It’s Certain Now

I’m graduating.

Some of you may know that my graduation ceremony happened over three weeks ago and be thinking, yes, yes we know, you actually already graduated, is it only now clicking?

Well I walked across the stage, shook the hand of the President of the university and was given a diploma holder, but three weeks ago it wasn’t certain I was going to graduate.

Now realistically it probably was certain based on where I was going into exams, but to be really, really literal, our final grades weren’t in yet so we had no way of knowing and I had one class, this oneeee classssss that was worrying me a bit.

You see it was an ethics course, Ethics in the Marketplace, and while a business course it was also branched under philosophy and the last philosophy class that I faced off with nearly got me. I just scraped through that one with a D and I honestly don’t know how I even managed that. It was required for my minor and heading in I didn’t know it was philosophy. The methods and arguments all seemed so confusing and it being an 8:30am class probably didn’t help a whole lot either. When I sat down in my first Ethics class in January, a required course for my major, and found out it was a philosophy course my heart sank. And then, to top it all off, 20% of our grade was reliant on participation. My last philosophy course had gone badly and I’d never taken a business course; I felt at rather a disadvantage.

A few weeks in, time comes round for the first assignment to be due and the instructions were a bit vague so I did my best and waited to see what my mark would be. The day the assignments were being handed back I logged online to peek at my mark before the papers came round and was floored to see I had a 0. 0%? How can you even get 0% if you handed anything, like literally anything, in?!

After class I went up to the prof because my paper hadn’t even been handed back and he was like, “Oh yeah, did I forget your email in my inbox? Whoops! I’ll get that to ya as soon as I can!” (Super chill guy, probably my second favourite prof throughout university. Has like flowing, shoulder-length, ringletted, white hair and a double piercing in one ear in which he always has a set of two hoop earrings. I say he’s the retired pirate prof)

So next class, before it starts, he comes and stands in front of me and says, “So we have a problem.” My stomach drops and I’m nearly panicking, did I do it completely wrong? Did I misunderstand everything? Am I going to fail? Am I not going to graduate? Am I going to have to stay another year for this one course? Whyyyyy crueeeeel worldddddddddddd…. Etc.

“Your assignment is really good! You need to speak up more in class!” Relief could have melted me onto the floor in that moment. And while the class did end up being one of my favourites overall it was still very challenging. I always felt like I was uncertain in what I was doing and yet my marks usually implied I was doing alright so the exam was going to be the final test (like, literally, cause it was the last test, but like it also determined like everythi-you get it, it’s a bad pun :P)

Realistically I could have gotten 0 on the exam and passed the course, not well! But passed. Well, my mark was entered into the system two days ago. I done good guys… I done good.

I’m graduating.

Long Story Short

Hello, long time no post. How’ve you been? Yeah? Cool/That’s great/Sorry to hear that/Really?

I’ve been good. I mean today wasn’t the best morning but generally I’ve been good, really.

I haven’t posted a personal post on this blog since September 13 when I explained that I would be using this blog for a school project for the semester. I did that and then kind of ditched, sorry! Guess I got blogged out. But really what that means is you know nothing about how my junior year of university is going! Here’s the cliffsnotes version from September to now:

  • I’m doing a lot more major-specific courses at university this year and it’s really fun! I like my major, yayyyy! I started practicum in January, I’m working with the communications and media department at my university so that’s fun! Also really convenient because I commute out to school which takes up a good two hours of driving each day, so doing my practicum at school means I can use my long spares for something productive and I don’t have to do yet another thing on top of homework when I finally make it home at the end of the day!
  • I have a boyfriend. His name is Ryan, I like him lots and we’ve been dating for five months. I don’t know what else to say about this, umm ask questions if you want…?
    Haha okay so here’s the deal, I never know how to talk about relationship stuff and its not because I want to keep it quiet or anything I just don’t want to overshare or seem like I’m boasting in the wonderfulness that is our relationship (which I could do, really!). I’m more than happy to answer questions if you care but don’t expect me to volunteer much unprompted!
Internet, meet Ryan.

