Introductory Blog Post (Personal Branding Assignment)

Hello everyone, my name is Michael Friedman; welcome to my blog!

My qualifications include excellent written and verbal communication skills, proficient time management skills, and performing effectively in a deadline-oriented environment. These valuable skills I have learned have been the result of my academic career at the University of Oklahoma, and I believe these skills will undoubtedly contribute to my success in future careers and endeavors.

I am a sophomore public relations student at Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma, and I will be graduating in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in general business with a focus in marketing. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school and obtain my Master’s degree in communications. I aspire to be the director of PR for a professional sports franchise or major sports organizations such as ESPN or the NFL. I hope to work for either a football, basketball, or baseball franchise as those are my three favorite sports, and I am very passionate about them. My hobbies/interests include reading, anything theatre arts related such as music, films, playwrights, and anything sports related. My involvement at OU includes the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Oklahoma Executive Committee and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. I also work as an intern for OU Housing and Food Services Marketing and Communications department. I have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and have never dropped below a 3.0 since being in college.

Marketing Internship Experience

The opportunities I have been presented and utilized at OU have been incredible so far. I have been incredibly lucky to be a part of a lot of great things that have benefitted not only the OU community but the Norman community and beyond as well. I have been involved in numerous community action organizations here at OU that has included the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Relay for life is the largest fundraising event for the ACS, as there are thousands of Relay events held by various communities all over the world. I applied for OU’s Relay for Life executive committee my freshmen year of college and was one of the very few freshmen selected for the committee of only 100 members with over 300 applicants in 2016. In 2016 we raised over $200,000, and it was a life-changing experience I will never forget. I have also been involved in Soonerthon, a 24-hour dance fundraising event for kids with disabilities, and the Big Event, a community-wide event where OU students and faculty can take part in community service all over the city of Norman. These opportunities have been instrumental in developing skills and adding credentials that have benefitted me and will continue to benefit me in the future.

These opportunities have led me down a path that has brought me to land my first and current internship.  I am currently an intern for OU Housing and Food Services Marketing and Communications department. This has been a tremendous and arguably the most important opportunity I have had since starting school here at OU. This internship has taught me a variety of skills that I will be using as I plan to go into the field of public relations. On a daily basis, I manage various social media accounts for the university including OU H&F’s Residence Life and Dining Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat accounts. Daily I am tasked with producing social media posts then submitting them through a social media planning application for businesses called heyorca for editing and approval by my superiors. I am also in charge of creating and editing blog posts for OU H&F Services blog page. I have also collaborated on several video projects promoting OU’s new residential colleges for upper-class living. This internship has given me extraordinarily valuable experience that will give me an advantage when I enter the public relations career field.

Life at OU

My decision to pursue higher education at the University of Oklahoma was one of the most significant decisions I have made in my life thus far. I had no ties with OU, as I am a first generation student here. That being said, there were a lot of different factors that went into the decision. Factors such as location, cost of tuition, and much more.

I started my journey on deciding where I would attend college by touring a variety of schools with my parents. In the beginning, I had absolutely no idea where I wanted to go. Being from Dallas, naturally, my parents wanted me to attend a school in Texas. So we began the tours with Texas schools first such as Texas A&M, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, and the University of North Texas. These were all beautiful schools, but I could not see myself going to any of them. After touring most Texas schools, we began our journey to out-of-state schools, and our first stop was none other than the University of Oklahoma. I was very intrigued by OU because I was aware of their prestigious programs specifically their PR program offered by Gaylord College, one of the top journalism and mass communication schools in the country. I also knew I wanted to do sports PR, and OU was also known for its outstanding achievements in athletics. It was like a match made in heaven. After my tour,  I was absolutely infatuated with OU; I knew it was the school for me.

It’s hard to believe, but I have been at OU for two years now and it just keeps getting better every day. The campus has so much to offer, and I believe other public school campuses pale in comparison. On-campus living has so many opportunities and resources free for students to utilize. Resources like free tutoring and opportunities like free events held by the community activity committee or CAC. OU’s academic structure trumps many other schools as well. Most lecture classes that contain more than 100 students typically include discussion sections with the class that are limited to about 20 students maximum per discussion to make sure students are getting the one-on-one attention they need to succeed. OU also has a career center that offers help to students with a variety of real-world preparation such as resume/cover letter assistance and connections with real job/internship opportunities. These are just samples of all the wonderful things life at OU has to offer.

Oklahoma 2018 Football Commit Class

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, aka National Signing Day was a day full of surprises, colorful commitment videos, and a roller coaster of emotions for fans across the nation. When it was all said and done, OU ranked 9th nationally in its overall recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite. Let’s take a look at OU’s star-studded 2018 class and the immediate impact they can make on OU’s football team.

OU hauled in an impressive load of recruits that included one five-star recruit, twelve four stars, and nine three stars. The class is headlined by early signee Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, a four-star cornerback out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Radley-Hiles is the 38th overall ranked athlete on ESPN’s top 150. He is also the 5th ranked cornerback in the nation and the 7th ranked cornerback in the state of Florida. “Bookie” has instant-impact potential and is the player with the best opportunity to secure a starting nod. Take a look at his high school highlight reel here and see why he may be too disruptive to keep off the field.

The Sooners also hauled in impressive recruits like five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At 6’7, 320 pounds, Walker is ranked 29th overall athlete on ESPN’s top 150 and is the 4th ranked offensive tackle in the nation and 1st ranked tackle in the state of Oklahoma.

The Sooners made strides on both sides of the ball and succeeded in bolstering depth up front on both sides of the ball as well. With the addition of top recruits like DaShaun White, Michael Thompson, and Nik Bonitto on the defensive side of the ball and additions of T.J. Pledger, Ronnie Perkins, and Jalen Redmond on offense, the Sooners look to be set for years to come. If head coach Lincoln Riley can create a similar relationship with new starting quarterback Kyler Murray as he did with Baker Mayfield through the previous years, this OU football team will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2018-19 football season.