Monday, December 10, 2007

Last Post of Semester - How to Succeed

There are several things that you can do in Angie's class that will help you succeed. First and foremost, DO NOT fall behind, especially on proposals. Keeping up with the work and getting an early start on proposals is absolutely crucial and will help keep the work load down. The work in this class isn't very hard but trying to do all of it in one week would be extremely difficult.

Meet your group mates and learn to get along with them well. I can't tell you how helpful it was that I got along with my team mates. Our schedules were absolutely hectic, but we compromised and found one hour a week we could get together and talk about the project. Again, don't fall behind on group work.

Keep up with your blogs. You may not think Angie has the time to go through and read everybody's blog, but believe me she does it, and your grade will hurt if you stop doing these things.

Overall, this was a good class and you learn a lot about how to behave and write in the real world. You also get a lot of experience in writing proposals, and for our particular class, we got a lot of Web design experience. The class is also relatively easy as long as you keep up with, and do your work. Angie doesn't like to give bad grades, and she will help you out as much as possible.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


This week our blog topic was up to us. Angie told us to be creative... well I'm not actually that creative a person but what I am is random. So here are some random thoughts.

I just got done writing what could be my final lab report of my college career and that pumps me up (hope I do better than I have on my million previous reports)

I graduate in May which is just like 5 months away but it feels like I'll never get there. I have a job already so all I have to do is pass my classes which could be difficult considering I have to take 20 hours in the spring, it's going to kick my tail.

I went to the gun range yesterday to shoot my buddy's .45 and even though I was wearing earplugs, I still can't here anything out of my right ear. To be completely honest I'm a little worried about it and I'll probably go to deadfurn tomorrow to get it checked out.

So I'm sittin in the library for possibly the first time in my four years here on a Sunday night and I'm absolutely amazed at the amount of people in here. I had no idea.

I'm starving and have a lot more work to do at the house and to be quite frank the girl beside me is weirding me out a little bit so I'm going to the house. See you next week.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Reflection on Employers Study Applicants' Personalities

This week we were asked to read the article on how employers determine the personalities of applicants.

After reading this article I have learned a few new things about the application process and how a lot of companies now are basing their decision on more than just a resume and a quick interview. One company said that they keep applicants there for nine or ten hours to be sure that they are being true and not just putting on a show for them. I thought that this was a very good idea because most people will not be able to tell what a person's personality is like in a quick interview.

Another approach some companies are using is trying to scare off applicants. The theory behind this is that the employers aren't trying to sugar coat anything by telling them the job is something it isn't. They will tell them straight up what the job entails and if the applicant doesn't like it then obviously they weren't right for the position. By doing this, companies are weeding out people who aren't serious about the job and keeping the ones who really want it.

Overall the article basically said that during this day in age a person applying for a job has to have a lot more than a good resume and good grades. Looking good on paper is very good for employers to see, but it is only the beginning. If the applicant doesn't have a good personality, easy to get along with, hard working, and motivated then a lot of companies don't want anything to do with them. Companies nowadays are coming up with new ways of interviewing applicants to determine just what kind of people they are and whether they will fit in with their team or not.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Dual Coding Theory

The ad I chose to write about dual coding theory about is a Bud Light commercial. In it there are two men sitting in the opera who have snuck But Light bottles into the show. During a really high note, however, his bottle shatters along with the rest of them in his jacket. The guy sitting in front of them then turns around and holds up a can asking them if it's their first time at the opera.

I found this commercial extremely entertaining. It uses dual coding theory by linking the opera with Bud Light. I know not a huge number of men like going to the opera but this commercial could be meant to symbolize pretty much anything a guy would get dragged into doing by a girl. I know it makes me want a beer just because I can relate to getting conned into something I don't want to do and thinking that a nice refreshing Bud Light would make it a lot more enjoyable, or at least bearable.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Group Work

Working with my group in this class so far has been a very good experience. We haven't really had any problems at all as far as miscommunications. If I was to name one thing that didn't go so hot it's that all of our schedules are so packed that it's very difficult to find time to actually meet as a group.

When we do meet, I am very pleased with our work. This is probably one of the most efficient groups I've ever been in in terms of how much work we get done during our meetings. There is very little fooling around; we get right to work and do what we have to do, and that's what i like best about our group. I don't think we have ever had a meeting last more than 45 minutes.

To avoid any possible miscommunications in the group we should keep doing what we are doing. We did come to an agreement on a reasonable time to meet every week so I assume we will keep that the same as well.

I think the reason we have been very successful is because we got an extrememly early start on this proposal. We've been having meetings almost since the first day we got into our group and just done a little bit at a time. Then when it came down to the last week before it was due, we really didn't do much at all besides a little revision.

I wouldn't change much as all in the second phase of the project. If I had to say something I would say that Callie doesn't need to do quite as much work. She was the only one that had any kind of web design experience before and really the only one that could work a computer better than a 9th grader, and for this reason I kind of feel like a lot of the work got put on her just because she knew more of what she was doing than anyone else.

Free Topic (due 10/28)

Since I wrote my reflection on the mock interview process last week, I get a free topic of my choice this week.

Let me go ahead and say that this assignment is extremely late (by like 5 days). I do not know what it is about this blog thing but I cannot ever remember to do them by Sunday. I don't know if it's just me or not, maybe it's because I have never had anything like this before. We will get the blog assignment for the week in class and Angie always tells us it's due by Sunday. Sometimes I will actually remember to do it but 9 times out or 10 I forget until the last 5 minutes or so. The other 1 time I won't remember until Monday.

I think the main reason for me forgeting to do these blogposts is because I am usually fairly busy on Sunday's. Ok I take that back I'm not usually that busy but I spend most of the day sitting around relaxing (trying to take my mind off school) then about 5:00 or so I will go to the library and work on homework that's due Monday. The fact that I have homework that's due that night never even crosses my mind.

For whatever reason I keep forgeting, I have got to find a way to remember because I know that it will hurt my grade in the end, and I can't let such a simple assignment bring my grade down. I think what I am going to start doing is start blogging earlier in the week when it's still on my mind, or I am just going to set an alarm on my phone that goes off the same time every Sunday telling me to write on this thing.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Mock Interview

I thought the mock interview process was a very good exercise. It gave us experience in being in the interview situation as well as allowed us to write resumes, cover letters, and follow-up letters.

Most of the stuff we did in this exercise I had done before so there wasn't a whole lot of new things that I learned. It did allow me to get better at it though. If I were to go back and do it again I would have made my cover letter in a different format and it would be longer. I would also have gone over my resume a couple more times.

Besides these two minor items I thought I did well. The interview itself went pretty smooth and I wouldn't change much at all about how I did there.