Reflection Post No. 1

I am finishing up my first week in Britain, and I can say that I’ve experienced and learned a vast amount. In class last week, we had the opportunity to listen to two speakers who specialize in the fields where most of the students in class will go on to work in.

Steven Verna was our first speaker. He spoke about Lime Communications, what he does there and his past experiences in the newspaper industry. I found his presentation rather intriguing. He told us one little fact that I am not sure I agree with. He said that the newspaper industry would never go away; that there will always be print media. I think print media will go away eventually, but not in the next decade.

We ended up discussing the infamous wiretapping scandal of 2011 and the ongoing trials. Coincidentally, Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges that very afternoon. Brooks’ predecessor, Andy Coulson, was found guilty of conspiracy to hack voicemails. I found Verna’s take on this scandal and trial rather interesting. I wish I could of heard his take after Brooks was cleared that afternoon.

Our next speaker was Jeremy Hildreth, from ThrillingCities. I was unsure about Hildreth and didn’t know what to expect before he came to our class to speak. The class was already familiar with him because we were required to read his book, “Brand America,” for this course. I found the book to be rather repetitive and did not enjoy it much due to this fact. I half expected him to come in and prominently speak about his book, but I was excited to learn that was not the case.

Hildreth spoke about his company and the works he does for them across the world. His job prominently entails rebranding cities and countries. One city he did that stood out among the rest was the City of Vilnius. He showed a promotional video that was beautiful and awe inspiring, making me want to visit.

Here is the video he showed us in class:

 

Hildreth spoke about many of his accomplishments throughout his career. I was pleasantly surprised that he did not speak about his book, considering it only had one main point. He spoke about his works with Shanghai and Mongolian cashmere. He mentioned briefly how he is trying to open up his own farm to harvest the material, which the class seemed to find entertaining. He was a fascinating speaker, with content that kept me interested throughout.

The two speakers our class had the opportunity to listen to were a bonus for myself. I am a senior at Oklahoma State University, therefore I can appreciate listening to professionals in a new way. They help me envision what I may be interested in as I prepare to graduate and adventure into the “real world.” I look forward to the upcoming speakers, listening to their experiences and hopefully learning along the way.

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