And now for your formal introduction, Internet, meet Ryan.

  • I really want to work at DisneyWorld. Haha alright so this isn’t really new, this has been years in the making, but this past spring I applied for the Disney Cultural Exchange program which would have meant I would have been working at Disney World, FL for three months over the summer. I got an interview but would have had to fly out to Toronto for a forty-five minute meeting which I just couldn’t do as a somewhat broke college student. So alas my dreams of working at Disney have been dashed for now but who knows… after all, Winnipeg has a Disney Store!
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See, Disney means hanging out with friends! Disney is a happy place to be!

  • My mum has officially had her new kidney for over a year! Some of you may remember last January when my mum had a kidney transplant due to kidney failure. January 8th was the one-year anniversary of that surgery and everything continues to go swimmingly! The kidney took really well and she’s got more energy and is able to sleep better and eat more and all sorts of things! It’s really nice =)
  • I have managed to keep Rory the fish alive for a year and four months. He’s still swimming folks! That means he has survived me for ten months longer than any of my past fish did… Good job Rory.

So there my update for ya and for future me who may just be narcissistic enough to come back and read these one day… I probably won’t be posted regularly on here because school is craaaaazy and life’s busy but I’ll try my best to pop by! In the meantime, if you’re just dying to keep up with all my comings and goings, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@rlpbeckleston) or Instagram (@rlpdean). I’m around there pretty often!

It’s nice to be back =) Hope all your present endeavors are going well! Talk to ya later!
-B

Biting the Hand That Feeds You

Who doesn’t want to be given praise continually and be told that they’re beautiful everyday by hundreds of thousands of followers, subscribers, and likers. ? Nineteen year old Essena O’Neill doesn’t.

Earlier this week the Australian Instagram star abruptly quit social media revealing that the profile she had built up since she was twelve was posed for and often sponsored modelling. She stated that during this time she had grown miserable, spending hours on shoots to get just a few shots for her social media.

It is rare for one of the elite and famous to turn on their kind, to turn on the platforms that made them who they are, but Essena has done just that and is now working to reveal the falsehoods of social media “realities”. Of the pictures left up on her Instagram she is changing the captions to reveal the work and editing put into them, debunking them as casual, relatable candids.

Many teens these days, especially the girls but certainly some boys too, desire the approval and recognition brought on through things such as social media fame. With sites such as Snapchat, Vine, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and many more it is increasingly easy to shoot to fame and recognition with a perfectly tailored personna. Essena released a video upon her departure from social media warning youth from seeking approval from an online audience. This is important for many young people to hear, to see one of their idols in tears over the unfulfilling and lonely, yet “perfect” life she was living.

I hope this reveal will be beneficial not only for Essena as she restarts her life outside of online fame, but also for many teens looking for approval in all the wrong places.
#reallife>onlinelife #relatable

Essena O’Neill’s original video was posted under the title “Why I REALLY Am Quitting Social Media.” however her youtube account has since been closed. This is that video reposted by another youtube user on their channel.

#GrecoClass

Instantaneous responses have always been the best way to respond to something.

Someone’s choking? Instantaneous response required.
Basketball coming at your face? Instantaneous response required.
Thought of a really good pun? Instantaneous response required. (Please say it aloud, spread the punjoyment with us all)
In a class with memorable moments and great quotes? Instantaneous response required.

Wait, what was that last one? How does one respond to memorable moments and great quotes? Smile and nod in appreciation? Well, there is another option. Live-tweet.

Today Dr Greco’s Communications & Media classes live-tweeted their days, which for the Writing for the Media students, meant beginning at 9:50am and seeing how long they could go in the marathon of twitter.

Live-tweeting is the idea of posting updates or quotes on twitter as they happen. This can often be organized for a certain event using a hashtag. This meant today, that if one were to follow #GrecoClass on twitter, one would have found reams of tweets from Communications & Media students as they discussed their class.

