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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Freelance Journalist: Brooke Adcox

When our Multimedia Journalism teacher told us to do a project over someone who has a job we want in the future, I had no idea who to cover. I love to write and eventually I would like to write for a travel/cultural magazine. I decided to cover Brooke Adcox because she has been a successful journalist and writes for the same kind of niche I hope to one day write for.

During her time at The University of Oklahoma, Brooke wanted to write for a magazine but didn't know where to look. After graduation, she was hired as the associate editor of photography for Oklahoma Today magazine. She worked there for a couple of years writing captions and then got into public relations for a company in Oklahoma. Now, Brooke works as a project manager for a company based out of Florida that creates tourism websites. Along with this full-time job, Brooke still remains involved with Oklahoma Today as a freelance writer.

Steffie Corcoran, the Senior Editor for Oklahoma Today Magazine said that, "Brooke is an incredible writer and reporter. She learned everything she needed to know about being an Oklahoma Today freelancer while she was our associate editor. Now, she has all the skills necessary to nail every assignment we give her."

While interviewing Brooke, I could see how passionate she was about writing. According to Terry Parkhurst from Pudget Sound Business Journal, "most freelance journalists can't make a living by just writing." Brooke doesn't have to be a freelance journalist, however she does it because she loves to write. It's refreshing to see someone who has so much drive and devotion for something. Brooke said, "I love the magazine, I love to write, I like to keep my skills sharp," and that is why she continues to write.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Get To Class The Cheap Way




Whether students take the shuttle from their apartments to campus or have a parking permit, transportation around OU is critical to think about. If students live off campus and don't want to purchase a parking permit, there is the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit, a free bus system that takes students to campus. There is also a free shuttle that leaves from Lloyd Noble Center every ten to fifteen minutes.
If students wish to drive their cars to school, student parking permits are $195 and can be used from August until May. Summer parking permits are a lot cheaper, they only cost $27 and are valid from May 16 until August 15. So travel the smart and cheap way! Utilize the free shuttles and buses, it's a great way to save money and a little gas!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Part-time Employment at OU



With the summertime approaching, students find relief knowing their stress level will decline. Students will be able to enjoy the sunshine, unwind and rather then being consumed by homework, enjoy that novel that has been sitting on the bookshelf for months. Even though summertime takes away college anxiety there is still something that lurks around the corner: next semester. Along with the approaching classes students still have to be financially conscience and help their parents save money. How can students do this? By getting a job at the university.
Students can find jobs being offered at OU by simply going to the website jobs.ou.edu. There, click on search listings and find a job that appears interesting. There is an online OU job application students can fill out and use for several different positions.
There are a variety of jobs offered at OU that can go a long with any major. Not only are the parents being helped out financially, but it great experience and something that can be put onto a resume after graduation.
By having a job during college, students will get the satisfaction and fulfillment by earning a little extra spending money and not emptying out their parent’s wallets.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Take Action: Free Tutoring



With finals quickly approaching students realize it's time to concentrate on their studies and get any final questions answered. It can be difficult confronting a professor or working around their office hours. That's why The University of Oklahoma offers a free tutoring service called U.C. Action.

The Assessment and Learning Center offers free academic help for many courses. Students are welcome to walk-in and get help or set up an appointment. Besides tutoring for classes, there are also several different sessions that focus on students becoming successful academically, such as how to take notes and studying skills.

U.C. Action is available every semester and begins the second week of each semester. Tutoring is mainly offered at Wagner Hall and the Housing Learning Center located at Adams Center in Muldrow Tower.

What are you waiting for students? Utilize this convenient and FREE service and get the benefit of making better grades because of it. For more information on where each course tutoring session is located visit: http://www.ou.edu/univcoll/home/academic_resources/Action_Tutoring.html


Julia Baty, a sophomore at OU and a U.C. Action tutor highly recommends this free service.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Valerie Hall Spotlight

College is a place where one leaves memorable footprints over what they have achieved. Whether these footprints are upon the football field imprinted by successful players or found in the classroom because of some academic accomplishment, every student leaves a mark. Valerie Hall, a junior at the University of Oklahoma has already left a trail of footprints across campus because of her involvement at OU. Her philosophy on life is to take advantage of every opportunity, something that propels her through her success. After being elected into the position of Campus Activities Council Chair, Valerie intends to grasp every chance she gets in making her college career fulfilling and rewarding.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Hidden Wonder for Film-goers





It's Friday night and you and your friends are trying to decide what to do. Everyone is throwing ideas up in the air, but the major concern is the expense of each activity. It's a good night to see a movie, but each movie theater cost eight dollars or more. But tucked away into a small shopping center is Robinson Crossing 6, a two dollar theater that is a mystery to many college students.
Robinson Crossing 6 is located between W Robinson Street and Pheasant Run Rd, right next to Interstate 35. It's a little tricky to find at first, because it doesn't look like your average movie theater, it blends into the surrounding brick buildings. Once inside, the clean lobby and friendly staff makes anyone feel welcome.
Benjamin Wood, an employee at Robinson Crossing 6, said that this was the only cheap movie theater in Norman to his knowledge. He added that not many college students went to this movie theater, even with Twilight showing. You would think Twilight plus cheap tickets would attract a wild crowd of college students?
While standing in the empty lobby, talking to Benjamin, every staff member who walked by was extremely friendly to me. I'm writing this blog in hopes of promoting this business, it's such a great way to save money when college students want to go out. It's cheap and the movies are pretty recent as well. It's a little secret in Norman that hopefully will be noticed by the college student community.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saving Tips From A Sophomore




There’s a lot that happens around campus for free, students just need to take the initiative to find it. Ally Turley, an in-state sophomore from OU, provided an insiders look on how she prevents her debit card balance from dropping.
For entertainment, the best thing to do is to go onto the University of Oklahoma website and see all of the events that are occurring. Whether it’s an improv comedy show or a free movie at the Meacham Auditorium, at least it is something to do when you need to take a breather from the books and spend time with some friends.
Ally’s advice for the freshmen is to avidly use their meal points. Rather than going to Wal-Mart to get toiletries or studying supplies, “purchase the things you need with meal points because the points don’t roll-over.”
Another tip is to join a club. It’s the best way to meet new people with the same interests and even food is sometimes provided. And who doesn’t love free baguettes from their French Club?
It’s beneficial to see how other students save their money because that formulates other possible ideas. So before you go out to an expensive movie theater, remember all of free activities offered around the campus.