My freshman year at Elizabethtown College, I never thought that I would be writing a blog post to officially close my college career, but now here I am, 4 years later. Everyone told me when I was starting school to “Make the most of your 4 years in college, they go by so fast!” As a freshman, I thought this statement was farfetched to say the least. Now however, I realize just how true that statement was. Here I sit, with the past 4 years in my rear view and graduation just a short week away… Anyway, enough reminiscing.
This semester, I have a lot of fun in #etown315, and I’ve learned a few things too. During the course of this semester, I have completely redesigned my website (which I am currently working on redesigning again…), launched a successful viral marketing campaign, learned a lot about using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as both fun social networking tools as well as potential ways to capture that illusive “real world” job. I am eager to use the skills that I have learned and expanded upon in #etown315 to assist in building my portfolio and hopefully finding me a job shortly!
The major project of this class was working on creating a personal website and online portfolio. While I did have an existing website, I was not happy with the layout or design of the site, and thought that overall it was extremely bland. My current site is created on a Wordpress back-end, with a standard template with custom CSS edits that I performed to get it to look just the way I wanted. As of right now (1:56am on May 14th), I am exploring the idea of changing themes to something more customizable. In order to do that I just now switched from a site hosted by Wordpress to a Wordpress based site hosted by another provider. This switch of hosting providers will allow me the flexibility to add custom themes and plugins for the site, in order to make it exactly what I want. Look for the new(er) website to be complete in a few days. For now, however, I am extremely happy with the way that the site currently looks.
My favorite assignment this semester was to create a viral marketing campaign for whatever we wanted. I decided to use my current job at the Inc. Village of Port Jefferson as a spring board for my assignment. By using the Village’s Facebook and Twitter pages, I encouraged people to visit Port Jefferson and snap photos of their family and friends and post the photos on our Facebook page. Promotions for this “event” were done strictly sing Facebook and Twitter. Overall, we received over 30 submissions. Going into this project, I had no idea what to expect, and would have been happy with 10 responses. Our initial post on Twitter was retweeted 12 times by both Port Jefferson residents and visitors!
So as the semester, and college as a whole, draws to an end, I am grateful for the education that I have gained from Elizabethtown College’s Department of Communications. I was very excited to take Writing for New Media because it displays the fact that the department is moving in the direction of the future. I hope that the department will continue in this direction in the future to serve the needs of the underclassmen and incoming first year students.