Remember the days when you would Google yourself and nothing would show up?
I know that I’m not the only Brittney Allred in the world, but it was almost like I didn’t exist.
Now, on the first page of Google hits when I search my name, I share my identity with two or three other Brittney Allreds. So, how in the world do I make myself stand out?
I searched myself and immediately my Facebook and Twitter pages showed up as the first two hits. I’m assuming this is because I am on those websites daily. But, the average person I just met or a future employer might have to do some digging to find the right Brittney Allred. When you Google my name, what do you see?
On the Images page, about one in every five pictures are of me.
My mission is to become the most relevant Brittney Allred out there.
I used to think that my social media sites were strictly for entertainment, but as I get older, I am realizing how important they are in developing my personal brand.
If an employer were to find my old Twitter account, he or she wouldn’t see anything vulgar or crude, but on the other hand, he or she wouldn’t see anything professional. My Facebook account is used almost strictly for pictures and keeping in touch with my family. I have always kept my posts clean in order to not offend anyone. But, as I am getting older, now is the time that I start using these sites to promote myself.
If you had to sum yourself up in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
When I first thought of how I could possibly come up with an answer, one thing that came to mind is how to describe the legacy I want to leave behind. If I died tomorrow, what would people say? How would they remember me?
After watching Daniel Pink’s video on “What’s Your Sentence?”, I began thinking of what my sentence could possibly be. My goal in life has been, for as long as I can remember, to be a person worthy of others’ time. I am constantly working towards being a good friend, peer, and student. I want to be someone who lifts people up and makes their lives better. This goal is somewhat daunting, but keeping it in mind helps me to focus on the important things.
The thing about coming up with one sentence to describe your whole life is that your sentence could be changing constantly. This is comforting because even if I have my days that I’m not proud of, I know those actions don’t have to define me.
I read a blog post on Oprah.com about this concept and one sentence stuck out to me: “You don’t have to be flawless each day.” Just ask yourself if you are better today than you were yesterday.
Watching Pink’s video and hearing other people’s sentences, I noticed one thing that held true to them all. Everyone was proud of their sentence.
My sentence should make me happy to be who I am.
I think, after reflecting on this for a few days, I have finally come up with my sentence:
She is kind-hearted and willing to do anything to help the people in her life.
As a college student who has grown up in the technological age, I consider myself to be pretty social media savvy. Most of my free time is devoted to catching up on the day’s events via Facebook and Twitter. I have all the necessary applications on my iPhone, and I stay connected practically every waking moment of my day.
Going through those day-to-day motions seems pretty normal for people my age, but after typing out that last paragraph, it seems pretty absurd. Why do I need to always be online and checking up with my peers and the people I follow? The answer: I am “creepy.”
Anyone reading this is probably pretty creepy, too. As social media sites have developed and more people are on them, the definition of a creep has changed. The top definition for “creeping” listed on http://www.dictionary.com is as follows:
Slang. the act or practice of following someone persistently or stealthily, especially online: Twitter andLinkedIn creeping is a normal part of my day.
Is creeping bad? Some say it is. But I’m going to go ahead and be the first one to admit that I love creeping on people. Ever since high school, I have been proficient in the art of problem solving and detective work using social media to find out what I want to know about my peers. Things like who tagged them in pictures, where they are, and who they are with are very effective ways to learn about people on Facebook. On Twitter, looking at who a person follows/who follows that person along with who they tweet at is helpful information.
I like to think of all of this as being connected, but when it comes down to the wire, we are all just curious, nosey, creepy individuals who want to know about other people’s lives. And I love it.
This past Wednesday, Creighton students were put in a trance in the Skutt Ballroom for the 25th year in a row. Songs were sung, evolution of dance was performed and boys were under the impression that they were Miss America contestants–crying and hand-flapping included.
Dr. Jim Wand, professional hypnotic entertainer, defines hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness in the waking state. And that is exactly what I saw when he successfully hypnotized about 20 students at the same time.
Wand was brought to Creighton by CSU Program Board as a part of Homecoming Week. An executive of Program Board, Maxine Holmes, said, “He’s [Wand] always been one of the most popular events of Homecoming week, so we keep inviting him back. We are thrilled that he keeps saying yes!”
Wand says that virtually anybody can be hypnotized. There are only three ways that it couldn’t work. The first is if the person doesn’t want to or is scared of the unknown. He or she can shut out of it and not allow the brain to be put in a trance. The second is if the person doesn’t have a high enough intellect and the third is if the person tries too hard to be hypnotized and focuses too much instead of relaxing.
In order to hypnotize the crowd, a spinning LED light was used as an eye fixation point. Wand told everyone to put their feet flat on the floor and stare at the light for a few minutes while he spoke soothingly. Eventually, the audience was told to close their eyes and pretend their heads and knees were magnets attracted to each other so they could receive full relaxation. When he told them to sit up, he could tell who was fully hypnotized and brought them to the stage.
According to Dr. Wand’s website, www.hypnotism.com, his shows can have a choice between a G, PG, PG-13, or R rating depending on who he is performing for. He kept this show pretty clean, but hilarious all the same. After the students were hypnotized, he made them go to sleep and when they woke up, they realized they were all supermodels. They paraded around the ballroom in style, and the crowd was in hysterics.
Alexi English was in the audience watching, and she remarked, “I was too scared to be hypnotized, but I saw a few of my sorority sisters up on the stage. It was so funny to watch, and i would consider being hypnotized next year!”
Each time Wand wanted the students to do something, he would put them to sleep and tell them exactly what to do, and when he snapped his fingers, they would pop up and do it. in the course of two hours, there were singers, an orchestra, dancers, and zombies all around us. In one segment, Wand made the students pick a celebrity they had a crush on and when they woke up, they could “see” that celebrity and front of them and they got to kiss their crush.
Molly Meek was one of the students on stage who was hypnotized. “It was pretty weird,” she explained. “It’s not like I had no control. I had an idea of what I was doing at the time and I fed off the liveliness of the audience. When I woke up, I had so much energy!”
This is not uncommon, because Dr. Wand explained that one hour of hypnosis was comparable to getting around eight hours of sleep.