Why I want your vote and to be UofL’s Homecoming Queen!

What is a Homecoming Queen and why should you vote for me over the other amazing candidates?top3

Well a homecoming queen to me means someone who will represent this university and the community that surrounds it in a positive way. Someone who can represent the student body and be one of the faces for the alumni who are coming home (hence the term homecoming) to the university. I want to be that person. I want to be queen because I want to represent UofL (University of Louisville). I want to show everyone on this campus that I love it, I’m proud to be a Louisville Cardinal.top56

Here are just Five Ways, I show my spirit for this university.

I go to class because I know that’s why I’m here first. It’s to get an education and hopefully a job when I graduate in 7 months. I also respect my professors and take what they say seriously and l want to LEARN.

I get involved. Below you will see Literally everything I am doing right at this moment here at UofL. Side Note- I have been involved all four years through other organizations as well.

top544I support our athletics. I will gladly wake up at 1AM for a 12PM Football Game if that means that I will sit in the front row of the student section. I am a Student Cardinal Athletic Fund Donor and I will gladly go to as many basketball games that my schedule allows me as well as baseball. I keep up to date with other sports via Twitter and other social media outlets…top00

I’ve work at UofL as a student for ALL four years. I have worked from Phonathon, my freshmen year to the Student assistant to the Director of Donor Relations, to the student assistant for the Alumni Association. I love this university and I hope I get the honor to work here once I graduate… Maybe even a graduate assistant position, once I figure out what I want to go to grad school for.

I give back to UofL. I am considered a donor. Like I said I give to the Student Cardinal Athletic Fund but also to the university in different departments. I am aware how the state only funds 11% of our university budget and 41% of this university’s budget is from donors who donate to specifically what they want… This includes RaiseRED as welltop11.

Overall, Like I said- I WOULD LOVE ONE OF YOUR VOTES AND TO REPRESENT THIS WHOLE UNIVERISTY AND EVERYTHING THAT IT DOES FOR STUDENTS. If you would like to vote for me, please go to ULINK –> Student Services –> Ballots–> Brittany Chouhan (by the way, you pronounce my last name as shoe + hand. The d is silent though) & GO CARDS!

List of University Honors, Activities and Organizations

Organizations

Alpha Omicron Pi- AOII (4 years)top5

            Alumnae Relations Chair

                        Founder’s Day

                        Alumnae and Collegian Cook-out

                        Senior send-offs

            Task Force and Team leader for Philanthropy and Communication purposes

Student Government Association (First Year)

            Arts and Sciences Senator

                        SAB Programming Board Undergraduate Representative

                        SAC Committee

                        Services Committee

            Arts and Sciences Council

                        Chair of the Meet and Greet with Dean

                        Member of the Marketing Committee- Mainly in charge or the A&S Council Website

Student Organization for Alumni Relations- SOAR (4 years)

           topp Involved in interest Committee for SOAR to come back (Freshmen year)

            Held positions such as Membership and Recruitment chair as well as Marketing and Communications chair.

            Current Office- Vice President of Philanthropy

                        Senior Gift (20.17), Day of Giving, Giving Tuesday

Saving Our Students- Religious Member

Cage Crew- Cage Crew is a group a student that are under the umbrella of Athletics Marketing team to help ensure that the student section at sporting events is a great experience and hyped up!

Helping to create it as well as a member.

Employment

Student Assistant in the UofL Alumni Office

            Thank A Donor Day Committee

           top8 Alumni Awards Committee

            Homecoming Parade Committee

            Alumni Leadership Conference Committee

            Primarily works with the Volunteer initiative called Cards Writing Cards for Admissions and Graduates.

Community Assistant at The Retreat at Louisville

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            Administrative tasks

            Communicator between Management and Residents.

            Leasing Agent

Honors

Dean’s List | Spring 2016

Served as representative and intern on behalf of UofL in the KY General Assembly | Spring 2016

Service

top10000Participated in service activities such as:

            UofL Compost center on campus- Helped cultivate soil as well as clean up grounds

            Worked on numerous campaigns for representatives on the state level of government.

            Presented Scholarship Awards on behalf of the university at high schools in surrounding counties such as Bullitt and Shelby.

            Made Blankets, Walked, set up and helped the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk as well as working to get donations for the “Climb of the L of It” in Sept. 2016

            Student Cardinal Athletic Fund (SCAF) Member (2 years)

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Blog, blog, blog instead of work, work, work.

What is blogging and why has it became something that our society needs to do? Well for me blogging really is to help me get my word count in for the day or week. I’m just kidding… Blogging is writing in an informal or a conversational style.

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Typical me writing my blogs.

