WE DID IT.

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In my time at OSU, and especially coming up to last weekend, all I wished for was to experience a Cowboy win at the annual Bedlam game, preferably in Stillwater. Even before Bedlam, this football season was OSU’s best ever. We had a better record and were ranked higher than OU. But my fellow Oklahomans now that doesn’t mean a thing. OSU tends to have a habit of not playing well when it counts (I’m sure you’ve heard the term “poke choke”), and OU has a habit of coming out strong when it needs to. This year, however, it was completely reversed.

We beat the Sooners 44-10. Yep, you read that right. The Oklahoma State Cowboys beat the beloved Oklahoma Sooners by 34 lovely points, naming us Big XII champions, our first conference title since 1948. So obviously, we had to rush the field. I’m so proud to say that I was on Lewis Field that night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to help tear down the goal post, but I think that would have ended badly for me considering I’m not the biggest or strongest student out there.

As many other OSU fans, I still think we got jipped from the national championship game. Obviously, I have some bias, and I’m no football expert by any means, but even I, a 21-year-old college student who barely knows the football basics, know not many people want to watch another game/punting contest between LSU and Alabama. Not to mention, if we were Texas or OU or a team of that nature with the exact same season, we’d probably be in. Regardless, I’m pumped for the Fiesta Bowl and can’t wait to watch my Cowboys kick Stanford’s butt! (The girl in me wonders why Stanford’s mascot is singular…the Stanford Cardinal. Huh?)

GO POKES!

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It’s all coming to a close.

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? And just a few weeks after that will be my finals week, and just a week or so after that it will be Christmas? Because I can’t. As everyone says every semester, this semester has gone by so quickly for me. This month, with my birthday last week and Thanksgiving next week, especially flew by. This was definitely a good thing, though. I’ve had a fairly easy semester, but everything seemed to pile up on me this week. I had a test yesterday, a big paper due today (over a book that I read the last 200 pages of in the course of about 36 hours) and a group paper due next week that we hadn’t started until Monday night. (On a side note and a word to professors out there: Group papers are stupid. I won’t even get into my rant on that. Believe me, every student in the world will agree on that.)

Luckily, with my paper being turned in today, the majority of my stress has been lifted off my shoulders. And after this group paper and presentation, it’ll be an easy breezy rest of the semester for me. At this point, it looks like I’ll only be taking one final the Monday of finals week at 8 a.m. You might think that sounds terrible (and in a way, it does) but I’m looking at it from the point of view that for the first time in my college career, I will be done with finals on Monday around 8:30 a.m. That’s crazy talk for me. I do have one scheduled for Friday, but it’s just a paper so it can be turned in anytime before that. If you’ve ever talked to an Oklahoma State student about finals week, it’s pretty much guaranteed no matter your schedule, you will ALWAYS have a final on Friday. That’s just the way it is. They must love us so much, they want to keep us here as long as they can.

Hopefully, my rambling on papers and projects and finals and school didn’t bore you too much. How’s school going for you students out there? I’m sure, like me, you’re all ready to pig out on Thanksgiving then get three weeks off for Christmas (again, OSU loves us, so they only give us three weeks so we have to come back early…it’s evil). I’m sure I’ll get around to writing before then, but until then, have a fabulous week! ūüôā

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

No, not Christmas time. But it’s pretty close! This week marks the glorious Homecoming week at Oklahoma State University, known for America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration.

The fountain's orange...it must be homecoming!

Anyone who doesn’t go to OSU should be insanely jealous of our awesome orange fountain (only orange for homecoming week of course…it’s pretty and blue the rest of the year). The orange fountain is just one of OSU’s many homecoming traditions, from the football game to the parade to the Greek houses’ floats to the signs you see in that picture on Library Lawn.

My favorite part of homecoming week is the Walkaround that takes place Friday night. Everyone walks around to see all the Greek houses’ floats that they’ve made. And when I say floats, you wouldn’t understand until you see them. They are no ordinary homecoming parade floats. I’m not in a Greek house so I’m not positive on the details, but as far as I know, they start working on these floats as early as the beginning of the semester, and the week of homecoming is a long one of long nights and hard work. I love looking at the floats; it’s probably my favorite part of homecoming, so in my opinion, the students’ hard work pays off…for everyone else, at least.

