What I learned in College.

In 13 days I will be walking up on that stage to finally get my diploma. Lately I’ve really been thinking about my time here at Stockton and how much I have changed since I first came here in 2011. Some people are scared when they first come to college because they are in a new place and don’t know anybody. Luckily for me I dormmed with my best friend from home who I’ve known since I was 14, so I felt more confident about going into this new situation. I have to admit that when I first came here classes and school work were pretty much the last thing on my mind. I came from a small town where you see the same people every day and nothing ever really changes, so I guess you could say I was overwhelmed with this new feeling of independence and freedom. When you live at college it’s kind of like living at a place rent free (even though you pay for it later), without your parents, and your neighbors are all people your age, so of course there’s always trouble to get into.

My roommate’s boyfriend at the time was in a fraternity, so we were at the fraternity house almost every night. At 19 years old I loved to drink and party, you wouldn’t catch me after 10pm without a flask of Jack Daniels in my left hand and a bottle of coke in my right. I ordered a fake ID online, so even though I was underage getting alcohol was never a problem for me (sorry underager’s but ID chief was shut down a few years ago). As you can imagine constant partying really affected my grades. You really think after drinking till 6am I was going to drag myself to class? My first semester my G.P.A dropped from a 2.6 to a 1.8 and I was placed on probation meaning that if I didn’t get my G.P.A up to at least a 2.0 I would be dismissed from school. This still didn’t wake me up I continued to do what I wanted and put school on the backburner for another semester.

The following semester I had to sign up for a math class which required you to email the professor to get permission to register. I did so, and got an email back from him saying that I couldn’t register for the class because I was dismissed from the college. As soon as I hung up the phone my boyfriend threw me in his car and drove me to the school, so I could talk to academic advising and beg them for a second chance. On the drive there I just remember thinking “wow I’ve been so preoccupied with things that are so unimportant I didn’t even realize that I was dismissed from the school”. You know you’re on your way to being a mess when you don’t even know the college kicked you out. I was devastated and ashamed that I was wasting an opportunity that many people would kill for. Many people probably expected this from me since I made a party girl reputation for myself. I thought about how angry my mom would be as she told me “college is not just an expensive party”. When we arrived at the school I cried and begged the woman academic advisor for a second chance and luckily for me Stockton gave those. I had to write a letter stating why they should let me back in, and it worked I was readmitted. I had one more chance but if I messed up again I was done.

Class became my number one priority and what do you know my grades shot up. Who knew by just actually going to class your grades improve by like 90 percent?! That semester I got all A’s and was on the dean’s list. I even got a special award in my degree program for one of my assignments being published in a newspaper. Many people are probably wondering if I regret the decisions I made wasting 2 semesters and a couple thousand dollars on a good time. I can honestly say no that I don’t regret it at all. As cliché as it sounds everything happens for a reason. During my party years I learned valuable lessons that I could have never learned in a classroom. In the professional world not only is there work but there’s also after work happy hours and office holiday parties. You don’t want to be that guy who never learned how to drink in college, doesn’t know their limit, and makes a fool out of themselves in front of their boss. It’s not cute anymore when you’re a “real grownup”. You learn who your real friends are, the people that still want to be around you even when you’re not funneling a Four Loko. You meet so many different people from all walks of life at college parties. Each person has their own story and their own struggle and I think it’s important to meet as many different kinds of people that you can. You never know what you can learn from others. If I didn’t have those wild years I never would have met my boyfriend of almost 5 years who has always stood by me and believed in me. I would have never met people that, even though I haven’t seen them in years, will forever cherish our memories we all made together when we were old enough to know better but too young to care. Most importantly those years taught me about myself. I learned that if I put my mind to it I can accomplish anything. Even though you learn that all your life, I didn’t really believe it. I thought I was just an average student, you know one that skates by with just B’s and C’s. I never thought I would be able to make it on to the dean’s list but I did. Sometimes you have to hit the bottom so you can realize your full potential. Future college freshmen who may be reading this just know that even if you think you’re a mess you can always be better. No one thought I could and now in less than 2 weeks I’ll be in my cap and gown finally getting that diploma I worked so hard for. There’s nothing wrong with having a good time just don’t let it be your priority you can’t put “beer pong champ” on your resume.

 

I can’t believe that in a little over a month I will finally be done with college. Lately I’ve been reflecting on my entire college experience. Over the course of 4 years I’ve taken so many classes. Look nobody in college necessarily likes to go to class, but there are those  classes that you don’t really mind going to or even look forward to. Number one for a class to earn a spot as my “favorite class” it has to be something I’m interested in and for me those are classes related to my major. At Stockton they make you take a variety of classes so when you graduate you can be well rounded. I’m not saying that isn’t important because you should learn some things outside of your major as well, but Art History is incredibly boring for me. I’d rather be in a PR class because that’s what I want to do, however just because a class interests you it doesn’t mean you will like that class. Number two the class must be engaging. Classes that are just straight PowerPoints are horrible. I don’t care what the topic is if the teacher just pulls up a PowerPoint of the textbook and reads it for almost two hours you can guarantee half the class will be on Facebook. Teachers have to create discussion to be able to get students attention, which leads us to the third requirement of the “favorite class” slot. The professor has to be likeable that is the most important thing. They cant seem like they don’t care or guess what?  Your students wont care either. A good teacher seems excited to start class and has personality. They go out of their way to find creative content for classes, like videos or current event articles that relate to class. If teacher just shows up with a PowerPoint and reads off of it like an audio tape they give off the impression that they don’t really care, so why should you? Of course they have to be nice too, you can’t have a teacher that seems like they dislike their students or it will be uncomfortable. A great teacher is someone who wants to be there, respects their students, and understands “the struggle” as well. College is a tough time in and out of the classroom. Having great teachers make this scary and exciting time just a little easier to deal with.

