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Digital Cameras vs Smartphones

Do you ever see someone sporting around a huge, fancy camera and think to yourself “yeah cool, but can you send text messages from it?”

Remember when cellphones made phone calls and cameras took pictures? When people brought the good ol’ point-and-shoot cameras to parties, weddings, BBQs, etc and Ashton Kutcher was advertising Nikon commercials.

Speaking from personal experience, I’d say the official cell phone/digital camera merger happened in 2008, or at least that’s when I migrated to a fully functional smartphone and the last time I touched my digital camera. But as much as I rely on my smartphone to do, well, everything, I can’t help but wish it was less convenient.

Growing up, I was always the one taking pictures on my digital camera. Every holiday, you would find me snapping shots of my family, the food, trying to capture the atmosphere. Now during the holidays, everyone is hovering their phones over their meals and sticking them in people’s faces so they can quickly upload and share how #blessed they are.

The age of digital camera was a good one. Photos were raw, more candid, with no filters to scroll through, no clever caption to think up, and no pressure to even share the photo on social media at that very second. Selfies didn’t have such a negative stigma to them either, despite some front-facing cameras popping up.

One of the things I loved the most about digital cameras was that I always printed the pictures I took. I’d take a trip to the CVS, plug my camera’s chip into the printing machine and a few minutes later, I’d have glossy prints of my memories that I could hang up on my wall, put in a frame, or in a photo album.

At events, I’m still the one who takes pictures of everything, but it’s always on my phone and I hardly print anymore. I’m changing that, though!

I’m going to start printing photos again. I’ve always loved being surrounded by pictures of people. Every photo has a story.

 

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Netflix: the glue in a millennial society

I finally feel like a normal 23-year-old girl/woman/thing.

For what feels like years, I’ve been missing out on what used to be a huge phenomenon but has since become a social norm of today’s society. I would even go so far as saying this activity has the ability to potentially outcast you or help you assimilate into any environment.

I’m talking about Netflixing.

I’ve had Netflix for about six months now, and I finally understand what all the hype is about. I finally understand all the Netflix memes like this:

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I let Netflix make my decisions for me now.

And this:

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We all know this one all too well…

Andddd this:

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According to a study by NPD Group, “75% of Millennials *who own connected TVs are using them to watch over-the-top content (Netflix, YouTube, etc).”

That’s not to say that all of our routines go like this: sleep, work/school, Netflix, repeat. But the shows we spend our time watching often define us, much like a culture.

As a millennial, I’m confident in saying that while we do converse over breaking news, politics, and technology, the shows we watch are a quick segue into a more enjoyable conversation that is likely to form a bond between millennials.

How many times have you been at the water cooler at work or waiting for your class to begin and the person next to you asks if you like “Game of Thrones” or “Breaking Bad”?

It’s interesting how TV shows can provide acceptance, form friendships, create bonds, much like music does. It brings people together, and that’s powerful.

Now, if only there was a three-day Netflix festival…much like a Woodstock.

 

 

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Sunday Playlist: End-Of-Summer Soundtrack

Music give us the ability to time travel.

Everyone has a song that once heard, transports them back to a memory of an event, a holiday, an ex, a vacation, a party, a really great or a really not-so-great time in your life.

Each summer holds a lot of musical memories for me. For example, I can’t listen to The Subways without thinking about the summer of 2006, and I can’t listen to “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Ray without thinking of the summer of 2013.

With the summer or 2015 coming to an end, I reflect back and think what a great summer it was.

I went to Hawaii with my best friends from college, I celebrated a work anniversary, I spent quality time with friends, I picked up a new hobby (hoop dancing), I went to Las Vegas to visit family.

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Pillbox. Hawaii 2015.

As reluctant as I am to say bye to a fun summer, I’m looking forward to the fall.

Here are some songs that highlighted my summer 2015 memories:

My greatest talent and biggest fear

In elementary school, we were told that everyone has a talent–whether it’s in sports, music, or art.

I never agreed, though, because I was never good at anything. I suck at sports, I can’t play an instrument, and I draw as well a first grader.

