Jan 23 2019

Best Study Spots on Campus

by blogemu

Photo by EMU Student, Sami Liebig

Studying can be a bore, especially when you are in your dorm room and there are so many distractions!  I’ve compiled a list of some of the best study spots around campus that will keep you feeling productive and help your concentration for this new semester.

  1. The EMU Greenhouse:The greenhouse is connected to the Mark Jefferson Science Complex, and is open from 8 am-5 pm during the week.  The greenhouse is beautiful to relax in and they have a study table for you to do your work around all of the plants. It is quiet, so you are able to fully concentrate on studies and getting your homework done.
  2. The COB Study Rooms:  If you are a business major, it is much easier to go study at the College of Business.  They have many different quiet study rooms, and there is more parking available so you don’t have to walk in the cold very far.  The COB also has an Eagle Cafe located inside, so you are able to grab snacks and drinks during your study sessions with ease.
  3. Outside of the Student Center:  On a warm spring or fall day, the best place to be is the Student Center.  On the patio, there are an array of tables right by the pond, and it is the perfect place to unwind and focus on studying without being cooped up in a room.  Grab a coffee from Starbucks right next door and spend your day studying AND soaking up the sun (nothing gets better than that!).
  4. Study Lounges in the dorms:  Sometimes, just getting out of your room can do the trick in making you more motivated!  During my times in the dorms, I would always do homework in the study lounge on my floor.  It’s only a few steps away, but it would get you away from the distractions of being in your room.
  5. Children’s Literature section of the Halle Library:  Of course, the library is arguably the best place to crack down and get things done.  However, I find myself most productive on the second floor, near the children’s books!  It is a happier environment, and I feel like it usually isn’t as crowded as the rest of the library.  

Overall, our beautiful campus has so many places great for studying, but these are just a few of my personal favorites!  Check them out over the course of the semester, and maybe you can find yourself loving them just as much as I do!

About the writer:
I’m Sami, and I’m a junior here at Eastern!  My majors are both marketing and communication, and in my free time, I work as a photographer and for the Detroit Tigers on their Energy Squad!  

Jan 22 2019

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: His Legacy & Message with Fast Facts

by blogemu

Taken by EMU Student, Sami Liebig

In honor of celebrating MLK this past weekend, I want to talk to you about why we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I want to give you a little bit of history on what this man did, not only for African-Americans but for America as a whole. His speeches and his messages are still just as relevant today as they were then. How he called for people to protest non-violently even as violence surrounded them. The amount of backlash, hate, and discrimination he faced walking his righteous path. His speeches are legendary and are some of the best in the history of this country. How he saw a future for America that we would one day come to fruition as all races and live in harmony. I honestly could go on and on about what this man means to me personally, but that would take too long, so here are some fast facts about this American civil rights hero and why we observe him on this national holiday.

Fast Facts:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia to Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams.
  • Dr. King skipped 9th & 12th grade and enrolled at Morehouse College at the age of 15
  • In 1955, he became the leader of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man
  • In 1957, King along with many other civil rights activists formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). They would go on to organize many peaceful civil rights protests around the country
  • On August 28, 1963, King organized “The March on Washington in support of racial equality. It was here that he gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech”.
  • On October 14, 1964, King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • In 1968, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill to declare Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as a day to remember his legacy and what he did for civil rights.
  • In February 1959, Dr. King traveled to India to learn Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence

 (n.d). 2019, “Fast Facts about Martin Luther King Jr.”, www.phillytrib.com

About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a junior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Dec 14 2018

6 Things Incoming Public Relations Students Should Know

by blogemu

At the beginning of 2017, I was given the opportunity to become a Group Leader as a part of Eastern Michigan University’s Orientation program. As someone who loves interacting with people, and has a passion for Eastern, working this job has become one of my favorite things to do.


However, my favorite part about being an Orientation Group Leader is getting to know the incoming students. I am excited for them to find their place at Eastern, just as I have found mine, and to start writing their own story while they’re at college.


I enjoy talking with all students at FastTrack (the segment of orientation where students register for classes) but nothing gets me more excited than meeting a future PR major. Even though I have only encountered a handful, I am incredibly excited for everything that they are about to experience when they start PR at EMU.


While I am excited to see the students start their journey at Eastern, there is nothing that I want to do more than to tell them everything I wish I had known when I started. But with one short day, it can be a little intense for incoming students to register for classes, get their first taste of college, and be bombarded with advice about their program all in one day. So I decided to create a list of the six things I wish I knew about PR as an incoming freshman.


Learn to love writing.

When I started the program, I expected to exclusively be planning events, posting on social media, and standing up in front of my class giving presentations about the future of Facebook. While these aspects are apart of the Public Relations program, I was in the dark about how important writing is in the world of PR. Press releases, feature articles, crafting newsletters, and blog posts, are all incredibly important parts of PR. So learn to love writing, learn to love your writing, because it will become an important part of your life.


Start networking from the beginning

Within the first few weeks of starting my freshman year, I decided to join PRSSA. I’ll be honest- joining PRSSA freaked me out because I had to learn to network and get acclimated to college life. How was I, an 18-year-old, who was stressed about finding new friends, supposed to network with professionals for a career that was years away? I found that having someone in the program who I felt comfortable asking questions to, and getting help from, was reassuring. They can help ease any worries you have about entering the world of PR. Additionally, the earlier your start networking, the more people you come in contact with, which can benefit you in the long run.


Join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Joining PRSSA is great way to start networking and to learn about PR. It allows you to learn how to network, as well as give you information about subjects that are relevant to the PR world. Joining PRSSA also gives you the chance for great leadership opportunities in and out of the organization.


Invest in a ‘professional outfit’

When I started college, I had no idea what clothes would identify as ‘business casual’. I didn’t even know when or why I would need them! I found that it is important to invest in clothing that is appropriate for the occasion. While it may not be frequent when you start college, there will be occasions that require you to dress in business casual and possibly business professional. Make sure that you are prepared and have outfits that fit criteria. Having the wrong outfit can leave the wrong impression! However, if you are unsure about what outfits are business casual or business professional, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest!


Make time to do a little PR everyday.

Make an investment to look at a PR blog a few times a week to stay updated with the ever changing world of PR. There are some professors who like to use current events as teaching points for their classes. When you are up to date, it gives you an advantage to speak up in class, and really helps fuel class discussions. Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of time I recommend subscribing to Help A Reporter Out (HARO). HARO is an online database that helps journalists with upcoming stories. They send you emails several times a day with topics that are relevant. This is a great way to stay updated on current trends.


Set out a timeline of how you want things to go.

It is one thing to know that there are goals you want to accomplish in college, however, it is another thing to achieve those goals. Create a timeline of what you want to do in your college career, and set dates to accomplish those goals by.


Hi! My name is Heather and I am a senior at EMU! I am majoring in Public Relations with a minor in LEADership. I am a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and work in the Division of Communications and the Orientation and Transitions Program office. In my free time I like to write music and hang out with my cats.