Sunny skies, ringing bells, and a crowded campus, school is definitely back in full effect. If you do not know, my name is Shelby Clayton and I am a senior studying Advertising and Sociology at THE University of Georgia (Go Dawgs always). I have been told multiple times to write and maintain a blog site, and after this summer, I knew it was the perfect time to start one up. As you see below, I wrote two blog posts from February. Let me tell you about those. They are really relevant as they discuss Gen Y’s addiction to technology, but to be honest, those posts were for a class (Digital Reputation Management to be exact)– I recommend you take it with Dr. Karen Russell if you’re interested. I am extremely new to the blogger-sphere, but I promise I’m a fast learner. Anyways, I figured I’d keep this account and begin a blog discussing my views on a variety of topics as a millennial.
As some of you reading may know, I appeared on CNN three times as their NEXTGEN Panelist along with 2-3 other college students. Many have asked how I was able to receive this opportunity, and it all began from a Facebook post last summer, and it became history ever since then. The first two segments began with discussing race relations with Don Lemon surrounding the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case and the Michael Dunn trial. The most recent CNN appearance surrounded a more political topic, the Hamas and Israel conflict. Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow were co-anchors during that segment, and I really enjoyed the discussion along with the viewpoints from Colin, Chadwick, and Esther (my co-panelists). I am eternally grateful for CNN and the Don Lemon team for trusting me to go on national television to discuss my opinion. This experience challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and TRUST ME, I could not have done this alone. I want to thank my mother, sister, and father for coaching me through this process and developing my growth on-air. Well, I really hope you enjoy my segments below, and I am open to comments, questions, etc. I really want to make my blog more of a discussion amongst millennial students to gauge views and opinions. Never know what might happen!
Stay tuned for more!
-shelbylena (in case you were wondering Lena is my middle name)
**NOTE: the video regarding the Michael Dunn trial was a two part segment, and I included only the first part.
2/16/2014 Gen Y on Michael Dunn Verdict
7/21/2014 Gen Y on Race Relations