But I think I might have discovered a new backwards talent: I am good at sucking a food shopping. No, not because I want to buy everything or I don’t know when to stop taking free samples.

I suck at food shopping because grocery stores scare me.

Let’s put it this way, I’d rather do all of my major food shopping in a 711 than step into a grocery store. Food shopping is something I need to think very long and hard about and then mentally prepare myself for. Everything about it–from the beginning to the end–makes me nervous.

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10 awesome things that happened in 2014

When the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Day, we wave goodbye to the year that just was and wave hello to the new year that will hold our destiny for a full 365 days.

2014, you were a fantastic year. You brought so many great opportunities and events into my life. You taught me a lot, too. Some good lessons, some bad lessons, but mostly good.

Here are 10 awesome things that happened to be in 2014:

1. I went to the College Media Association.

I met so many cool people in the journalism field, including a few people from BuzzFeed who got me in contact with their copy chief. She and I met for coffee one day. She was great.

2. I graduated from college.

Never thought I’d see the day when I’d be walking across a stage, wearing a black gown and hat, to shake the hand of the dean of my college with one hand, and grab my diploma with the other. I didn’t know what was going to happen after that point. I was scared for the future. But little did I know that during my graduation ceremony I would receive a very special phone call that would lead to…

3. I got a full-time job

I literally graduated with a job, but I didn’t know that until after the ceremony when I was able to check my phone and my voice mail. I have now been with my job for almost 7 months, and while it is not where I want to be for the rest of my life, it is a good job that is giving me great experience. I am so lucky to have the position I do and to be surrounded by fantastic coworkers.

4. I went to Las Vegas

The Strip by day and the raging clubs by night–Las Vegas was amazing. The weather was perfect every day and I was actually old enough to enjoy everything that Vegas has to offer, i.e. drinking and gambling! I have a lot of family that lives in Las Vegas, so the trip was to see them, but also to celebrate my birthday.

5. I turned 22

Turning 22 in Las Vegas was so much fun. Everyone I met was very nice and generous (free drinks, haaaay). Plus, I was with my wonderful friend who took care of me while I was a hot mess.

6. My boyfriend and I celebrated a one-year anniversary

Anniversaries are very special if the person you are with is very special. I really got so lucky with my boyfriend. He tolerates me, and that’s all I could ask for!

7. I started working out more

I joined a gym a year or so ago, but I found that I was barely using it. My friend had lost a lot of weight and gotten herself in shape by doing at-home workouts and following a workout program, so I decided to give that a try. I found that I really enjoyed working out from home and trying out different workout programs, and I’ve been doing that ever since.

8. I got rid of excess baggage

By baggage, I mean people and unnecessary things. I’m at the age where I don’t need to keep people around who don’t a) make me happy, and b) don’t fit my friendship criteria.

9. I got re-reconnected with all of my hometown friends

When I moved back home after college, so did most of my friends, which was great because we were able to all hang out again. I feel like our friendships are even stronger now.

10. I made the first payment of my student loan

One month down, only 5-10 more years to go!

The Countdown

It’s funny. When you are freshman, four years seems like an eternity. You think you have all the time in the world to get things done.

But now, with a little over a month left before I am forced to close this chapter of my life, I am realizing that four years goes by in what feels like a second.

As the days fly by, I am running out of time to cross things off my Senior Year Bucket List! So the time to be proactive starts now.

Here is my Senior Year Bucket List:

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14 Gifs that Describe Being a Rowan Student

Rowan’s campus is small, so you know basically everyone

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It rains. all. the. time. 

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But sometimes it snows a little bit, so we get a snow day.

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But when it blizzards, we have classes until 1 p.m.

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Trying to get into Landmark on First Friday is insane.

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The place is overflowing with people…

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…so trying to get the bartender’s attention looks something like this.

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The girls at The Spot be like…

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And you’re just there like…

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Most academic buildings look like decrepit middle schools

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But not Rowan Hall, because Henry Rowan makes sure he maintains that building with donations!

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There aren’t enough parking spots for commuter students.

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And there isn’t enough room for students to live on campus.

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But despite everything, we are all Profs. And Profs stick together…or something.

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