One Sentence…. Only One???

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about the prompt for this week’s blog post, I thought it was going to be easy. Me? A girl who writes on her laptop more than she does anything else, come up with a single sentence? Easy! But now? Now I wish the prompt was literally ANYTHING else! Seriously, this prompt has caused me to just stare at my computer for hours on end just wondering what I could write.

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Now, for those readers who have no idea what this ‘one sentence’ thing is about, you can check out this video for a better explanation. Basically, it needs to be a sentence that explains what my personal brand is, and if you have no idea what that concept is either, go ahead and click here.

When it came time for me to draft my own single sentence, I went through a sort-of worksheet that was supposed to help me. Here is a cut-down version of that worksheet (meaning here are the aspects of it that I found most helpful in drafting my final copy)

  1. My top three personal strengths:

          -Family oriented

         – Creative

         – Hard Working

Ok, so we have a handful of skills I think I exceed at, now what? I mean, these skills are things that you can find in any Cosmo or People personality quiz, how are they going to help me? Well, let’s look at the second question:

2. My top three talents:

            -Music

            -Writing skills

            -Multi-tasking ability

Now, these? These I can work with… well kind of. Basically, the main get away from these last two questions is that I’m obviously a creative person (ignoring that I wrote ‘creative’ as a personality trait) I listed two of my top three talents as something creative: music and writing. But my sentence can’t just be something like ‘I’m a creative person’, that’s lame. So what else could I put?

Then, my eyes lingered a bit on the first personality trait I wrote down: Family oriented. For those of you reading this who don’t know, I’m the oldest of six kids, the youngest being ten/almost 11-year-old triplets. I would do anything for my siblings, my family in general. And when I say family, I don’t just mean those who I’m biologically related to. I mean my friends, my roommate, my fellow pep band members, sorority sister, you name it. If we are close in any sense of the word (except proximity… I’m hoping you get what I mean by close here), chances are I will do whatever it takes to make you happy and help you if you need it.

At that moment, my sentence came to me. Well, a version of my sentence came to me, which I tweaked more times than I can count until I came to rest on the following 15-word phrase that I think describes me perfectly:

She puts people before herself while trying to make the world a more creative place.

One Sentence…. Only One???

The Voice of Generation: A Good Voice or a Bad One?

There are SO MANY social media sites out there today. Seriously, when I was in high school, there were only the two big ones: Facebook and Twitter (and Snapchat in later years but we will get to that later). Now, there’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube and that is just the tip of the iceberg. I feel like every time I go home for breaks, my younger siblings try to convince me to join yet another social media site which, most of the time, I refuse. The sites I myself use include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. I have a Tumblr and a LinkedIn, but I don’t really use those sites all that much, or as much as I used to. Back in freshman year of college I was obsessed with Tumblr, I would be on that site more than any other of my social media sites, and I think the reason for that was that I had never seen a site like this before. But now? Now I rarely go on it. Actually, I’m fairly certain I deleted my profile on that site, that’s how much I don’t use the site. The other sites though (Facebook, Twitter, and all the other ones I mentioned that I have profiles on? Yeah those), I go on those FREQUENTLY. We’re talking several times a day, probably if I’m on my phone I’m on each of the sites once every two hours, and if I’m on my computer I check Twitter every half hour with Facebook just being constantly open.

Even though my habits regarding social media have changed over the years, my overall feelings about them have, for the most part, stayed the same.

PROS:

 -Gives me the ability to keep up with friends and family who I’m not with 24/7 (AKA anyone back in Illinois)

-For the most part, it’s how I get my news, especially when it just happens (This is referring mostly to Twitter, but sometimes Facebook is pretty good about keeping me informed with more developed news)

-Allows me to keep up with what my favorite social media stars/celebrities/ overall famous people are doing (…that doesn’t make me sound too stalker-ish, right?)

– It’s entertaining (THIS IS A HUGE PRO! These sites are so good at giving me something to do when I’m bored, it’s unbelievable.)

CONS:

FAKE NEWS! This didn’t use to be a problem, and on Twitter I don’t see it quite as much as I do on Facebook, but now? Now I can’t log into my account without seeing at least one or two of these fake articles online. And they are things that are CLEARLY fake if people bothered to Google them! Ok, I’m going to stop because if I don’t the rest of this post will just be me complaining about this, and I don’t think anyone wants to read that.

-Having to see every opinion one of my friends/relatives have and their reasoning about why it is clearly superior my own. This has just gotten worse since the elections, but it’s always been bad, though maybe that’s just with my family? Anyway, I have found myself just blocking certain people because I can no longer read their posts about politics, their opinion on current events (Planned Parenthood funding, shootings, BLM, you name it they have an opinion on it), or anything like that. I don’t want to hear about that! It’s not why I got social media in the first place! And most people feel the same way!

Overall, I love social media, don’t get me wrong. The pros outweigh the cons in my opinion, though only slightly. The sites I use the most (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) each have their own pros and cons, but overall they each do a good job at their intended objectives, and the overall objective each has as a whole which, in my opinion, is to entertain. Most people go on social media because they are bored and are looking for something to pass the time. There are exceptions, such as if you are using social media for work or such, but for the most part it seems like an entertainment tool, a way to stay connected to individuals around the world, and things like that.

The Voice of Generation: A Good Voice or a Bad One?