Author Archives: Shannon Brys and Samantha Severo

About Shannon Brys and Samantha Severo

Shannon Brys and Samantha Severo are the authors of this blog. We are both juniors and communication majors at the University of Mount Union with concentrations in public relations and media studies.

Final exams and…Lady Gaga

Final exams and…Lady Gaga

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lady gagaPhew… what a week it has been so far.

Tuesday was Reading Day, meaning it was the day before finals so we didn’t have class. My mom came to visit and took the first load of my furniture home.  It was nice seeing her and starting the move-out process but my room is so weird right now. She took away my dresser, two of my bookshelves and a couple boxes of clothes.  My poor TV is sitting on a chair right now because it used to sit on my dresser :]

But, like I said, I’m glad we got some stuff out and the rest of it will be moved out on Saturday! I cannot believe that is two days away already.  I will just have to make the most of these next two days! :[

Last night was the Lady Gaga concert and it was so amazing!  She is such an awesome performer and person.  It was such a fun way to start finals week too!  There were a few technical difficulties at the beginning of the concert so it was delayed about an hour and we didn't leave the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland until about 12:15 a.m.  That meant that we didn't get home until almost 1 a.m. and I didn't go to bed until 2 a.m.  Even more fun than that was that I had to get back up at 5 a.m. to get my stuff together and drive back to Mount. Whoooo. I was so tired on the drive back to school this morning but it was well worth it.  I've been humming Gaga songs all day today.  :]

I had two exams today and I think they both went pretty well.  I have two more tomorrow and then I’m done for the semester!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!!

-Shannon

 

A week left?!

A week left?!

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Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

I love that I live just a short hour away from school because I was able to head home for the short holiday weekend – and it wasn’t too big of a stab into my wallet because of those crazy gas prices!

Today is the last day of classes, can you believe it? It is April 25 and my summer starts in one week … just a few finals stand in between me and a nice, relaxing summer.

Happy Monday, and have a fantastic week!

-samantha

 

The end is near…

The end is near…

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FINALS WEEK is just about upon us … Tomorrow (Monday) is the last day of classes for the semester. I feel like tomorrow everything needs to be wrapped up. Hopefully papers, tests and projects will finally be handed back so we can all know where we stand with our grades before we take final exams.

Tuesday is “Reading Day,” which is basically just a day off of school that students are supposed to use to study.

Wednesday starts final exams but I won’t be on campus because I’m going to the Lady Gaga concert!! :] I’m excited, but I wish it had fallen a week later because I do have a final at 8 a.m. the next morning :[

It will all work out. I'm hoping to study a lot Tuesday and during the day on Wednesday to be ready for my exam. Then I have two exams on Thursday and two on Friday… AND THEN I'M DONEEEEE!!! I'm so excited to be finished with all of the schoolwork for this semester. It has been an insane semester, but definitely a good one.

I'll keep you updated throughout the week with how the finals seem to be going and maybe I'll even write a post about the Gaga concert :]

-Shannon

 

Senior Research Project–Check!

Senior Research Project–Check!

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In one of my last posts, I wrote about the SCE (Senior Culminating Experience). I had to work on a research project for three semesters, write a paper and present to the Department of Communication, all of the communication seniors and our families and friends.

I finished putting my paper together last weekend, and it ended up being 32 pages. Whew. So glad that is done though. I’m very proud of it and all I can hope for at this point is that my professors like it too!

Also, last weekend I finished putting my presentation together and rehearsed my presentation a few times. The SCE Symposium (where the communication seniors present their SCE’s for the professors, fellow students, families and friends) was on Tuesday night. My parents and boyfriend came up for the event and I was so glad to have them there.

The majority of the class presented their research through posters. This portion of the event included the seniors standing by their posters and answering any questions that people had about their projects. After that part was over, it was time for the formal (oral) presentations. I, along with four other students, presented mine this way.

Since it was alphabetical, I was second to present. I was nervous, but confident because I knew exactly what I was going to talk about since I worked on it for the past three semesters. I created my presentation at Prezi.com so it was a little more exciting than a PowerPoint. I got a few laughs throughout my presentation and received a bunch of questions from the professors during my question and answer session.

Overall, I am really happy with how my research project turned out. I’m really glad I did a content analysis of TV show Teen Mom. I learned a lot about the research project, everything that goes into writing a huge research paper and also a lot about the show and its themes.

One thing that I would say future communication students should know is to be very sure of your research so you can be prepared for the questions that the professors will fire at you. It also shows in your presentation when you are confident of the research you’ve completed and when you actually like the topic that you studied.

That’s all for now. So glad that I can say that’s over. :]

-Shannon

Where is the rewind button?

Where is the rewind button?

