Marilyn's Life From East to West

My College Experience- A Brief Overview
April 28, 2010, 12:39 am
Filed under: Senior Seminar

I can’t believe how fast college has gone by…

4 years has gone by in the flash of an eye and I feel like I have only been here for one.

I wanted to share a few things that I have learned along the way and the progress I have made as an individual.


  • Truly a time to learn all of your boundaries.  It was so new and scary at first to be three hours away from my family even though all of us secretly appreciated it a little bit.  Everyone knew you were the freshman if you were holding up a map of campus the first few days of class and I was one of those people.  It was a year of constantly meeting new people in the dorms, through joining Phi Mu and just out and about.  It academically was certainly not my best (at least the first semester).  It was also a year I learned how to be on my own in some respects.  I had to set my limits when it came to mixing fun with school.  It was one of my favorite years because I was opened up  to so many opportunities and people.  Statesboro was so different then too- No Chili’s, Olive Garden, or 4-lane 301 bypass- what would we do without it!


  • This was the year I moved out of the dorms and into Copper Beech and it was definitely my favorite place that I lived throughout the 4 years I have been here.  I knew my way around school and had a lot of close friends.  We were no longer “the new kids” and finally getting our grip on things.  I think at this point I was an education major but soon figured out it wasn’t for me and switched to PR.  I started taking more responsibility with my school work and working hard to learn a lot and make good grades.  This was one of my favorite years because I really felt like a good student but still had a lot of free time too which was nice  🙂


  • This was the year I really buckled down on school- BIG TIME.  I made the Dean’s List both semesters and considered that to be a pretty big accomplishment.  I also became the proud mommy of my dog Riley.  I adopted her at the Atlanta Humane Society and she has brought more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined.  Overall, the year was tougher that the previous too but still a lot of fun with good friends, good times, and the best school year yet.


  • This year went by way too fast!!!!  I love the major I chose- Public Relations!  I have learned soooo much and had some of the most amazing professors.  My favorite classes content wise have probably been Persuasion, Semantics, and PR Writing.  The first two are communication studies classes and I liked those because I learned about the way people think which was really neat.  PR writing was great because I learned how to do a lot of things that will benefit my future career if I stick with PR like press releases and media kits.  Dr. Muller and Mrs. Groover are some of my favorite professors I have had throughout college and are the type who really want to see you succeed.  That’s so important!  This year has been amazing because I have made a hard effort to kick butt in school and am proud to say that I have kept the HOPE Scholarship the whole time! WOHOOO!!!  I’ll be here all summer but am almost done with classes.  It has been an absolutely fantastic year!!!  Thank you Georgia Southern University for giving me the best 4 years I could ever ask for- it is the best university and I can’t imagine going anywhere else.


Always be yourself because there is no one out there just like you!

Follow your dreams-you are the only one who can make them happen.  Even if people tell you what you want to do isn’t practical- it’s not their life, it’s YOURS!

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” – Nicholas Sparks


What Is It Like To Be A Publicist in Hollywood
April 27, 2010, 11:18 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar

What is it really like to work with the rich and the famous?  A question I would love to have the answer to.  It goes without saying that PR has many different fields in communication and is going to be different depending on the business you want to work in.  I have always been interested in the entertainment industry and wonder what a day in the life of a publicist is like.  Or maybe someone who does PR for major film companies or TV networks.

In an article that I read, it sounds like being a Hollywood publicist involves making a lot of friends.  That really doesn’t sound so bad and especially to get paid for it.  In order to promote clients and make them popular it is important to be in the “in” with people in the media (magazines, TV, radio, etc).

With Young Hollywood they need to rise to fame and it is the job of the publicist to get them in the media and make the public aware of who they are and what they are up to.  If you think about it, we may see these young people in movies but learn much more about who they are when their personal lives are displayed in magazine and television interviews.  PR makes us relate to them.

Ashley Greene on Bonnie Hunt Show

Another job with publicists is to keep celebrities that have been around for a while in the spotlight.  This may seem easy, but think about all of the competition today with celebrities and who is on top.  They, as well as new celebs, need to be in the media because as much as some of us may hate to admit it we like to know whats going on with the rich and the famous.

I think the idea of being a publicist sounds great, but I can only imagine have tough and hard it really is to compete for your client and make sure you get treated with respect.  It sounds like a great way to meet people and make connections in an industry that is far different from any other.

Ethics in PR
April 27, 2010, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar

Something I have learned a lot about in my Senior Seminar class (I can’t believe I’m a senior!!!) is ethics.  We have all probably heard about ethics a million times, but maybe not taking all of the information in.  I think that ethics seems easy when you are reading or hearing about it, but in the actual situation and being a PR representative, it is really that black and white?

