Karita Rawlins

Karita Rawlins

Comm Arts

Self-certified weirdo. One day I'll have my own talk show...

I am a Communication Arts senior from Syracuse, NY. I was raised in NYC so I like to think I am cultured. I hope to be a news anchor one day... or at least someone Gooogleable (for great reasons, of course). I love music so my biggest regret in life is that I can't sing but I do it anyway! I am actively involved on campus in many organizations such as, Alpha Phi Omega, Student Senate and the Utica College Tangerine. I occasionally have a radio show on WPNR 90.7 so feel free to download TuneIn and tune in!



Get to Know Me

Oct 14, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

As I read through my previous blogs, I noticed I never formally introduced myself, which is actually really ironic seeing as the only person I want to talk about majority of the time is myself.

I recently turned 21, so I will answer 21 random questions about myself that are a combination of ones I found online and made up on my own.

  1. What is your year/major?
    • I am a senior studying communication arts.
  2. When’s your birthday?
    • September 9! I’m a Virgo.
  3. Where are you from?
    • I was born in St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands. and I lived in the Bronx,NY since I was 4, but just last month, my family moved to Syracuse, NY.
  4. Why Utica College ?
    • My sister was a student here, and I follow her everywhere, so naturally, I went to the same college as her.
  5. What is your favorite cereal?
    • I’m pretty sure I am an 85 year-old woman on the inside. My favorite cereal is Wheaties; second place is Corn Flakes. I hate fruity/sugary cereals!
  6. Do you have any pets?
    • I am afraid of pretty much everything not human. So, no.
  7. How involved are you on campus?
    • I’m pretty involved. This year in particular, I’m not due to time constraints, but I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega Petitioning Group. In the past, I’ve been active on UCPB, Student Senate, RHA and many more…
  8. What is your favorite season?
    • Autumn. Sweaters are my favorite article of clothing. It gives me the opportunity to wear cute outfits without freezing or having to hide them behind a big winter coat.
  9. What is your favorite thing about Utica College?
    • The people. Both faculty/staff and the students. They all contribute to this unique experience that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.
  10. What city you would like to visit?
    • Hong Kong. It seems kind of cliche, but I’ve always been intrigued by China, and I am very determined to visit.
  11. Favorite song?
    • Currently “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, but overall it would be “Imagine” by John Lennon.
  12. Any siblings?
    • Yes, 8. There’s a big age gap between the first and the last!
  13. What is your favorite animal?
    • Elephants. I actually have a tattoo of one. They are very protective of their heard and are a universal symbol of strength, good luck, power, loyalty and divinity. Plus, the little babies are sooo cute!
  14. Favorite restaurant?
    • Applebees. Anyone who knows me knows for a fact I love Applebees.
  15. Pet peeves?
    • Notifications on my phone and unread emails. It bugs me when I see someone’s inbox and there are 5358 unread emails. *cringe*
  16. Favorite quote?
    • “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all,” - The Emperor of China, Mulan
  17. Most played song?
    • I just checked iTunes;  It’s “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit. I played it a whopping 146 times.
  18. Any talents?
    • No. I am as talented as a brick. I am really good at parallel parking though, so maybe that counts.
  19. Favorite video game?
    • The Sims. I’ve been a avid player since I was young. I need to add the Sims 4 to my collection!
  20. If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?
    • Mindy Kaling. She is my spirit animal.
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • Happy. I’m still figuring out what specific career path I want, but I know for a fact I want to be happy.

Want to learn more about me and my experiences at Utica College ? Check out my Senior Year Bucket List!

 

 

 

 

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SYBL: Internship

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

2. Land an Internship 

With my senior year off to a great start, it is also a reminder that it will soon be coming to an end. In a couple of months, I’m going to have to face the facts and be out in the real world. I can guarantee you, I am not ready for that.

For starters, I have changed my major a total of five times, and even now I am second guessing it. To help myself better understand what I want to do for the rest of my life, I decided to apply to for an internship. Since my major doesn’t require it, I figured it would still be a great learning experience and I should go for it, but if don’t land one, it would be okay.

My passion for news reporting drove me to apply for something in that field. I successfully landed an internship as a Reporting Intern at Time Warner Cable News Syracuse.

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Here on campus, Career Services has many available resources to land an internship. Below are a few tips of my own you can use:

1. Early bird gets the worm!

Don’t wait until to last minute to start looking. It’s okay to start looking a semester or two in advance. It’s better if you know what you need to improve or have ready when the time comes to apply. Pay close attention to deadlines! Just because your application is not due until 11:59 p.m. doesn’t mean you should wait until 11:53 p.m. to submit it. Technology isn’t always our best friend.