To me it’s a way to speak your mine and explain it through. Blogging is in a way, typing a paper but more casual without formats and what not, think middle school testing (if they still do writing parts of state testing.). My views haven’t changed since the last time I blogged about blogging but an article that I have read for my Comm 303 class has brought some insight…

 

The article, I read for class about Nikki Haley a

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Gov. Nikki Haley Picture from Website of her office.

nd how her life was pretty much ruined because of a mediocre blogger who made up something about her having tax fraud. Nikki even confirmed within the same day that she did not and even had the IRS put out an official statement. It was only that one blogger who got picked up by the news and had Nikki’s career somewhat damage, however the article does point out how if this was in an election, that it could affect their campaign.

 

Take for example, I just was announced this evening as one UofL’s Top Ten Homecoming Queen Candidates, which is very excitingtop10, however as I am campaigning for this, someone who does not like me or does not want me to win, could in fact write a blog on the Odyssey (Holy Mecca of college blogs) online and ruin my chances to be in the Top 5.

Since 2010, Blogs have been crazy on the up rise and that’s because I think it’s outlet for those who want to speak, can speak freely. I think everyone should have the “power to publish” but for most people, it takes time to build a large audience. Think about the first amendment, you have the freedom of speech and right to express yourself. Does everyone use it properly? No. Will most people follow something or someone if they can persuade them? Most Likely. It’s an impact more on my generation than it is for any others, we have blogging communities such as Vibrant Nation for those who are women and 45+, but my age group still takes the most bloggers.

Does my generation create problems? Yes.blogggggggggsd Blogs as a communication technology does create issues but it’s a way to speak your mine and also give your point of view in a way that is more peaceful. So keep blogging bloggers! Blog about midterms, fashion, the debate and whatever you want to because as long as you can put what you are thinking!

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A TV Empire

Television is like the communication technology Empire. It is the most watched and in light of the Fox Show “Empire” coming on this Wednesday night, I plan to write this blog in light of the show Empire’s season’s premiere.

A theory that our class has learned that applies relatively close in terms of television is Social Cognitive Theory, which is basically understanding how behavioral patterns are acquired and maintained.  Take for example, Romantic Comedies playing on the Hallmark Channel or Empire on Fox, you watch them and at first don’t notice but they have effects on you. Some good and some bad.

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accurate picture of me, when I need people to hear me.

I know personally after this past season of Empire, I listened to the Pandora Station with all Empire’s music from their show.

 

Take another factor in this theory when it comes to Television. Think of shows like Cops, the news outlets and other shows that may have an influence on you. The book for our class, gives the example of someone drinking and driving and then people’s behavior may be influenced to not do that.

As a person who loves to watch TV in my spare time, I don’t see it going anywhere

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If TV was a person, it would be Cookie.

anytime soon because with the invention of DVR, it most likely will stay. Living in this day and age, my attention span as well as others has become a high commodity for marketers and TV programs. In an article by Repsly, that explains some research about attention spans, they comment on how ads are still highly used yet still have a decreasing value to them, because you know, we skip them.

 

Television is used now more than ever to infempire-quotes-6orm and help those pass time.

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accurate representation for me watching movies for one of my courses.

In some statistics from Nielsen research, about 97% of households have at least one TV in their house. Not only that but 34.5 hours per week is watched by the average American, not to be mistaken by a college student… That’s why college students use Netflix or Hulu. Television plays a role, playing into the social cognitive theory. Many people turn to the television to see and watch what is happening, each day and week. Yes, many people have internet but Television is still used more than any other communication technology. As we go into the future I think that Lucious from Empire, gives the best statement for companies trying to get into the business that is highly strategized.

 

Is online classes and books worth it or not?

It’s 2016, As I am labeled a millennial, many of us do things that are crazy and of course stupid but we also use many different communication technologies to do them but also to study, do research and also take notes for class. When you walk into a class at almost any college,

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Accurate photo of me in class taking notes.

where students are in class, you will see at least 1/3 if not more students with their laptops or tablets out taking notes.

 

I know personally I am one of them. As a senior, I have been one of those that has transferred from taking hand written notes to typing. I think as I have grown up, became more involved, knowing that I can access definitions or other extra notes to add in my lecture notes, it bothers me. Granted, I can give up my phone from 50-75 minutes at any given time for class or a meeting but without my laptop, I cannot live without because if I’m not sure what something means or I need to look to at something, it’s accessible and there.

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Also another photo of how I interact when something interesting happens in class.

