Marilyn's Life From East to West

Did You Know- Social Revolution
July 8, 2010, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Personal


Welcome to the Real World
July 1, 2010, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Personal

Here are a few suggestions from the one and only Bill Gates.  These reminders should be taught at a young age… or at least I think so.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your
self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

If you can read this -Thank a teacher!
If you can read this in English –
thank a soldier!!!

Dress to Impress- What to Wear to an Interview Aso They Pick YOU
February 24, 2010, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Personal, PR Practicum 3711

Everything about an interview is important… what you say, body language, attitude, and of course WHAT YOU WEAR!  A first impression is a lasting one, especially to someone who is thinking about hiring you.  It’s a given that some places are going to be dressier than other.  If you are interviewing for an agency it may be much more casual than say a firm that will be more business attire.  However, it is much better to dress up than dress down; it only makes you look better!

From my personal experience, I have been in one of those situations.  I went to interview at Q100, a radio station in Atlanta, and wasn’t sure what to wear.  Just to be safe I a made a point to dress up a little.  When I got there and started to interview I noticed that is was very relaxed and casual dress.  At the end of the interview, my interviewer let me know that they dress in a laid-back style in t-shirts and shorts.  It was nice to hear I could where something comfy, but I was still glad I didn’t risk it and show up underdressed.  I think interviewers like to see that you make an effort and show that you care.

Below I have added some tips for women and men regarding what to wear to an interview.  These tips were found on Jobsearch.


  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Manicured nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase


  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Go easy on the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Hopefully this tips will be helpful for you; I know they sure are helpful to me.  So far, most of my interviews have actually been on the phone but when I do go in for a face-to-face interview I want to feel confident.  This brings me to another important interview tip: CONFIDENCE!!!  If you are confident about the way you look and what you are wearing, you will exude that confidence in the interview.  If you show up wearing something totally ridiculous they may disregard you from the very first moment you walk into the building.  If you don’t wear a suit- that’s okay too.  I think the tips are pretty flexible as long as you look professional.  A “no no” I have heard before for women is NO DRESSES.  Now, we love dresses and they are great for other times, but an interview and work are not the time unless the person tells you otherwise.

First I wasn’t so wild about wearing a suit because I wasn’t sure how great it would look but there are ABSOLUTELY some good ones out there.  A personal recommendation of mine for women’s business attire is EXPRESS.  They have a really great selection of pants, skirts, blouses, and suit jackets.  They have a young and hip selection that looks professional and nice on.

Stores with great business/interview attire:

  • EXPRESS– my personal favorite, great fit and reasonable price
  • MACY’S– good price a wide selection
  • NEW YORK & CO.– friends of mine have said they like their business wear
  • NORDSTROMS– another great selection but more on the pricey end
  • TARGET– great clothes for a good price

I have also attached an article from College Fashion for some “young people” tips on how to look professional and trendy at the same time.

I hope these tips are helpful and good luck with your interview!!

10 Ways to Stay Safe
December 12, 2009, 11:26 pm
Filed under: Personal

My mom sent me a email that someone forwarded to her.  The tips below are from the email and are ways for women to stay safe (especially important during the holiday season).  I think that anyone could find these helpful.  When I was reading the tips there were many that had never even crossed my mind before so I hope no one ever has to use these but they are good just in case.

One new thing I just found out about:  Wasp spray is a good alternative to pepper spray because it shoots farther and is just as powerful (good to keep next to the bed or something like that).

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,


Toss it away from you….

Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.


3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy… The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will… This has saved lives..

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their check book, or making a list, etc.


The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.


If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,


Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it . As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat

B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door… Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars..

C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side… If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.

IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs… Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.

RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic:


It may get you raped, or killed.

Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played

on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often

asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point:

Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird… The police told her

‘Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door….’ The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over..

The policeman said, ‘We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.’ He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night..

10. Water scam!

If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

Buffalo Chicken Dip
December 12, 2009, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Personal, Uncategorized

Since it’s holiday season I decided to share a recipe that I make with everyone.  Technically, I can’t take any credit because my cousin actually made the dip for Christmas two years ago and it was a huge hit.  I loved it so much I started making it all the time for my friends, parties, and other events.   Although it’s not the healthiest choice, it is way to good to pass up.  It’s also an easy recipe!  Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip:

  • 2 blocks of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 medium bottle of Texas Pete (you can get the large one too, so that you can make it a little hotter)
  • 3 chicken breasts (you can use more if you like more chicken)
  • 1 bottle of ranch dressing
  • 2 bags of mozzarella cheese (we like a lot)
  • Your favorites chips (dipping chips work best)
  • You can use one large baking pan or two small ones


