Life as a Telecommunications Student

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I know I’ve talk about my experience applying to law school a couple times, but I’ve never mentioned my experiences over the past 4 years as a telecommunications student, which is appalling because I love my major and all of the things it has taught me!

Over the past four years I have had the ability to talk to members of the Gainesville community and learn about their lives like Lady Fayre in the video posted below. My time as a student in UF’s College of Journalism and Communications and working in the college’s news station, WUFT-TV, has been an amazing experience that was not only extremely educational but enjoyable as well.

One of the great things about my college is the Center for Media Innovation and Research (CMIR), which is working to advance communication forums including 3-D imagery and animation.  CMIR recently unveiled the new 21st Century News Laboratory fit with professional lighting and multi-display video wall, which is helping prepare my colleagues and I in the ever-changing news world. Walking into the new large newsroom makes me feel like a true professional.

I have loved my time as a telecommunications student.  I feel a close connection with all my classmates, something many students don’t get to experience.  It’s the long hours in the editing labs and going out on stories together that built that camaraderie.  I anchored the WRUF cut-ins last semester and did reporting shift directly after meaning my Wednesdays consisted of almost 12 hours of news reporting and I loved every minute of it.  Being in the newsroom is an educational adrenaline rush that most people will never experience and I am so lucky I was a part of it!

Book Review: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I always try to fit some leisure reading in during the holidays and now that Thanksgiving is almost upon us I examined my bookshelf for a good read.  The book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell has been collecting a considerable amount of dust so I brushed it off and got to reading. In the #1 Best Seller, The Tipping Point, Gladwell examines “the tipping point phenomenon,” which explains what makes some ideas, or things, so popular. 

One phenomenon that Gladwell examines is the revival of Hush Puppies shoes and how one trendy guy from the East Village in New York sparked the whole revival.  Gladwell examines the strength of word of mouth and all the different aspects that made Hush Puppies the “it” shoe again.

It was a fairly easy and quick read that was very informative.  In the book Gladwell explains that three things are needed for “the tipping point” phenomenon to occur, which Gladwell calls “The Three Rules of Epidemics”: the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context.  Now, if I sat and explained these to you than that could turn into plagiarism so I suggest you pick up a copy of the book! However the one part of the book that really stood out to me and made me reflect on my life more was the part about “connectors.” 

Connectors are those very extroverted people in life that everyone in your friend circle knows. They are the people who seem to know everyone and introduce people to others.  We all know a “connector,” my favorite example of a connector is my aunt Jan Johnsen.  She owns a landscape architecture firm in Westchester County, New York and she has a vibrant personality that is infectious and makes you excited about life.  She seems to know just about everyone in New York, she is my connector.   Gladwell makes it clear though that connectors are not those people who force connections or try to get to know people to further themselves or their careers; connectors are born the way they are. After reading the book I wished I was more of a connector, but guess there’s nothing I can do about it.

Now, I promise you that this isn’t some book that reads like a textbook because it is too informative.  Malcolm Gladwell does a great job of making it a very interesting read.  In fact, the book reminded me of another Best Seller, Freakonomics. The two books are similar in that they examine situations and go in depth on them.  If you liked Freakonomics, then you would definitely like The Tipping Point. 

If you are looking for something to dig your nose into this holiday season that will have you look at life a tiny bit different or that will keep your brain churning more than Twilight would, I highly suggest giving The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell a read.  I promise you won’t regret it, there’s a reason it became a #1 Best Seller.

More Blogs to Check Out

I just couldn’t help myself, I thought I’d share three more blogs that I just can’t get enough of!

1. Shannon McCarthy’s See Shannon Run. Shannon has been a friend of mine for a long time and for as long as I’ve known her, she has tried dragging me on runs with her (not ever happening) But… if running is your thing, you should check out her blog where she shares all kinds of tips on running. If running is NOT your thing, you should still give it a read because she also shares some healthy recipes!

2. Janny Rodriguez’s Gator Bait Dejour. Another delicious looking blog! As a latina, I love seeing her put a latin twist on her recipes. Janny’s story is so inspiring, a Cuban immigrant moving to the US at the age of 8! The recipes she shares reflect her latin roots.

3. Ashley Stout’s Words of My Wanderlust. Ashley gives some great travel tips from how to pack like a pro to how to save money! If you are making any trips anytime soon, you should check out her blog for some good tips!

Bloggers to Check Out

This week I ran across 3 blogs that I thought were worth mentioning.  

1. Sarah Samuel’s Easy Recipes for Poor College Kids, I love her focus on cheap and delicious recipes that are practical for college students, and I sympathize with her love for stir-fry!

2. Katerina Sardi’s The TV Devotee. I have a minor (ok, major) obsession with TV and she covers all the TV news from what you missed to what you should check out! I love her fun and whimsical page, it’s a must-read!