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So this weather is at least making an attempt to change for the better. Mother Nature, we can’t be mad at you for that. Just remember, April showers bring May flowers… Well, with the way this April is going (I heard on the radio that 19/27 days this month have had rain), we better be seeing some beautiful flowers – especially on our campus! I love nothing more than walking to class and seeing all of the purple tulips blooming with all of the trees. Lately, I’ve been spotting a couple of daffodils here and there sprouting up. Spring has finally arrived – just in time for summer vacation! :]

So with the sun shining (trying to, at least) it makes me realize — oh my gosh, it is summer break. Where is the rewind button?

So I know I’ve mentioned this in my last post, but seriously, can you believe it? I sure can’t. It is always the end of the year when you realize how bad you don’t want to leave.

A few weeks back, I was stressed about school and excited about summer … I started the countdown to break. Now, I would do anything to rewind.

Now it is finals week, which means studying and taking many, many study breaks to hang out with your friends.  Today, three of my house mates and I spent our study break on our front porch waiting for the storm to roll in (April showers). I realized that in one week from today I won’t be able to just go hang out on my front porch with my best friends; they will all be miles away. #sadness

I realize that this year I made some of the best friends I’ll ever had. Sure, problems may arise, but ya know, you learn to get over everything. That is what growing up is all about.

Next year we’re going to live in the new townhouses because we weren’t really fans of living off-campus… but ya know what? I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for the world. We all grew up so much in the past several months and it has been a blast.

I see my boyfriend and all of his friends getting ready for graduation and preparing to make their next steps in life. I am getting so unbelievably sad that they won’t be here next year, but I am so excited for their futures to begin.

Sorry that this was a rather emotional post, but I guess that’s what happens when the end comes and ya get all sad and mushy :P

-samantha

 

Grady is back!

Grady is back!

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I am going to start this blog similar to a previous post… HOW BOUT THEM INDIANS? First of all, Grady finally made his return — insert girly screams here — and did awesome! Second of all, another sweep! As of right now they’re in first place in our decision. Winning! Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that the whole season stays like this! :]

UMU Palooza came and went faster than it was thought of. The sun was shining, music was playing and everyone who attended had a blast.

This weekend was a great one! I am lucky enough to live somewhat close to school so going home on weekends is an option for me. I took my best friend with me to show him the greatness that is Cleveland. We hit up the West Side Market and watched a lot of Tribe baseball!

On the way back to school, I realized how close the end of the year is. We don’t have class Tuesday or Friday, and then our last day of classes is on Monday. Unbelievable! The seniors are graduating in about three weeks which is so hard to believe… can’t believe in a year it is going to be me.

Keeping this post short and sweet … busy week!

Go Tribe!

-samantha

Busy, busy, busy.

Busy, busy, busy.

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What a crazy week. I don’t know how this always happens, but professors always seem to cram everything in at the end of the semester so I have everything due all at once. UGH. This week I had a presentation on Monday, a midterm on Tuesday, I had a quiz today, tomorrow I have a huge journal entry due in one of my classes and Friday I have a written proposal and another presentation due. Phew.

I’ve always loved being busy, but comeeeeee on. This is crazy! We had our last radio show, “Late Night Jams with Shan and Sam,” last night because the next two Tuesdays don’t work and then we’re moving out! It’s so insane how fast this year/semester flew by.

On Tuesday, I will be presenting my SCE. For those of you that don’t know what that is it means “Senior Culminating Experience.” It’s basically Mount Union’s version of a senior project and every department is different. It’s supposed to “culminate,” or bring everything together, that you’ve learned throughout your time at Mount Union.

The Department of Communication requires students to write a paper during their junior and fall of their senior year and present their research in the spring of their senior year. Since I’m graduating early in December, I’m presenting mine this semester … next week!! AHHH. So I’ve been so busy getting my presentation all set.

Hmph. Well, I better get back to all that homework. Tomorrow is UMUpalooza, the four-hour live music event in the Quad sponsored by WRMU, so make sure to come out! :]

-Shannon

Hookie for a good cause

Hookie for a good cause

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So remember a few posts back I told you how I was working on that huge sponsorship proposal in one of my sport business classes? Well, it was (finally) due last week — how refreshing — but yesterday was the day of presenting. One of our professors in the Department of Human Performance and Sport Business somehow knows pretty much everyone in the sports world. He hooked us all up with different execs all over the surrounding area for our presentation. Some went to Cleveland (lucky), some went to Columbus, some headed to Youngstown and me and my group were able to head over to Pittsburgh.

I’ve been to Pittsburgh a couple times recently but never on a trip like this. Three of my classmates and I got in our professional attire, grabbed our “briefcases” and laptops and started off on a mini-road trip. The weather was pretty crappy here — you know, spring in OH — but once we hit PITT the sun almost automatically started shining. We timed our trip just perfectly because we arrived at PNC Park — home of the Pirates — right at 2 p.m., just in time for our meeting with the senior account executive with the Bucs.

