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Tik Tok is a social media monster with over a million users globally, that bases their content on short clips with overlaying sound. Tik Tok has been a large part of social media in the last few months and apart of this This may not seem to initially closely tie to Key Club. As Public Relations officer of the Cypress Ridge Key Club, I chose to use the app to reach out to other high schoolers about Key Club through “Tik Toks”. I attempted to recreate viral videos to reach out to incoming freshman through the use of a comedic "Tik Tok” with the audio “Obsessed” by Mariah Carrey. Through this video, I garnered laughs but also interest in Key Club. This year at freshman orientation, my Tik Tok was able to bring ninety-five incoming freshman into the Key Club booth and giving us their contact information. The use of social media in a non-traditional format, like Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, was unique to our Key Club and brought in a large number of new members into the growing Cypress Ridge Key Club family.
Tik Tok has also been a large part in bringing the clubs within our division together along with the workers of the Houston Food Bank. The aspect of a newly created app bringing together two generations, that are usually pitted against each other is a new concept to take in and revolutionary in thought. The explanation of a Tik Tok and the concept of it, fascinated the older gentleman directing my group during Houston Food Bank. His genuine excitement to film something with us and post it for the world to see made the effort and work I put forth into the role of Public Relations for my Key Club, focusing on the Website and Social Media pages.
Tik Tok’s boom in popularity and its ability to capture the attention of multiple generation over a simple concept of a short video with audio playing over to portray many different forms of entertainment, ranging from Comedy to Dance to Art, is truly a sight to behold and an example of how technology and social media in a non-generic form can be used to bring people together. This concept and sight is what I get to witness through my job as Public Relations, where even Key Club alumni reach out to me and compliment the social media pages. These interactions between former and present peers and even different generations makes everything I do worth it.
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I have been a member of Key Club for almost four years now. I joined my freshman year,
just because my sister was a member of Key Club throughout her high school years, and all the
stories she would tell me about how much fun she had with key club inspired me to join Key
Club as well. Throughout the years Key Club has not only impacted me as a member of the club
within school, but also as a person outside of school. It makes you realize how important it is to
volunteer your time within your community. It has impacted me as a person by teaching me that
there is others out there in need of your help. Even though you don’t get paid money for giving
up 6 hours of your saturday, you do get paid many charitable experiences. It might sound cliche
but it’s true. Every Key Club event you attended, you gain something out of it, it varies from a
life lesson, to learning a new skill, to realizing real world problems. Key Club has taught me that
it’s okay to get my hands all dirty, because at the end of the day, you know that you helped your
community in one way or another. Like attending the Houston Food Bank, once we had to go
into a fridge like room and sort out produce. We were told to open up each package and remove
the ones that were rotten and toss it into a “Compost” pile. After a while, our hands were dirty,
smelly and numb because of the cold temperature. And the “compost” pile created an unbearable
odor. But we all pushed through until the end of the 4 hours, because we knew we were
essentially feeding the less fortunate from the city of Houston. And just thinking about that it
kept me motivated to push through the four hours and complete the assigned task. Events like
those are the ones that impacted me the most because I would never do anything like that if it
was not for Key Club. It has offered me so many different opportunities that I would never do
myself. Thanks to Key Club I have changed as a person, because Key Club has showed me the
reality, the good and the bad, of my community. And that it’s worth it to volunteer your time
every week or so.
While coordinating events throughout the summer gave me a taste of what my job entails, I am excited to see what the school year brings. Although I am excited, I am also extremely nervous. The summer events were manageable as there were less and not as many people went to them. However, last year some of our events had over 100 people attend. The size of some of the events we did last year is a little bit daunting. There are a lot of miscellaneous tasks I must do that I constantly forget. For example, checking the event cancellation form. This task is extremely important as it will notify those who are on the waiting list that they have moved up. I have caught myself forgetting to check the event cancellation form multiple times this summer. To prevent this from happening during the school year, I will set up reminders on my phone to check the event cancellation form periodically before an event. Since our goal is to have an event every weekend, I will have to be constantly checking the form. Luckily, I have a partner to help me out with these tasks. We have each other to remind the other about these things. Once during the summer I made a minor mistake that could have gone very wrong. I accidentally put the wrong address for an event that we regularly attend. The events are typically held at the same two parks. Due to habit, I automatically put the address of one of the parks that the event is usually held at. However, it was the wrong park. Thankfully, the parks were within walking distance of each other. When I found out about this mistake, it really disappointed me. It was such a simple mistake that caused not only the project coordinator confusion but our members as well. I am extremely thankful that it did not go anymore worse than what happened. I really hope that I do not make a mistake like that during the school year when it would affect a lot more people. While I am very nervous for the school year, I am proud of the things I have done in preparation for the school year. My partner and I have split up the month where I have the even months and he has the odd months. For October, I have an event for every weekend and even some during the week. I’m excited to find more events and create opportunities for our members to volunteer.
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