I go by Nid.
20 years of age.
Born and raised in the 321.
Currently residing in the 813.
University of South Florida.
Majoring in P.R.
I would love to represent an athlete or sports team one day,
or do event planning.
Aside from school and work, you can catch me on a volleyball court.

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Hello blog readers!  As some of you may agree, night time is when our thoughts seem to circulate the most.  I know I’m not alone with that because I see your statuses and tweets all the time saying things like, “Can’t sleep, too much on my mind.”  With that being said, it is almost 2 in the morning and I thought this would be a prime time to share my Twitter chat experience with you!

When first given this assignment, no one seemed to know what a Twitter chat was.  I just took it as participating in a conversation on Twitter with hash tags and decent discussion. I considered participating in the first Twitter chat that was on March 27 at 9:00 p.m. that was hosted by PRSSA, but I actually just ended up “twatching” instead.  It was all a bit overwhelming for me and everything looked all over the place.  I did not know what exactly I was supposed to do.

I was not the only one who missed this chat and some of my classmates and I even considered having a Twitter chat of our own about how frustrating Beginning Journalism is and how it should not be a required class for P.R. students (excuse us for being bitter about a few of our assignments) (Oh, and I apologize Dr. Ryder, if you ever see this for whatever reason).

However, another organized Twitter chat was presented on April 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Four mass communications P.R. alumni (Mark Clennon, Pat Johnson, Adam
Bettencourt and Jasmine Fowlkes) participated in the chat and you had to hash tag 
#USF2NYC.  I asked the alumni to give me their best piece of advice.  Patrick Johnson and Mark Clennon were the only ones who responded.  Their answers were common sense in a way, but they were indeed answers anyone should take to heart and I appreciated them.  I responded to both of their answers but did not get tweeted back after that.  All in all, it was nice to hear from and read the responses of people who have gone through what we are going through now.  

Twitter chat screen shot

Twitter chat screen shot

Well, that’s all I have for you blog readers tonight.  I hope to continue blogging one day so anticipate hearing from me again :)

Good night, and dream big. 

Good afternoon everyone! For starters, I apologize for my extended absence.  I really did want to start blogging consistently, but between school, work, volleyball and just life in general, I always find myself too exhausted to even think of coming on here (that probably sounds like a sad excuse, but it’s unfortunately true).

With great pleasure, I am going to discuss my volunteer experience in today’s blog.  One of the reasons I have been so busy lately, was from dedicating a good chunk of my time to the Morale team for Dance Marathon 2012.  USF’s DanceMe strolling with some of my fellow moralers! Marathon ran from March 24 at 12:00 p.m. until March 25 at 5:00 a.m.  It is a 17-hour long event that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network.  The money USF raises specifically goes to the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.  Each of the 17 hours represent the 17 million children All Children’s Hospital helps each year.  Ever since I tried out for the Morale team in the beginning of the fall semester, I have spent week after week practicing with my fellow moralers.  Each hour of the marathon, the Morale team teaches a dance to all of the attendees.  We also choreographed and performed three halftime shows throughout the marathon (3:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 2:00 a.m.).  We are in charge of keeping everyone on their feet and excited.  Considering there was a strict rule of no sitting down during the entire marathon, it was indeed an exhausting day. 

However, through all the time spent, hard work, pain and frustration, I do not regret volunteering for the morale team one bit.  It was a wonderful feeling knowing I was part of something for a great cause.  This year, USF’s Dance Marathon raised $23,910.  Some of the visits we received from patients were also an extra kick of motivation for us.  The stories of their fights and recoveries were amazing.  I made some great friends and amazing memories, and I certainly do plan on participating in this event again next year.

Who would have known that the reason I finally gave in and created a Tumblr AND a Twitter would be for a class.  I changed my major at the end of spring 2011 from business to mass communications (with a focus in public relations).  I had some anticipations for what I was getting myself into, but I guess this class (Principles of Public Relations) has taken me by surprise a bit.  It has made me feel even more sure of myself that I have chosen the right major.  I love this field.  It feels practical, and unlike when I was in the business field, it simply feels right.

We had a guest speaker today and you could just tell he loved his job in public relations.  To be honest, in the beginning, I thought this was going to be another boring lecture from some random person that was going to waste precious time in class.  

Thank goodness I was wrong.  He was actually really insightful.  Shoot, he even offered the class an internship for his company!  Now THAT certainly woke some people up.  One of the things he discussed was the importance of blogging.  I probably should have started my blog for this class awhile ago, but in the midst of his discussion, I actually started getting excited to begin blogging.  I believe I am a creative person, and I know companies love to see someone who is truly interested in certain topics.  So I thought to myself, what am I waiting for?  

Today my blogging journey begins.

P.S.  As of today, I am still incredibly confused by Tumblr and what the heck I am supposed to do.

Tough times don’t last,
tough people do.