It’s finally here. The last day of my undergrad is 98 days away.
But between now and then, I have quite a bit going on. The spring semester at CMU started January 9. I’ll now be attending class on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 10-4:45 and working 27 hours on the opposite days. I also started my internship January 9, with the same group, but now I have more concentrated projects. The internship is a requirement to graduate.
I’ll be thankful to be done with school for a lot of reasons, but one is to get rid of the 45-minute drive to and from campus. Surprisingly, this hasn’t been bad lately because of the weather. If you don’t like the snow, or cold, then you’d consider Michigan to be very lucky up until about a week ago. We were experiencing a wonderful 40-50 degree winter. My little car, which my family and I nicknamed the Silver Surfer, quite enjoyed it. (It’s a Pontiac Sunfire… it’s still beyond me why they sell a car like this in Michigan, but it does the job for meJ)
Speaking of cars… I’ve been on the hunt for a new one. I’ll be replacing the silver surfer when I graduate with hopefully something a little more snow-friendly. A Black Chevy Silverado, extended cab, regular box with gray interior (no, I don’t ever think about this ;)).
Now, on to another topic that has caught my interest. Jen M and I decided to blog about the recent SOPA and PIPA bills that are currently before Congress. If you are unaware of what the two bills are, please view this website on Google.
Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Pinterest would be affected. Wikipedia, among many websites, had a 24 hour blackout on January 18, 2012, to bring awareness to the subject. Losing any of these websites would be a tragedy.
Personally, I don’t think that the government is going about this in the right way. I agree that the regulations need to be more stringent but I do not think that attacking all websites is the right answer.
My absolute favorite website, and recent addiction, is Pinterest. It’s a website created for people who love to craft, travel, bake, cook, throw parties, etc. It lets you take ideas from websites and blogs and “pin” it on your virtual cork board. It’s an amazing way to keep track of ideas that you want to do now, or in the future, and it allows you to share them with others.
The catch: you have to attach the link to the website you got it from to give credit where credit is due.
I believe that Pinterest is going about it the right way. And I think that others should follow suit. If the bills are passed and made into law, it will greatly affect the jobs of Journalists and PR professionals, and hurt the chances of finding a job for Jen and myself, due to the effect it would have on social media.
Ok, I probably should mention that I do not follow politics, the thought above is just that, a thought. I don’t mean to offend anyone if you think differently, or if Google and Wikipedia are giving me the wrong, or skewed, information about the subject. I just feel kind of heated up about the topic and it affects all of us.
Well, I hope you all have a great Thursday/Friday and a to those who are celebrating next week, a wonderful and enjoyable holiday season.
- Jennifer Kreucher