Saturday, December 8, 2007


I greatly enjoyed my semester in Business Writing. I was able to do something I never had before, be a part in creating a website. Unfortunately I do not have many skills when it comes to technology. Working together with everyone in my class helped me to realize that working as a team is very beneficial. The great thing about team work is if you are weak in one area others, who are more skilled can help you out and visa versa.

Business Writing with Angie Rogers is a wonderful course to take that helps you to get acquainted with skills that will be expected to have when you apply for your first full time job.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Something crazy must have happened to me over Thanksgiving break!

As far as I can tell, I may continue eating until I burst! No matter what I do, I am constantly hungry. I was spoiled over the break with many wonderful home cooked meals, and now that I have returned to college I cannot stop eating. I believe the true reason for my constant hunger is that I am unable to be satisfied after any meal, other than my mothers home cooked meals.

I am lucky enough to live in an apartment where I can prepare my own meals. But, as we all know, nothing can beat a mother's cooking.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Plays well with others

There are many good and bad aspects to this new idea of hiring those that you know will mesh well with your current employees.

Casciaro and Lobo of Duke University brought up one point that plays a big role in who companies often hire. Today there are many laws that ensure equal job opportunities to all that apply. If companies begin to have this frame of mind while hiring new employees we may lose diversity in the work place because people naturally prefer those similar to themselves.

At the same time, when people get along with one another at work they are found to be more productive. For example, a sports team is always better the closer the teammates are to one another. In this same way, a company's productiveness may rise the more a like its employees are.

Of course, this may make job hunting even more stressful than it already is. You may be the most mentally prepared person to take the job but still not be chosen for the position. Although I believe this may be unfair at times it also may be a good idea for our society to revisit, valuing a person's character over their job qualifications.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dual Coding

I was unable to post this until now. defines the Dual Coding Theory as: a theory of cognition was first advanced by Allan Paivio of the University of Western Ontario. The theory posits that both visual and verbal information are processed differently and along distinct channels with the human mind creating separate representations for information processed in each channel.

In this century, our generation is regularly bombarded with all sorts of dual coding. To me, one of the most obvious examples of duel coding occurs in self improvement adds, such as diet or exercise machines. In such adds the depict overweight people who are extremely unhappy. These people use all types of dual coding to convince you that they are unhappy. They will talk in a sorrowful voice, have poor posture and frown up until the moment you see them "after using the product. After using the gym or taking pills the people are transformed. They now smile, talk in chipper voices, have good posture, and the women may even begin to wear make up again.

It is sad but, we are greatly affected in our thinking when we observe dual coding in action. Even if the people watching this commercial are not overweight, they may believe they are. Then they begin to worry that they appear to others just as the overweight people appear on TV, sad and unhealthy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Group Projects

I believe I have ended up in one of the best groups to work with on the Haitian Foundation web site. Although my group was randomly assigned I believe we each are able to bring unique and valuable talents to the table.

We have only had one misunderstanding within our group. We scheduled a meeting time, and later discovered that three of the five members were unable to attend the meeting. After learning this, one of the two remaining members decided the meeting would no longer be productive, so also did not show up. Unfortunately we were unable to inform the fifth member of our group, in a timely manner, that the meeting had been canceled.

A way we could avoid miscommunications such as this would be to discover a more reliable source of communication than e-mail. The exchange of cell phone numbers would be a fitting resolution to prevent this from happening in the future.

Friday, October 26, 2007


I am a fan of almost any type of art. Anyone who can simply sit down and create a beautiful master piece, greatly inspires me . There are many types of artistic abilities that I wish I possessed. The talents that it takes to create your own music, paintings, furniture, and beautiful photography are amazing.

I have been told that each of us has our own creative talents that we will discover one day. In the past year I have begun to truly search for my own. Although I have not yet discovered one that I am talented in and absolutely enjoy, I have greatly enjoyed exploring the arts up to this point.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


My interview with Dr. Pagano/Mrs. Angie was last Friday, October 12th, right before Fall Break at Clemson University began.

I was incredibly nervous about this interview. I truthfully did not know what to expect. I have only had one job that I had to interview for and it was very relaxed. I did not really know what to expect out of an interview for graduate school. As silly as it may sound, I definitely learned that you should carefully examine your own resume before the interview. This way you can feel completely comfortable while discussing aspects of it with your interviewer.