Happy Mother’s Day, Pattycakes!

My mom has taught me many lessons throughout my 23 short years, but there’s one in particular that rings true in almost every situation in which I’m placed.  A story that exemplifies this lesson happened about 6 years ago before I started my freshman year at Clemson University.  I was so excited to head to orientation to meet my future classmates, visit the campus and schedule classes.  My mom and I made it through the first day with no glitches- everything was perfect. I spent the night in the dorms and my mom headed back to Greenville with the intent to head back to Clemson in the morning to finish walking through orientation with me.

The next morning, my mom picked me up from the dorms and asked if I was hungry. Of COURSE I was! We were forced to eat in the dining hall and I hadn’t gotten used to the cafeteria food, yet- so I didn’t touch it.  We decided to grab bagels at Einsten’s in the Hendrix center around 10 a.m.  As we were sitting down, it seemed as though everyone was scurrying around the campus with a look of purpose on their faces. I asked my mom where she thought they were going and she said, “Pshh they’re probably just going to see the dorms and the dining hall, and you’ve already seen them so we’re fine to just stay here.” My response? “You’re right! Ok.”

My mom suggested that we look through the course catalog and pick out my classes for my Communication Studies classes.  We looked at the general education requirements, electives, and major-specific classes and planned out my first semester as a Clemson Tiger. I was super excited.  When my time came to register for classes in a building across campus that afternoon, my mom and I headed that way with confidence and determination.

Well… when I walked into the room by myself to register for classes, all hell broke loose. I had no idea what I was doing and all of the classes that I thought I needed were no longer open.  When a volunteer came over to help me, she asked how my advising meeting had gone that morning at 10 a.m. “What advising meeting?” I asked.  “Oh my gosh did you skip your meeting today? Sorry I can’t help you,” said the volunteer as she walked away.

We had completely overlooked the advising meeting that apparently the rest of the orientation class had participated in while my mom and I munched our plain bagels with cream cheese.  I finally figured out my classes with the help of another volunteer, but it was probably one of the times that I’ve been most stressed in my life.

But guess what? I don’t regret skipping my advising meeting.  There’s no way in this world that I would give up the hour and a half that I spent with my mom talking about classes, my future and laughing about random things.

Lesson learned from my mom?

Cherish the time that you get to spend with the ones that you love because it beats everything.       

I’m so lucky to have my mom. She’s the first person that I want to call when I’ve had an exceptionally good day or a really bad day. She’s the person that I go to for advice on anything and everything. She’s the person who I know will share smiles, tears and laughs with me at any moment. I see a lot of my mom in myself and I love it.

Happy Mother’s Day, Ma!

My Family

Clemson Bowl Game and Twitter Talk

I set my mom up with a Twitter account.  She LOVES it.  I’ve introduced her to the logistics of the social media network and taught her how to tweet, @ Twitterers, and direct message people.  At our annual Christmas Eve dinner at our neighbor’s house, I know that my mom felt hip because when the subject of Twitter arose, she piped in like a pro.

Clemson played in the Music City bowl game last night against Kentucky (AND WON).  I invited my two tiger fan friends, Katy and Jessie from Columbia to watch the game with all of the Greenville Tiger fans.  Eleven of us headed to a local sports bar and hung around until half-time.  At half, we headed home and watched the rest of the game at my house along with my parents.  During a break in the game, Twitter became a topic of discussion.  

My friend Katy tweets regularly.  She’s learned the in’s and out’s of Twitter and appreciates how it keeps her up to date on news, celebrities, and her friends.  Jessie, on the other hand, will have nothing to do with Twitter.  She refuses to try it because she doesn’t think that she has anything interesting to say.  

 Jessie also said that she fears in the future that with all of the social networking that goes on online, our children won’t have the social skills that generations before them developed through face-to-face contact.  While my mom and I agreed, we also argued that social networks are how a lot of people are staying connected and getting informed.  Whether the information is national news (like the terrorist on the Detroit flight), celebrity news (like Kourtney Kardashian having her baby), or amiable news (like who of my friends are heading to happy hour), I feel informed quickly and precisely.  I personally feel that if you refuse to join the social media conversation, you’re going to miss out on information that others know simply because they have set up a free account.  You may even get left in the dust (like the Kentucky Wildcats last night :-)). 

There are both pros and cons to the growing popularity of social networks.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Some of our group watching the Music City Bowl game!

Your Mom Has Facebook?

For the past few months, my mom has been asking my sister and me to set up a Facebook page for her.  She said that she wanted one to get in touch with her friends from her childhood and stay connected easier.  My dad even suggested making my mom a Facebook page for one of her Christmas presents.  My sister and I keep explaining that it’s not cool for our mom to have a Facebook and that she needs to wait until it becomes more popular for older women.  However, after reading this article by Amanda Lenhart, I realized that maybe more moms have Facebook then I thought.  In a study conducted by Pew Internet and American Life Project, they found that the percentage of adults that use social media has increased by 27% since 2005.  Specifically, 22% of adults have a Facebook profile.

I talk to my mom about my stakeholder communication class and I’ve tried to explain all of the new social media tools that I’ve been learning and using on a regular basis.  I don’t know if the new media that I’ve learned would be useful to her because of her profession, but I think that Facebook would be beneficial.  I think that my mom would be able to easily pick up on the do’s and don’ts of Facebook and figure out how to work her profile page.  After reading the statistics of what adults use Facebook for, I’ve realized that my mom wants to use it for the exact same reasons as other adult users.  I don’t want my mom to miss out on being a part of social media.  I want her to be able to have a Facebook because she IS a cool mom.

So… Happy Valentines Day, Mom. I’ll make you a Facebook.   🙂