Friday, December 5, 2008

The Final Blog Post

The most important thing to be successful in this class, and every other class, is to come to class every day. When you skip class, you miss important assignments and daily grades. To do well on the daily grades make sure to do the reading, especially early on in the semester. With the client project, it helps immensely to have a good leader. You want someone who isn't shy and delegates tasks well. The project is easy as long as you meet with your group and don't just do emails. Also make sure everyone is doing their assignments. We were lucky to have a cool project to work on. When it comes to the technology we use in this class, as long as you go to class you will know what to do. You will learn how to use everything during class. Making a blog and writing posts on it is very simple, and so is making portfolios. Never skip any blog posts. The two quizzes are easy, but you still need to study for them. Just make sure to have fun in this class. It is one of the most enjoyable classes you will take at Clemson.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Client Project Reflection

I have learned a lot from doing this project. This is the first time in a class that I have ever done something like this where we work with an outside organization to do a project. I love how we are doing something that feels actually worthwhile. When this class is over I will still be able to go onto the Clemson water ski team website and say that I helped create it. The best thing about this project is working with others. It gets boring having to do projects alone in classes. As I said earlier I also love how we're doing something that actually means something. The project isn't something that will just go away when the semester ends. I also like how this project has given me the opportunity to meet four new people. If it weren't for this project, then I would not even know my group members names. Our biggest challenge is has probably been having everyone at meetings or in class at the same time. Luckily everyone has done their parts and not left the rest of the group hanging. Something that I have learned that helps a lot in group projects is to be organized. My group has done a very good job at this. It's also good not to be too lenient on members that are slacking. Sometimes being a little hard, but not to hard on someone, helps motivate them. I need this type of motivation occasionally. Staying positive is also key when doing a group project. All of these things help make up a great team.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dual Coding

Even before knowing that this picture was Nike ad, I could tell that it had something to do with sports. This ad is sort of plain, so I think the most important aspect of it is what the words are saying. It's trying to pump you up, and make you feel like you are on their team. The font is also really important. The "practice like champions" font is perfect. If it were another font then it might not be as effective. Since there aren't really any images in this ad, they had to choose the right font because it is the imagens. Nike obviously carefully picked out the colors (or lack of). The dull colors help set the mood. The red really sticks out since the only other colors are black and white. One thing in this ad that I am still uncertain of is what is that thing where the we believe is. This ad reminds me of a like a high school football team from the 1970's. It just seems very old school. It doesn't really advertise a product, though, so I'm not exactly sure what they want you to buy from it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Miscommunicated Information

I don't really recall any times where information was miscommunicated at any of my jobs. This is probably because I've only had a few jobs and usually I was working alone. I've played a lot of sports in my day, but there is only one time that stands out where information was miscommunicated. It was when I played football my junior year of high school. It was fourth down and like 3 yards to go. The coach told a player on our team to punt the football, but he thought the coach signaled a fake punt pass play. There was only one minute left in the half. We ended up not getting the first down, so it was a turnover on downs. It was high school football, so the aftermath wasn't anything major, but the coach was still furious. The other team was able to get a touchdown before the half ran out. Had we punted the ball, they probably would not have scored a touchdown.

I think there was a miscommunication because the player on our team did not know the signals very well. This shows how important it is to be prepared for whatever it is your doing in jobs or sports. Your actions can effect everyone. It could have easily been prevented if he studied our playbooks better.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mock Interview Reflection

I'm glad that my interview was not postponed. It's one of those things you just want to get out of the way. Going into the interview I was not nervous at all. I wasn't even sure what to expect. If the mock interview were with someone I had never met before, then I probably would have been a little nervous. Since it was you I felt fine going in. Also knowing that you had lost your voice gave me more confidence, since I figured we wouldn't be doing as many questions or something. It was a good thing I looked at the interview specs document right before I left my house, or I would have gone to the classroom for it.

There were a few questions that threw me. The one that I mostly remember was "What moment in your life were you most proud?" I couldn't even think of anything to answer for that one. I've been trying to think of a good answer for it, and now 3 days later I still have no idea what to say for it. Another question I wasn't sure about was the one you asked at the end, "Is there anything you would like to ask us?" At least I attempted to give an answer for that one, though it was pretty bad. A lot of the questions were difficult for me to answer because I really don't know much of anything about finance, and that's my major.

If I were to do the interview again, there isn't much I would change. The major thing I would have done is found a more specific job that I could learn about and given that to you. Had I known that when we printed a job description out that we would be interviewing for it, I probably would have put more thought into had. Knowing me I was zoning out during class when we talked about it.

This has been a valuable experience for me. I have learned some popular questions that I need to be able to answer when I am doing a real interview for a job. I also learned that I need to be better at answering tricky questions. I'm sure when I do go for an interview that I will remember this mock interview.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Class Presentations

There were some really interesting presentations this week. They were are very entertaining. The first one that I am going to talk about is Cammy Culver's. Probably everyone is talking about hers because it was so unique. I think it is really cool how she has so many animals in her apartment. Obviously the thing that sticks out the most in her presentation were the squirrels. I didn't even know that you could buy squirrels. I think I heard you say that you were bit by a squirrel when you were younger, which is funny because my mom was also bit by one when she was a little kid. Anyways, the presentation itself was very interesting. I enjoyed learning about where she worked and what she has done for animals.

Another really interesting presentation was Kyle Carver's. I thought the topic choice was very creative. The whole why you need to eat meat thing was really funny. My sister would have argued with him so much if she were there, especially the meat helps prevent cancer thing. The pictures of the cows were really interesting. I have never seen anything like that one cow with the huge horns. They seriously must weigh their heads down.

The last presentation that I am going to talk about is Caroline Kennedy's. I liked learning about pole vaulting and how it is done, because I've only seen people do it a few times. She seemed very well prepared for her presentation. The video of the guy breaking his pole while jumping was really funny. I also liked how she had some audience interaction by asking us to guess things, like what the records were for the pole vaulters. There were also some cool, old school pictures of pole vaulters.

I learned a lot throughout all of the presentations, and I'm looking forward to Ben's presentation when we return to class.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Free Topic

I always have problems coming up with good ideas to do for things like this. Probably one of the most important current events going on is the Wall Street crisis, but I don't know too much about it, even though I should since I am a finance major. Since I can't really think of anything important to talk about, the current event that I am going to talk about is the beginning of the NFL football season. I'm not really much of a college football fan. For some reason NFL football interests me so much more.

My favorite team in the NFL is the New England Patriots. To this day I am still depressed about their loss in last years Super Bowl to the New York Giants. I hate the Giants, and it's unfortunate because they are 3-0 this season. The other week the Patriot's quarterback, Tom Brady, tore his ACL. This is huge news in the football work. Tom Brady is perhaps one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Him being gone is a huge loss for the Pats. Their new quarterback doesn't have much experience. He hasn't done too bad so far, so it will be interesting to see how they do this year. The other day they got crushed by the Miami Dolphins, who were by far the worst team last season, and were off to an 0-2 start this season.

On the subject of sports, now I'm going to move to the MLB. I also like professional baseball more than college baseball. My favorite team in the MLB is the Boston Red Sox. Big surprise. They have almost clinched a playoff spot, even though they have dealt with a lot of injuries this year. The Red Sox won it all last year, so it would be amazing if they could repeat. I love seeing the New York Yankees do terrible, not only because they are the Red Sox's biggest rivals, but because they spend ridiculous amounts of money on their players. Plus they are taking a lot of heat for building a new stadium. The locals are incredibly angry at the organization and city of New York for this.

P.S. My friend showed me this video on youtube the other day. I just had to link it for you since you love animals so much: