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Identity

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  ~Judy Garland

Today in my pop culture class we were discussing identity, in relation to sex and gender. This is really an interesting class to be in and I have a good time listening to what everyone has to say. One thing that was discussed was how from the minute you are born you are either “pink” or “blue”, when you are small you play with tiny kitchen sets and vanities, or toy trucks and cop cars, and it just goes on and on forever. From the very beginning a lot is decided for you, just based on gender alone.

It kind of got me thinking about who I am, really. Like deep down, underneath whatever predetermined likes and dislikes I have. What would I like if no one were telling me what to like? Not that there is actually someone sitting around telling me, but think about the constant influences we have from the media, friends, family and so on. Would I still do what I do, watch what I watch, and wear what I wear without it?

In a way I think, of course I wouldn’t, because without “pop culture” and the mass media telling us what’s popular, the majority of people wouldn’t be the same. But I think I’m individualistic enough that I pretty much stick to what I truly prefer. At the same time I do take into account what people think more than I probably should, even if I hide it.

I do feel like when it comes down to it though, I know who I am. I’m a girl who loves old, ridiculously romantic movies, reading good novels that make me laugh or cry, lounging around in sweat pants with my boy and my dog, getting dressed up anytime I have an excuse, laughing at anything and everything, eating delicious food, listening to music of all kinds, shopping for whatever I can possibly think of, writing down my thoughts, the occasional glass of wine, checking people.com, twitter and Facebook obsessively, and spending time with my wonderful friends and family. I know I have very clearly defined morals and stances on the things that matter to me, and I will defend them to the end.  I know I like to observe a situation and take it all in before jumping in, instead of immediately dominating a situation, which may come off as reserved but works best for me. I know I may not be anywhere near perfect, but after 25 years of living I’ve figured out how to be the best version of myself that I can be. So I guess that’s all I really need.

I’ll end this with Lady Gaga’s video for “Just Dance”. Seriously one of the most fun songs around, and it always makes me happy! And she clearly doesn’t need anyone telling her who she is, haha. Love her!



OSU PRSSA

As a part of our updated blogging assignment, I thought I would write a bit about OSU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). I have been a member since I first came to OSU in the fall of 2007, and will be the Programming Director for the upcoming school year. I have found the organization to be helpful to me in so many ways, and I wish that more people would take advantage of all that it has to offer.

We typically have meetings about once a month. Each meeting is very different from the one before. This past Thursday we had Alanna Bradley from OSU Communications come speak about what they do in their office, and internship opportunities there and elsewhere on campus. At the meeting before that Kristen Turley, who is a PR professional from Tulsa, came to speak to us on tips for job hunting and putting together resumes.  And I believe the meeting before that is when Bonnie Cain from the OSU Library and Becky Endicott from the OSU Foundation came for a panel discussion on marketing yourself. I have learned so much in just the past three meetings, and it’s exciting to hear so many professionals speak about a career I will soon have.

There is almost always some type of snack provided, and we even get free Hideaway Pizza,  Joseppi’s, or Mexico Joe’s occasionally (I know we’ve had other stuff as well, but my mind is blanking).   Anyway, what’s better than free food? Also, around Christmas we have a meeting where we decorate Christmas cards or cookies. So it’s always a fun time. I encourage anyone studying  PR to join, and if you’re already a member,  start coming to the meetings! I’ll be sure and post on sociallyorange.org when the next meeting will be, so hopefully we will see some more members getting involved. And if you would like some more info on OSU PRSSA just go to osuprssa.com!

Now, I’m off to cook a delicious little salmon dinner with the boyfriend! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Celeste


Learning to love my social media!

So, I’m really starting to get into this whole social media thing. Twitter is seriously addicting. I find that if I go a couple of hours without checking it I start to get a little antsy! I can’t believe how much I am learning in my social media class, and how useful it all is! In class this past week we learned how to create a social networking site on-line, and it is so much easier than I would have imagined. I’m so happy that I’m in this class learning so much valuable information that will be so helpful for when I am out there job hunting. And the fact that I get to be in a career field that uses all of these means of communication and promotion is so exciting! I think it’s all so much fun and I can’t wait to learn more.