The atmosphere of homecoming week is unlike any other. Everyone is in a great mood and Stillwater and the OSU campus are overflowing with students, parents, alumni and whoever else wants to join in on the country’s greatest homecoming celebration. Given it’s also Halloween weekend, I can’t say for sure I’ll be up and ready for the 9 a.m. parade (my friends and I were all hoping for a night game), but I’ll try my hardest and either way, I know it’s going to be a great weekend!

Oh, how time flies…

Doesn’t it? My criminology professor passed out our midterm paper assignment last week, due next week. A MIDTERM. I feel like we just started classes! But then again, the semester going by quickly is usually a good thing.

We have Fall Break this week, which should hardly be called a break because it’s only one day, and the one day that I have only one class. Regardless, I’m excited for my weekend ahead. I get to go home and see my family, see Taylor Swift on Saturday (yes, and I’m ecstatic) and I get to go out for a wonderful dinner with my boyfriend and family on Monday.

The thing I’m most excited about though (well, second to Taylor Swift ;)) is volunteering at the Association for Women in Communications’ national conference in Tulsa, Okla. I often feel like I’m still stuck in that place of not knowing exactly what I want to do when I graduate, so I’ve been trying to get more involved this semester with PRSSA, AWC, shadow days and now this conference. My volunteering efforts will be very simple; I believe I’ll be helping to set up a banquet room late Friday night for a session or meeting of some kind on Saturday morning. I then get to stay in the hotel, attend the chapter awards breakfast Saturday morning and attend a session of my choice. I’m still debating on a few, so hopefully whatever I decide will be entertaining and helpful.

I’m looking forward to getting to volunteer with others and do some networking with other women at the conference. Plus, I think it’s pretty awesome that the conference is in Oklahoma this year. We don’t get a lot of cool events coming in comparison to other states, so this is great for both Tulsa and the state as a whole. If anyone is interested in attending, I believe registration is open until the conference, which starts Friday, on AWC’s website.

Is anyone already planning to attend, as a volunteer or member of AWC? I’d love to talk about the conference with others who have attended in the past or plan on attending this year!

It’s that time again!

Finally, Oklahoma State football fans get to enjoy a game on the Cowboys’ home field. For those of you who don’t know, our last home football game was Sept. 8. With the game coming up tomorrow, Oct. 8, that’s a whopping one month we’ve all gone without seeing our Cowboys play at home. Yes, we stayed up until 3 a.m. to watch our boys beat the crap out of Tulsa; we witnessed a great win against Texas A&M, but watching the game on TV just isn’t the same.

My sister and I at the first home game of the season.

The gameday atmosphere in Stillwater is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Of course, I’ve never been to other college campuses during football games, but I like to think we here in Stillwater provide the best time. Everyone is friendly, fun tailgates are scattered all around town, and there’s plenty of orange to go around.

I’m stoked for tomorrow’s game and can’t wait to put on my orange and make up for the tailgating I’ve been missing out on for the past month. Hopefully our Cowboys can come out strong against Kansas and add another win to our record!

Go Pokes!

Back to the grind.

When my blog assignments for my electronic communications class ended last semester, I told myself I wanted to continue with this blog. Obviously I haven’t done a very good job, have I? Fortunately, my persuasive writing class will be assigning some blog posts in the next week or so, so I’ll be back to it.

I hope everyone had a great summer; I know I did. I took a couple of summer classes and worked a lot to save up some money (boring, right?), but my hard work paid off because I got to spend about a week and a half in Breckenridge, Colo., with my family and five days in Jamaica with my boyfriend. Both trips were amazing. We go to Colorado every summer so I’m used to that, but Jamaica was a new beachy, sunny, all-inclusive experience. We’ve already talked about booking a trip for next summer, and I can’t wait!

This is an actual picture we took. Amazing.

The best part of our trip by far.

It’s too bad my time in Jamaica feels so long ago. I’ve been back in Stillwater for three weeks now, but school is already in full session. I think this is my first semester I can honestly say I’m genuinely enjoying all my classes. I’m all done with my basics and finally in classes much more related to what I want to do (which I’m not exactly sure of yet). I’ve got graphic design, persuasive writing, promotions, media law and the random-but-interesting subject of criminology on my plate. So far all my professors seem great and educated in what they’re teaching, which is always a plus. ūüėČ I have my first exam on Thursday…it creeped up so quickly on me.

