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My Blogging Experience

This semester for my Fundamentals of Digital Online Media class at Texas State University with Jon Zmikly, I had to create this blog. I initially was concerned with how I would manage a blog on top of everything else that I do. However, I absolutely love my blog and creating it has been a really great experience. In the past I have heard about blogging as a successful way to market yourself and publicize your life but I h
ad never experienced it. Before this blog I had no interest in blogs and never looked at them. Now I see how successful a blog can be at gathering a following and connecting you to your audience. I plan to use what I learned in this class about blogging in my future for everything that I do online. I plan to work in youth advocacy and on online media campaigns, Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 3.06.27 PMI believe that I will use blogging a lot in the future to organize and lead activism initiatives. I currently work for the Texas School Safety Center on their state-wide tobacco prevention initiative, SAY WHAT!, I manage their social media accounts and I plan to incorporate blogging in some way soon. I think that blogging will be more popular amongst young people in the near future as educators utilize blogs for class projects.

Summit of Change

With the limited wifi that I have I am writing this blog post.

I am currently at Prude Ranch in Fort Davis, TX. It is literally the middle of no-where between Midland and El Paso. After driving 9 hours to get here and sacrificing my online social life by not having service, I have to say it is all worth it because I get to change lives.

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I have worked in tobacco prevention with the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) for 3 years now and it is one of the most rewarding things I get to do. I get to travel around the state with the TxSSC and the SAY WHAT! initiative to teach youth about tobacco prevention and how to get their schools and communities involved in the change. These youth come so motivated and wanting to change the world and they absorb everything that we teach them. But ultimately they inspire me and keep me motivated to make the change!

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With 67 Texans dying everyday from their own tobacco use and tobacco use being the number 1 cause of preventable death in the world, it is obvious that this is a huge issue and has already negatively affected every single one of us in some way. However, if we imagine a world without tobacco it is a better place. This is why I am passionate about this work and I put so much time into it.

I am an Activist because there is a need for new Activists. The most rewarding part of being an activist is helping other people become activists! Especially youth activists!

Youth are the now and they are the future. We are changing the world and we promise that we will continue to change the world.