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Thoughts of a PR student

Active vs. Passive Voice August 29, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 2:32 pm

When I visited the Grammar Girl website, I knew exactly which topic I wanted to read about. Active vs. passive voice has been giving me trouble since high school and if I’d only properly learned the difference between the two, I could have gotten better grades on papers throughout my time in school.
I’ve finally learned the difference now. I learned the active voice means the noun comes before the verb. For example, “Amy loves Steve” is active voice. In passive voice, it would be “Steve is loved by Amy.” The active voice is much less confusing and gets to the point faster. I think I always liked using passive voice in high school is because it made my papers longer and therefore made me write less. Let’s just say I was a lazy writer in high school.
One thing that did surprise me though was that passive voice is sometimes okay in a journalistic piece like a crime report where not all of the information is available. For example, if a store was robbed, but no one knows who did it, it is appropriate to say “The store was robbed.”
I’m glad I was finally able to learn the difference so I can prevent the pesky passive voice from entering my writing anymore.


The End of PR April 30, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 3:25 pm

So my intro to PR class is officially over. All that I have left to do is take the final. This was by far my favorite class this semester. I never laughed so hard as I did in this class. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am was some of my favorite times of the semester. It helped having some friends in the class with me, but I made some new friends as well.
I learned so much. Even though public relations is my major, I never really knew too much about it until this class. PR is such a detailed field with so many options and I’m really glad it’s my major. My favorite things this semester were our discussions about Tiger Woods and our theoretical situations about what we would do if we were someone’s PR practitioner. I also really enjoyed the speakers because it let me see what it’s really like to work as a PR professional.
While I’m really glad this semester is coming to an end, I will truly miss this class. And I have no idea what I’m going to do not seeing Mrs. Groover every day lol. I hope all my PR classes are as fun as this one was.


Ch ch ch changes April 19, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 10:53 pm

The actor Gregory Peck once said, “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” Well, if there’s ever a time for me to prove the truth in that statement, it’s now. For the past two months, I’ve been dealing with a lot of family issues. And I mean, serious issues, things that only happen to people in a bad Lifetime movie. Every day, I wake up and pray none of this is real and that my life will go back to normal. But it will never be the same again. My life has changed, completely, without warning, and forever. While I have the support of my friends here and some of my family, at the end of the day, I’m the only person who can decide how I play the cards I’ve been dealt.
It’s a very strange feeling, knowing everything you’ve ever known about life is gone. My childhood home, where as a child I ran freely in the backyard, has now become like a ghost town. I can’t imagine ever returning. Christmases, birthdays, my college graduation, and in the distant future, my wedding will have the events of 2010 as an elephant in the room, on everybody’s mind, but no one’s tongue.
The one thing I do have is Georgia Southern. More than once in my life, this school has saved me. I am blessed to be four hours from home, away physically from the situation, but certainly not mentally or emotionally. I am also fortunate enough to have a solid group of friends, who remind me daily that I am bigger than my problems. Without them, I don’t know what I would have done.
While I’ve learned a lot of things in the classroom this semester, the most important lessons were ones life taught me. I’ve learned that I’m truly the only sane person in my family. I’ve learned that my friends are the best support group I have and also my best distraction. I’ve, unfortunately, learned a lot more about the legal system than I ever cared to know. I’ve also learned that there are no absolutes in life. Nothing is guaranteed and every day has its own set of surprises and challenges. I’ve still got a very long road ahead of me. My troubles are far from over but whatever comes, will come and I’ll just have to meet it when it does.


Movies April 14, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 8:25 pm

I’m a huge movie addict. When I was in high school, my TV was constantly set on Turner Classic Movies. My favorite genres are comedy, musicals, romance, and any really good story. I hate scary movies or movies dealing with war that just deal with the military aspect. That being said, I have three movies I consider to be my very favorites. They are as follows:
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- I’m a huge John Hughes fan and have seen every single movie he ever made but this one takes the cake. Ferris Bueller is everything every kid wishes he or she could be. He’s funny, smart (even if he uses it to cut class), and everybody loves him. I have seen this movie countless times and it never grows old. I laugh every time and I can quote several lines by heart.
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall- this movie gets funnier every time I watch it. It’s very quotable and filled with satire, something I love. Jason Segel, who both directed and starred in the movie, is one of the funniest people alive. Every character is really funny and it is a universal concept, an ex moving on too quickly after your breakup.
3. The Hangover- I believe every single college kid has seen this movie at least ten times. If they haven’t, they should. If I went on campus and started screaming lines from this movie, I’m sure I would have several students screaming lines back at me. I honestly haven’t even met a kid on this campus who hasn’t seen this movie and can’t quote from it. The concept of retracing your steps from a rowdy night before is something that all college kids can relate to and it is every person’s dream to visit Vegas and just go nuts. I love this movie and I’ll probably never get tired of watching it.


Music!!!!! April 7, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 2:30 pm

My favorite type of music is country music. If I turn on the radio and listen to a country music station, I can guarantee that I will like pretty much every song. I especially listen to country music during the summer months. My favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Kellie Pickler among others.
I also enjoy pop music and top 40 hits, especially anything catchy. I usually listen to music like that in the car with my friends or getting ready for a night out. Anything by the Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, or other artists are what I listen to on a Friday night.
I listen to music all the time. I have a four hour trip whenever I go home and I always plug in my ipod and it makes the trip go by so much faster. I also listen to music when I’m walking to and from classes and when I’m getting ready in the morning for school or just sitting around doing homework.


Reality Television April 2, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 11:42 am

For the most part, I really try to stay away from reality television. Occasionally I’ll get sucked into it but for the most part, it is definitely not my thing. My roommates sucked me in to watching The Bachelor this semester. I’d never seen the show before and I really never care to see it again but it was a nice bonding time with my friends and it made for some good laughs.
The only reality shows I’ve watched recently by choice are Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve been watching DWTS for the past three seasons and I really love the concept of the show. It’s not for everybody but I really like it. SYTYCD was a show I watched the summer before college with my best friend because she’s addicted. I loved it but I’ve never watched it since. But I really like to watching dancing reality shows. I’m not crazy about American Idol or any of the other ones. I’d rather watch sitcoms if I’m gonna watch TV.


The Olympics!!!!!!! March 10, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — rebekahkatherine @ 5:03 pm

So I love the Olympics. I was addicted to watching the Vancouver Games last month. It was a nice break from studying and since I love sports, it gave me something to root for. My favorite sports to watch were figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, and men’s hockey. I also like being exposed to sports I would normally never watch like downhill skiing or curling. I really love hearing the national anthem being played and seeing how many medals the US can win.
While I enjoy watching the Winter Olympics, my favorite is really the summer games. When I was 6, I actually attended some of the rowing events at Lake Lanier during the 1996 Atlanta games. As a former gymnast and someone who follows gymnastics more than just every four years, I really look forward to the gymnastics competitions. I am anxiously awaiting the London games in 2012.
As much as I enjoy the actual sporting events of the Olympics, I really like the human interest aspect of the games as well. I like to hear the stories of the athletes who overcame adversity to get to the games or to see someone finally win a medal after several tries. I also love watching the opening and closing ceremonies because it’s a great way to see that country’s culture.