May 10, 2010

Mothers Day and Sunday (Monday) Wrap Up!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 7:15 pm by Gina

Hi readers,

First, let me apologize for being a day late in both Sunday Wrap Up as well as Mothers Day- my bad!

Happy Mothers Day to EVERYONE!! What a wonderful day to celebrate all women, not just mothers. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I’m sure any mother would agree with that. The girlfriends who listen and keep the moms calm, the aunts that babysit for the weekend, the grandmothers who spoil and the friends who entertain- all women are a part of being a mom 🙂 I found hundreds of Mothers Day poems/quotes/sayings, but I thought this poem was short, to the point, and expressed most of what I wanted to say (because it truly is impossible to thank your mother adequately, I mean… the gift of life…yeah.)

Mom you are a shining star though the world doesn’t know your name.
You have no fancy title like Baroness or Dame.
Mom you really are a star, my mother mentor and friend.
A Nobel Prize for motherhood is what I’d recommend.
And if I won the lottery I’d share my win with you
I’d take you Mom on a spending spree each day the whole year through!
You may not be famous, as your face is known to few.
But Mom I think you are wonderful and I’m so proud of you!

p.s. mom, I really would share my lottery winnings with you, I mean… kids are expensive!

Now for Sunday Wrap Up:
1. Perfect for a combined mothers day post: “Leah Dieterich’s mother always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. To everything. thxthxthx is her daily exercise in gratitude.” This blog has a daily thank you note, a perfect reminder to count your blessings!

2. This fresh ta death video from Beyonce (as always.) I’m obsessed!! I absolutely love the outfits, the makeup, the idea. Despite the sad title, I find this video very fun!

3. Palmer Fest! I was there, it was fun, and I’d do it again! How exciting to party with an entire college campus on one street! Despite the craziness of this article, I got to see many people I knew, experience a college fest and take plenty of pictures. People who do stuff like throw bottles or light fires ruin the fun for everyone, and I was long gone and safely home by that point- so nothing to worry about there 🙂

There you have it, a mashed together celebration of Sunday- on a Monday! Tell me a story about your mom, tell me a story about being a mom, how do you feel about mothers day overall? Also, feel free to send links/suggestions of things you think would be good for the Sunday Wrap Up- I’m always open to hearing them!

Love you all,


April 27, 2010

Three Blessings I Have In My Life Are…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:09 pm by Gina

Hi all!

Wow, first let me say I’m sorry it has been an entire week since our last update, I promise that won’t happen again (anytime soon at least.) Anywho we are back to finish the sentence Tuesday and I would love to hear from all of you again! and your friends!

Today it is rainy and dreary and only a Tuesday. I didn’t get much sleep and I have a lot to do. In response to this I think its time to remember our blessings, the good things we have in our lives and the reason they are good. While it won’t make the rain go away, perhaps it will clear the junk out of my mind and at the very least remind me of something positive, something sunshine-y 🙂

I’m going to make just one stipulation- no putting “family, friends, my health.” BORING! We are ALL thankful for our family and friends and health (and various other “duh” blessings) so I challenge you to think of something a little different, make it specific if it’s about these things, tell a little story, contemplate for longer than the normal three seconds. I’m sure it will be good!

So here goes,

Three blessings I have in my life are…

1) Ohio University:
I know that many students struggle with their first year of college. Sometimes they don’t fit with the school and often they don’t know what they want to study- it’s a big decision for a 17/18 year old, and not an easy one. That’s why I feel completely blessed when I’m reminded over and over again that OU is the right school for me. This doesn’t mean that there haven’t been problems, stress, or other issues, what it does mean is that Fall, Winter, and now Spring I have found myself walking down the streets of Athens and realizing that I love it here, problems, stress, issues and all.

2) Open-minded parents:
This might seem like a weird one, but I guarantee you my mother understands. I am like my mom in a whole lot of ways- a “free” personality being one of them. In the past few years I have scared them by almost choosing a school in New York City, taking a flight to Ghana by myself and telling my mother I would be teaching English as a second language soon. I signed up to study abroad in Italy and I’ve thrown numerous parties at my house while they are away. What I’m saying is, I know that sometimes I dream big, and I am blessed that I have parents who not only are getting used to it, but are supporting me as well. I think everyone can understand, whether you have it or not, a parents support makes a difference.

3) Internet:
Sweet, sweet internet. I use the internet daily, 5 million times a day probably. I stay connected with my friends and family (thank God!) I read blogs, I update blogs, I do my homework, I check the weather, I read the news. While I am always an advocate of going outside, being active, doing something that doesn’t involve technology, I also am constantly amazed at the numerous positive things the internet can help one accomplish. It can start movements, change elections, share ideas. It can serve as a link for every internet-accessing person on this earth. I don’t watch T.V. anymore at all (really, the last thing I watched was the Cavs game and I had to use a friends T.V.) and I can’t say I’m upset about that. I am blessed to have internet connection to seek out positive media messages instead!

