2017 Spokester Search: Dominique B.

Dominique is a 24-year-old from Ypsilanti

Dominique's Situation

My name is Dominique Byrd. I am 24 yrs old and currently a graduating senior from Eastern Michigan University! I majored in Electronic Media and Film Studies and was an Anchor, Producer and Technical Assistant for my department and local campus channel. I recently finished an internship with Bloomfield Community Television and still act as a volunteer. I LOVE people and LOVE being in front of and behind the camera. I like to tell people it can be a high stress field, however, this is the best stress I will ever enjoy! This spokester position is my dream. It encompasses everything I love about media.

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5 Ways to Save Money While on Vacation in Michigan!

Hello everyone! I don't know about you but when I was a kid I thought being in my 20's would be amazing. I was sure I would have a wonderful job, with a fabulous place of my own and an unending amount of funds to travel and do all the amazing things only adults could do. Unfortunately, as I reached the age of 18 and started my journey in life I was smacked in the face with the reality of "Adulting". If you don't know quite know what that is, it's the truth of all the not so great factors that make up being an adult. This would include responsibilities, bills and work topped with more bills.

BUT I am here to tell you that this doesn't mean you can't still have fun and make meaningful memories while on a budget. I have compiled five ways to save funds while vacationing in the wonderful state of Michigan. 


According to the Pure Michigan blog, Michigan is home to 101 state parks, 17 state operated harbors, 133 forest campgrounds and thousands of miles of trails. Some of these parks even are free to access or if you are a resident you can pay a one-time fee for a state parks recreation passport. Gaining yourself a one-way ticket into any park.


It’s nice to take pictures for the Gram or Snapchat of your awesome lunch at that nifty restaurant with your friends. However, you can get a selfie that is just as awesome by packing your favorite foods and a blanket and rocking it picnic style.


If you haven't forgotten we are surrounded by water! According to Pure Michigan's blog Michigan is home to 11000 inland lakes! Yes, 11000 who needs to fly to Miami when you can get a beach vacation right here in Michigan.


Also, you can't forget about coupons. I am a sucker for a good deal. With apps like Groupon you can plan everything from lodging, events and even receive discounts on meals at local establishments.


Last but not least don't forget to look into whatever the local community has going on at the time. Here in Michigan we love to support our local communities and embrace the diverse heritage Michigan has to offer. From community plays, choral ensembles, festivals and good old fashion Motown grooves there is an endless amount of entertainment right in our backyard.

So, next time before you let "Adulting" get you down take a look at everything Michigan has to offer that won't break the bank.