I’ll stop rambling now. But hopefully I’ll be a little more consistent in writing in this thing from now on. I’m not exactly sure what interesting things I’ll have to say, but hopefully I’ll think of something. ūüôā

Time flies, huh?

Surprisingly, this semester has gone by pretty quickly for me. ¬†After spring break, I thought it would drag on and on. ¬†Luckily, the past four weeks have been very busy for me, so the time has passed quickly. ¬†I can’t believe it’s already time for finals!

When I enrolled in electronic communications, I didn’t know what to expect. ¬†All I knew from past classmates was that it involved blogging. ¬†And obviously, that part was true. ¬†I learned about so much more than that, though. ¬†Before taking this class, I barely knew how to use Garage Band, and I own a Mac Book. ¬†Basically, all I knew was how to record. ¬†I’d never played around with editing or the Garage Band sounds or anything like that. ¬†After doing the Cinema Scoop podcast with Greta, I learned how to put in sound effects and edit the podcast to make it sound somewhat¬†professional. ¬†So much more work went into podcasts than I ever imagined.

Personally, I found the podcast to be the most difficult project of the semester. ¬†Making my soundslide and video projects was a lot of work, but putting it all together was so simple, thanks to the Soundslides and iMovie applications. ¬†I’m really glad I got to learn how to use iMovie because I think it will be very helpful in the future, whether it be with school, my career or just everyday life.

Our final project was to make a mockup of a portfolio website.  As this was the last project, I was a little scared.  The projects had seemed to get more complicated throughout the semester, and making a website sounded hard.  But thanks to Adobe Fireworks, it was simple.  Hyperlinks, pictures and layouts were unbelievably easy with Fireworks.

We worked a little bit with PhotoShop as well in class, which I thought was fun. ¬†I’m far from being an expert, but I’d eventually like to save up to buy Creative Suite while I’m still a student (discount!) and I look forward to using other programs like this when I take a graphic design class in the fall.

Overall, electronic communications was a very worthwhile class and I’m so glad I took it. ¬†The projects were a lot of work, but in the end, I definitely think working as hard as I did on them is worth it. ¬†I know I’ve learned a lot that will be able to be applied to my future…whatever that may be.

Soundslide project

When we were assigned to make a sound slideshow about three weeks ago, I was clueless. ¬†I understood the idea of the sound slide, but I could not for the life of me think of anything to do that would tell an interesting story while being visually appealing. ¬†I was ¬†After discussing the project with some friends, my good friend Brian suggested the graffiti contest. ¬†At first, I wasn’t too hot on the idea, but when I thought about it more, I fell in love with it. ¬†I knew a graffiti contest would turn out some great pictures while still being entertaining, and I was right!

The process of putting the sound slide together wasn’t hard at all. ¬†The application we used (conveniently called Soundslides) basically put everything together for me; all I had to do was put the pictures in the order I wanted and adjust the time limits. ¬†The only things I wish I’d done differently were simple rookie mistakes that set me back a few days. ¬†Luckily, I was pretty ahead of schedule and still got my slideshow done with plenty of time.

Overall, I had a lot of fun interviewing and taking pictures and putting it all together into one finished product. ¬†I definitely wouldn’t mind doing it again! ¬†Check out my slideshow in the post below. ūüôā

 

Graffiti contest winner Kaleb Nimz with his final art!

Graffiti!

Last week, Oklahoma State University’s Student Union Activities Board hosted its annual graffiti contest, right on library lawn in the middle of the day. ¬†It was awesome to hear some great music and see some beautiful art between classes. ¬†Check it out!

Congrats to Kaleb for winning the contest!  His was actually my favorite throughout the day; I loved the colors!

(Edited for spelling Kaleb’s name wrong! Whoops!)

Cinema Scoop

The last few days of my life have been consumed by creating a podcast.¬† It’s been stressful at times, but a fun ride overall.¬† If we worked it out right, my partner Greta and I spent about 10 hours total on this project, whether it be recording, interviewing, working in class or editing.¬† Late nights were spent in computer labs, but I’d say I’m pretty happy with the finished product.

We talk a bit about the Oscars, talk to some movie experts from Oklahoma State and give ideas for movies to watch if you happen to be stuck at home over Spring Break…much like Greta and I will be.

Follow the link to listen to our podcast!  Here it is, the

Cinema Scoop with Maggie and Greta!