These are three blessings that I have in my life right now. Obviously I have many, many more, including my friends, my dad, sister and nephew, my health, my strikingly good looks (hahahah just kidding!) But for now ima focus on these three!

Have a blessed day!

January 6, 2010

Winter Blues

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:19 pm by Gina

Ciao everyone,

Well school has started again, the packing, moving and unpacking is accomplished and a routine will inevitably fall into place. What is not so inevitable is me getting used to walking in this weather! At 22 degrees with a wind chill that makes it feel like 7 degrees, going out much seems borderline insane! Still, I have a lot of goals and extra-curricular’s I’m involved in and I can only hope that I become a pro at extreme “bundling up.”

I think winter can be a hard time for anyone, but after a little research I found that women suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder the most. 75-80% of people who suffer from SAD are women with the majority being over 30. Often it is caused from a simple lack of light but heredity, age and chemical makeup play a part as well.

Even if one doesn’t suffer from SAD- it is easy to get into a similar type of “winter blues.” Being stuck inside all day, with constant cold and gray skies does not lend itself to a rousing good time! So I challenge everyone to make the most out of their winter. Yes I know, we are all very busy, but I find that in the nicer months we somehow make time to enjoy the elements and our day, so why not in winter also? Go for a walk after dinner despite the cold! Make a snowman, clean your house of clutter to prevent cabin fever, grow a plant indoors for some greenery, open your curtains all the way during the day to let the sun in. Savor and enjoy your hot tea/coffee/cocoa, take a bubble bath, go ice-skating or rediscover the fun things there are to do indoors!

Ha I know I sound corny, but maybe it will help! My plan to not get into a winter slump is to take a slightly smaller workload, stick with a workout plan that includes yoga (something I often give up despite my extreme love for it), let myself have the broccoli cheddar soup, and hopefully build a snowman at some point!

Tell me how you feel about winter! Do you get irritable and moody as many do? Do you love the snow? What is your favorite winter activity- whether inside or outside? A funny story, a question, a fact- anything!

Best friends forever,

hahaha 🙂

November 22, 2009

Second Interview with Women Leaders at OU

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 8:12 pm by Gina

Hey ladies!
Alright, so this is another interview I did for my women leaders at OU article, with Amanda Eckman, a senior media arts and studies management major, and president of Brick City Records, a recording company here in little old Athens, Ohio. Enjoy!

Q: How did you get involved with Brick City Records?

A: I heard about Brick City when I was visiting and since I was thinking about doing A & R for a record label I wanted to join and get involved.

Q: How did you get to become president?

A: It was actually kind of interesting, my freshman year I knew an artist called Curtis Peoples and he wanted to do a show here so I was talking with the president about putting together a show with Curtis so spring quarter of my freshman year I put on a show and got involved that way and ran for vice president of A & R the end of my freshman year and won, and just eventually through getting involved with the exec board got moved up to president last year and this year.

Q: Do you have any female role models?

A: My role models are mostly male because the music industry, although it’s getting better, is still male-dominated. So the person got me really involved was a male manager and the person here was also a male and he kind of influenced me to become president.

Q: Are you the first female president of Brick City?

A: Yes, we’ve been around since 2004 so it hasn’t been two long and we’ve only had two main presidents before me.

Q: What do you want to do after school?

A: That’s a good question. Ideally, I would like to work for an independent record label preferably with talent development, trying to help them figure out their image and everything.

Q: What made you decide to come to OU?

A: Because it was really the only place that could put me in a major that directly dealt with what I wanted to do. Plus they have so many connections out in LA and Chicago and everything and the music industry really is about connections.

Q: They have alot of alumni connections out there?

A: Yeah I did an internship with Beverly Hills two summers ago and I kept going to all these parties and people would whip out their OU IDs and be like “Yeah, I graduated two years ago,” so I thought I’m going to the right place then, that’s how you get a job.

Q: How many internships have you had?

A: I did one in Beverly Hills where I actually had to go out there and this summer I’m currently working on one where it’s based in LA, but it’s all online. It’s just scouting bands and uploading them to a site.

Q: So do you think you’ll probably move out west?

A: I’ve thought about it, and I might try to stick with Chicago because I want to work at a smaller label and in LA all my connections are with bigger labels.

Q: Has Brick City made having a social life and schoolwork hard?

A: It hasn’t been too hard, I’ve met so many people through Brick City because it’s also involved with other student organizations within Scripps so you meet people within different student organizations not just Brick City and we’re trying to grow our internship too.


November 20, 2009

GIRL POWAA (Spice Girls Anyone?)

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 7:42 pm by Gina

Hey girlies!

Mackenzie Smith, a senior at Ohio University, is the President of the Women’s Panhellenic Association, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She’s a journalism major focusing on public relations, and I interviewed her for an article I’m writing about women leaders at OU. I have two more interviews coming so I hope you guys like it!

Q: How did you get into journalism and public relations?

A: I toured Scripps when I was a senior in high school and thought I wanted to go into advertising so my mom encouraged me to apply and once I got in I didn’t even know public relations was an area of study. I was really intrigued by it and switched my focus from advertising to PR.

