Life as a journalism student at The University of Florida is stressful, exciting, rewarding, overwhelming, and a once in a life time experience. I think it is such a privilege to be part of such an amazing program at the university and to have such wonderful opportunities to go along with it. The most resent addition to the college is the Center for Media Innovation and Research this program was developed to create and beyond any current forms of journalism and communications. This is just one of the many amazing opportunities the College of Journalism has to offer. The skills I have gained through the telecommunications program have not only prepared me for a career in telecom, but in any career I chose to pursue. I will carry the things I have learned here to benefit me in the future and to be as successful as possible.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point is very interesting. It talks about how a “tipping point” causes major changes to occur. Mostly talking about how trends occur and how they disappear. He talks about fashion trends that have occurred such as the Hush Puppies brand, books like the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and even talks about the trend of smoking and how people still do it even though they know it’s bad for them. Other trends are talked about as well and how unpredictable people are and how likely people are to follow the trends of others. “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors, spread just as viruses do” Gladwell
I think this book is interesting for different reasons. I never thought about why people follow trends or why people follow others. Some of it is confusing, but it really does make sense when you thing of people following trends.
Gladwell discuses principals that are used when it comes to trends the first principal he calls “law of the Few” this basically says a trend starts with a few key group of people and expands from there. The second principle is the “Stickiness Factor” this is trends that basically have something that makes them stick so they outlast the regular trends that come and disappear. The last principal is “Power of Context” this says that altering the context alters the result and a large fad occurs by creating smaller ones first.
Gladwell uses a virus as an example of how a trend spreads. He says a virus spreads because it replicates itself in different hosts and that is exactly how a trend works with people.
The book is ultimately about social behavior and it tries to relate it to science which really confused me. Gladwells theories are all his own and although I think they are somewhat relevant they are also very in-depth and confusing.
So the last post was about other blogs that have caught my attention and I am going to continue…
Again with another food blog, but Sarah Samuels give us recipes to cook on a college budget. This is prefect because I am not one who can spent a ton of money on food right now. The recipes actually look extremely appetizing and easy to make.
Next is Bothania Saleh she tells her story of her life at UF and what she has done to accomplish all she has. I really enjoyed this because it is very inspirational and motivational, especially for another Telecom student.
Alas, another traveling blog, Lisette Portales’s, after reading this one I am very inspired to travel, this blog is about some of the places she has been and some of the place’s she desires to go. I think its necessary for people to want to visit places outside your everyday life, you need something to look forward to to keep you motivated.
A little off topic here but I think some of these blogs are really interesting and worth reading.
The author of the first blog is Brittany Wienke this blog is all about food and I love it. It is so interesting and makes me hungry reading it. Brittany loves to cook and wants to pursue a career where she can incorporate writing and food into her life.
The next blog is Ashley Stout’s this girl has traveled the world and tells about her adventures. I am dying to leave the United States… I just don’t have the money or time so this is a great blog to fulfill my desires of traveling…
Lastly, Katarina Sardi writes about TV. She loves TV shows and everything about them, she follows so many I don’t know how she has that much time to watch them all. Shes very passionate about the television industry and wants to say involved past her graduation at UF.
Hi! I’m Kathryn, I’m 21 years old and a senior at the University of Florida. I am a Telecommunications major with a minor in Agricultural Communications. I am from originally from Hilton Head, South Carolina and grew up in the Florida Keys.
Before the peppers are sent to the packing house, they are put into these large bins so they can travel on the semi truck. Hundreds of bins go into each semi and when picking season is at its peak the farm sends out about 6 semi loads a day.