2. Double Triple Quadruple check your resume

When you submit your application, you’re not going to be able to sell yourself the way you want to pre-interview. Having a spelling-and/or grammar-error-filled resume can kill your chances. Use Career Services! They offer a resume clinic and are available by appointment to work on strengthening your resume. Don’t sell yourself short either; in today’s market experience. comes in different forms. President of your sorority? That’s a leadership role! — include it.

3. Go into your interview prepared.

Research the company you are interviewing with. There is nothing more embarrassing than being in an interview and not knowing who you’re interviewing with. Dress presentable and professional. Don’t wear a ball gown, but maybe khakis aren’t the way to go either. A good beard trim won’t hurt. You want to be taken seriously, and your appearance is the first step. Career Services also offers mock interviews. Schedule one a week or two before your interview, and while you’re there, order some of the free business cards they have available for students!

4. Be confident and never feel discouraged

We all can’t get everything we apply for or want in the world. Maybe you didn’t get that internship the first time. Stay confident in yourself, and it won’t be long until you land your first one!

If you are a student seeking an internship, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Take a risk because the worst thing they can say is no! Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Stop by the Office of Career Services to learn more about what they have to offer.

Want to learn more about my Senior Year Bucket List? Check it out how far I’ve made it on my list!

Friends for Life

Sep 23, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

Every year at Convocation when President Hutton says, “You’re sitting next to your friends for life,” I know exactly who he is talking about. Generally, I am not sitting next to them because we are all working, but my heart warms because at one point or another I did sit next to them for that speech. I’ve gotten to know many people in my 3 years here but there are a small handful of people that I know no matter what I will be friends with for the rest of my life.

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Some of us live together…

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We’ve gone to homecoming together…..

 

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We’ve go bowling together….

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We even actively participate in the same orgs…

 

 

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We even work orientation together…

 

 

 

 

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Cameron, Justine, Elaine, Laura and MaryEllen are all amazing individuals that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the last three years. Justine has been my roommate since our second semester here and the rest I met through on-campus organizations we share like Alpha Phi Omega and our past as orientation mentors.

Originally I was going to tell in detail how I met each of them, but I realized this blog post would be entirely too long if I did. I realize that while I may have known some longer than others, time holds no weight in the power of our friendship. Each of them hold a very close place in my heart and they have made my college experience so memorable. From being there when I got my first tattoo, to my first sleepover, to the never ending telling of “Dad jokes” to cheer me up on a bad day, to our endless supply of surprise birthday parties for each other, they all mean the world to me. We are all so different and the one thing that brings us together is Utica College. If none of us had made the decision to come here, our paths wouldn’t have crossed. I can’t wait to be a part of their weddings or be the “Cool Aunt” to their kids. I am able to call almost all of them my brother because of the organization we are in together but they’re also my sisters (obviously not Cameron).

As I previous stated, I’m not saying these will be the only people I keep in contact with from college but I know that no matter where life takes us, the bonds we’ve made can never be broken. Go out and get involved, meet your own Cameron or Elaine. Make these connections of your own.

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6. Attend a Toga Party

Over this past weekend I attended a Toga Party hosted by the brothers of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. It will definitely be one to remember for the rest of my life not only because of the great time I had with my friends and new people I met but simply because I will never get over the fact that I attended a party in a bed sheet. Yes, a bed sheet. 

The toga party is an annual event and every year I tell myself I’m going to go but I just never get around to it or I am away from campus that weekend. Growing up, I watched a lot of TV shows about college like Greek and Veronica Mars (Season 3 is college) in which toga parties seemed to be a reoccurring theme; so I created this bizarre requirement in my head that college is not complete until you have attended a toga party. I made sure I put it on my bucket list and truthfully speaking, I think college will be the only time I will be able to wear a bed sheet in public and it will be socially acceptable. It would be very distracting if when I become a news reporter I randomly decided to wear a toga to work. 50% entertaining 50% distracting; I’d be 100% fired.

Leading up to the day of the party my friends and I all contemplating what would we wear, we had few options:

  • Buy a dress that looks semi-Grecian/Roman
  • Make one out of a t-shirt
  • Wear regular clothes
  • Lounge wear because we could just stay in and watch the entire series of Greek
    on Netflix and dream of being lavaliered

However we decided a sheet would be the cheapest and most effective, I mean how hard could it be….

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Okay, cheap? Yes. Difficult ? I think the pictures speak for themselves

My original plan was to make this blog post be a spin off into How to Make a Toga until I realized I’m still very unsure how to make a toga. However, either we worked our goddess magic or Venus felt bad for how terrible we looked and she worked her goddess magic but some how after a hour and a half of tying knots, tossing, and even a little snipping (I now need a new purple flat sheet) we managed to make it work because the end results were fantastic!

