Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Basics of the New Facebook Profile

Good morning!

It seems that we are hearing about the new Facebook at every corner of the web. Some users, like myself, have been more anxious to experience these improvements and found a loop hole or two to go through. Now, I am going to share some thoughts on the new profiles with you in hopes that it will make your transition to the new (and I think, fantastic) Facebook profile.

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(Above) Meet the new header for your profile. On the left, you see your profile picture and basic info: job, education, 'lives in', and 'is from.' The most obvious change is the new 'Cover' photo which sits at the top of the profile behind your profile picture. With the new 'subscribe' option for profiles, I am curious to see if the cover will become a location for personal logos, making Facebook more of a personal branding tool. Replacing the "Photos of You" bar at the top of the profile are four boxes: Friends, Photos, Map, and Likes. All the way to the right is the TIMELINE, a year by year breakdown of Facebook activity. The timeline isn't limited to the lifetime of your account.

(Below) Facebook's new timeline will now take you back to when you were BORN. You can even add an adorable baby photo if you are so inclined.

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Now onto your wall...

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(Above) The new Facebook has taken on a Tumblr-esque layout. I realize that not ALL Tumblrs are collages. Mine isn't. However, I do see similarities in the calculated chaos of the new timeline. It's never a dull moment when you are scrolling the time line and old embarrassing photos are popping up in either column as you scroll back in time.

(Below) You may have noticed the somewhat new status bar in the upper left corner of the above image. I have zoomed in in the image below. Users have the usual status update options, photo posting and check-ins. However, Facebook may have just become more personal. Click on any of the blue icons and a scroll down menu appears, allowing you to add personal events like 'Got Married' or 'Add a Child.' I am curious whether users will really use these more 'official' life updates or if they will continue to use cliched quotes and music lyrics to talk about their lives.


There you have it. The BASICS of the new Facebook profiles. Like I said earlier, I am sold on it. I think it is a really awesome new look. Have more questions for me? Ask me here!

xo
Gabbi

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Start of Fall

The Farm
Hey All,

Quick note to seniors who are making application decisions: If you have any questions as you make your choices, you can ask me here.

It is hard to believe that Fall has arrived for a number of reasons. A) This means that we've been at school for a month. B) It's still in the mid-70 degree range, so it doesn't feel like Fall aside from the changing leaves.

This weekend, my roommates Fleur and Maria, along with her boyfriend, Kyle, went spontaneously apple picking. I've never done that before and neither has my roommate, Fleur. She's from Holland. It's a very Vermont Fall festivity along with leaf peeping.
Fleur, Maria, and Kyle

We paid $5 a bag (I think it was like 8 apples) and it was the perfect amount. We trekked we through the fields and goofed around. There was admittedly some apple throwing. We are a mature bunch. :) After we'd filled our bags, we went off to the farm store to get some apple cider, cider donuts, and an apple pie.

Later that evening my friends and I planned a Sex and the City movie and mocktails night. It was SO much fun! I absolutely adore the series and movies.



All-in-all, we don't have a TON of opportunities to get dressed up, so this was a really fun evening to break out our heels and take the dresses out of the closet. That's Maria and I to the right. We all looked fabulous, if I do say so myself. It was great way to spend a Friday night with friends. Seriously. It's never a dull moment with them. :)

Now the week is starting up again! On the agenda, the ski team is going to Cochran's Ski Area for a work day tomorrow and some new music for AcaBellas. Talk to you all soon!

xoxo
Gabbi

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why Losing the @SeventeenMag #Freshman15 Competition Was A Great Thing

I think I can guess what you are thinking.


1) Does the #Freshman15 have to do with weight gain?
2) What is the competition all about?
3) When is losing EVER good?


Answers:


1) No, this contest had nothing to do with weight gain.
2) The @seventeenmag competition is a contest for incoming freshman college students to become bloggers for Seventeen Magazine. They are given the opportunity to blog about their college experience for a very large audience.
3) I believe that all things happen for a reason. In this case, not being chosen for the Top 15 was a great thing.


Let me explain. 


At the end of my senior year of high school, I discovered this contest to be a blogger for Seventeen Magazine. My first thought, "This could get my foot into the door of a major magazine." Generally speaking, I don't go into online contests or sweepstakes with high expectations. Like I said, I believe everything happens for a reason and so I just let things take their course. (That being said I believe that good will come to those who work for it. I don't think I am going to be famous by sitting on a couch with a bag of potato chips.)


