COMM 111—Writing for Communication
Weekly #2 Observation and Description
The Breeze is cool here. The sky is crisp and blue, like the ocean on a warm day. The chains clang and the bars squeak as I swing back and forth. The ground is frozen. Ice surrounds my feet. It sparkles against the sun beams. There’s nothing but pure silence. It engulfs me and warms my soul to the core. The cold bites at my cheeks and leaves a kiss of pink. The sun and the clear drops of water smell of the earth. Sunshine and spring dwindle in the air. Hopes of warmer days and summer submerge stranger’s minds. Sunny and clear, the day couldn’t be any better.
Walking, laughing, care free voices come together. The voices echo off the wind. The sun becomes shy, and slowly sulks away. The chill starts to weigh heavy, like being crushed beneath a blanket of ice. The kiss becomes a blade that drags across my skin. Shadows replace the snow’s sparkle. The blue ocean sky becomes a faded gray. There’s no grass, no flowers; just snow and ice that has turned to gray mush. The voices fade away, until there’s nothing but silence once again. Thoughts of spring and summer diminish along with the sun and sky.
The shadows have set. It smells of mud and winter; white and gray like clouds in a storm. It’s peaceful here. There are no distractions, just silence. The gray lingers in the air like a thick fog. It’s too cold to sit in peace. The chains wobble as I stand two feet on the frozen ground. The crunch of the snow beneath my boots ricochets. This place is full of childhood memories of those who have passed through. What is now cold and empty will soon be filled with light and playfulness. Summer will come once again and fill this place with its love light. The sights around me are crisp and clear. This place is a winter wonderland. There are trees that sway side to side, as if they were breathing. The snow lightly falls from the branches. Little flakes of ice float to the ground like little puffs of fluff. They swirl in the wind; wild, wicked swirls. They’re bewitched by magic.
As I step upon the rigid icy stones the clouds above loom closer. The sky becomes darker and the pathway merges with the shadows. The air is thin. White snow leaves a guiding path of light. The chains of the swing ring in the distance as the wind lightly blows through. The path of ice and shadows lead me to the crescendo of voices. Wisps of snow flow behind me. Each step is a new storm. Darkness has followed my feet down the path. The meadow of snow and ice is now behind me; but I will return once again to my playground, when summer peaks around the corner.
I learned that the Grad Plan is something that will help lighten the load of college. It gives students a guideline to follow. It’s never a sure plan, but it helps to know there’s a plan. No student should be left in the dark not knowing what they’re doing. Another thing I learned from Brother Christensen is that internships are something of great value. An internship is something that should be taken on the spot. No one should ever turn down an internship because they’re not being paid for it. If anything employers will see how willing you are to work for free that they’ll more likely consider you for a job. It gives students the upper hand in job hunting. Plus internships are a great way to network. Network, network, network; it’s obviously very important for a communication major.
This is the field I will be going into. Her speech made me 100% sure I chose the right emphasis. She talked mainly on marketing and how to spot the target audience. She made it perfectly clear that without advertising everything else would be in trouble. Advertising helps lower the cost of products. If Advertising can’t work well with other emphasises such as, Public Relations, there won’t be much success. It helps to know some of the things that make Advertising an important job and not just an annoying one.
“Change your words, change your world.” – Michael Cannon
One important thing he touched on…
Public Relations and Advertising are extremely important. They both need to get along with each other in order to make acceptable work. He made great points about what words can do. If said right words could change the world. It’s the difference between making millions and making pennies. I learned a lot about how important writing really is in Communication. This will help me in the field I’m going in. It gives me the base of Advertising. If I can write well, then I can do marvelous things. Michael Cannon’s words of wisdom made me see that all fields are important. One can’t be without the other.
Caryn Esplin is such an energetic woman. She really taught me a lot about standing out amongst the talent. She made such a great reference to ESV (Efficient, Skilled, Versatile). I thought she gave everyone great advice that will stick with us forever. She not only talked about being creative and marketing oneself; but also praying for the right path. The only way a person will go down a path of happiness is if they go to Heavenly Father and ask for guidance. I loved her ability to communicate with the students. She really taught me what it’s about to be able to do a job right.
I already have Microsoft downloaded onto my computer, so I don’t really need to use this website too often. On the other hand, it has some templates that would be nice to have. If I need to type up a resume then there’s a template waiting for me. Powerpoint, Excel, and Publisher are also available. It’s a great website to have for a just incase scenario. I might use this for a resume cover.
This is a website that basically gives students the information needed for their career path. I might use the Academic Discovery Center tab more than any other. It has some great resources to use and it has some information on how to go about getting a degree. Like it says on the homepage, it’s the college of business and communication.
Am I good at math? No! That’s why I’m a Comm major!
This website is brilliant. It has time zones, a calculator, timers, and even games. I love it. If I’m going to be in the Communications business then this is important information to know. If I write something for a different state or country then I’ll need to know their time zones. It only makes sense that I’d need this in my career. I might even use this right now, just for fun. I like the apps that are available and the games are kind of neat as well. I think I might make myself comfortable here.
The grad plan. What more is there to be said. It’s a nightmare to use but once done it’s a heaven sent. When everything is put in place it gives a great guideline for the student to follow. At this school only a certain amount of credits are accepted. This helps the student maintain on track. It also gives the student an idea of when they will graduate and all of the steps he or she needs to take to get there. It really is a nice thing to have, especially when you’re a freshman. It’s a pain in the neck to do, but it’s definitely worth it. With a grad plan I now know how my future will look. I’ll have all of my classes down and know what I need for my major.
The American Advertising Federation (AAF) is a program that protects and creates advertisements. This is great for me since I’m going into advertising. This website presents awards for advertisements. It gives people information on how to do their jobs correctly and also helps with the understanding of the job. It has some tabs for technology. It gives information on what the trends are and how to incorporate that into advertising. This is a fantastic tool to use for my career path. Sometimes it can be daunting with all of the competition around, but at least this website has some tips and tricks on how to succeed. It sounds like something every job needs.