The Queen of Journalism

Photo on Tim Milloy's Story
Photo on Tim Milloy’s Story

I am currently a student at the University of Oklahoma and I am studying journalism. When someone asks me what media professional inspires me, the first person that comes to my mind is the queen of journalism herself: Diane Sawyer.

As a woman who wants to be a journalist, I am thankful for Diane Sawyer because she paved the way for it to be a normal occurrence to see a female journalist on TV.

She was the very first female correspondent on 60 Minutes which is a huge deal! She did not let the men in charge stomp on her dreams. Sawyer did not give up on her dreams and now she is a huge inspiration for me and the women of the world.

Sawyer worked her way up from starting at a local station, to the White House press office under Nixon, to 60 Minutes and then she just kept growing! She showed the world that it was possible to achieve bigger dreams.

She knows how to work the camera and make people listen to what she has to say. She is a talented communicator and she has many dedicated followers.

The woman who started out as being known only by the people of her town is now a woman who recently had the first televised interview with one of the most controversial people in pop culture.

I grew up staring wide-eyed at my television watching Diane Sawyer on the screen and in those moments I knew that I wanted to be just like her.

Thank you, Diane Sawyer, for being such an inspiration to me and to so many other women who aspire to do what you do.

Please enjoy this video of Diane Sawyer’s interview with another inspirational woman, Malala Yousafzai.

 

More than a Stereotype

Alpha Phi Girls; University of Oklahoma.
Alpha Phi Girls; University of Oklahoma.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a girl in a sorority?

I know for most people things like: fake, shallow, ditzy, ignorant, materialistic, brat, spoiled, etc. comes to mind. They picture a perfect Victoria’s Secret Angel at college only there to party.

I am so much more than what you think a sorority girl really is and so are the thousands of other girls who I call my sisters.

We are intelligent, compassionate, kind, generous, inquisitive, bold, passionate, and so much more.

We are doctors, lawyers, teachers, writers, actors, singers, producers, anchors, politicians, fashion designers, wives, mothers, and so much more.

We are members of an organization that is so much bigger than ourselves. It is an organization where service, sisterhood, and scholarship are so important. We realize the importance of helping others in our community and the world, we cherish the bonds we make with the girls around us, and we make our education a priority.

Last year my chapter formed a team for our campus wide philanthropy event that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network. We raised the most money out of all the different groups on campus. We know the significance of giving back to the community.

It is so easy to feel alone at a big university, but being apart of a sorority brings you a group of girls that will have your back no matter what. They are the only ones that will answer the phone at three in the morning when you need help. They are the girls that I have formed life long bonds with. Sisterhood is so important to us and we take it very seriously.

We are in a sorority because we came to a university to advance our education. We take pride in our high standards of grades and excellence.

I am so honored to be a woman in a sorority. I am proud of who we are and what we stand for.

Think of powerful women like Sophia Bush, Vanessa Williams, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Carrie Underwood, and Katie Couric. Would you be surprised to know that these women were apart of various sororities? Believe it because it is true.

So now when you think of a woman in a sorority think of us as strong, powerful women who strive to make a difference in this world. We are so much more than a stereotype.

 

 

 

Ten Ways to Succeed with Studying

Taken by Sierra Abbott

The days of walking into a class and taking a test without studying the night before are over. This is college and it is pretty much impossible to ace a test without studying endlessly. I was the girl in high school who made perfect graders without ever having to study, but sadly I got thrown into a new world where studying is absolutely necessary if you want to succeed.

In hopes of helping poor college students like me who did not know the ways of studying, here is a list of ten things, in no particular order, that help me get through the process of studying.

  1. Get out of your room

I know your room is comfy, but trust me get out of your room to study. If you are anything like me, when you try to study in your room you will either a) fall asleep or b) get distracted by Netflix (usually Gossip Girl).

2. Go to the library

My very favorite place to study is at the library. Granted, if you don’t attend the University of Oklahoma then you are seriously missing out because our library is so beautiful. I love the atmosphere of the whole building and it is a great environment for studying. My favorite room is the great reading room because it looks like it came straight from Harry Potter. The other good thing is that you can’t make noise, so it is the perfect place to get away from distractions.

3. Go alone

I am so much more focused if my friends do not come with me to study. If they come with me there are sure to be lots of laughs and not very much of the actual studying part. When I am alone I can accomplish so much more and get it done a lot faster.

4. Starbucks

What is studying if you don’t have the perfect Starbucks drink? I know that sounds silly, but I don’t think I could get through studying without my favorite study buddy: an iced vanilla latte. Coffee helps me get through those long nights of studying till the sun comes up.

5. Put your phone away

Yes I know that in today’s society it is so hard for us to disconnect from our cell phone even for a minute, but trust me you will retain more information and get so much more done if you just disconnect from the outside world for a little while. If you put your phone away you won’t get distracted by the vibrations of your phone that go off every five seconds.

6. Classical music

Don’t think I am lame, but listening to classical music is a must for me when I am studying. It helps to calm me down and focus on what I am doing. Don’t try to listen to pop, rap, country, or anything in between because it will not work. Go to the classical music pandora station and you will be set.

7. Index Cards

Index cards are probably one of my favorite study tools. I usually write all my notes down on a normal sheet of notebook paper and then transfer the terms or concepts on to index cards. If you put the term/concept on one side and the definition on the other, then you have a great way to study that isn’t just you straight reading what you need to learn.

8. Pretty pens

My brain does not like just looking at plain pencil or even just black ink. I like to spice up my notes with pretty colored pens (usually pink of course) so that looking at my notes is more fun. It makes studying a little less boring.

9. Snack breaks

Snack breaks are very important. Reward yourself in the middle of studying with a snack that will fuel you with more energy to keep going, But let’s be real, I usually reward myself with candy which is fine too.

10. Change it up

One thing that I have learned through studying is to not just focus on one thing for four hours straight. Break up your studying for one exam with homework from another class. Your brain will feel like mush if you only focus on one thing all night without changing it up.

These ten things are what help me study in college and hopefully they can help you out too! Best of luck to all of you out there that know the pain of studying and are experiencing it at great levels right now. You can do it!

Feel free to let me know what helps you study! Leave your tips in the comments!