About Me

My name is Kelly. I’m a Public Communication major with just two semesters left (but I’m not counting or anything). My dream job is to handle community relations for for a pro sports team. When I’m not at school, you’ll find me out with my friends or working.

The Morlock Foundation: Final Reflection

May 01, 2007

Three months ago I began working with The Morlock Foundation. An organization I knew nothing about. I was drawn to this organization due to the presentation Carmaletta Zandi, the executive director of The Morlock Foundation gave in our classroom.
When I first heard about the work which my class would be doing with an organization I felt overwhelmed. How could I help an organization with PR work when I was only beginning to learn about it myself? I soon shortly learned after that not only would I be helping The Morlock Foundation but I would be helping myself greatly as well.
Throughout the week in my classroom I would learn how to write something new things, such as a news release or a fact sheet. I would then have the opportunity to display what I had learned by writing a news release for The Morlock Foundation. This enabled me to work hands on with a real organization, writing real news releases.
Many students do not get an opportunity as easy as my class did. Most students have to prove they can take on working with an organization. I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity. Instead of proving myself to The Morlock Foundation before I began working for them I felt it was important to prove myself while working for them.
I don’t think I could have asked for a better organization to work with. Not only am I writing about issues which I am effected by, but I am happy to support. I was also lucky enough to work with Carmaletta Zandi. Carmaletta was very understanding about handing work in, responding to e-mails, any questions, and was always open to my ideas. Carmaletta was never negative which made my experience enjoyable.
One of the most rewarding experiences with The Morlock Foundation was being nominated as Community Heroes by Carmaletta. Attending a breakfast where I was amongst so many people who do good for our community was an extremely rewarding experience. The fact that a Carmaletta nominated us, when she really should have been nominated herself was a great honor.
It is obvious that my experience with service learning and The Morlock Foundation was a great experience. I believe that anyone who has the opportunity to work with an organization should. Not only will you learn a great deal about yourself but you will also learn experience which you will not find in the classroom.
I am proud of my portfolio thus far. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to complete everything which Carmaletta asked for throughout these months. However, Carmaletta has invited me back to volunteer for her in the fall. I am looking forward to perfecting my finished work and beginning new work.
All in all I’m so happy I was able to experience this because it is an experience I will always carry with me. I will carry this experience with me physically, by displaying my portfolio and mentally, with the experience I have gained, which I will use for the rest of my life.

The End is Near- School is Almost Out!

April 23, 2007

There is only three weeks left until the end of the semester and from past experience I know these weeks will be filled with a lot of anticipation and anxiety. The anticipation of having three full months without school, teachers and school work will bring a smile to practically every student on campus. However, with this anticipation comes the anxiety of finishing all work on time. It is now time to study extra hard in order to maintain the grade you worked so hard for all semester, or studying so hard so that you just might bring that letter B to an A
I for one am feeling more anxiety than anticipation. With only three weeks left, I don’t know how I am going to finish all that needs to be completed. I’m not looking forward to the long nights which I will be spending in the library, the sleepless nights and the sleep deprived mornings that are heading my way.
In retrospect, I guess it will all pay off in the end when I finish my last exam and feel an enormous sense of relief. Let’s hope this sense of relief is partly because I did very well on my final exams.
It’s always weird when the semester is over. When I look back to August it also seems like such a long time ago, but when I think of what I’m doing right now I feel like it’s gone by so fast. The end of a school year is another end to a chapter in my life. So far this chapter has very been positive. I’ve learned several new things and over came many obstacles from different experiences which I went through in the past.

Internships

April 13, 2007

The summer has always been a time to relax, hang out with my friends and just do whatever I feel inclined do. Before school ended last year my father informed me that it was time for me to find a “real” job because he no longer wanted to support my relaxing lifestyle during the summer months. This was something I obviously did not want to hear, because I enjoyed my free time.
I decided it would be a great idea to get a job at one of my favorite clothing stores. The idea of discounts in my favorite clothing store sounded great. Soon after I returned home from college, I went for my interview. I was extremely nervous because this was my first real interview. The interview went well and I got the job.
My dream job turned out to be very disappointing. It was tiring to stand for 8 hours straight, helping nasty customers and barely making enough money to even wear all the nice clothes I was surrounded by. In addition, my boss was very strict and would watch us like a hawk.
This summer I decided it would be beneficial to apply for an internship. I need to get my feet wet and start to really think about what I want to do with the rest of my life. Hopefully, by getting an internship, I will begin to figure this out.
I never realized how difficult it would be to secure an internship. First, you have to write a resume and a cover letter. It has to be perfect because this is the first thing an organization or company will receive from you. After writing the resume you have to decide what areas or opportunities would provide the most experience in your field of choice. There were so many different things I found that I wanted to internship in, but most of them say that they are looking for one to two people This almost makes you lose hope because you realize how many people are applying for the same internship.
At this point, I have sent my resume to several organizations. I heard from one and have an interview set up for next week. I have my fingers crossed

A New Hope

April 06, 2007

Since there is approximately one month left in the semester, I felt it was important to meet with The Morlock Foundation before spring break. On Wednesday March 27, I met with Carmaletta to over important details.
At first, I was a little hesitant to have this meeting. I was concerned that Carmaletta, the Executive Director of The Morlock Foundation, expectations were not being met. However, when we all met, everyone was very excited, which relieved me of any anxious feelings.
The main purpose of having this meeting was for me to ask Carmaletta exactly what she wanted us to produce and specifically what she wanted it to be about. In addition, we requested that she be more specific regarding her needs about this project. For about one hour we discussed several programs in which The Morlock Foundation is involved, and what Carmaletta wanted us to report on about each individual program. This was extremely helpful for me in terms of what Caramletta expected. The information provided me with a detailed understanding of my responsibilities.
The meeting generated another boost of energy and inspiration. What was even more encouraging was Carmaletta’s desire to have us return next year to continue our work. I was very appreciative of Carmaletta’s support, which ultimately reinforced our positive feelings about the work we had done for this important organization. I left feeling very encouraged and gratified. My hope is that we will be able to spend more time in the future with Carmaletta and her staff, which would allow me to continue providing a valuable contribution to her organization.

A Work in Progress

March 22, 2007

I have been working with the The Morlock Foundation for about one month.
The communication thus far has been positive. We are able to communicate through e-mail in a timely and effective manner. However, there are instances where the information lacks specificity. Since I don’t meet with The Morlock Foundation on a regular basis, it is important that I clearly communicate through e-mail in order to do our job properly and meet expectations. Since we have only met once it is difficult to grasp all of Carmaletta’s needs. While e-mailing is a good tool, sometimes to face communication is what we really need.
We have scheduled a meeting for April 11th. This will give me an opportunity to
Submit some of the work and raise any concerns that I have. Hopefully, the meeting will help everyone and meet everyone’s expectations.
I am very excited about the opportunity to work with this organization. The
Morlock Foundation has inspired me to consider the future. As a second semester junior, I feel that this is an appropriate time to begin thinking about my future goals. The foundation has provided me with an opportunity to examine what my interest and goals truly are.