My father asked me today, what the point of this exercise was. I was tempted to say that is was to catch up to another staff member who said that at one point he tweeted around 50 tweets a day, but the core purpose I believe was practice in reporting. That is, practice in finding the key information and sharing it in a quick, concise, and engaging way. Twitter limits you to 140 characters, you have to be able to draw out and display the key points in very few words. There is an art to twitter! (I don’t believe I have it…)

Whether or not we were successful in the second suggestion I suppose is for our poor followers to decide, however we definitely succeeded in the first suggestion of beating #50TweetsaDay. I was able to hit this goal at around 1pm after just over three hours of tweeting. (Did I lose followers you ask? No, I gained one. How…?)

Instantaneous responding may be the best way to keep followers up to date with an event and to connect with other people participating in the same thing, however, through experience I have learned that it is not exactly conducive to taking thorough class notes…

#AffirmMe

Sometimes my best friend and I discuss how our lives are certainly funny enough (if not necessarily interesting enough) to merit our own television show. We like to think we’re pretty funny and things happen to us that we feel ought to be recorded for a greater audience to enjoy than merely ourselves.

I think it would be safe to say that social media has given us as humans a confidence boost. The regular likes, follows, and friend requests give us a sense of security in ourselves and we want to go to the next level. In this day and age that next level has become celebrity status. It is now possible to be a Youtube or Instagram “celebrity”, having thousands, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of followers hanging on your every move. This has become many peoples’ goal in social media, to gain recognition. This desire for recognition makes me wonder, are we really receiving a confidence boost from the rising numbers? Or does each one add to the pressure to do better, to move up to the next step? Has social media gone from a place to share bits of our daily lives with our friends, to a place where we #shout into the void, yearning for the affirmation of strangers?

There’s nothing wrong with social media, it’s an extremely convenient way to share bits of our lives, but I think there can be a serious danger to rely too fully on the numbers rather than the people with us in the day to day. My best friend and I don’t need a T.V. show, we just need each other around to laugh at our own lame jokes.

A Quick Heads Up!!

Hey folks! I haven’t posted on here in a while, long time no chat!

I’m still alive (I promise, ghost me is not writing this…) and I am back in school, year two! Here I come degree!! I am currently working at getting my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications and Media, and a minor in Intercultural Studies. One of my classes in my C&M major I get to do this project/assignment where I have to write and post a little mini article on a local/national/world event that’s happening or happened. That was a terribly worded sentence, I hope you understood that cause I’m not changing it. basically, I’m letting you know that for the next few months, every week day there’s going to be a little article on here about something thats happening in the world.

Also, if there’s any interesting things happening where you are, feel free to forward me some news articles to check out. A lot of the information I’m closest to is relating to Canada for obvious reasons, but if you’re somewhere else, I’d love to hear about what’s going on there!

So if you’re interested, enjoy the articles, if not, sorry bro, it’s an assignment and I literally have to do it.

-Becky.

Trial Run my Major

I’ve kind of become the media/communications person for my youth group which is cool. I run the twitter and instagram and have access to the facebook page and it’s kind of fun testing out my major this way. I mean as a regular blogger and someone who has been on all sorts of social media websites regularly and actively for a number of years I’m familiar with how they run and how to use them advantagiously, but now I’m using them to advertise something which is new. I have to figure out how to portray it, how to announce things, how to make a post that will draw views.

As a blogger and video blogger I never went into this to get views, I don’t use hashtags in my tweets or instagram posts (excet if I’m being silly and making up super long hashtags ;D) because I don’t feel like it. I’m not doing this for views, I’m doing it because I like it. When I’m representing something else how ever, I have to do it for views. I’m having to relearn how to use these familir sites with a totally differentgoal in mind and it’s kind of interesting.

In other news, we played human hungry hippos for youth tonight after seeing this video:

It was just as good as we had hoped…

-B