 

As I am in college, having communication technology play a role in my education, it’s easy to see how I was able to take classes while visiting my father overseas as well as work on them at my own pace. That’s the beauty of online classes, you can work as you have an internet connection, you can work pretty much anywhere. In one of the articles, we had to read for class from The Christian Science Monitor, it spoke about how Online learning is influencing colleges. One except from it, shows how I’m not alone when it comes to focusing for about 50-75 minutes. It also states that when doing some research, online students did more work than the average student who is sitting in a lecture class. This plays into MOOCs (Massie Open Online Course), where it’s a website that has college, business and teachers host and build courses, according to their website. The article raises the question about these types of classes, because how is fair that I pay roughly $20,000 a year for tuition, fees, books and housing and can go to these types of websites where I can watch online courses. Granted in the article it does state MOOCs are tracking how many people are interacting and watching rather than taking exams and what not. In a way, this demonstrates social presence theory because of giving the person who is receiving the communication a somewhat “real” person.

 I mention books as a part of price, think about the books you purchase from a bookstore for class- they are expensive but are they better than an on-line book? For me personally, I rather have a physical copy of the book than online, granted I wish I also had access to it online so if I’m in class, booksI don’t have to grab my book and go to that page, I can just click and highlight in the book. Online books are cheaper but you sometimes don’t keep them for so long and you cannot cite the pages as easily. In another article from USA Today, one of the comments were made about how it’s hard for them to site the pages and I totally agree, I rather pay the price for a physical copy than an online subscription. I think as they get more technology advanced, it will be easier, however you have many professors, creating their own “reading packets” which have all different kinds of excerpts that will be used in class. I rather have that than reading online in a scanned PDF.

In my French courses, they were hybrids, which is mentioned in the article from the Christian Science Mentor about how many colleges are going towards that and I love love love that idea, emphasize on the love. I think it helps because it had the book in a physical copy as well as online and also assignments that were different from the book and online. It was easier to see how I could use both and feel comfortable learning a new language.

Since the title of this blog is “Is online classes or books worth it or not?” To me, it is if used in the right way. I would recommend getting physical copies of books for any classes you have to take rather than online books. face-2-faceI also would say take online classes if it fits better in your schedule then take some but also go to lectures in person for the Face 2 Face connections.

 

 

Please don’t stop the Music

As for any college student going through this crazy thing called “Life,” music is something that makes my life a little bit easier as for others (I mean I’m currently listening to Rihanna’s whole ANTI album, which is probably why the title is a lyric from one of her songs)1155, I would also say. In an article titled “The psychological functions of music listening“- Chamarro-Permuzic and Furnham in 2007 identified 15 functions of music among students, which thinking about roughly almost 9-10 years later there is soo many more. To put it in perspective, I listen to music ALOT during the day- here’s my breakdown for a typical school day (TTh) versus a typical work day(MWF)

School Day

  • Walk to classes and back home-1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Walk to the sac for lunch- 10 minutes
  • Homework time (like now)-2-3 hours (this varies)
  • If I have to work in the office- 1-4 hours (varies because music is always playing when I have to work)
  • Potential drive to  get food, groceries, or other errands with a car- 1-3 hours.

TOTAL- 5 hours and 25 minute to 10 hours and 25 minutes

Work Day20055

  • Car drive to work and back- 10-20 minutes
  • Working in the cubicle- 4-6 hours
  • Homework time- 2-3 hours

TOTAL- 6 hours and 10 minutes to 9 hours and 20 minutes

With these two different days that barely change, not including when I shower or eating, I could listen to more but a week I’m averaging roughly a full 24 hours of listening to music. I mean this hasn’t changed since I was in middle school. I remember when I first got the Zunepink-zune2 which I loved until I lost it or something, luckily I progressed to an android phone that I could download music to, music I purchased…

I think for me personally I listen to music to stay calm and on task when it comes to things, it helps me think clearly and I’m not alone according to research by Arielle S. Dolegui, she found out that many students listen to music to alleviate the emotional effects of stress and for me, I agree since it helps me focus. Arielle’s research primarily focused on what type of music, type of personality of the listener and different volume levels affected the college students level to focus with music.

When it comes to how I listen to music, I primarily have moved away from downloading music to downloading an app like YouTube or Pandora where I can select what I want to hear or put a station of music I want to hear such as relaxation or Today’s Hip Hop Music.255

Overall, this is great that I never want the music to stop but sometimes you have to take a step back and realize that this corresponds with the Displacement Theory-meaning that there is less face to face interaction and there’s a limited use of time on communication activities. For example, my phone has a USB cord where I can add my phone and play Pandora instead of listening to the Radio. Does that mean I don’t use the Radio anymore, absolutely not but it does mean that I don’t use it as much as I could.

Just as I never want the music to stop, I do not think it will especially with artists always trying to make it big like Rihanna, Beyoncé, or Luke Bryan. You can obviously tell I have a wide variety of music I listen to but how else could I not get bored with it when I listen to at least a full days of music.

 

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