Marilyn's Life From East to West

Countdown to 2010
December 3, 2009, 7:50 pm
Filed under: PRCA 3330- PR Writing

The countdown to 2010 has begun!  This means a lot of things because:

  1. A brand new year is on the way… which might mean the Apocalypse is only 2 years away
  2. My birthday is next month
  3. Christmas is near
  4. I need to make plans for New Years… now that I am 21 I can go somewhere fun!
  5. I am about to start my final semester of college… which goes by way too fast

This year has come and gone so fast I can’t even believe it.  I feel like life is only speeding up and not slowing down.  This semester in school I think I have learned more than most semesters in the past and actually enjoyed it.  My PR writing class has taught me so many skill I will need in the work force.  I am proud of the media kit I have put together and am actually excited to put more together in the future.  It’s a real feeling of accomplishment when you work hard and get a good result.  I have also learned a lot in my research class where we made surveys and conducted participant observations.  I think the best part about public relations classes is the hands on experience that we get in our classes.

Now it’s time to start looking for an internship.  I am both excited and nervous about it because the places I would like to intern are far away, so the chances of getting hired are not as high.  However, I know hard work will get me there it’s just taking that first step.

I am totally ready for 2010!


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!!

Chelsea Handler- author and comedian
November 12, 2009, 9:18 pm
Filed under: PRCA 3330- PR Writing, Uncategorized

So, Chelsea Handler has to be one of my favorite people of all time.  I watch her show pretty much every single night because she always makes me laugh.  I don’t know how she does it, but she is never a let down.  Her dry and sarcastic sense of humor is my favorite and her little sidekick Chuy is hilarious too, even though he doesn’t have a whole lot to say.

are you there


my horizantal life

Anyways, I read her book “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me, Chelsea” and I was in tears for a solid portion of it because I could not stop laughing.  Her stories are totally outrageous, I don’t know if they are even real stories, but I hope sobecause they are hilarious.  I bought her second book “My Horizantal life: A Collection of One Night Stands” and it’s a good one too.  My favorite part about her outlook on sex in that book is that she wants to give everyone a “fair chance” which is a pretty bold thing to say.

I would really like to meet her in person because she seems so fun, witty, and hilarious.  I have actually been trying to look into doing an internship for her show for next summer and am waiting to see what they are going to offer.  I think that there would never be a dull moment at that studio.

I hope that she will write another book soon because she is just as funny in writing as she is on TV— she is bold and puts herself out there— we need more people like that!

Homecoming at GSU
November 12, 2009, 9:08 pm
Filed under: PRCA 3330- PR Writing

Finally homecoming is here– the long awaited week full of events and game against Furman.  I feel like college has literally gone by in the blink of an eye.  I am a senior now and I feel like I was just a freshman in the Eagle Village dorms.  Homecoming is always fun because everyone is out and about and pepped up for the big game.  Being in Phi Mu sorority is also a lot of fun, especially during homecoming.  We pair up with a fraternity and do different socials and activities with them all week long.  Some of the socials are redneck wedding, toga night, and the winery.

This years homecoming them is the circus which I thought was pretty neat.  There is even a freak show- which I missed because I was visiting California, but that was apparently awesome.

My favorite part about homecoming is definitely the football game.  Hopefully GSU will dominate this year because Furman is one of our biggest rivals.  It is also the blue-out so everyone is going to be decked out in blue all day Saturday.  Another great part of the weekend is that a bunch of my friends who graduated in the spring will be back down to visit- so Statesboro is sure to be packed.


Halloween/ Georgia-Florida weekend
October 29, 2009, 3:08 am
Filed under: PRCA 3330- PR Writing

So this could possibly be the most set of weekend that I have had in a while.  Last weekend was formal, this weekend is Halloween and Georgia-Florida, and next weekend I am going to San Diego for a PRSSA conference!!!  This semester is going by so fast… and signing up for my last semester of college is a pretty crazy feeling.

Anyways, this weekend I’m going to Jacksonville for the big game and I can’t wait!  I have been for the past two years and it is some of the most fun I have ever had.  They don’t call it the world’s largest cocktail party for no reason.  Last year my boyfriend and I had box seats at the game so that was a lot of fun because we got to watch the game in real style.  This year we have tickets and are really excited.  The funny part is that we cheer for different teams.  I’m a Georgia fan and he goes for Florida (they will probably win).

Regardless of who wins, the Landings is never short of a good time and it’s always fun to people watch.  I’m going to Amelia Island with some friends to start the celebration early and go to a party.  Then the next day we are off to Jacksonville!!!! I can’t imagine a better weekend with Halloween and the big game together!

Dream Job
October 23, 2009, 10:35 pm
Filed under: PRCA 3330- PR Writing

Ok… here’s the thing:  I have always had dreams of having a really cool and fun job.  I have never had the desire to sit behind a desk and crunch numbers; really just as long as I am out and doing something I love I would have a great time.

Ever since I was little I have always loved being in front of the camera and acting.  One of my absolute dream jobs would be being in the movies.  Acting is so much fun and a lot of work to be good at it, but if that was my career I couldn’t imagine anything better.  It seems like a job that would be different every single day and that part of what is so appealing about it.  Also, getting to study and play different characters would be amazing.  I think its awesome how actors get to go out and study the people they are going to play if its a special role.  Action, comedy, and dramas would all be interesting to do.  I did theater back in school and then took acting classes this summer and its a lot harder than it looks.  It made me have a lot of respect for great actors.  I definitely learned a lot and want to take more next time I’m in Atlanta.

Another dream job I have in being in the PR world of the entertainment industry.  I’ve looked into a lot of companies and I think they all seem great.  Movies, TV, PR firms that deal with premieres and red carpet events, being a publicist.  They all seem very different and require a lot of work, but that what I want to do.  I want to have a job I have to always work hard for because the results are worth it.  California would be my dream place to have any of these jobs.  Lisa Taback and Eileen Koch and two firms I have looked into that seem right up my alley.  I have also looked into E! entertainment TV because it is my favorite channel and they report what I am really interested in: entertainment news.  I realize going out and finding a job out of college is going to be really difficult but for some reason I am hopeful about it.  Iworked for the radio station Q100 this past summer in Atlanta and really enjoyed it and also feel that I learned a lot more hands on with public relations.  I did both office work and event planning and it was great.  I hope to have an internship this summer somewhere in California that will maybe turn into a career.  Like I say, being positive is the best way to go!


eileen_kochred carpet

I have that California dream and hope that it will come true.  I always go for my goals and am really excited to actually pursue them once I graduate in May 2010.

las angeles

Sister Hazel at GSU- I Wish!
October 9, 2009, 6:31 pm
Filed under: PRCA 3330- PR Writing

I think that is any band could come to GSU, it should be Sister Hazel because they are amazing!!!!  When I was trying to think of who I would want to come the most, I couldn’t think of anyone at first and then Your Winter came on and I thought they would definitely be my band of choice.

The reason they would be so great is that I think a lot of people would come.  I love Britney Spears and a lot of people would definitely love to see her, but it would mostly be a girl turnout.  I think as far as a large school wide turnout, SH would be the BEST!!! Their music is amazing and they have so much talent.  I really can’t think of one song that I don’t like.  Change Your Mind and Champagne High are two of my all time favorites.  Hearing them outside at the stadium or the RAC would be a dream come true.  Hopefully someone will read this and decide to get them down here, but in the mean time it’s just wishful thinking!

sister hazel