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I think Venus would be proud of our craftsmanship. After doing my research and learning that the women who usually wore togas were prostitutes I think that will be my last one but I encourage all UC students to get out there and try something new or attend an event they could never see themselves at. It might just end up being one of your best times in college.

Want to know more about my Senior Year Bucket List? Check out how far I’ve made it down the list!

 

 

 

Senior Year Bucket List

Aug 28, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins
buck·et list

noun: bucket list; plural noun: bucket lists
a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish before dying.
I am not dying.

I am, however, coming close to the end of something… my college career. As I prepare to close this chapter of my life, I realize there are some things I have never done, as well as some I have, that I need to experience before I leave college. Thus I have decided to create a Senior Year Bucket List.

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My friends and fellow bloggers, Laura and MaryEllen, helped to come up with the list.

Each time I accomplish something on the list I will cross it off this post as well as share my experience in a new post!

  1. Become a blogger
  2. Land an internship
  3. Go to Senior Ball
  4. Road trip with friends
  5. See my first concert
  6. Attend a Toga Party
  7. Dress up for Halloween and go trick-or-treating
  8. Take a class outside of my major
  9. Join a new organization on campus,specifically one I would usually never consider
  10. Watch SlapShot
  11. Audition for a role in the school play
  12. Sing the national anthem at a varsity game
  13. Become a vegetarian for a week
  14. Have lunch with my favorite professor
  15. Hike a mountain
  16. Run a 5K marathon
  17. Be an ally
  18. Take an upper level art course
  19. Donate Blood
  20. Go on a real date
  21. Study Abroad
  22. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  23. Learn a new language
  24. Join an intramural sports team
  25. Take a tour of the Saranac Brewery
  26. Graduate

My list is in no particular order and I am giving myself one school year to complete it. The first thing off my list is Become a blogger. I’ve always wanted to bog/vlog but never really knew what about until one day while I was reading through the Daysheet I spotted an ad for UC bloggers wanted. I contacted Ryan Mortensen in the Office of Advancement and then within a week or so I was a UC Blogger.  I even got my picture on the website (ironically that has always been a life goal of mine, I am also now on the Homecoming brochure!)

I hope my list inspires you to start your own and hopefully not wait until your senior year to have all these great experiences! Feel free to comment things that are on your own bucket list or ones you suggested I should add to mine.

Human Bowling @ UC and Tips to make your event a success

Mar 27, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

Today one of my organizations, Alpha Phi Omega Petitioning Group held a fundraiser event to raise funds for the March of Dimes Foundation. The event was human bowling where students get into a metal cage sitting down and are rolled and knock down cloth bowling pins. It was sponsored in part by Student Senate so it was completely free for UC students but there was a suggested donation of $2. Lots of people showed up and participated and donated some even donated without participating. Although there was tons of mud out there it didn’t stop us! We got dirty and had a great time for a great cause!

Event planning isn’t always easy but here are some tips to a successful event:

  1. Do your research early- Months in advance you need to know exactly what you’re doing, where it will be, what date and time, and how much will it cost. A good way to is to talk to your peers on campus to see what they want here at our school. An alternative to that is to check out what neighboring schools had on their campus and if we can make it a success here. It never hurts to try new or unusual things.Human Bowling
  2. Use all your resources! - Human Bowling was funded by Student Senate. When planning your event consider presenting to the Finance Committee to request funding from Senate. That’s one of the many reasons it is there!  Get together with another on campus organization and make it a collaboration. Some orgs have their own specialty, if you do an event with WPNR they can play the music for the event or PRSSA could be in charge of publicity.  If you don’t qualify for the funding by the Finance Committee by laws, reach out to orgs on campus that may have a budget like, the Utica College Programming Board or the Inter-Greek Council.
  3. Communicate- Whether it be with people in your organization or the Director of Student Activities make sure you are communicating well so everyone understand what is going on and what’s their part. So make sure all your locations are booked and you have attended any meetings required. If you are not sure about something…ASK! It makes it a lot hard on yourself when you assume things. Don’t forget your manners either, thank everyone who helped you out. Thank you cards are really nice touch and it leaves a great impression about your org on someone.

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    Tatiana from Sigma Iota Alpha and I

  4. PROMOTE! - Get the word out there! There areso many FREE methods on campus to spread the word:
    • Put it in the DaySheet
    • Submit and ad request to WPNR and have it on the air
    • Paper flyers are good for the wall but try e-flyers…  take it a step further create custom invites and send them via email
    • Use social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter are all big right now take advantage
    • Have each member of your org tell a new person – a great way to meet people and get the word out
    • You could even take an ad out in the Tangerine (this one cost money)

     

  5. HAVE FUN!!- The public will feed off your energy, if you look like you aren’t having fun they won’t either. You put so much hard work into why wouldn’t you have fun!
My success dance

My success dance