My favorite part of the semester was when we came up with our “sentence.” I thought it was such an excellent idea. I learned so much about myself through introspection about what makes me tick and what career fields I might like to pursue in the future.
The sentence I came up for myself was, “Helper, event planner and Israel advocate who strives to make the world a better place.”
I think it would be cool to explore the career field of being an event planner. Interestingly, there is an event planning internship in Israel through Masa Israel Journey. In the future, I am considering partaking on this internship to see if this is an avenue I would like to pursue.
“Event Planning Internships Abroad with Masa Israel Journey,” YouTube. uploaded by Masa Israel, 15 Mar., 2012, https://youtu.be/Oi2c8iY-OeQ.
WHAT I ALSO LIKED
I liked hearing about the real world applications of this class. For example, we got to hear Amanda Brandt speak about Chartbeat, In addition, I liked that our class got to go on a field trip to the Nebraska Humane Society and hear what it is like to run social media for this organization from Elizabeth Hilpipre.
MOST VALUABLE PART OF THE CLASS
Additionally, I really liked developing a personal brand. I thought that this was the most valuable part of the class. If I hadn’t taken JRM 327, would I have ever set up a LinkedIn account on my own? Would I have ever developed my Twitter account and increased my followers? Because I took this class, I got to develop my personal brand on both of these social media platforms.
SUGGESTIONS TO ENHANCE THE CLASS
I wish that we could have watched an excellent journalism themed movie. I know that we watched the “BMW Film 1: Ambush ft. BMW 740i” YouTube video, but I think that video was really short.
I think that we should have watched longer movies. In Jeff and Rich’s journalism classes, we always watched a movie that taught our class lessons about journalism. Perhaps there could be movie extra credit? I know that in Rich’s class, he gives extra credit for watching and writing a reflection on the movie “All the President’s Men.”
Even if it was just a laid back discussion in class after the movie without extra credit, I think that this idea is something that students would be genuinely interested in. Perhaps the students could vote on which movie that they would like to watch that pertains to journalism or social media.
Pie day was really cool. I feel like it would be cool to have desserts or baked goods during a movie day in class. Perhaps there could be a potluck where everyone brings something?
CRITICISMS OF THE CLASS
I was looking at the NEST and I noticed that this social media class was being offered in the summer.
One question I have is, “Are the students going to be required to give a presentation?” How can you give a presentation in an online class? Is there going to be a Skype video chat of the presentation?
I understand why there would not be a presentation. An online class is designed to work around distance student’s schedules. Furthermore, most Creighton students live outside of Nebraska. It’s not like they can just drive to campus to fulfill the in-person presentation part of this class.
Nevertheless, if there will not be a presentation component to this class in the summer, I feel like the students will have it much easier than we did during the in-person class. At the same time, the professor who will be teaching this class in the summer might have a substitute assignment such as a discussion post or a paper instead of a presentation. I suppose this might make up for not having the students do an in-person presentation.
My sentence is, “Helper, event planner and Israel advocate who strives to make the world a better place.”
MY SENTENCE WORKSHEET
My student sentence encapsulates who I am and who I am becoming. Additionally, I am still searching for which helping career type suits me best which is why I chose the generic “helper” word in my sentence. As for helping careers, I cannot decide if I want to be a social worker someday or something else such as a dietitian. The worksheet, which is filled out below, goes into the process of reaching my sentence. The worksheet helped me get ideas for my sentence in addition.
I like helping other people. I like giving advice. Another strength that I have is that I am good at reading other people’s emotions (e.g. empathy). Reading body language is an important skill for therapists and social workers which is why I am considering going into these helping careers.
I am a borderline ISTP/ISFP. The ISFP personality type is very good at being a director and a manager of projects. I can fit all the pieces of a project together. Perhaps event planning should be a career I should pursue?
For instance, I really want Israeli Defense Soldiers to come to Creighton University for the CU Jew’s Annual Passover Seder Middle Eastern Dinner this year. I feel like it would enhance and ameliorate our Middle Eastern dinner. I know that an organization called StandWithUs has an annual IDF soldiers tour that goes to college campuses; however, the dates of the tour are February 12-26th, 2017 and our Passover Seder is scheduled for March 27th, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, the tour was scheduled outside of the time frame of when our campus event was planned. So, I talked to the faculty coordinator of our club and asked if StandWithUs would still agree to send the soldiers to Creighton outside of the time frame. The faculty coordinator of our club said that StandWithUs probably would not agree to coordinate with our club and send the soldiers to campus outside of the time frame of the national tour. I did not accept this answer. I wanted a definite answer from the actual organization. I knew the faculty coordinator of our club was unaffiliated with StandWithUs, so I contacted the executive director of StandWithUs and asked if the soldiers could come to Creighton outside of the time frame of the tour. He told me that the soldiers could come to campus on the specific date I requested — March 27th — even though it was outside the time frame of the tour. I forwarded this answer to the faculty coordinator of our club, and the faculty coordinator said that he thought it was a great idea and he agreed to have our club allocate funds for this endeavor.