In fact, by July of 2009 I had forgotten that I had even entered the contest. Yup, completely slipped my mind. I was in Hawaii with my family for the month and all I was concerned about was whether the surf would be good in the morning, if I would see a see turtle, and the progression of my tan. That's when I received an email that I had made the finals. As I recall, there were about 100 girls on the email list. Yes, there could have been multiple emails, but I figure that there must have been thousands of applicants. The assignment for Round 2? Create a video under 60 sec long telling us why you should be chosen.
 
Ah yes. That gem to the right is my audition video. Admittedly, I probably could have done it fully clothed, but like I said my only concern was my tan and I was in HAWAII. I don't think I expressed myself as eloquently as I could have, but I was going was 'raw honesty.' Documentary style. :)


Long story short: I lost. Or I didn't get picked. I had temporary "I should have won, I had the most views" moment. (I even shamelessly promoted my video on the SMC Class of 2013 page.) Then, the lovely @MalloryWood asked me if I want to be an SMC Blogger. While SMC Blogs isn't Seventeen Magazine, I saw it as my first opportunity to get involved at SMC. I was in.


This is my third year as an online ambassador and as you may now, I recently took on the role of Online Media and Communications coordinator for the Founder's Society, which means I manage the entire blogger program including faculty, clubs, and the other students. My experience with SMC Bloggers is what landed me a paid-summer internship in Los Angeles. (Blog post to come: Why Not Becoming @CharlieSheen's #tigerbloodintern was a fabulous thing!) The Freshman 15 experience, while I'm sure beneficial, probably wouldn't have turned into a job that I could hold onto for my college career or teach me the skills to better understand social media, marketing, and leadership. 


That's why losing @SeventeenMags Freshman 15 contest was a great thing!
Questions, comments, concerns? You can ask me anonymously on Formspring!


xoxo
Gabbi


Monday, September 19, 2011

Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age

Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age

Professor: Traci Griffith

Department: Digital Arts, Journalism, and Media Studies

Official Course Description: This course explores the political, historic and philosophical roots of the First Amendment. Particular emphasis is given to the legal and ethical problems of the new communications technologies; other topics include libel, privacy, obscenity, news gathering, copyright, and the free press/fair trial dilemma. The class also provides insights into how th legal process works and an understanding of the principles and philosophies that underlie the restraints on and privileges of the media. After analyzing what the law says journalists can do, the course moves into the ethical component of what the should do. Using basic philosophical theories, students analyze ethical dilemmas through the use of case studies. Using multimedia, guest speakers and current events the course considers media law and ethics and its impact of journalists' ability to fulfill the historic function of the press to inform the public.

My Added Fun Facts:

  1. Professor Griffith has worked as a journalist and went to law school at Notre Dame.
  2. Professor Griffith's class is very entertaining considering it is a law class. I find it fascinating and there is lively discussion through the hour and a half.
  3. One day of the semester is know as Obscenity Day. Every student is required to bring in something that is considered obscene to class and we have a whole day of craziness. Students who are uncomfortable can miss the class, however I won't be missing out on what I am sure will be a bizarre hour and a half.
  4. Professor Griffith has notoriously difficult exams. The kind of exam that seniors talk about to scare freshman journalism majors. I am very nervous for the class, but I do love the topic and I hope that will allow me to take in the information more easily.
Questions? Ask here: FORMSPRING

xoxo
Gabbi

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Professor: Nat Lewis and Carrey Kaplan

Department: English

Official Course Description: All sections of EN 110 emphasize active engagement in reading and writing. With The New Yorker magazine as our central text, this section will study such literary forms as occasional, persuasive or descriptive exposition, poetry, short fiction, and criticism, with excursions into analysis of humorous writing, cartoons, contemporary culture and relationships between lay-out, format, advertising, and text.

My Added Fun Facts:

  1. This class does not have a syllabus and our text book is The New Yorker magazine to which we get a $15 subscription.
  2. This class is taught by both professors, so some days we meet in small groups and sometimes the two classes meet together.
  3. Kaplan and Lewis could be the funniest professors I have had at Saint Mikes. While the class is wildly entertaining, I also love the great discussions that arise from the reading. Did I mention that we literally just move the desks into a giant circle for class?
  4. This is a 100-level literary studies course and is a great option if long novels or poetry aren't you really your thing. I also think it is a great class for me as a journalism major.
Questions? Ask here: FORMSPRING

xoxo
Gabbi

Saturday, September 10, 2011

@SaraBareilles and @SugarlandMusic at the Champlain Valley Fair 2011

Every year, the Champlain Valley Fair brings in big names to perform. Recent acts include Justin Beiber, Bruno Mars, and Lady Antebellum. On Sunday night, Sara Bareilles and Sugarland rocked the stage after weather delays due to heavy rain, thunder and lightening.

