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”.

Share a Coke!

share a coke 1  Many of you may be a fan of Pepsi products, but as for me, Coca-Cola is the way to go. For over 125 years, Coca-Cola has been one of the most refreshing drinks in the world. In 2011, Coca-Cola began the “Share a Coke” campaign in Australia, where the Coca-Cola logo was replaced on the bottles, and replaced with names. The campaign used 150 of the most popular names in Australia to print on the bottles and cans. The idea of this campaign came up because of the way our society chooses to connect with one another. The more that people are connecting online, the fewer they are in real life. Coca-Cola noticed this, and decided to adapt to the changing environment.

This campaign encouraged people to engage with others online and offline.  The company decided to switch their brand name out with UK’s most common names on their cans and bottles. Each of these had the hashtag of #shareacoke to promote the brand online. By labeling their products with names, Coca-Cola’s goal was to get people together, and share a good time over a Coca-Cola. This all began in Australia when people started noticing bottles of coke in refrigerators with their names on it. It created multiple online conversations, and for the campaign to launch to other channels. The story first broke out in Australia’s newspapers and television. It reached over 30% of population. The famous iconic Coca-Cola sign in Sydney, Australia was projected with a name in lights promoting the product. How Genius!

After the official launch of “Share a Coke”, Coca-Cola received multiple requests for more names to be used on their products. Coke came out with more than 50 new names that satisfied most of the public. This campaign went viral, and traveled across several countries. The intake of Coca-Cola increased by 7% just for young adults! The campaign produced a total of 18,300,000 media impressions, and the Coca-Cola Facebook page increased by 870%. 76,000 Coke cans were shared online, and 378,000 custom Coke cans were printed at Westfield malls across the country.

The products that Coca-Cola has produced throughout the years are incredible. They has caused people to have a very positive impression with all of the advertisements that Coca-Cola has to offer. It has captured the attention of young teens, adults, and even the elderly who may have a taste for something refreshing! Coca-Cola has never produced a product idea that was not successful. The slogans and catch phrases are so clever, and always grab the public’s attention. You could never expect anything less from Coca-Cola!

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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!

I plead guilty to using social media

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Let’s face it… social media has taken over almost all of our generation. As guilty as I am, I am one of those people. Social media has its ups and downs. It is a major distraction from many things, but also a very handy tool for quick answers to your questions. Next time you are in a public area, such as a shopping center or waiting room, take a minute to look at all of the people around you. Most of them are probably using their phones, and are likely to be using a social media website.

I currently have social media accounts with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. These accounts have many purposes to them. I use Facebook to catch up with my extended family and old friends, and see new things that they post, such as pictures and statues. My personal favorite account is Twitter. This is a social media site where you can tweet a thought or feeling. It is also used by businesses to promote and advertise products. This is where the famous hashtag is used! I use this site the most because it is the most common for my age group and it offers me the most recent news and updates on things going on in the world. It is just like an electronic newspaper! Instagram is an account where you can edit and post pictures. This account is mostly used by females, but more and more males have been posting and editing pictures lately. Another one of my favorite accounts is Pinterest. This media site is made to search for anything… and I mean anything. From recipes, to clothing styles, to home remedies, Pinterest offers it all. It is a site for people to post their thoughts and ideas for others to view and “pin” to their own page. It may be a confusing concept at first, but it is definitely addicting once you get the hang of it.

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All of these social media sites are available in the app store for all Apple products and even better, they are free! You can also use their websites on a desktop computer if you do not have a phone that offers these apps. Many of these apps are not missing any functions. Usually, these social media sites are automatically updated with the latest features and trends, so they are always up-to-date.

Social media may not be favored by all, but it is definitely the way of the world nowadays.   Almost anything can be done just by using your cell phone, from depositing a check into your bank account to filling your next prescription. The 21st century has offered many technological inventions that have taken over our generation. Social media may have been one of the best, but who knows what is in store for the future!

