I love Starbucks and Technology


(Picture from: groovekorea.com)

This posts is a lot more personal than I usually write but about social media nonetheless!

Monday  I had a LONG to do list, so I woke up early and went straight to starbucks! I ordered a coffee, found a seat and sat down to start knocking off items on my lists. About 2 hours in my little sister calls as she is walking to class (she is currently a freshman at FSU). I see this as a perfect excuse to take a break and catch up with her about the weekend! As we are talking one of the baristas walks over with a tray and asks if I would like to try their new holiday drink – a Chesnutt praline latte – I of course say yes! The latte was hot which I normally don’t like but I tried it anyways and it was AMAZING! I immediately told my sister about it and she is bummed because she just used her cash on a coffee at dunkin donuts (life of a poor college kid I guess, haha). We hung up and then I remembered I had sent her a starbucks gift card in a fall care package earlier this month – so I texted her to see if she kept the gift card, and she did!

For those of you who aren’t starbucks addicts like myself: starbucks has a mobile app which allows you to link your gift card and debit/credit card to the app. You then reload your gift card with money – either through the app and your debit/credit card or with cash at a register at any starbucks. You also get rewards for every drink/food you buy at starbucks using your card which results in free stuff! If you go to starbucks at all it is worth getting the rewards program! I always get free coffees or special offers on the app!

So the card I sent my sister was also one of the cards registered on my app – so I went up to the register, added money to her card and just like that she now had money to get a Chesnut praline latte! I texted her to enjoy a latte on me! She was surprised and happy which made me happy! 🙂 This is the reason I love technology! Because of this wonderful app and my smart phone I was able to treat my little sis to a coffee from 1000s of miles away!

After this I decided I would tweet starbucks about my love for their app! And by some chance they tweeted me back!! I initially thought I must of tweeted some fake starbucks account, but NOPE it was the real, blue check verified, starbucks! I thought it was really awesome they took the time to respond – and it wasn’t animated because they even used emojis! (Haha I am a bit of a fan girl)

starbucks tweet

Summary – that was my roundabout way of telling you technology is great and allows you to do great things  for loved ones even when your far away, big companies might tweet you back on twitter and you must try a Chesnut praline latte!!

Thanks for reading!


See you soon, Sin City!




As you might of heard me talking about in class or on twitter, I am going to Las Vegas this weekend! I have been planning this trip for almost two months and it is finally happening! I leave Friday and will spend the first three days doing touristy things in Sin City before attending a conference Monday and Tuesday. My idea of a great fall break! It is also 90 degrees there, so I am very excited as you can tell!!

The conference I am attending is the International Organization of Social Science and Behavioral Research. I am presenting a poster on a project I worked on during my senior year at the University of Alabama with my mentor. The title is: Peer Attachment, Sexual Experiences, & Risky Online Behaviors as Predictors of Sexting Behaviors among Undergraduate Students.

Some highlights from the study include:

  • 5 times more likely to self-report having had unprotected sex
  • 4 times more likely to view Internet adult pornography
  • 4 times more likely to engage in web-based chatting with strangers
  • Have an ambivalence attachment style

What I found particular interesting was 61% of undergraduates were sexting, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 percent include their face in sexting images. Not good!

If you are at all interested in this type of research the article can be found here   – but you will need to be registered at a university to view it on the library database!

I am interested in how this ‘poll’ thing works on wordpress – so I decided to try it out!

If you answered yes, please share any restaurant suggestions, things to do / not to do, etc! Thanks!



Presentation skills workshop follow up

Back in August I signed up for a workshop put on my Purdue’s graduate school on skills for academic presentations. After realizing the workshop was finally here I started to dread going, mostly because I needed to be studying. But boy am I glad I went! Usually at presentations I tend to look at the clock after a few minutes and think “oh no, only 20 minutes have gone by” – however, by the time I even thought to look at the clock during this presentation an hour and a half had already gone by! It was so informative and entertaining! I am glad I went and would recommend it to any student giving an academic presentation in the near future!

The presentation was given byJean-luc Doumont based on his book: Trees, maps and theorems: Effective communication for rational minds.

Some notes I took:

Jean-luc’s three laws

Law Zero: Have a message

First Law: Adapt to your audience – do what you need to optimize the situation

Second Law: Maximize the signal to noise ratio

  • Noise on slides: having your slides have so many special effects (Ex: bouncing equations on the slide
  • Audience attention span will leave your presentation and go to the noise if there are fear words (example fear words: you know, ya know, um, so, etc)

Third Law: Use Effective Redundancy

Also, Jean-luc Doumont’s 5 steps for presentations:

  1. Planning – gathering your thoughts

Why –purpose

Who – audience

What – content

Why – time constraints

Where – space constraints

  1. Designing – defining a structure
  2. Creating slides – conveying messages
  3. Delivering – mastering all channels
  4. Answering questions – driving your point home

For more information on the author check his website! I highly recommend getting the book if you don’t get the opportunity to attend a workshop with Jean-luc Doumont. I really learned a lot from the workshop and think I now have the tools to make a great presentation!

Beware of the Dark Side

As I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Computer and Information Technology and have a background in Criminal Justice I inherently look at the dark side of social media, computer usage, cyber security, etc. My mind instantly wanders to Facebook post used for tracking criminals and check-ins on foursquare linked to finding missing persons. I would say I have ‘pessimistic’ outlook on the Internet. However I do LOVE to keep in touch with family over Facebook, instagram my latest pumpkin spice latte and check in at my favorite restaurant. I guess I have a love / hate relationship with the Internet / social media. All of the positives are too often used the wrong way. With that being said, I am going to make this a two series blog – with the second half at the end of the semester. I will let you all know if my ‘pessimistic’ mind-set changes!