Sara Staats – Shelter Pups

Target Audience

  • Both males and females ages 18-30
  • College or just out of college
  • Entry level jobs with average corresponding income
  • Living alone, seeking animal companion

Audience Involvement:

  • The user will stay involved with daily tasks assigned to complete the adoption process and taking good care of the dog. The further the user gets through the process, the more they learn.


  • Strengths: The game portrays, in a condensed frame of time, the real life process of adopting a dog, and the care and time that is required after the adoption. The game is also very educational, giving specific statistics about adopting versus buying from a breeder
  • Weaknesses: Although the game includes all aspects of the adoption process, the user will not know what it is truly like to adopt and care for a dog in real until they do. In addition, like humans, dogs have all different personality types and needs. The games attempts to include a variety of needs with the different dogs, but the varying personality types and needs of real life dogs are endless.



Sara, Victoria, Lex

Impossible Quiz – Addicting Games

  • No instructions, just start
  • No hints
  • Object of the game is to just keep trying different options, process of elimination

University of Tampa (Very Easy)

  • Tour: Home page > scroll down > select “visit campus”
  • Library: Home page > “tools” > “library” > scroll to “MacDonald Kelce”
  • Food: Home page > “campus life” > “dining” > hours

Harvard (Moderate)

  • Tour: Home page > admissions and aid > undergraduate > Harvard college admissions > “planning your visit”
  • Library: Home page > students > scroll to “libraries”
  • Food: Home page > search box > type in “dining” and hit enter

USF (Very Easy)

  • Tour: Home page > visit USF
  • Library: Home page > academics > library > USF Tampa library
  • Food: Home page > campus life > housing and dining > USF dining > view location hours

Sara Staats – Premise and Purpose

Shelter Pups

Premise: The user experiences, first-hand, the decision, selection, and care taking process of adopting a dog while learning about the advantages of adopting a dog versus buying a dog from a breeder.

Purpose: To educate users on the process of adopting a dog and the care that follows. Also to persuade users to adopt dogs from a local shelter rather than buying dogs from breeders.

Row to Rio

Premise: The user relives the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the US Rowing Team, competing in races, and exploring Olympic Village.

Purpose: To entertain users within the virtual world the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Grey’s Anatomy

Premise: Based off the hit TV series, the user will get to live the life of one of the nation’s best surgeons residing in Seattle, WA at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. The user will perform surgeries, conduct patient checkups, and complete all duties of a surgeon, while interacting with characters from the show.

Purpose: To entertain users that are fans of the show through immersing them into the world of Grey’s Anatomy.


Then & Now

Made In China

Much like everything else in today’s society, adoption has evolved alongside society’s changes, transformations, and revolutions.

In the early 1930s, it was believed that adoption should be a discreet process and that secrecy should be maintained to protect not just the adoptive family, but also the birth parents. American society believed that a relationship between the child, the adoptive family and the birth parents would cause undue stress and emotion for everyone involved. These assumptions, presumed to be adoption facts, were furthered by the societal view that being an unwed mother was shameful. As a result many women quietly snuck away to maternity homes and placed their babies for adoption.

However, by the early 1980s, many came to realize that this secrecy, guilt and shame only led to resentment and depression. Not only did adopted children not have a sense of where they came from, but their adoptive parents lacked…

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Uber Confusion

Made In China

I currently have an internship at a local Tampa startup called QualifiedMeetings. The company does inside sales and sales development for enterprise IT companies throughout the nation. It has been a great opportunity and I have learned so much in just the short three months I have been there.

One of the many details I had to figure out when accepting this internship is transportation, as I do not have a car down here in Florida. Luckily, Uber exists and more recently implemented in Tampa, the Downtowner. I try to use the Downtowner when I can because it is free and who doesn’t love free stuff? However, on those occasions when I do have to use Uber I find myself is an awkward and similar situation every time.

I never realized it until I started using Uber more often, but many of the drivers that work for Uber are foreign…

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2nd Birthday

Made In China

Yesterday, April 4th was my second birthday. I explained in an earlier blog post that during my adoption process, I ended up with two documents with two different birthdays listed. Later on my parents had to go to court and pick one of the two since someone cannot legally have two birthdays. June 18th is the official date that was chosen. For fun though, my parents enjoy sending me messages every April 4th saying “Happy 2nd Birthday!” Unfortunately I only get presents on my official birthday haha but it’s pretty cool to be able to say I have two birthdays.

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Made In China

I may or may not have mentioned that I am a member of the rowing team here at UT in previous posts, I honestly can’t remember. But anyway, this past weekend I was in Sarastota for a rowing competition. This race, along with another one in Oak Ridge, TN, are our two most competitive races we compete in each year. The competition is tougher, the stakes are higher, and requirements to race are stricter.

Our team in unlike the majority of teams that we races in that we do not recruit. Our team is solely built up of “walk-ons,” meaning that we may or may not have had experience before joining the team, and that we were not recruited by the athletic department although we are a NCAA Division II team.

We we wake up early for practice 6 days per week, we watch what we eat to stay within…

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