Also, I have great ideas for the food that I want to be served for the dinner this year. Last year, I did not think the food was very good that was served at the Passover Seder. For instance, the dessert for the dinner was some sort of fruit topping last year. Who wants fruit for dessert? Don’t most people like cake and cookies? We also served chicken and potatoes … I think we can do better than that! During one of the planning meetings, I criticized the food served last year and suggested alternative food to serve. Since this year is an Israeli themed Passover Seder, I suggested Middle Eastern food like falafel, shawarma, potato latkes, hummus and pita bread. Additionally, I suggested that we serve cake or cookies instead of fruit preserves. I feel like these alternatives are significantly better than the food served last year.
I also think it would be a good idea to buy Oreo and Chips Ahoy! mini cookie bags to hand out at promotional tabling events prior to the Middle Eastern dinner we are having. I am going to pitch this idea during a planning meeting that is coming up.
I think that our club should also purchase a poster for the Skutt Student Center and buy trifold paper sign holders to put on tabletops in eating areas such as the dining halls located in Skutt, Brandeis and Harper.
Additionally, I think it would be a good idea to have a bone marrow swab drive during the event. Approximately 70% of blood cancer patients cannot find a donor from their immediate family. This is why cancer patients turn to bone marrow registries such as Be The Match and Gift of Life for generous people who will donate their bone marrow or stem cells and save a life. During bone marrow drives, people partake in a simple cheek swab and fill out a form. The DNA from the swab is entered into an international registry. Only one in 430 people will ever be called by the organization to donate. In Judaism, there is a saying that if you save a life, it is as if you have saved the world. This bone marrow drive would also live up to Creighton University’s mission of providing “[s]ervice to others.” I think helping to save other people’s lives is a significant endeavor to pursue. I want to advocate for this idea as well during one of our planning meetings. Even if my idea is rejected, I can still try to organize a bone marrow drive with another organization on campus such as the Creighton Graduate Student Government which organized a bone marrow drive in 2015 or the Creighton Colleges Against Cancer group.
Another talent that I have is that I am good at rote memorization. Although it takes me a long time to study, I am good at recalling information for tests and exams when I read class lecture notes numerous times. This study habit helps when I have to give a speech. For instance, I participated in the Interfaith Prayer Service at Creighton University in 2015. I memorized the background information that was about “Psalm 121 A Song of Ascents.” I said this information in front of the audience at St. John’s Parish. After the service, many people came up to me and told me that I did a good job reciting the information during the service.
I do not know if this talent is practical, but I am a decent runner. My best time for the 5K was 21:07.5 in high school. I feel like if I really worked at running, then someday I could become a better runner. One of the sports I like playing for leisure is ultimate frisbee, and I have a talent for this sport.
CORE TALENT OF EXPERTISE
I have always been told that I have a talent for being creative and artistic.
NEEDS AND WANTS OF AUDIENCE
I do not work for a company that is trying to target a audience. The only thing that relates to my life in this context is the planning for the Middle Eastern dinner I am organizing on campus for CU Jews. I think that the people who attend the event want a quality event with good food and entertainment.
HOW TO MEET THOSE NEEDS
As aforementioned, I am a good organizer of events. I can organize all the parts of the event that we need to make the event work well.
WHAT I CAN DO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE
Compared to most people’s drawing and design skills, I am very creative and artistic. I am thinking of designing the poster and flyer for our event.
WHAT MAKES ME MARKETABLE AGAINST THE COMPETITION
On campus, there are so many organizations with events. Which one should a student go to? I think one of the issues is trying to get people to come to your events. I am a good event planner, so I think word of mouth is always a good way to get people to come to your events. I am going to utilize the strategy of asking my friends to bring five friends to get more people to come to the event our club is planning. I think free food is always something that helps attract people to come to a club’s event. Not all tabling events have promotional cookies to give away, so I think by including this aspect it will help get people to come to our club’s event. I also want to see if the Creightonian can write an article to promote this event.
MY SENTENCE: TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
I feel like millennials spend a lot of time online and on social media. Since they gravitate towards social media platforms, it is important to have a sentence that summarizes who one is as a person so that employers can have a glimpse of who they are hiring. It also allows potential Twitter followers to get a better idea of who one is as a person before they start following you.
Many news, advertising and public relations organizations have a sentence on their Twitter accounts. For example, NBC News’s sentence on their Twitter account is, “A leading source of global news and information for more than 75 years.” I feel like the sentence of news organizations is almost like a mission statement that describes the purpose of the organization.
What has stayed the same for news organizations? News organizations, for instance, still report the same news on television, but they increasingly utilize social media platforms to report breaking news.
In sum, everybody has a purpose in their life. Finding who you are meant to be and projecting that to the world in one short sentence is the challenge. So what are you living for?