My Main Lesson: Always Grow as a Person

My past four years at Southern Methodist University have been unforgettable. I’ve had so many experiences that I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for. There isn’t one aspect of my college21728_10151765978419128_156199655_n career that I wish I could change. I remember moving in like it was yesterday. It’s crazy to think that what I was feeling then (anxious, nervous, scared, excited) has come full circle to how I feel now. The excitement and nerves that come with moving on to a new chapter in your life is a feeling that’s indescribable.

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Three Down, One to Go

As junior year draws to a close, I reflect on my past three years at SMU and look forward to one more

Where has the time gone?!  Really – I have no idea.  I feel like it was just yesterday I arrived in Texas, ready to start my new life as a college student, and then BAM!  I blinked and now I’m suddenly twenty-one and about to spend the summer interning in NYC before starting my senior year of college.  It’s bittersweet — I’m simultaneously ready to go into the world and start ‘real life,’ but not yet ready to prepare for a year of ‘lasts.’  I guess it’s so hard to think about leaving after next year because I’ve so loved the time I’ve spent here.  I’ve made amazing friends and memories, and have started to figure out what I want in life — started being the key word.

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Time for Twitter to Reinvent Itself

As Twitter falls behind in the social media realm, other companies and products are rising to the top. Will Twitter be able to adapt and reinvent itself to be a top competitor?

Social media and technology are constantly changing and developing to do more and reach wider audiences. Twitter has seen dramatic declines in the last three years. Though its growth spread to an impressive 140% increase in 2011, that growth has diminished to a mere 40% overall. Can Twitter rise from its ashes and rebuild itself? Continue reading

Changing the Way We Give

Compassion for HumanityCrowdfunding is an online pooling of individuals who donate money for a cause or project presented by other individuals or groups. One man and his wife took a different perspective on the phenomenon. Together they created the world’s first ever non-profit crowdfunding website to help individuals around the world.  Continue reading

SMU’s New ‘It’ Blogger!

Lala Bellaa

Lala Bellaa

There are thousands of bloggers around the world-from The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni, to The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine as well as Song of Style’s Aimee Song and Cupcakes and Cashmere’s Emily Schuma- and they are all revolutionizing the fashion world as we know it.  Now, SMU has its very own upcoming blogger to follow and praise- Lala Bellaa’s Isabella Sanchez. Born in Brazil but raised around the world, this edgy fashion lover is combining her multicultural views and her South American roots to offer a new fashion perspective to the Dallas scene. Continue reading

Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Corvette Museum Sinkhole:

40-Foot-Wide Sinkhole Swallows Eight Priceless Corvettes.

The sinkhole that swallowed 8 priceless Corvettes

The sinkhole that swallowed 8 priceless Corvettes

On Wednesday this week, a 20-foot-wide and 30 foot deep sinkhole swallowed eight priceless Corvettes at the Church of Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Today, the doors opened as usual but the mood is slightly different.

As you can imagine, this is not an everyday occurrence. The Museum surprised everyone by opening up this soon after such an event.

“We’ve been given an OK and everything is safe” Said Museum spokesperson Katie Frassinelli.

Although the Museum may be open the Sky Dome, where the sinkhole took place, will remain closed indefinitely.

The cars that were affected by the sinkhole were two on loan from General Motors, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”. Also affected were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red  40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallet Hammer Z06 corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

The Sky Dome Untouched

The Sky Dome Untouched

What Other Sinkholes?

Well, this past year there have been a lot of publicized sink holes in the US. Cars have been swallowed in Toledo, Ohio, Broken water mains in Chicago, and even summer homes destroyed outside of Disney world.  Click Here for other articles on recent Sinkholes in the US.

Summer Bay Resort Lies Collapsed after a large Sinkhole

Summer Bay Resort Lies Collapsed after a large Sinkhole

Why do we care?

Sinkholes can be explained by science, erosion, mining, water main breaks, but the unanticipated appearances sometimes lead witnesses to interpret them as acts of God.

The giant holes can wreck vehicles and buildings, people can be killed and possessions lost.

“I’ve always said its a given that when you move to Florida you get beaches, sunshine, hurricanes and sinkholes,” Said a Florida Geological Survey Scientist.

Want to see more? Click Here to see more shocking pictures of a sinkhole in Midwest City in Oklahoma. The images and story here show some of the most significant road damage recorded by sinkholes in the US.

Dead Poet(ry) Society

Verses features various rhyming and writing tools.

Verses features various rhyming and writing tools.

Is poetry a form of art that can adapt to modern society?

Technology’s development in modern society has been one of the greatest catalysts for change and progress. Almost everything is becoming digital. But can everything become digitalized? Does anything lose value as it becomes infused into our ever digital world?  Continue reading

Statigram Yields More Double Taps

StatigramStatigram optimizes Instagram use by analyzing posts, interactions, and trends. 

Instagram may be one of the newest, most popular social media apps, but it’s proving to be one of the most profitable for businesses, especially fashion. Businesses post Instagram allows users to scroll through photos and either double tap to like it, or simply continue moving on. There are countless programs that analyze websites, Twitter accounts, and Facebook pages, but Statigram is a revolutionary tool for any Instagramers. Continue reading

SocialBro is Your Homie


Here is an example of SocialBro's analysis for a company.