3. Lysette Portales‘ Are We There Yet?! Lysette gives us a glimpse of the good life by sharing all of her and her friend’s travels around the world. The photos are amazing and her blog will give you some aspirations to go bungee jumping in Switzerland!

All these blogs are worth a read and I’m sure you will find yourself following them in no time!

Bio of an Aspiring Law Student: Me

I grew up in the suburbs of Orlando, FL with my two brothers and parents.  My dad worked full-time for UPS and my mom worked as a paralegal during the days and attended law school at night.  Needless to say, money was tight and many of my meals consisted of frozen pot-pies, cereal, and ramen noodles.  These dreary meals are the reason I love to cook delicious ones now.

Since I was eight I knew I wanted to be an attorney.  I use to write out my goals to remind me of what I needed to do, and the goals usually read:  1. Get a puppy   2. Get straight A’s   3. Get into UF   4. Travel the world   5. Go to Law School.  I completed most of those goals, and I am currently working on the last one. I have compiled my resume, taken the LSAT, turned in my letters of recommendation, and have applied to law schools (many of which are top law schools).  I even received e-mails from Harvard Law encouraging me to apply!

I am still hearing back from schools and as soon as more letters come in,  I will update you!

Healthy Snacks

I have been partaking in the long and tedious process of applying to law schools. I feel like I have typed out Alexa Padilla 10000 times in all of these applications.  I am finally done and the anticipation is killing me.

While applying, I find myself stress eating (aka gorging myself) so here are some foods that are some good snacks that you can overindulge in and not feel bad about.

1. Edamame

2. Olives

3. Humus with carrot sticks

4. Laughing Cow cheese wedges

5. Apple with peanut butter

6. Greek yogurt and honey

Tailgate Recipe: Guacamole

The Gators are ranked #2 in football and in my humble opinion that calls for extra food at tailgates. I L-O-V-E avocado, so naturally I made a delicious guacamole with my boyfriend (hence the man hands in the photo) that I couldn’t stop eating.

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocado
  • 1 medium tomato (don’t know why 2 are in the picture)
  • lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper

*These ingredients can be adjusted according to preference. If you want more onion, add more.

*This recipe can also be made without the tomato and onion and it’s just as good.

1. Chop the tomato, onion, and avocado into small pieces and add them to a bowl.

2.  Add garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper to taste.

3. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the bowl.

4. Using a fork, mash the avocado to the desired consistency.

5. Eat with tortilla chips or carrot chips.

Serve this guacamole along with my chicken wings and you will have a guilt-free delicious tailgate.

For a non-traditional version of guacamole, SkinnyTaste.com has an Avocado and Mango Salsa that I’ve been dying to try!

Classic Turkey Chili

It’s officially chili time.  I’ve been waiting for this moment to come forever.  This is my mom’s chili recipe that has turned chili haters to chili lovers. Follow this up with some healthy pumpkin pie, put on some Hocus Pocus, and you’ve got you a deliciously healthy fall night. If you want to try a spin on this classic, SkinnyTaste.com has a delicious Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili recipe that will keep you all warm and fuzzy inside.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 stalks of celery
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 small cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 2 packets taco seasoning
  • chili powder, garlic powder to taste
  • 1 jalapeno (optional)

1. Cook ground turkey to taste and set it aside

2. Chop the celery, pepper, and onion into small/medium pieces and saute them in the bottom of a large pot at medium heat until they cook down a bit.

3. Add the cans of tomato, beans, and the ground turkey to the pot. (Add the jalapeno if wanted)

4. Add the 2 packets of taco seasoning, then add the chili and garlic powder to taste.

5. This can be eaten after 10 minutes of simmering or after an hour of simmering. ENJOY!

Pumpkin Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

I was happily surprised when my roommate made some delicious and healthy cookies for the fall season! As you might know, I am a sucker for healthy pumpkin recipes. Anything with canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie spice, sign me up! These are a guilt-free creation that will only cost you 165 calories for two cookies!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars together. Once creamed, add the egg, pumpkin and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and drop 1 tablespoon of the dough to baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy!

If you prefer something not healthy (cheating during the holidays) pumpkin cupcakes are all the rage and The Neely’s from the Food Network have a great recipe!

Healthy Pumpkin Pie

It finally feels like fall has hit Gainesville!! I woke up to 59 degree weather and I think the tree in our courtyard has a few yellow leaves… I’ll take whatever fall-ness I can find.  I don’t know about you, but when fall arrives, I feel an obligation to have at least one pumpkin snack around my apartment at all times.  For this reason, I want to share a healthy pumpkin pie recipe so you can fill that pumpkin craving without having the guilt.

LeanSecrets.com shares a delicious recipe for Lean Pumpkin Pie (with or without crust) with us!