Braving the elements
I was lucky enough to go because my friend, Jazz, had an extra ticket. We were center stage in the pit and despite that fact that my jeans were soggy and my feet were muddy, I had an AMAZING time. Both of the artists are just phenomenal live. In a world of Ke$has, (Admittedly, I listen to her music, but I don't think her 'singing' is anything to get excited about.) I love to listen to performance by people who can really belt it out. I love to go to a show and leave thinking, 'That was better than the CD.'

That is EXACTLY how Sara Bareilles and Sugarland left me. They also left me surprised. Sara's voice was more 'soul' than I would have imagined. I thought she'd be more 'chirpy.' As for Sugarland, I didn't expect them to be funny, but their stage presence was great. They were funny and moved around and kept the audience engaged. That's something the 'Bellas and I are working on in our performance.

 Don't believe me? Check out the clips below. They are from my iPhone, so don't get to excited about quality :) Enjoy nonetheless!

xo
Gabbi


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Meteorology

Meteorology

Professor: William Karstens

Department: Physics

Official Course Description: This course explores the basic concepts of the physical sciences, which include physics, chemistry, Earth science, and astronomy. A major goal is to provide an understanding and appreciation of the physical phenomena occurring all around us, from our immediate daily lives to the far reaches of the universe. Emphasis is also given to how the physical sciences affect the individual, society, and the environment. This is a lab-oriented course in which students are encouraged to learn by doing.

My Added Fun Facts:

  1. This class takes place twice a week. Two hour long classes + a 2 hour lab.
  2. Karstens uses Tegrity, a system for recording classes and presentations. This enables us to look back on lectures to review.
  3. Karstens encourages collaboration in labs. We have 5 people to a table and we use each other as a resource.
  4. So far, Professor Karstens has done a great job explaining the material in a way that I can understand. Yes, it is just the beginning of the semester and the material will get harder, but for now, I feel on track.
Questions? Ask here: FORMSPRING

xoxo
Gabbi

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

4-Person Suite 2011

I'll keep the text short on this post. I wanted to give you an inside look at a 4-person suite at St. Mike's. A suite is equipped with 4 single rooms (or 8 single rooms), a bathroom, and a common room. I am part of the Ambassador Program so I live with my friend Maria. (She is a full-time student, but she is actually originally from Columbia.) My two international suite mates for the year are Fleur from Holland and Fumika from Japan. We are all about the same age which is fun and both the girls are very sweet. The Ambassador housing program is a great way to meet people from around the world and it is also an option for getting a suite if you don't have 8 people that want to live together or don't want to single into a suite. Alright, I am done chatting. Check out the videos below for a look at the decor for this year!

Questions? Ask here: FORMSPRING


xoxo
Gabbi




Saturday, September 3, 2011

Media and American Politics

Everyone wonders 'Is this class interesting?' or 'What is the professor like?' Well, I am going to be writing a 4-part series about my classes this semester to give you a little insight.

Media and American Politics

Professor: David Mindich

Department: Digital Arts, Journalism, and Media Studies

Official Course Description: This course explores the confluence of media and politics in our democratic society. Students read political science and media studies texts, engage in class discussions, and take a field trip to New Hampshire to meet candidates (including "minor" ones), political science professors, journalists, and election workers. To put the modern political system in historical context, students will study the changing relationship of politicians and reporters from the founding of the republic until modern times. Students learn about and analyze how politicians work to get out their messages to the media world, how the media interpret (and misinterpret) these messages, and the students' place within this m�lange.<-- That is literally straight from the site. Obviously, a typo, but you get the point. 

My Added Fun Facts:
  1. This class is only taught every four years to coincide with the election.
  2. Part of the class is a trip to New Hampshire to meet candidates and watch a debate. We ride around a giant bus apparently.
  3. David Mindich is an awesome professor as are ALL the MJD professors. 
  4. The class is really a big discussion. Students are encouraged to push back and respectfully argue with one another. This is a big plus in my mind because it encourages free thinking instead of 'think what the professor thinks.'
Questions? Ask here: FORMSPRING

xoxo
Gabbi

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