Here is an example of SocialBro’s analysis for a company.

SocialBro enhances a Twitter account’s productivity and utility through analytical, targeting, engaging, and managing features. 

In today’s ever-competitive social media market, companies are perpetually searching for the most up-to-date technology to increase their online presence. Popular application and programs include Hootsuite, Klout, and Social Mention, but SocialBro is an invaluable asset that would benefit any company. So what makes SocialBro rise above the rest?

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More than an adventure

To categorize my years at SMU as an “adventure” would be as cliché as it sounds. My years at SMU have been more than an adventure. For the past six semesters I have had reckless nights out on Greenville/Uptown, studios all-nighters pulled in Fondren, enough Tex-Mex food to last a lifetime, a closet defining the typical “SMU girl”, and plenty of Flash Photography photos to capture the parties that were otherwise difficult to remember.

Although I did not begin my college career at SMU, I have felt honored to call SMU my home since the spring of 2011. Being the new kid on campus wasn’t an easy transition. Truth be told, I have constantly felt like an outsider in the SMU community for not being a member of Greek Life and missing the wild first semester of college. However, throughout these past six semesters I have craved my own path through SMU and have truly had the time of my life.

It is scary to think that May 17th, 2014 is nearing closer and closer. I am not prepared to say goodbye to Thursday nights out, staying up outrageously late, having minimal financial responsibilities and attending Saturday Boulevards in the fall. But real life is fast approaching. At this moment I do not known what my future holds, but I can confidently say I am more than prepared for this next step.

I give thanks to my incredible friends, my profound professors and supportive parents for helping to make my time at SMU the best years of my life thus far. I will never forget my semester in Boaz, the scorching hot Boulevards in August, the Snowpocalypse of 2011, surviving my first “tornado” scare and even the countless nights of stress/procrastination spent in Fondren.

SMU, I applaud you for the people you have brought into my life, the education you have given me, and the most rewarding college experience I could have ever imagined. Cheers to living in the moment and enjoying my final semester college.

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My Time at SMU

I’m finding it extremely difficult to accept that my time at SMU is coming to an end. The last three years have been the most challenging, exciting and unforgettable years of my life. I could write pages on pages, yet I still believe that would not adequately describe my time at SMU. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I wonder how many words a gif is worth? Inspired by my fellow classmates, I will be using gifs to highlight my time at SMU.  Continue reading

1,425 Days and Counting

From Homecomings to Boulevarding to English 1301 and PerunaNet–come May 2014, I, as well as many of my peers across the nation will be pushed out of our warm, safe cocoon that is college and thrown out into the cold cruel world that is true adulthood. Where we have to be grown up and work for a living and over these last four years I have had the greatest opportunity to learn so much about myself as a human being and gain some great friends and knowledge that will be with me on that journey. It’s been 1,425 days and counting since I began my journey at SMU and I am both excited and terrified for it to end, but man have I loved every step of the way.  Continue reading

My 4 Years at SMU

When I began to look for a college, I was not desperately trying to escape my life at home. With two younger siblings I adored, friends I admired, and parents I respected, I didn’t see a reason to leave the northeast. At the time, my life seemed complete. My hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts breed’s students for local colleges; If you weren’t attending one of the Ivy Leagues that New England offered, UMass Amherst, Boston University, and University of New Hampshire were common destinations for graduates. Continue reading

1 in 3

On Tuesday of this week, SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute hosted the Exxon Mobile Series featuring a short documentary-like video produced by the Publicis Dallas called 1 in 3. The film is about the United States decaying middle class and how 1 in 3 families are living from paycheck to paycheck and how we as advertisers and communicators should not forget this group of people when it comes to marketing and creating products.

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Plan Your Next Trip With Hipmunk

hipmunk In 2010, Hipmunk a travel planning start-up was created as website and mobile app. Hipmunk caters to spontaneous traveling as well as being a full-service travel site that takes the agony out of travel planning with an easy to use site and low fares. If that doesn’t lure you in maybe the cute little chipmunk in an aviation outfit will.  Continue reading

Social Media Marketing: Dallas Mavericks YouTube

The Dallas Mavericks have a new approach to social media marketing through making parodies of viral videos. In the past month, the Mavs have been posting short, hysterical, parody videos to the Dallas Mavericks YouTube page. Paying attention to viral internet trends like popular music or videos, the Mavs have created a comical persona through social media.

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Google+ Revamps the College Visit

I have been a Southern Methodist University Tour Guide for almost three years now. In my opinion, it’s a great job: good pay, flexible hours, and invaluable customer service experience. However, it has come to my attention that Google is looking to put me out of a job. Thanks, Larry Page. Continue reading

Public Relations Major Tricks People To Think He’s Snapchat’s Publicist


Towards the end of our college careers our professors start to give us more assignments that will help us in the real world. We finally have the opportunity to write our final papers and projects on things that interest us. This is a really great opportunity to do our best work because who knows who might see it. It may land you a potential job. One public relations college student did a final project on Snapchat that was so GOOD, that people believed he was Snapchat’s publicist.

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