sending your child to a good driving school.

You should never focus on the cost of any of these safety features. A car is an item that can be replaced, but your child is something that cannot.

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PsychoPATH straight out of college

acadia university Imagine going away to college and living on your own for nine months. You no longer have your family with you, and your comfy bed at home is now over hundreds of miles away. Say goodbye to those delicious home cooked meals! This all sounds familiar, right? I bet about 99% of you can relate to this. Now… tell me if you can relate to this scenario. You are living on your own in college, and you start to become depressed and have suicidal thoughts. You decide to make an appointment with your school counselor to discuss what has been going on. Instead of getting help and support, you are told that you have to leave the residence halls because you are a “threat” to other residents.

Yep… that’s a true story.

Blake Robert was a student at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Blake struggled with depression and had many thoughts of taking his own life. If he were to die on campus, the university said that he would be considered a “negative” impact on the well-being of other students in the residence. So now what? In other words, are university professionals telling this poor, innocent boy to go and die somewhere else? How much more unprofessional does it get! No wonder why Blake felt like he was being sent off campus to die. The university basically told him that they wanted him to leave so that he was no longer their problem. Blake was scheduled a disciplinary meeting, and was told that maybe he would be let back into the residence halls in September if he was “healthy” enough.  suicidal

If this story doesn’t make you feel sick to your stomach, then I don’t know what will. The fact that a university even has the thought of treating one of their own students with that type of behavior and punishment is barbaric! Sometimes when people are suicidal, they choose not to speak to others about it, and keep it to themselves. Even though Blake Robert had this choice, he chose to do the right thing and seek help. Well how unfortunate is it that he wasn’t able to receive it. If I had anything to say to these university officials, it would be, “shame on you”.

My kind of town, Chicago is!

Sweet home Chicago! Not only is Chicago one of the most touristic places in the United States, but its natural beauty and charm attracts residents to engage in all that the city has to offer. Here is a list from USA Today 10 Best that states the Top 10 things to do in Chicago.

1. Visit Cloud Gate: “The Bean” in Millennium Park.

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“The Bean” is a stainless steel sculpture in the shape of a bean that reflects the city of Chicago’s skyline. It is a major attraction in Chicago that most tourist put on their list to see.

2. Navy Pier.

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This is a constant area for entertainment. From boat and carnival rides, museums, I-Max theaters, restaurants, and shops for souvenirs, Navy Pier is the place to be!

3. Wrigley Field: Home of the Chicago Cubs.

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If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night during the summer, look into going to a Cub’s game. Wrigley field is most famous for its ivy backdrop that was planted by Bill Veeck in 1937. Don’t forget to get a bag of peanuts, too!

4. Lincoln Park: Chicago’s green oasis.

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This is Chicago’s largest public park that is on the north side of Chicago and faces Lake Michigan. It is named after the famous Abraham Lincoln. The park facilities include a zoo, baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis and volleyball courts, a golf course, and much more!

5. Deep Dish Pizza.

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Pizza is one of Chicago’s favorite food to eat. From my personal opinion, Lou Malnati’s is the #1 pizzeria in Chicago. Giordano’s comes in a close second place. If you are ever unsure of what kind of pizza you want to eat for dinner, ask people on the streets of Chicago, because the opinions by all will vary.

6. Division Street.

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If you are of age, Division Street is one of Chicago’s main club strips, with hip bars and clubs lining much of the street from Lake Michigan west to Clark Street. Bootlegger’s and The Original Mothers are two hot spots that are common of Division Street that offer live music, dancing and drinks.

7. InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

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This is a historic hotel that Chicago has to offer to people looking for overnight stays. They are two multi- story buildings: the north tower (the new tower) and the south tower (the historic tower). It offers top of the line service and is available for wedding receptions!

8. Lollapalooza

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This is a three day event that gathers all ages together to listen to their favorite bands and singers. It is one of Chicago’s main events that takes place every summer in Grant Park. It attracts people from all over the United States because it is a rare time to find all of these famous performers together in one venue.

9. Skydeck

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The Willis Tower, commonly known as the Sears Tower, offers a Skydeck that is 1,353 feet above the ground. In more specific terms, it is on the 103rd floor of The Willis Tower. People are allowed to stand on the Skydeck and view the city from a panoramic view. Pictures are also allowed to be taken. Tourists love this!

10. Michigan Ave.

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This is a street in Chicago that offers many shopping centers and many of Chicago’s main attractions: The Water Tower, Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park. During Christmas Time, Michigan Ave. is always glowing in lights and color. It is definitely a street that with meet your expectations!