Snapchat

 

Snapchat is one of the newest social media platforms and one of the most popular now a days. Everyone is snapping now even celebrities and now businesses are trying to jump on the hype as well. I remember when Snapchat first came out my roommate told me about it and told me to download it. I did but didn’t really see the hype in it. I’ll be honest I thought it was really just thought it was basically a “sexting” app since it gave the ability to send pictures that people could see and not keep, even though there is always a chance someone could screen shot it, but Snapchat will alert you if that happens. As Snapchat developed they created the stories which anyone who has your snap name can see. Sometimes the stories are funny and fun but most of the time it was just people’s food and shots of people dancing at the club. I looked down my snap feed one day and was like “honestly I really only care about like two of these people on here”, so I deleted the app. I got tired of checking the notifications (I’m one of those people who if they have a notification on any of their apps I have to check it on it will bother me lol).

We are starting to talk about Snapchat in class and exploring why now business see Snapchat as a marketing and/or advertising platform. Even though I see Snapchat as an annoyance I can see why business are so interested in using it to their advantage. Number one it is one of the most popular social media apps now, so you can reach a lot of people. You can do that on all the other social media apps as well but I feel like people see Snapchat as more personal than say Facebook or Twitter. It’s more personal because the snaps go right to you. On other platforms things are posted in a news feed type format which is often cluttered and can get buried underneath everyone else posting on someone’s feed. Snapchat gives you a more direct line to someone because most people’s Snapchat feed is a lot less cluttered than their other feeds. Number two I feel like people now really like media (meaning pictures and videos) because in pictures and videos you get to see things for yourself and not just read about. People like to see things now rather than read about them.

I am back on Snapchat now and have a new appreciation for the app. I really like the new filters they are a lot of fun and now there’s more offered on Snapchat, since businesses and brands have started using it. I’m excited to see how they develop even more as they become more popular

First ever post.

Hi everyone!

First off I’d like to start out with saying I have never blogged before so please bear with me! Lol anyway let me introduce myself.

My name is Shannon Silhol. I’m a 24 year old Jersey girl and have lived in South Jersey for most of my life. I’m currently a senior at Stockton University and I’m going to be graduating this summer with a bachelors degree in communications with a concentration in public relations studies…. Finally! lol

One of my passions is beauty with my main focus on make-up. It’s my addiction and probably what I spend most of my money on. Ulta is my absolute favorite store with Sephora and Mac following second and third. I love watching make up tutorials and reviews on YouTube. I follow all my favorites brands on social media to stay up to date on all the new products. So you can imagine that a good part of this blog will be beauty orientated.

Another passion of mine is animals. Ever since I was a little girl I loved animals, dogs being my absolute favorite. I have shih tzu name Sami, today is actually his 14th birthday (Happy Birthday Sami!). Also living in the house is a rabbit named Puff, a beautiful calico cat named Gemma and a hamster named Pierre. If I ever win the lottery I’ll probably have a zoo.

My main goal when I graduate is work in Pr for a beauty company or some kind of animal organization. Working with the things you love makes you better at your job. Right now I’m a waitress and have been for over the past for years I’ve been in school. It’s great money and great experience for honestly any job. Many people look down on the profession and see it as not a “real job”, but there are many people who make good money sometimes more than “real jobs” who have been doing to all their lives. It’s hard work and shouldn’t be looked down upon. You’re probably wondering how waitressing would be a good experience for someone who wants to work in Pr…. Well let me explain. First and foremost the people skills. Which is essential to every single kind of profession. Pr pros have to be excellent communicators and know how to deal with people. Waitressing is all about multi tasking: table one needs a ranch, while table two is waving you down for another beer, one of your other tables is waiting for you to cash out their  ten separate checks and they’re in a rush because they need to see a movie, and to top it off table four needs you to make a chocolate milk for their kid. This all needs to get done efficiently and promotly because your money seconds in it. You don’t get tipped you don’t get  paid. Pr pro’s multi-task everyday on the job they have to be ready to do ten things at once. You have to jump for your client just like a waitress does for their tables. I could go on but this is supposed to be an introductory blog so I’m going to stop my rant and save it for a later date.

Basically I’m your average white girl I love Uggs, Michael kors, North Faces,and my boyfriend. The Real Housewives on Bravo (NJ and ATL being my favorite) is my guilty pleasure and I love the Karsashians (judge me I don’t care). I love food and cooking and baking food and eating it.