  1. Start boiling the chicken since it takes the longest
  2. Preheat the oven to 350
  3. Spread cream cheese (softened) along the bottom of baking pan(s)
  4. Shred chicken into thin pieces
  5. Mix the chicken in a bowl with Texas Pete sauce (you can use as much as you like to taste)
  6. Put chicken into baking pan on top of cream cheese
  7. Pour ranch on top of chicken
  8. Add mozzarella on top (we usually use two bags but you can use less)
  9. Keep in the over for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

What I Am Thankful For…
November 18, 2009, 4:54 am
Filed under: Personal, PRCA 3330- PR Writing, Uncategorized

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it seems appropriate to talk about some of the things we are thankful for!  I have a lot that I am thankful for, so I think it is hard to list everything so I wanted to name a few:

First and foremost, I am extremely thankful for my family.  My mom, dad, and sister, Kate, are probably the most important part of my life.  For the past 21 years they have always been by my side and I, by theirs.  My baby sister, really 19, just started her freshman year at Vanderbilt University and seems to be absolutely loving it.  She is so smart, outgoing, and awesome that I don’t think she would have a hard time fitting in anywhere.  My mom is living in Atlanta and is one of the best people I know and one of my best friends.  She has been sober for almost 7 years now which I think is amazing!  She is also an avid church goer like my sister (not in a weird way) and has a great small group from church that she spends a lot of time with (they are all really awesome).  My dad remarried a few years ago to a wonderful woman named Libby and they are really happy.  My dad is probably the smartest and kindest person I have ever met.  He is also a doctor and seems to have passed those genes to my sister Kate.  Then I have all of my cousing whom I love dearly!  Mollie, also known as co-astro (inside joke) is my other half and partner in crime.  I think we get each other in a way that nobody else does and we love it.  We also plan to go to space together one day and also meet up with the cast from Twilight.  I hope that when we both graduate in May, for me after my internship in the summer, that we can live in the same city.

Right now on of the loves of my LIFE is my dog Riley (Riles, Ry).  She is the sweetest and most mischievous dog in the world and she couldn’t be more precious.  I adopted her in the summer of 2008 from the Atlanta Humane Society when she was almost 2 years old.  We think she is a mix between a flat-coated retriever and some kind of spaniel.  Whatever it is, she is a cute mix.  I plan to help out more with the AHS over my Christmas break this year so that we can find these dogs good homes for the holidays and forever!  She loves to give kisses and has sooo much energy.  Aka, she is the BEST!

I am also grateful for my boyfriend, Carter, of almost 3 years.  We met here at Georgia Southern University and he is just amazing.  He is one of my best friends and the smartest people that I know.  He is way beyond his years but I think that’s a good thing.  And by way beyond his year, I mean professionally.  He has already done marketing in California, Texas and overseas.  He wants to move to California for his own reasons, just like I do, so that could turn out to be a really good thing.

I am also super super thankful for my amazing friends!  Part of the reason I am so sad to leave college is because there are so many amazing friends that I have made here.   Both on campus and in Phi Mu sorority which has also been a big part of my life here. I also have amazing friends back home in Atlanta that I cannot wait to see in a week!  Those girls have been my best friends since I was in middle school, some from before, and I couldn’t be any luckier.

Basically, I love a lot of things in my life and now is a great time to tell them how much!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

California- My dream finally comes true!
November 12, 2009, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Personal

*and yes, that is us with the guy from 90210- Michael Steger

I have wanted to go to California since I can remember.  I wanted to be a movie star when I was little, so it was always a dream of mine to go out there and see what it’s like.  Well, California is everything I imagined it would be.

I went last week, Nov. 6-10, to San Diego for a PRSSA conference. PRSSA is the Public Relations Student Society of America.  People came from all over the country to attend in San Diego and it was really awesome.  Each day we had different seminars, my favorite were the entertainment seminars.  A PR rep. for ABC came and talked to us about her job on a daily basis: she reads scripts for topical issues and does damage control when something goes wrong within a show or the company.  To me anyways, this sounded like a great job because she gets to work in the entertainment industry and really makes an impact within the studio and what the public sees.

Of course, we also got a taste of California lifestlye out in San Diego.  We went shopping and sight seeing around the city and I have to say it is the most beautiful place I have ever been.  We were right on the bay and the weather was always perfect.  We also visited La Jolla- which is unbelievable and Coranado which hosts the most amazing hotel I have ever seen (built in 1888!).


Hotel del Coronado

Basically, coming back to Statesboro did not seem very appealing at all after that gorgeous weather and city.  I am interested in working out in California for my career ambitions and after visiting, feel very confident about it!  I can’t wait to go out there again to visit/move and very grateful for the opportunity that I had.  It is quite a city and unlike anywhere I have visited before.  So I got to see one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. and gotan educational experience out of it— can’t ask for much more!