Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The best advice I can give new students is to communicate as much as possible. I was on the Design team and helped make the User Manual so our client (the American Haitian Foundation) would be able to update their Web site. This was difficult for us because we had to wait until the other groups finished the content of the Web site before we could explain how to update it. To make matters more difficult, our professor was out of town and we did not have "formal" class, so we had difficulty getting some of the people in other groups to come to class. Then, we tried to send out an email to remind people, but Blackboard didn't send it. Though annoying, these are things that happen on a daily basis and need to be dealt with accordingly.
This class is not academically challenging, but it promotes group cohesiveness and cooperation more than any class I have taken so far. It also provides advice for resumes, cover letters, and interviewing for jobs. We even had a "mock interview" to practice our interview skills. I definitely recommend this class!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
One thing I did like was the company that had all day interviews (9-10 hours long) because they said that "people can't BS for that long." I would do well in that type of situation because I am myself no matter how long I have to be a part of something. There are those people that are completely fake, but it is difficult to weed them out based on a 30 minute interview. An all-day interview (even though it would be a pain, especially if you didn't get the job), is the best way to get rid of those types of people. Another important thing the article said to watch out for was people being picked based on compatible personalities. A group of co-workers may have a blast going out for beer, but they may have terrible quality of work together.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
One example of a commercial demonstrating dual coding theory is a current Lee's jeans (for her) commercial. The commercial has a catchy song in the background and explains why these jeans fit your curves perfectly. Each part of the advertisement that described the "fit" of these jeans also had the actress doing something to demonstrate this. When the ad was talking about the slender fit of the legs, the actress was twirling around where the camera could get a great shot of her elongated legs. When the ad was talking about a slim waist, the actress was playfully shaking her hips. These images, along with the speaker and the fun music, makes the viewer remember these jeans as easy-going and meeting all of her needs.
Another example of a dual coding commercial is the Invisalign (alternative to braces) commercial. This commercial will have more impact than a radio ad discussing the process or pictures alone because the actors were smiling and enjoying themselves while the speaker discussed the many benefits of Invisalign. The viewers will now connect Invisalign to perfect smiles and good times.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Our group didn't have any miscommunication problems. I think we can attribute this to the fact that we met up and worked together for most of the project instead of trying to email documents back and forth. We had to do this a few times for editing purposes, etc., and I think this was difficult for Derek when Stefanie and I both emailed him grammar corrections for a document. I'm glad that we completed most of the project in person, because I can't imagine doing a whole project over email.
The most difficult part about groupwork is trying to coordinate five busy, busy schedules to find a time when everyone is free. This is the case for all groupwork, and it often means meeting at inconvenient times. Another difficulty for groupwork is delegating tasks, but Kent was our CEO and I think he did a good job with that.
The best part about groupwork, in my opinion, is getting to know a group of people that you ordinarily would not hang out with outside of class. I really enjoy meeting all kinds of people, and groupwork gives me the opportunitiy to do this. I enjoyed our group because we had a wide range of personalities, but we all got along really well and completed our proposal with little to no difficulties.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Next Saturday, (Nov. 3rd), CAWS is going to Asheville to help with the Wolfdog Rescue. As I mentioned in class, this rescue is a sanctuary for the "wolfdogs" in the mountains that are a problem due to wild dogs breeding with wolves. The animals have a difficult time because they have too many domesticated traits to make it in the wilderness with the wolves, but not many people want to adopt a dog that is half wolf. There are quite a few wolfdogs that are really loving and some have found great homes. I've never been to this rescue before, so I'm excited to find out more.
CAWS is also advertising our first annual calendar fundraiser. Everyone is encouraged to enter! Submit a photo of your pet showing "Clemson spirit" (be creative--it doesn't have to just be a costume). Right now the deadline is November 2nd, but we are considering extending it because we haven't even received 12 entries so far. The entry fee is $10 per photo entered, and you can enter more than one photo to increase your odds. The top twelve picks will earn spots in the calendar, a free calendar, and a customized bag of your pet's favorite treats. The top two photos will also win a $25 Petsmart giftcard. Talk to me to learn more or download the application from our website: www.clemson.edu/~caws
Friday, October 19, 2007
I thought the mock interview was a helpful way to prepare for a real interview in the near future. Mrs. Rogers asked us to bring a description of a job, internship, or graduation school description that we were interested in so that she could tailor the questions to each student. She did a great job of keeping her “professional” demeanor during the interview and asking us questions that we more than likely will be asked at an interview.
When I prepared for the interview, I tried to imagine some of the challenging questions I could be asked, like “greatest strength,” or “greatest weakness.” I was not asked those questions, but she did pull some things directly off my resume to ask me about that caught me off guard. “How do you think your minor in Psychology will help your career in Health Science,” and “Since you have been involved with primarily quantitative research, would you be willing to work with qualitative research?” were a couple of the questions she asked.
Having this experience of thinking quickly to respond to questions helped build my confidence that I will be able to effectively hold up in a real interview. I was nervous before the interview, but I grew more comfortable as it went on. Three important lessons I learned were to relax, focus on each question, and make eye contact (even if it feels uncomfortable).
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Just recently I attended a university organizational meeting for leaders in various clubs on campus, and we had a speaker explaining how we (the clubs) always hold responsibility for the consequences of underage drinkers at our events. In the past, organizations have gotten by with using the "BYOB" rule ("Bring Your Own Beer") and would not be held responsible if a minor was charged for a possession, misdemeanor, etc. Now, even if they bring their own alcohol, the organization can get in serious trouble if a minor has possession of alcohol at a function.
While this may seem to cut down on underage drinking (doubtful, though), this raises a serious issue of safety...If a minor becomes obviously sick to the point of alcohol poisoning, some groups may be even more hesitant to call for help knowing that they can be charged for it. I certainly don't think ANY organization would deny someone of help just to keep themselves from getting in trouble, but they would be more likely to postpone calling and "wait it out" or "just make sure" before they call. This could inevitably lead to death.
Stephanie's presentation explained how certain universities have already passed alcohol amnesty laws stating that if students call for help for a fellow student, neither the caller nor the student could get in trouble. I think Clemson needs a law like this because I have witnessed very sick students begging their friends not to call the ambulance because of fear of "getting in trouble." When there is threat of losing a life, there should be no question whether to waive a charge or not.
Some might argue that this will condone underage drinking, but I disagree. Underage drinking always has and always will be a problem. I really don't see how this law could be abused because I doubt anyone would call in a "fake" alcohol poisoning case--if anything, a trip to the hospital is expensive and students would not want to pay this cost if it weren't even real. If there was a problem with students abusing this law to avoid an MIP, policymakers could address it then. Certainly they could look at the records of other universities that have already passed the law and see if they had a problem with this.
This was a great presentation because it addressed a very relevant issue at Clemson University as well as other universities--good job Stephanie!