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The blog assignment is officially over. The school year of 2009-2010 is practically over. Summer is so close I can taste it (and the fact that I’m buying country music en masse again proves that). I believe I told you all before that I fully intended to keep this blog going, and, well, that’s as true now as it was then.

I’m so grateful to my professor for giving me this opportunity because I honestly wouldn’t have taken the initiative to do near daily writing. However, now that I have the space, I figure I might as well use it.

Thus without further ado, here is my foolproof guide to studying for finals, and, well, how to survive.

In my opinion, spring quarter finals (and I’m talking about those on the quarter system here) are the hardest to take. You’ve already had two other sets of finals, summer’s coming (although the weather here in Oregon doesn’t show it), and it’s just that time of year when you really don’t want to be in school. I feel ya. So here you are, the ways I survive finals.

1) Breathe: No, I’m serious. It sounds really cliche, but it’s true. It’s really easy to get caught up in minute details and forget to breathe. Breathing is important. Try some guided meditations and fall deep into your center.

2) Focus: When it comes right down to it studying for finals is all about time management. Set aside strict study time and stick to it. Try and do it in the middle of the day when you’re most awake, rather than those wee hours in the morning when you really should be sleeping.

3) Sleep: Although finals is notorious for re-arranging sleep schedules until they’re practically non-existent, now is not the time to give up sleeping. Sleeping is essential to mental health and dreaming helps you process your every day experiences. So catnaps won’t cut it.

4) Exercise: Another thing that’s easy to fling out the window once finals come a knockin’ is exercise. It’s hard enough to find time for it normally, but even harder during finals week. Don’t let it go! You’ll feel more in tune to yourself and just as Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde “Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy…” What more advice could you need?

5) Eat (Well): You’re spending 5 hours in the library and it’s easy to just take a huge bag of chips to snack on, right? No. Ever heard the phrase, you are what you eat? Well, it’s as true as ever. Finals is a time when you should be eating a lot of really good food and taking vitamins. No need to get sick now!

6) Relax: Remember how I was talking about time management earlier? You should also schedule in some relaxation time every now and then (even if it’s just for an hour). I know, I know, it’s easy to say to yourself, “I’ll get all this done and I’ll have all summer to relax.” No, relaxation time during stressful events is also critical to your mental health. Therefore, don’t feel bad about lounging on your bed, having some friends over, or watching a movie. You need it.

And finally, remember that nothing lasts forever… Especially finals. So good luck, everyone. I know you’ll do great!

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The Future. These two scary words have been on my mind all day ┬átoday… gnawing at me, and I had one of those small anxiety attacks that I’m sure all college students have when they’re on the cusp of graduating… I don’t know exactly what I want to do when I graduate. Granted, I have about eight months or so, at least, before I even have to start thinking about graduating, but still, it happens when I’m about to sign up for next term’s classes.

Right now, I know I’m getting a degree in PR and maybe possibly a Master’s in teaching. After that, I have no idea. I mean, how do you even prepare for The Future as a PR student? Luckily, my professor posted this link to this great blog post on the Spinks Blog about things that a college student can do now to get a foot in the door.

Some of these tips included networking on sites like LinkedIn, attending conferences and other events, getting mentorships and doing a ton of writing. However, what I liked most about this post was how laid-back it all was. David Spinks merely gave some great tips and then tipped us off that some of these (or none at all) may work for us. We have to make our own way in the world and that’s perfectly okay.

So thank you, Mr. Spinks for your timely commentary. Your tips are much appreciated.

I was sitting in the library just now thinking about the future of this blog. Here’s the thing, this is supposed to be a class assignment, a way for our wonderful professor to teach us how to run, manage and share fresh content and ideas on a blog. I however, want to have fun with it. Although I enjoy introductory guides to Facebook and risk communication, I want to challenge myself to cover PR from every angle.

What I’ve learned most in the UO School of Journalism and Communication, and in particular, in the public relations focus, is that the definition of PR is not a simple one. Just check out some of the content that my fellow students and I posted on our takeover week of PROpenMic, a social networking site primarily for PR people (students, faculty, professionals, etc)…

A couple weeks ago, I posted about how to apply the principles of sustainability to the practice of public relations. I was challenged to write about environmental PR in a way that was fresh and exciting. In fact, my blog post inspired the video I later made for the takeover.

So my challenge to myself is to find random topics and apply PR to them. This post merely introduces that new challenge, a change in direction in the middle of my blogging road.

So wish me luck on this new journey, and please let me know if there are any topics that are of interest to you that I could tackle. As Confucius said, “A journey begins with a single step.” And, one more question… How do you define public relations? Because really people, there are no wrong answers.