PopSocket: The Phone Accessory You Need To Have

PopSocket: The Phone Accessory You Need To Have

What's that thing on the back of your phone?

On average, I get asked about two to three times a day what that "thing" on the back of my phone is. That "thing" my classmates and friends refer to is the plastic and silicone circle that I constantly push in and out and in and out again on my iPhone. "Oh this? It's called a PopSocket," I tell them.

I first learned about PopSockets last semester when my friend had one on the back of her phone. Of course, when I first saw it, I naively asked her what that thing was and what it was for. For those of you who have been living under a rock, a PopSocket is a silicone phone grip, stand, and headphone manger that sticks to the back of a phone (you can put it on any phone, really, but it'll just look stupid if it's not an iPhone). My friend told me that it made holding her iPhone 6 so much easier, so naturally, I had to have one. I went on the website and was overwhelmed by the countless design and color options available to create the most perfect personalized "plastic/silicone thing."

I feel like a trendsetter every time PopSocket virgins ask me what's on the back of my phone. Sometimes people with no taste scoff at the accessory, wondering what possessed me to ever spend money on the gadget, while others play with it enviously, wanting one of their own.

Since being introduced to and welcomed into the PopSocket community some months ago, the number of members on campus sporting the contraption has grown from just a few people to a large family. Yes, a family. And not just your ordinary Proud Family, but a family of elite members and self proclaimed PopSocket ambassadors with the mission of revolutionizing the way iPhones are used.

PopSockets are extremely entertaining. Since getting one, walking to class and being in class has become much less of a bore. Instead of using up all my phone's cellular data while trekking to my lectures, I spend my time listening to music while spinning my phone between my fingers. This also saves me the dreaded, yet expected, call from my dad once a month yelling at me for going over the family data plan.

One of my biggest first world problems is having to deal with the nuisance of texting on my phone after I've wrapped my headphones around it. That's why my favorite utilization of the PopSocket is coiling my earphones the body of it when it's popped out.

PopSockets are are so much more than a silicone and plastic phone grip. Everyone I know that doesn't have one wants one (except for losers) and everyone I know that has one loves it. Even The Wall Street Journal dubbed PopSockets the best compact smartphone support they have seen. If The Wall Street Journal thinks that PopSockets are amazing, you should probably consider getting one, because everyone knows that the WSJ knows what's up. Even USA Today described PopSockets as one of the "Coolest tech gadgets you have to see" at CES 2015.

Not only do PopSockets make you the trendiest S.O.B. on campus, but it will help you get laid. Everyone will want to meet that incredibly good looking kid with the cool phone thing. While you'll sound like an infomercial when you describe what your gadget is, PopSockets are undeniably a great conversation starter.

Get your PopSocket today and join the movement! They're customizable, which means you can finally get a picture of Zac Efron on the back of your phone. They make for great present for all members of the family for Hannukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Get your grandma a PopSocket with a picture of yourself to remind her who her favorite grandkid is, or gift your guy friend a PopSocket with a picture of their favorite porn star!

Learn more about PopSockets and customize them for yourself at http://www.popsockets.com/.

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A Collection Of Poems

A collection of poems that I have written.

I have always liked writing poetry, so I have decided to share a couple of my favorite poems that I have written. They are pretty short, but I hope you all enjoy!

A simple touch

A kind word

Is all someone might need

To feel alive, to feel anything at all


The feeling that lingers

Always in the back of your mind

Rides through the day with you unaware

Until night when it flies into your dreams


Sometimes the unknown is the scariest of all

You know the past and you know the present

But the future, the unknown, continues to loom in your path

Until one day you walk right into it

And realize you still don’t know what you want


Truth flies in the wind,

Eager to set the story straight

While lies come swooping in like vultures,

Determined to seize those want to be free.


The petals on a flower,

Delicate like the mind.

People insist on picking those flowers and picking on your mind.

Why can’t people believe that the mind is beautiful like flowers?

Why do we have so much hate?


Cover Image Credit: Leah Perrino

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My Winter Break Awarded Me The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

How one video led me to creating content for two great organizations.

Sometimes things work out for you even when you didn’t plan for them to happen. Over the Christmas break, I got a chance to do some amazing things and promote my work in a big way, all out of coincidence.

Christmas was fast approaching and my mom and I were getting ready to head to the airport to pick up my sister who was coming home from Washington D.C. I was trying to decide if I should bring my camera or not; usually I wouldn’t but my sister always begs me to make videos of her and take her picture so I thought this time I guess I’ll indulge. I figured a nice arriving home clip would be nice to have and something cool to capture on my camera.

Her plane had been delayed and sort of shuffled everywhere because of the bad storm all over the country, so we weren’t really sure when or where she was coming from. As we waited patiently for her to arrive, my mom and I noticed more and more people gathering into the airport and setting up camp on the other side of the terminal.

The El Paso Sun Court arrived, then Mariachis, even the El Paso mascot. Finally, our questions were answered when someone my mom knew from the group came up to say hi to her. He said that this was part of a basketball tournament happening as part of the Sun Bowl. The Sun Bowl is the bowl game we have in El Paso at the football stadium where the UTEP Miners play, and they have many other events that lead up to it, including a basketball tournament.

We learned that one of the teams was coming into town that day and all the theatrics was a part of their arrival. Luckily I had had my camera and a very versatile 50mm lens.

So, I decided to stay a little while after my sister finally arrived to film the event. (I had learned last summer that you can pretty much get anywhere in El Paso with a camera and if you look like you know what you’re doing).

The team arrived and danced to music and had a great time. I later took that footage and made a short little video, which is what I usually do when I film something random that I see, and I posted it on my social media. The post got a good audience and eventually attracted the attention of the head media representative from the Sun Bowl Association. He contacted me and said he loved the video and wanted to know if I wanted to do any more videos for him, gratis of course. It didn’t take me too long to think about it and told him, of course, I would.

I became the sole provider of video content for the Sun Bowl Association. This small airport video led me to create eight videos for the Sun Bowl Association, including hanging out with the NC State and ASU football players at Fort Bliss Military Base.

I also got to create videos for all of their events leading up to the Sun Bowl:

Finally, I had the amazing opportunity to create two sports recap videos for both the basketball tournament and Hyundai Sun Bowl:

It was an amazing experience to represent a company visually and have my content spread across not only El Paso, but also Arizona and North Carolina. It was also incredibly gratifying to be a very young 21-year-old content creator among so many older and recognized photographers from the El Paso Times, Herald Post, etc.

This opportunity eventually led to another freelance video project with the UTEP Tennis team. To get not only one but two organizations wanting me to create content for them was such a great honor.

And to think all of this came from one decision to bring my camera to the airport to pick up my sister. I could not have brought my camera that day or had the wrong lens. My sister’s flight could have arrived on time and we would’ve missed the arrival. I could not have had the confidence to step into the crowd and press the record button. But luckily life had its way of putting me in the right place at the right time.

I had the confidence to step in the crown and press the record button. But luckily life had its way of putting me in the right place at the right time.

Cover Image Credit: Ryan Ortegon

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