What is #Freberg16?

What is #Freberg16? Many people think that Freberg16 is a misspell of Fryberger or a movement. frebergActually though it is one my communication classes for this spring semester. Freberg16 is more than what meets the eye. At the beginning of the semester it seems daunting because of the 30 page syllabus but throughout the semester it is like a guide to understanding how you can exceed.

This class is one of my favorite classes because of how many opportunities are presented in this class. For example, I have a professor who is in love with coffee and understands my need of coffee in my life to function, then you have guest speakers ranging from Clemson Athletics to Kindred Healthcare, with the middle of Papa Johns, TeamUSA, Fizzology, and General Motors, which when you add some lecture, it makes for a great class.

This class and hashtag not only binds us together but helps us students in this class use the tools that our Professor Freberg has taught us. Students in this class have had the opportunity to teach one another about Snapchat Filters. It is amazing to see how I have personally grown through this class with blogging, social media tools, and social media knowledge to actually apply it to the real world and be able to work with other different personalities.

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Our class squad.

 

As the last week is approaching with finals coming up, I as a team leader for one of the groups in our class, will present a social media campaign to an actual company named Vibrant Nation. This project nothing only has me but six other members who have worked together since January to analyze, use what we have learned in class and from our guest speakers to apply it to our project. This is will not only help me but also help my team with our collaborative minds. They are not only my team members but friends. One of the members is a very close friend to me, another is a friend who will be in another class in the fall with me, one who is helping me move towards God, and a few who are graduating that I can help them stay involve with the University.200.gif

So again, what is #Freberg16? It’s a class that helps students who are interested in social media to go beyond the surface and dig deeper to really see how you have more than tweeting all day, you have to create a plan of what content and when it will be posted. There is so much more than you think and if you get the opportunity to take this class, you will love it but you have to be committed to blogging, having a social media presence, and able to create an amazing social media campaign proposal. To add last to this, there is a lot of Gifs and coffee. last.gif

 

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What it’s like to be a Frankfort Intern…

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Photo taken by me from the annex.

Last week, I had my last day in Frankfort. I have been interning with a Representative who I have great respect for. He has shown me many things from learning what it is like as a representative to understanding life in a different perspective where I not only seen the work side but the side of him with his family and wife.

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My badge for the capitol and annex.

 

IMG_5314I learned a lot about the capitol such as where the Governor’s office was, the basement tunnel (very helpful in the rain and cold), the attorney general’s office, the Kentucky Supreme Court and most importantly where legislators go to cast votes to govern our state.

I loved it. My representative let me in on all meetings with other officials of the state, lobbyist and anyone who he was in contact with. Don’t get me wrong, it was tedious to file away many green slips that people in this state called about in regards to a certain bill. As I reflect on what I have seen and learned, I see how I made friends with the secretaries in the offices like Michael and Shelly. I have learned that sometimes you have to compromise to get things you want done such as a bill. My representative told me on the first day that before he casts a vote for any bill he thinks of these three things, Is it constitutional, Will my constituents go for it, and How do I feel about it.

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How they call roll.

I loved the first and other days that I got to go on the floor just to take a picture or be on that floor. It’s something that takes your breathe away. It seems like a place that all your thoughts will be at awed (maybe only people who are into politics). As for me, I know my representative gave me lots to do while I was there from reading about bills to helping him with things.

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Committee Meeting.

 

The respect I gave him, he gave me back. On the last day that I was there last week, He called the secretary and told the secretary to tell me to go to the Senate’s Appropriations and Revenue committee and present on one of his bills because he was on his way to Frankfort and he did not know they were going to hear and vote on it. I was nervous and excited because that’s an honor to be able to represent my representative but also because he was able to trust me knowing his bills enough to trust them. That is how I knew I would be good in the field of political science, especially in government work.

My most rewarding moments were meeting his wife, Phyllis who was an angel and super sweet, sitting behind my representative’s desk speaking with guest that would come talk to my representative and also him trusting me to come to Frankfort when he was out of state to help take care of somethings to be caught up and meeting with others.

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A view from the gallery

 

In general, It was a great experience and if anyone wants to do an awesome hands on internship and really see what is going on with the State government or is skeptical and want to see what really happens, I suggest you to try and do it. It has been an experience that I am proud to do and be a part of.

Thank You UofL and Representative Crimm for giving me personal experience in a course setting where I was able to learn what our government does in the real-world and not just in a textbook.

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Photo taken by me and it’s still beautiful in gray days.

Crisis communication in real life…

As for a person who not only has their own twitter but five other twitter handles that I help manage or in charge of, sometimes I don’t realize that I’m on the wrong one when I looking through twitter feeds. This blog will showcase my embarrassing moment that I had a few months ago when I was having issues with my boyfriend.

There are many lessons to learn here, which I will go in later but the key one is knowing what twitter handle you are on. I have five twitter handles and my anon (meaning anonymous twitter) was the one suppose be tweeting the pictures below but I didn’t realize I was on the one for one the organizations I work for. Someone tweeted back and asked if the twitter handle was “okay.”

In the group message for our co-workers, they wanted to know who it was and I being in the state I was in owned up to it.<– That’s tip number one. To make sure you don’t have the embarrassment of this type of situation, I will give you some more tips so that you know what to do in this type of situation.

In any crisis, you never know what to expect and this is just one crisis that you can prepare for…

  1. Own up to something that you know you did. If it’s affecting a social media outlet such as Twitter and you were the one who tweeted or retweeted something, then inform others. I did it
  2. Expect the unexpected. What if no one caught it until my manager did a week or month later, that would have not been any better than in the moment.
  3. Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Will this affect us in a day or a week later?
  4. Stay calm. stay calmIf you are feeling sad, find your happy place and don’t panic. Things happen, you have to be calm to help fix the issue.
  5. laugh it ofLaugh it off. No matter what it is, you probably will look at it and laugh it off. If not, your fellow co-workers will laugh about it and it’s a great conversation topic during interviews now.
Overall, This should help you be able to handle the situation, even if it is embarrassing. The biggest tip of all is to when you tweet, look at which handle you are on so you can avoid this issue.