Lowering Produce Cost vs Soda Tax

When we were searching around on Newsy, there were a lot of different articles that caught my eye. In the end this video caught my attention the most. Now we all know that the costs of produce is expensive, especially when you’re a college kid paying tuition, rent, bills, etc. Now when watching the video that I have linked for you guys, the first thing that it mentions is that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the US. Isn’t that insane? So the first solution was to create a soda tax or “sugar tax”, however, let’s face it, we already pay taxes on everything we do and purchase, I don’t think that adding a little bit more tax on sugar items are going to help stop the vicious cycle. So, when doing more research it was found that lowering the price of produce would save 115,000 more lives than having a tax on sugar would. Didn’t expect that did ya? For more information please refer to the video I have linked in for you guys. Talk to you later!



Newsy is a very interesting news site. It has been around for seven years, and its no wonder why they have been around for this long so far. Normally when you watch the news or even read it it can be very long, boring, and you just get lost in all the bantering. Newsy is a very easy site to go through and the videos were short and sweet. When you look through the people that work there they are all young and have a big social media presence. Having workers who have a social media really helps the company especially when they’re young. This helps bring in the modern and younger generation because, let’s be honest, no one our age is entertained by a bunch of old people yelling and blabbering for an hour trying to express and explain one piece of news.

Newsy is a great news site that also connects to social media. It brings short news stories that cover the whole idea and/or situation without any subjection or bias. They make it to where you can learn what is going on without shoving their perspective and how you should feel down your throat.

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Swan Lake

No, I’m not talking about the Barbie movie all of us grew up watching. This weekend I had the pleasure of being able to go visit my family in South Carolina. While we were there we were able to go visit Swan Lake Iris Gardens. This is a gorgeous area with swans, ducks, geese, trees, and gorgeous flowers everywhere.  It is the only public park in the United States to feature all eight swan species, and it contains intense plantings of Japanese iris.

This place was absolutely amazing to visit and walk around, and it was so beautiful. Photographers come to the small town of Sumter just to come here and take photos of this very photogenic landscape. It is so peaceful. It’s one of those places where you feel like you can go read or study there and pretend to be Snow White.  I would definitely go there again.

Service Journalism

There are many different things that us, as students need to save money for. Honestly, the list can go on and on. Between paying for college, paying rent, buying groceries, and making sure that we not only have life’s necessities, but that we can also go out an hang out with our friends. In life money surrounds everything we need and do, and that can be a hassle sometimes. We’re always having to pick and choose what we buy and do and if we’re being honest, that can cause a lot of stress. For my service journalism assignment I would really like to talk about different tips and tricks to save money and how to avoid living paycheck to paycheck. Life is hard as it is, money stress in the midst of trying to get a degree is something that we shouldn’t have to freak out about. I want to help college students realize that there are so many more ways to save money and still have the ability to do the things you love and purchase the things you need.

ROTC in a Changing World

The world is constantly changing and now that we have a new president, everything is switch around. International matters are constantly changing and now they’re on not so great standards. Because of this, more and more people are becoming interested in suiting up and joining our military forces. My story is going to talk about the ROTC program that is currently at USF and talk about what goes into being a part of the program. Since there isn’t an ROTC program at HCC, everyone is going to USF for the program, this will inform those that are interested so they can know more about the program before they join. For this interview I am going to be talking to Brandon Blocker and Dylan Courtemanche and I am going to look at pamphlets and the website for information. Brandon is currently in the Air Force program, and Dylan is in the Army program.

These are some of the questions that I am going to ask them:

  • What made you want to join the program?
  • Why did you pick the branch you did?
  • Was it difficult to get into the program?
  • What are the certain things that you had to do?
  • Is there anything that you have to do to ensure that you are able to stay in the program?
  • Do you enjoy the ROTC program?
  • What is the end goal? 



Challenges I Faced

When getting ready for this interview I immediately had a problem. I was originally going to interview Miss Florida 2014, Tori Cowen, and get that back story of her life, what she went through, and what she’s up to today. However, for certain reasons, she was unavailable to interview. Fortunately, I knew a gentleman named Dustin Blocker who is a singer, songwriter, music producer, and just opened a vinyl record printing company. Dustin is a family member of one of my closest friends, and so he was very open to helping me out. I was really excited to do this interview, but there was another problem: he lives in Texas. Luckily through constant back and forth contact I was able to get in contact with him in order to do the interview. All-in-all, I had a great time talking to him, and he has a wonderful story to tell. Now, I just can’t wait to share it will you guys.

Prepping for the Interview

545780_10151167380458624_1937294980_nHave you every wanted make it to where you could have a career doing the things you love the most? Well I know someone who has. Dustin Blocker is an entrepreneur and a music enthusiast who really did turn a passion into a career. He has created a life for himself and his family doing the things he loves most, and I applaud him.

These are 10 questions that I would love to ask him:

  1. Where did you go to college?
  2. What degree(s) did you earn?
  3. What was your first job in the field you are currently in?
  4. Did you go through any positions to get to the one you are currently in?
  5. What are you currently doing now, and do you enjoy it?
  6. Do you have any future plans to move up in position, or to advance in your field?
  7. Did you always have a passion for what you’re doing?
  8. Does your job require you to attend and participate at social events?
  9. How long did it take you to get to the current position you are now?
  10. Is your job very stressful, and if so why?

Interview at a Glance


There are many different people in the world that have a story to tell, and honestly, there’s not a lot of people who are wanting to go out and get the story. Interviews help build connections and help other people understand who a person is and their impact on the world. Someone that I would like to interview is Tori Cowen. I know Tori from church, women’s group, and she used to be Miss Florida back in 2014. She has a story, and that’s something that I would really like to dig more into.

When having this interview, I really want to dive into who she is, where’s she’s been, and what she’s doing now. Being a past Miss Florida had a lot of responsibilities, and I want to figure out if there’s still anything that she still has to do since being one. For the interview, example questions would include:

  1. What’s your testimony?
  2. What got you into the Miss Florida competition?
  3. What are the different emotions that you experienced throughout the competition?
  4. Did you ever think that you would win?
  5. What are the different responsibilities that you were bestowed after the crowning?
  6. Are there any roles and/or responsibilities that to this day you have to respond to as a past Miss Florida?
  7. As far as social media goes do you feel like you have to be careful of what you partake in or say?
  8. Do you have any hobbies that you really enjoy?
  9. Since the Miss Florida competition is there a career path you’re currently on?
  10. What do you look forward to in life?

Hello World!

Hi my name is Breanna Michaels. To sum myself up I am a big ball of “goofy, loving, maturity” as I like to call it. I’m a devoted Christian, YouTuber, blogger, film enthusiast, and future business owner. I’m currently engaged and have been planning and getting ready for my wedding coming up this July.  This is my first year being fully enrolled at a college institute; I was dual enrolled my senior year of high school. Currently I am enrolled at Hillsborough Community College and I am finishing up my associate’s degree this summer. I am transferring to the University of South Florida in the fall to finish my Bachelors degree in Public Relations.  With the current track I’m on I’m planning on graduating with my degree in the Spring of 2019 for a total of three years in college. Right now I am currently working on starting up a photography and videography business with my fiance working on anything from weddings to music video production. I’m really excited for the journey I’m on, and I can’t wait to share my adventure with you guys!