In my opinion I would say no, although I have yet to be put in one of those positions at any job or internship I have held.  Of course, those challenges come about in daily life, maybe just telling a friend if you really like her outfit or not.  When is a white lie going to far?  Is it okay to lie if the benefit overall is better?  If doing the right thing is going to hurt a lot more people than it is going to help what should you do?  What if the right thing hurts your client?  These are all questions we will most likely face at some point and there is no clear answer in many situations about what to do.

I would say with ethics most of us know right from wrong.  I think that more times than not it is important to not only people in the PR industry, but professionals in general to shed light on the truth as much as possible.  There are absolutely times when there are circumstances that question our judgment and that of others.  Sometimes you have to be the bigger person and do what is honest and beneficial to the public.

I think it is our responsibility to use our best ethics judgment and not out way the pros and cons but think about what is right for everyone.  Just because something is not against the law, does not mean it is ethical (an important point to keep in mind).

Below I have posted a website that has more information about ethics:

Social Media- The Beneficial Factor
April 27, 2010, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar

We all know that social media is a way that we, as individuals, can distinguish ourselves, update our statuses, make connections with new people, etc.  I didn’t realize till I recently conducted a survey for my campaigns class that social media can really spark interest in a matter rather than just enhance what it already there.

My campaigns group and I did a survey for our PR Campaigns class regarding HandsOn Southeast Georgia.  If you are unaware, they are a volunteer organization that works with a variety of non-profit organizations and people who donate and volunteer with projects that they are interested in.  In our survey we got opinions for mostly college students because that’s where we conducted the interview.  Somewhat to our surprise, we found out that only 7 of the 57 people were even aware of HandsOn and that they are a volunteer network.  The results could have been different had we surveyed more of the Statesboro population, but even so the number of awareness was pretty minuscule.

A question later on in the survey asked, “What type of media would make you more inclined to volunteer and/or become more aware of HandsOn volunteer opportunities and programs?”  There were a variety of options such as PSA’s, magazine/newspaper coverage, peer activity, word of mouth, etc.  However, the most popular response was social media.  This led to the conclusion that if HandsOn is more active in social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

It goes to show that this generation and ones in the future will be very active with social media and it might just be a new way to spark interests for new ideas, especially non-profit organizations.  Maybe now we will have a more active and volunteer apt society!

Find them at:

Abshire PR- My Summer Internship
April 24, 2010, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar, Uncategorized

Graduation is right around the corner, and it is definitely bitter sweet.  An end to good times and a beginning to new and exciting times.  Following graduation I will be doing an internship at Abshire PR in Savannah- so I will work there and in Statesboro from home.

Abshire PR is in Savannah and was started by Jennifer Abshire who strives to “take the puzzle out of PR.”  They work with a variety of clients such as Palmetto Dunes, The Coastal Bank,  and the Ford Plantation.  I think it is great that Abshire PR strives to work for so many clients because that lends a lot of networking opportunities.  They have also won the 2010 Legal PR Award from PR Newswire.

I have met and talked to a few of the ladies that I will be working with and they all seem really great and I’m so excited to get on board and be part of the team.  They are a smaller firm which I feel will be great hands-on experience and I will hopefully learn a lot.  I also hope that I can be a useful part of their team and create stronger PR skills.  Can’t wait to see what this internship will bring!

I will be keeping updates as I start in mid May and for the rest of the summer!

Google as a Search Engine During Crisis
April 24, 2010, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar

Google is arguably the most well-known search engine out there.  It helps us find restaurants, people, places, or really anything that is of interest to us.  Well, they like Twitter and other forms of social media, were of great help during the earthquake crisis in Chile this year.

Following the disaster in Chile 2010, Google launched a Person Finder.  What a great idea!  This allowed people to try and locate people they knew that were in Chile and make sure that they were at least safe.  The app allowed people to choose from 2 options:   “I am looking for someone” or “I have information about someone.”  This is a great way for people to help the families and friends of people who want to find their loved ones and all it requires is using something with an Internet source.

If more tech companies come start to use this kind of app imagine how many people could be found.  It is amazing what the power of social media can do.

This is the website with more information on the Google Person Finder:

Social Media and its Role in the News
April 24, 2010, 8:11 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar, Uncategorized

Social media is a new aspect of technology that has boomed over the past few years.  Many people use it to let people know whats going on in their lives or share interesting information and common interests with other people.  A new found innovation with social media is the benefit it can have during a time of crisis.

During the aftermath of the earthquake that took place in Haiti social media, especially Twitter, came in very useful.  CNN has part of their website called the iReport where the audience was able to upload information such as pictures, videos, and contact information that could let people know what was going on and find loved ones that were not able to be reached.  It was learned that the purpose of the news is meant to connect people and not just report to them.

Social media is absolutely beginning to make a new name for itself.  It is not simply a tool for entertainment or constant personal status updates, but global status updates.  Now the people all over the words can be given a voice using public relations.