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{April 23, 2010}   Campus Event

            The Georgia Southern Wildlife Center and Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center are arguably the two most honorable programs of Georgia Southern University’s campus. These two centers work together to rescue incapable animals and give them a life they would otherwise never have. They provide invaluable education for people of all ages on the topics of wildlife and wildlife safety. I was very impressed by the beauty of the outdoor facility. The animals, while not in their normal habitats, have been blessed with replications of the environments that they once came from. The centers have created a mountain habitat for birds, given a dark, shadowy barn to the owls, and water lands for the turtles and alligators. I have a deep respect for the members of these centers for their time and effort they give so that these animals can have a new chance at life. The centers also offer many education programs for school-age children that teach facts about wildlife and tips about determining which animals are dangerous and which are not. Many of these things I, as a college student, did not know. They teach you how to differentiate between a turtle and a tortoise and also how to determine which snakes are poisonous. This information is something that I feel all children should be presented with because in this area snakes are very prominent. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Georgia Southern Wildlife Center and Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center, and I am very pleased with the information that I took from this experience. These selfless people make it their job to see that animals have a fair chance at life. Hats off to the hardworking people at these centers!

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{April 13, 2010}   Digital Dirt

“Just like Vegas, what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet. How that affects your job search is up to you,” says CNN’s Rachel Zupek (http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/10/12/cb.digital.trail.job.search/). And how right she is. Many people do not realize that even when they believe they are only sharing information with selected people, having it on the internet gives others access to that information.  People should always be careful what they post and monitor exactly what is on the internet about them for many reasons. In 2009, 45% of job employers searched for their interviewees on social networking sites and Google either before or after the interview. Not only could this give a bad first impression, but it could also inhibit you from getting the job. According to this article from CNN, job employers do not want to see the bad, but it could also affect you if there is nothing about you on the internet. Employers would like to see that you are involved in things, whether it be through a blog or other group.  You should also be aware of people who are posting things about you. This may also affect the way people view you. The best way to avoid these things is to not engage in things that you wouldn’t want future job prospects to see. We all know that no matter where you are or what you are doing SOMEONE is watching and just may post this information for others to see. I, personally, learned my lesson last summer when my Facebook profile was not set to private and anyone could view it with the click of the mouse. One day a friend sent me a link to a profile that claimed to be someone other that me and from New York, but the profile picture was me standing on the beach in a bikini. This was very scary to me because I could not imagine why anyone would do this. Not only did they have my picture, but what other information did they have?? It made me realize that I needed to more careful and be cautious about the people I add and the information I share via social networking. My advice to someone who it posting inappropriate things is to step back and realize that this information may alter your future greatly. If the wrong information gets into the wrong person’s hands then you may be in great trouble.



{April 3, 2010}   Podcast Reviews

In this assignment I listened to 2 podcasts that were of interest to me. I learned some very interesting things while listening, and I have already downloaded some more to listen to on my way home this weekend! I cannot believe that I have never listened to any podcasts before, and I think by the end of the week my iPod may be full 🙂

The first podcast I listened to was found here  http://www.howstuffworks.com/podcasts/stuff-you-should-know.rss.   and entitled “How Witness Protection Works”. In this podcast, I learned how the Witness Protection Program was created and what it does for people who have witnessed crimes and testified. It discusses how people are placed in this program and how the process works. The Witness Relocation Program has already placed 9500 family members in protection to date, and has put over 10,000 criminals behind bars with these testimonies.  The thing I found most interesting was that these people could choose their own names for their new lives once in this program. After listening to this podcast I realized just how important this program is for our country. I feel that this is a wonderful program for people who have the strength to testify against these criminals.

The second podcast I listened to was entitled “Are Stupid People Happier?” and found at http://www.howstuffworks.com/podcasts/stuff-you-should-know.rss.  Many studies have been done on whether or not intelligence plays a role in a persons happiness and the conclusion is that it does not. What this show discussed was that there is not given example of happiness. Everyone percieves this is their own way. It has been shown that intelligent people think more about happiness than unintelligent people which may actually lead to unhappiness. The reason this is so is because they may spend so much time thinking about what happiness is and it may lead them to become unhappy. This podcast also talked about how school systems seperated hildren by intelligence and the intelligent ones sometimes tend to be the outcasts because they are considered “nerds”. The study of hapiness is usually done in survey form, but the real factors of the results is how exactly you are feeling that day. So no one can actually determine who is more happier, because what really is happiness?



{February 25, 2010}   One Week of Twitter

When this week began I had never used Twitter or had any experience with it. As this week is coming to an end and I have had the opportunity to try it out, I have found that truly I enjoy it. It is very easy to use, and I like how you can follow the people of your choice. My favorite part of Facebook is reading everyone’s statuses and with Twitter you get this without all of the other distractions such as pictures and chat pop-ups. I was very surprised to see all of the support that came to me when a crisis happened in my family and my mom’s dog was brutally injured. Most of these people did not know anything about me or my family but sent their prayers and regards our way. I was very blessed to see all of the kind words from my Twitter family, and it made me realize that social networking can definitely benefit you in many ways. I am a very friendly and outgoing person, and I love meeting new people. Twitter gives you this benefit without putting all of your information out there like some other popular social networking sites do. I also like that fact that there are groups of all kinds to follow on Twitter. There are prayer groups, music groups, and also support groups for almost anything that you can think of that you can follow on a daily basis. I am very glad that I had the experience of using Twitter for the past week, and I will definintely continue using it in the future. I think I would benefit from continuing my Twitter in many ways. I can keep in touch with friends and also meet new people who have the same interests that I do. I definitely enjoyed my “one week of Twitter.” If you would like to follow me you can add me at http://twitter.com/JessicaDurrence.



{February 20, 2010}   Blog Review

I became interested in autism after a child in my neighborhood was diagnosed in 2008. I would help the family at certain times and realized just how different these families lives truly are from most. I found this blog http://www.nas.org.uk/ that is written by the National Autistic Society that is full of the latest discoveries and programs for autistic children. This blog is full of information and support that is aimed and helping children and families who struggle with the daily hastles of autism. It has links to programs and research that can easily be utilized by these families. Not only do I feel like this is a good place for these families to catch up on latest developments, but it is also a great way for them to realize that they are not alone in their struggle. This blog is more than just information, it is a support group for people who are forced to be strong every second of everyday.

I have also spent countless hours in the past few weeks fundraising for the HOPE for Haiti foundation. The H.O.P.E. administration has continued to update us through a blog found here http://www.hopehaiti.org/. This blog gives readers updates on the situation at hand in Haiti and also gives them reassurance that everything they are doing is coming as a blessing to the people of Haiti. The administration tells personal stories of children who have been orphaned and left with no one to depend on, and also tells of the devestation that has hit the entire population of Haiti and beyond. All of the money that is being raised is being used to provide material and emotional support to these people. Throughout all of the devestation the administration says that the people of Haiti just keep praising God for their lives. People from all around the world are working together to provide assistance to the Haitian people. This truly is God’s work at hand.



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