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Girls=Boys

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For my PRE, I chose an advertisement from this year’s super bowl commercials. This video is a part of the always campaign and shows how females are stereotyped by men. The producers of this commercial gathered together girls and boys of all ages, and asked them a series of questions, “What does it mean to do something ‘like a girl’ ”. First they asked the boys to run, fight, and throw like a girl. All of the boys flailed their arms when they ran, used no defense while fighting, and used no muscle to throw. Up next were the girls. They were asked the same series of questions. Each and every girl did the same thing that the boys did. It is a known fact that every girls self-confidence drops while they are going through puberty, but that is something that doesn’t need to happen. The producers asked one boy if he was insulting his sister when he was asked to do things like a girl. He was a little hesitant with his answer because he really had to think about the actions he had made. Next the producers asked the girls to run, fight and throw how they usually would. All of the girls had firm muscles and gave it their all to show everyone that they are just as strong, mighty and confident as boys are. This commercial shows viewers that stereotyping is not necessary in today’s world. Girls are just as equal as boys are in so many ways and that is the way that it should be.

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#happeningsof2014

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While scrolling through the list “60 of the best Public Relations blogs in the world”, I found a post that sparked my interest. While living in today’s society, almost everyone could agree that technology and translation is not what it was like 10-20 years ago. Back in the 1800’s, people did not have phones to use. If you wanted to get ahold of someone or send them a message, a letter had to be written and delivered to the destination of your choice. It wasn’t until 1876 when the first phone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell. Fast forward about 10 years, and the first cell phone call was made in 1973. Ok, enough with all of this boring history.

When I was a child, I would play outside until the street lights came on. The PR picture 6second those came on, that meant it was time to go inside and wash up for bed. Whenever I wanted to play with one of my friends, I would walk over to their house and ring their door bell and ask if they could come over to play. Our society no longer has that. If parents nowadays teach their children some old school tips, then you might still find a couple of kids ringing doorbells and playing outside. All things today are based around technology, specifically twitter.

Twitter is a social media site that has taken over the lives of almost everyone. Whenever you want to express a feeling or a thought that comes into your mind, you tweet it. No one turns to their journal anymore to write about how their day was, they now turn to social media. A specific feature that twitter offers is a hashtag. In the blog that I read, it named the six most attention grabbing hashtags of 2014.

Hashtags are a way of the world nowadays. It wouldn’t be strange if you caught people talking with hashtags outside of social media posts. Not only is twitter the only place to find a hashtag, but now television shows are starting to encourage viewers to join their conversations. (ex: #PLLchristmas). Other places like facebook, tumblr, and myspace also offer the hashtag feature.

2014’s most attention grabbing hashtags were #ALSIceBucketChallenge, #SochiProblems, #BringBackOurGirls, #RIPRobinWilliams, #MH370, and #Ferguson. Here is a brief synopsis on what each of these hashtags are about.

  1. #ALSIceBucketChallenge: This is a challenge that went viral and it challenged people to dump a bucket of ice water of their heads and donate money to ALS. Not only was it just your friends on Facebook and Twitter participating, but also many famous actors, singers and politicians.
  2. #SochiProblems: This hashtag was a result of the Winter Olympics that were help in Sochi, Russia. There was controversy over the poor accommodations and dangerous courses.  People followed this hashtag to keep up to date with all of the Sochi issues.
  3. #BringBackOurGirls: 200 school-aged Nigerian girls were kidnapped, and this hashtag was used to spread the word and have others help to find and rescue them. Another hashtag that was used was #BringBackOurDaughters.
  4. #RIPRobinWilliams: Robin Williams passed away towards the end of summer, and once this hashtag went viral, all social media sites began to flood with pictures and quotes honoring the life of Robin Williams.
  5. #MH370: Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing in the air while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane is still missing to date.
  6. #Ferguson: In August, an African American teen named Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer named Darren Wilson. Since these two were a different race, a racial feud was ignited. People who wanted to follow along with the story would use this hashtag to read along.

Hashtags are a great tool to use and have come such a long way from just hash tagging one word.  Not only can they be used to emphasize that one word that you just really want to scream out, but also for any other word you like! Happy Hash Tagging!

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