Q: What is the Women’s Panhellenic Association?

A: The Women’s Panhellenic Association is basically the governing body for all nine sororities on campus, the social sororities, and we serve as kind of the administrative body like I said. We have fourteen executive officers right now, we just amended our constitution so at the end of this quarter we’ll go down to twelve officers ranging from recruitment, community service, all sorts of things. We serve as a resource for the chapters, make sure everyone’s abiding by the rules. We put on some big events, obviously sorority recruitment is our biggest even in the fall but we also try to do at least one big community service event a quarter. And we also kind of serve as the liaison to collaborate with other university groups.

Q: How did you get involved with the organization?

A: Well, it’s an application and interview process, which we’re actually about to start right now. But I applied to be the vice president of public relations, I thought it’s be a good thing for my major to get involved outside of my own individual chapter and I ended up being slated as President so that was very exciting and I took it and ran with it and it’s been a learning experience but I’ve loved every second of it.

Q: What are your responsibilities as President?

A: I basically serve as the main contact person for all of the sorority side of Greek Life, maintaining relationships with the campus involvement center, Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Affairs, I represent the organization at a lot of meetings like Council of Student Leaders and everything. When outside groups contact us they usually contact me, I kind of in a way have to know every aspect of all of the thirteen positions. Making sure that everyone’s doing their job, helping generate new ideas and ll of that good stuff.

Q: Would you say that being President takes up most of your time?

A: It’s definitely something, I’m always getting emails and everything. It depends on the time of year like spring quarter when we are preparing for recruitment we had recruitment meetings every Tuesday, but now since that’s over I don’t have that constraint anymore. It is time-consuming, but it’s definitely not the only thing, I don’t define my life by being President of this organization. I do find that although it is time-consuming, it’s manageable to the point that I still have a life, and it’s not consuming.

Q: What are your plans for the future after OU?

A: Well I’m about to start my job hunt right now, like I said I’m a PR major specializing in marketing so I try to keep my options open with that. I’m just doing what every senior is kind of doing right now, looking for jobs. I had an internship this summer and they said that there’s a chance of budget providing, they’ll offer me a job, so I’m kind of waiting that out. But we’ll see what happens.

Q: Did you have any female role models growing up?

A: You probably would get this answer a lot but my mom, she’s always been very supportive in me trying new things and if I’m not successful at it she was definitely the person there to comfort me and tell me just because that didn’t work out for you doesn’t mean everything’s over. For example, I ran for a position in my chapter and I didn’t get it and I was just very upset. My mom kept saying everything’s going to be okay, everything happens for a reason obviously, now as President of WPA I can definitely say that everything does happen for a reason. She’s just a very strong woman and she has good morals and good values and it’s just something I look up to and hope to achieve when I’m older, so I would definitely say my mom.

Q: Do you consider yourself a leader?

A: Yes and no, sometimes it’s still kind of surreal to me. As President of WPA I’m technically the voice for 1100 women and that seems overwhelming at first but sometimes it doesn’t really hit me but I do like to think that I’m a leader on campus through some of the other organizations I’m involved in that maybe people appreciate my opinion. As a senior now especially that in itself I feel like I’ve acquired a lot of knowledge over my last three years here and everything, so I’d like to think that hopefully I’m a leader in a larger sense too.

Q: What other organizations are you with?

A: Pretty much everything is through Greek life, Greek life community, Greek community council, Greek council of student leaders. Spring quarter I was on the Steering committee to re-evaluate OU’s sexual assault sanctioning policy so that was really cool to see how the university kind of runs on a larger sense, amending the judicial sanction is a big step I think, so all that type of stuff takes up most of my time.

Q: How do you think being in a sorority has helped you?

A: I know people think that when you join a sorority you’re just trying to pay for your friends and meet your friends but when I came to OU I was really homesick. The only reason I went to recruitment was because my mom said you need to get out of your dorm room and go do something. And the women that I met, I talked to a member of my chapter during recruitment who said she had the same story as me, she was so homesick and she just found her little niche, her kind of home away from home if you will, and that was just really comforting. Knowing that to be with a group of women who are, I mean we’re not carbon copies on one another, but have similar interests and everything has really helped me grow and I was involved in high school a lot but I wanted to get involved in college too, I mean with a campus so big I wanted to kind of be able to make my own path and I think that it’s taught me a lot about myself and helped me mature to the point now where I could take on a big leadership role like this.

Q: Being president of WPA and in a sorority, you’re around girls a lot. Do you think that’s helped you a woman learn more about yourself?

A: I definitely think it is, I know it’s stereotypical that girls are catty and I’ve just really learned and met so many people through this, in particular other women, and I’ve learned how to interact with them. I’ve also learned that you deal with different people differently, some people might be responsive to you talking to them a certain way, other women may not take that approach, so I definitely think that it’s taught me a lot and created a lot of bonds with women. I’ve met so many people from other chapters and everything and I think that it’s definitely increased that.