PNC Park’s front offices reminded me of Progressive Field’s, but both are pretty unique to themselves. We went up to a conference room on the suite level of the ballpark and we had a great time talking about sports, talking about business and presenting our projects. Afterwards, he took us four out to the ballpark to show us all of the work he has done with getting sponsors. Now, I have never been inside of PNC Park, I’ve just looked at it from the outside. Let me tell you, it was gorgeous. What a great opportunity it was to go there!

After spending a couple of hours at the ballpark, we said our goodbyes (and got business cards) and went on our way home — but not before stopping and grabbing some sandwiches from Pittsburgh’s best Primanti Bros.

As I’ve mentioned before, Mount sure does a great job hooking us up with some fantastic opportunities. Yesterday was definitely one for the books.

-samantha

oh yea, and how ’bout them Indians? :)

I LOVE the weather

I LOVE the weather

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Ahhh, the weather was so gorgeous today. It was UMUpalooza, which was the four-hour live music event hosted by WRMU that Samantha and I have been writing about the past couple weeks. It actually went really well. All the bands that performed did a great job and I think the people that came were really satisfied with the event. :]

I loooove when the weather gets nice out because I migrate from The MAAC to running outside around campus. The MAAC is short for the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, which basically is our rec center.  I love working out there and it really is nice. My freshman year, we worked out in this tiny building that was called “The Body Shop” because the new place was being built. That is almost humorous to think back on that because the new workout center is so nice. There are a bunch of flatscreen TVs that you can watch while you’re working out, and all of the equipment you’d assume to see at the gym.

In high school, I ran track, cross country and danced, but I didn’t want to run when I came to Mount. The teams are so serious about the sport (which is how it should be), but I’m just more of a recreational runner now. I do road races here and there but I just love running to clear my mind and get fresh air. The dance team here looked fun when I first came here and I did try out my freshman year but was cut at the last second.  They told me to try out again but I never did because I got involved in too many other things.

It’s fun just being able to workout and run when I have time and not having to run whenever I’m SUPPOSED to. I ran this morning before class for an hour because it was just sooo nice out. Around 60 degrees is perfect for running because it’s warm but not too hot! Hope this weather stays nice so I can keep running outside and then just go to The MAAC to use the weights. :]

-Shannon

Opportunities to give back

Opportunities to give back

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When I was in high school, I was highly involved in community service.  I was in my school’s Key Club for four years and was the president of the club my senior year.  We rang the bell to raise money for Salvation Army around Christmas time, cooked and served food to those in need at a local soup, held various canned food drives, had a clothes drive for people in the wintertime and so much more.

It’s a little sad to think that since I’ve came to Mount Union, I haven’t volunteered a whole lot in the community.  I have certainly tried to as much as I can but it is just time that always seems to get in my way.  The past few years I have volunteered with WRMU to hand out candy at Trunk-or-Treat.  This is an event where kids from all over Alliance can come to receive candy on Halloween but it’s in the middle of the day so it’s light outside.  This is just safer for kids than going door-to-door in the dark (although I bet a lot of kids do both!).

I have done a few more things here and there but nothing close to what I was doing in high school.  Recently, for a class project, I visited the Alliance Community Pantry.  This pantry serves so many people from the community every single day.  Families can go receive food to make it through their week.  The owner of the pantry said, “This food that our clients receive from us is ‘emergency food.’ It’s not going to be enough for them to survive on but it is enough to get them through.”  This means that if they are having a rough week with money they can go to the pantry to receive food for their family until they get their next paycheck and are able to go to the grocery store themselves.

Volunteers at the pantry help the clients go through and pick up the food.  Clients are only allowed a certain number of food items depending on the size of their family, so the volunteer also keeps track of that.  Next semester, it is my goal to volunteer more and specifically to volunteer at the Community Pantry once a week.

Another volunteer opportunity that I’m excited (and a tiny bit scared) about is giving blood.  I have never given blood in my life but have always wanted to.  Both my mom and dad have given blood for as long as I can remember and I really look up to them for that.  Giving blood is something that takes a half hour to an hour and helps save the lives of so many people across the world.  I’m nervous about giving because it’s my first time but I think a friend of mine who has given blood before and I are going to go together, so hopefully that will make it a little better. :]

If you’re someone who’s really interested in volunteer work, Alpha Phi Omega is the service fraternity on campus.  Although it’s called a fraternity, it is open to both males and females of all class ranks.  These students focus heavily on community service and volunteer work in the community and also have social events to bring the group together.  They seem like a great group of people and that is one thing I’d get involved with if I had more time.

Opportunities for volunteering are plentiful in the city and on campus. You just have to be willing to ask people if you can help.  Most people would love to receive extra help, and it makes me really happy to think that I can at least be making a tiny bit of a difference.

-Shannon