Just One Sentence

I’m the kind of person that likes to ramble on in my writing at times; I feel like sometimes it’s just hard to get everything I want to say condensed down to a short paragraph, let alone a single sentence. I always feel like I have so much to say, but never enough space to do it. So trying to figure out a single sentence that describes who I am as a person is understandably a bit of a difficult task for me.

I guess before I can figure out what my sentence is, I have to understand who I am as a person, and how I am who I am today. I came to Creighton as a Pre-Med student, fully set on the idea of studying Psychology so I could one day work my way up to becoming a Psychiatrist. Despite not having any particularly real interests in science or medicine, this idea of becoming a doctor stuck with me from high school until freshman year of college. Of course that quickly changed a semester into my college career, where I did a complete 180 and switched from Pre-Med to Graphic Design. I realized that graphic design was something that I was actually passionate about and really enjoyed doing, so I decided to explore that major more. It was then that I realized that I enjoyed the JMC department in it’s entirety, and found an additional passion for photography/videography.

Given my sudden change of heart when attending college, I believe that anyone can easily find what they’re passionate about, given that they can find the right experiences. It took one trip to the US/Mexico border for me to find what I was passionate about, but I still wonder if there are other things for me out there that I have yet to uncover that I have a passion for. So for that reason, I believe my sentence would be something along the lines of:

“He is passionate about his work and hobbies, and continues to search for interests in the hopes of discovering most passions.”

 

Social Media

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Social media is incredibly prevalent in today’s society, whether or not people are aware of it. It can help connect people from everywhere around the world, inform though via sharing news, and is one of the most popular ways of communicating with one another. As a college student, I use social media on a daily basis. I use Facebook to stay up to date on what all my friends and family are doing, I use Snapchat to send goofy messages and pictures to my friends, and I use Instagram to find and post pictures that I think are interesting. These are the three social media outlets I tend to use the most, and I really do enjoy using them for the most part. However I’m not really big on Twitter, which I know is just as big as Facebook; I just never got used to the format of that outlet, so even though I have an account I rarely ever use it.

While I do appreciate the fact that social media can help us stay informed, it can also be a downside as well. It’s great for knowing what goes on around us, but everything you see on social media should always be taken with a grain of salt. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms play pretty big roles in our politics recently, especially when it came to news, as plenty of false news articles were shared among many people. It’s also sometimes difficult to have good conversations with strangers on social media as well; a lot of times people cannot have very level-headed conversations or arguments in the comment sections of some posts, which tends to be another problem for social media. But when people do communication effectively and respectfully, it works.

I hope to get a lot out of this class, including things like how to effectively use social media in both your personal and professional life, as well as just studying different phenomena of social media culture. I’m really excited for this class, and can’t wait to see what we go over!