In class on Thursday our professor announced that a PR firm in Tulsa is actually hiring someone to be in charge of their social media. What an awesome job that would be! I wish I was out of school so I could apply.  Of course I don’t think I’m quite experienced enough, but hopefully by the end of the semester I will be!

It really looks like this is the way business is headed. I’ve been telling my mom she needs to join Twitter and get her own Web site for her new business. Luckily, I can help her do it now! I’m pretty sure before too long businesses that don’t have a presence on the Internet will be far behind their competition. It’s already somewhat the case, because personally if I am searching for a particular type of business on the Internet, I will always choose the one with a site over the other, just because it’s so much more convenient!

Anyhow, I believe that’s all for now….I need to go check out Twitter!

Celeste


Looking Good on a Budget

As we have all heard a billion times by now, the economy is not so good at the moment. So I’m sure shopping for new clothes is the last thing most people are thinking about. However, if you are anything like me, it’s one of the first places your money will go. I realize it’s not the smartest investment, but I honestly can’t help it.

For me, shopping on a budget is nothing new. I have been living on the “poor college student” budget for almost  six years now. Yes, six. When I finish it will have taken me about seven years, on and off,  to receive a Bachelor’s degree. But that’s not the point. The point is, I know how to shop for clothes with very little money. Granted, I have been very lucky that my parents have paid most of my rent and bills over the years, but after the first couple years they really cut down on the extra spending money! (Can’t blame ’em)

Over the years I have jumped from store to store, depending on my age and style preference at the time, but three stores have remained my favorites throughout it all.

First and foremost, Forever 21 is my absolute favorite. They are up to date on all the trends, but still have all the classics you need to build your wardrobe on. I just bought the perfect little black dress there for New Year’s Eve, and I believe it was only $28 (give or take a couple bucks). They have super cute jeans ranging from $12.50 into the mid-$30’s, and I just got my new favorite pair on sale for $9.99.  They also have shockingly good deals on random items. Sometimes you can find the perfect summer dress for $12 or a jacket for $18. It is by far my favorite store, and lucky for all of us, they are opening in malls all over the place. In fact, most old Gadzooks stores are being replaced by them.

Next up is Wet Seal. I shopped there a bit in junior high, and kind of rediscovered it after high school. I actually worked there for quite awhile a couple years ago, and it is still my favorite job of all time. They have great accessories for super cheap, a lot of times with deals like 2 for $8 or $10. And their sunglasses are usually really cute and are on sale 2 for $10 most of the time from what I remember. Also, great jeans if you don’t have to have expensive brand name ones. I personally can’t afford to care anymore! They’ve got trendy tops for going out, usually never much more than $30.  For college-age girls, this is a wonderful place to find great deals.

Finally, Charlotte Russe is another favorite. I’ve kind of gone back and forth with this store, but for the past few seasons I’ve been pleasantly surprised with their stuff. I buy a lot of jeans here, because they often have 2 for $30 sales on their Refuge jeans, and I’ve been pretty happy with the fit of these. I also find a lot of dresses here, and they have great deals on accessories as well. Out of all three stores, this is the first place I look for shoes. The have a ton of choices, and always have the latest trends.

There are a lot of other great stores out there, but when I have money to spend on clothes, these are the first places I go. It honestly took me awhile to adjust to shopping on a budget, but once you are out of mom and dad’s house, you really don’t have much of a choice. Especially if you don’t want to rack up your credit card debt! I’ve been able to completely avoid it by shopping this way. Of course I wish I could still buy $80 jeans and $150 boots, but until I’m out of school, this is the best way I’ve found to do it!

Check out the links, and I hope I’ve helped someone out!

Celeste