Looking Forward

As the end of my first semester of freshman year draws to an end, it is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on everything I have learned this semester. It has definitely been a huge transition to go from living under my parents roof, to having complete freedom in college. It has been a semester full of change, new things, and growth. There were times that I didn’t think I would make it through, but I did it. I am so lucky to still have the support of my amazing family and friends back home. They are my biggest cheerleaders, and they are the ones that make me want to do my very best so that I can make them proud. It has been hard to be away from my family and friends back in Broken Arrow, but Norman is starting to feel like home and I couldn’t be happier.

It is difficult to be away from my family and friends in Broken Arrow, but luckily they are here for me every step of this journey. I couldn’t be more thankful for the daily texts, phone calls, face times, care packages, and pictures they send me to make sure I know that they are always rooting for me. I wouldn’t be able to survive without their constant support and love. I am lucky to have a best friend who still stays by my side even though I can’t always physically be there for her, and a little sister who helps me face time my dogs when I’m feeling sad.

Luckily in  Norman I have found a home away from home where I can be myself around people that care about me and want the best for me. I am so lucky that this semester I found my home at Alpha Phi. It is an incredible feeling knowing that I have so many sisters that will always have my back. I have found girls in there that I know will still be my sisters not just for four years, but for the rest of my life. Some of these girls have seen me at my best and at my worst and they still love me the same. I have been so blessed by the bonds of my new sisterhood.

I have also found a home in the academic side at the University of  Oklahoma. It has definitely been hard, but I enjoy having classes that challenge me and help me grow academically. It may only be my first semester as a journalism major, but I already am so in love with it! I am not 100 percent certain that I will stay as a journalism major, but I am certain that even if I change my major it will still be something under the school of Gaylord. Being a media major is the right choice for me because nothing else fascinates me as much as the media world does. Media majors are the storytellers of the world. It is their job to be tell  the people of the world what is going on in the world no matter what side of the media realm you are on.

This semester I have been fortunate enough to write this blog for JMC 1013 at the University of Oklahoma and be a writer for the OU branch of The Odyssey. One of my articles for The Odyssey this semester got 16,592 (and counting) shares! It is so exciting to see my work get shared when I thought my mom was the only person who actually read my articles. It has been a great experience to put my work out there for the world to see it. I am excited to try more new things in this field and really step out of my comfort zone. I love having the chance to have various opportunities that can help with with my future media degree.

Right now I am back and forth between being a journalism major and being a public relations major. With either one I would still be in Gaylord, and I feel like I could be very happy in either path. I am sure as I continue on in school it will become more clear to me which path is the best choice for me. I am so eager to learn more about the various media majors and continue to grow in my skills and knowledge in the different career paths.

It has been a challenging, but incredible semester here at the University of Oklahoma. It is a great feeling to be confident in the fact that I know that this is where I belong. I am so excited for the next seven semesters of college and to see where God takes me. It might be a long hard road, but I know great things are at the end of it.

Please enjoy this video of compiled pictures of my first semester at the University of Oklahoma:

The Media’s Version of Beauty

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Please take a moment to watch an introduction video to this blog post!

In today’s society, the definition of beauty is very narrow. When you open a magazine, newspaper, book cover, turn on the tv, or go online there is usually a certain type of male or female that looks similar.

You usually see a tall, blonde, flawless, beauty with the perfect hair, makeup, outfit and body. Or, you might see a tall, dark and handsome man who is every girls dream guy.

The problem with this portrayal of beauty is that young girls and boys look up to these figures. They aspire to look exactly like them, but unknown to them, that is impossible.

It is totally okay to look up to someone who has a healthy workout, a healthy dietary plan, and is a model. It is so not okay to let little girls believe that the girls they are looking up to really look like they do in their advertisement photographs.

The models that we all see every day do not look like their picture. These models are perfect because of the skills of many people who spend hours upon hours creating the perfectly photoshopped image in order to sell or promote their product or business.

CBS news interviewed an agent and former model who had this comment on today’s modeling industry: “‘It is important that a fashion model is a fashion model.’ Bethann Harrison said. ‘She has to be lean. She should be tall and it is not someone who is fuller body. That is not fashion. That is something else.'”

As a young woman, that statement is infuriating to read. The fact that so many people believe the previous quote shows just how twisted our idea of beauty really is. It is not realistic for young girls to think that they have to be tall, skinny, and drop dead gorgeous. There are many factors like health and genetics that prevent many girls from being the perfect height or weight. We should not be putting that kind of pressure on young girls. We should be teaching young girls to grow up loving their body so that they will continue to have a positive body image as an adult.

Businesses put out images of models that are unrealistic, yet it works because most people want to look like the model they see in the picture. Consumers buy the product because they believe that it will make them look like the model shown with the product. This puts pressure on young people, but mainly teenagers. Most teenagers already feel the excruciating pressure to fit in, so it adds even more pressure when they see perfect images and try to live up to those standards.

These fake images of airbrushed models have provoked a real danger in the lives of adolescents. It  can make them hate their own body, which can be a serious harm. According to a study from Media Smarts,  “having poor body image can have numerous negative effects: one of the most common is lowered self-esteem, which carries with it its own associated risks. In a national U.S. study in 2008, 25 per cent of girls with low self-esteem injured themselves on purpose (compared to four per cent of girls with high self-esteem); and 25 per cent reported disordered eating (compared to seven per cent of girls with high self-esteem).”

This is an issue we have seen in the world since the start of the media world. The world’s definition of beauty might evolve, but the issue of unrealistic images still remains. It is more prominent in the present media world because now we have more technology to help with airbrush and photoshop to make it more realistic to audiences.

The only way this will change is if more companies take a stand to really show their models as who they are without all of the photoshop. The male and female adolescents need more positive role models to look up to who are proud of their bodies without all of the photoshop.

It is our job as citizens to demand that we want to see a more realistic version of what beauty really is. We should demand to see photographs that are untouched and real. The next generation needs to see a world where they can grow up having a positive body image that is healthy and real.

 

Bring On The Tears

Don’t deny it…you definitely cried at the end of this commercial.

The goal of companies is to sell their products to the right audience. In order to promote their product, it is obviously necessary to create advertisements. The advertisement should make consumers want to buy the product they see in the ad.

The video above is obviously an advertisement for Extra gum. It displays the relationship of a young couple starting from when they first meet in high school, and it goes all the way to the moment Juan proposes. The proposal tugs on the heartstring of every hopeless romantic out there because Juan saved the gum wrappers from their sweet moments together and he illustrated the moment on the wrapper. He hangs all of the wrappers up in picture frames, and then he proposes and I know the tears are already streaming down your face at this point.

This advertisement is my personal favorite ad of the year. It is the type of ad that is perfect for all audiences, which fits since the product is for basically anyone who can chew gum. The heartfelt love story draws the audience in; it makes them either reminisce about their true love, or for me, it makes me wish I had a boy that was as sweet as the one in the video.

Who does not relate to a love story? Basically every human being craves that kind of love that seems like it is never-ending. So many connect to that feeling of love, and it makes the ad unforgettable.

It was not even necessary for the ad to have a single world of dialogue. The actions are enough to draw the consumers in. The perfect song playing in the background of the love story is the perfect combination.

Ads that make the viewer really feel  emotions are very successful. Tears are usually the best emotion to evoke in ads. The feeling that it brings makes it very memorable, and it makes consumers want to buy that product when they see it in the store. When they see the gum, the consumer will now think about this love story and happily buy the pack of gum.