Networking or Notworking? You choose.

As a journalism major, I subscribe to Ragan. It’s a website that basically compiles everything communication. While I read every single story sent to me and more through the subscription (free) and find all of them fascinating, I cannot possibly share every one of them through my blog. But, one from this week was particularly interesting and applies to everyone, especially college students. So, listen up! 

16 networking mistakes that can derail your career” is the article. At least read the bold. You don’t have to go into the nitty-gritty details of the article, but it’s short and useful. I, and I am willing to bet many of you, have only came across the opportunities I have because of networking and I continue to utilize past contacts all the time. 

A quick addition to the article from me (it wouldn’t be right for me to post this without adding my two cents): clean up your damn Facebook (and/or blog :)). No employer or professional is going to give you the time of day when they see that picture of you flipping the camera off or doing a keg stand. I once went into an interview and was told straight up that I had been Facebook stalked for the past week. I used this to my advantage (and got the job). You should use it to your advantage too. Don’t block employers from viewing your page; embrace it and use it as another resource to market yourself. 

Email? More like snail mail …

I usually consider the NYTimes to be a pretty reliable source; but, I cannot believe that there are actually students out there that are so oblivious to their email accounts. To sum this article of up, it basically talks about how students not only do not use email at all, but do not know HOW to use email.

The context of this is in the college setting and I think professors are getting soft in general about communication requirements. They can’t be expected to update all of these different platforms with the same information. It’s a waste of time when you could easily just tell students to check their damn emails. If you’re not familiar with email, get familiar with it. It is not going away.

The most disturbing part of the article is the part about how students find email too slow and prefer texting. Give me a break. Email is just as accessible now as texting and more formal, which is the appropriate thing for contacting professors and especially career-building contacts.

If nothing else, this article is pretty amusing; especially the quotes from students. 🙂

Halloween delights

In light of my more sullen posts lately, I thought I’d write another recipe feature. Whenever the holidays are approaching, I like to look at fun, themed recipes; good ones can be difficult to find though.

However, I have began to find that Facebook pages have awesome collections! Here are a couple of neat halloween treats! For more, I would suggest visiting Tamra Hermosillo’s page on FB and following. You won’t regret it!

Image

Mummy Balls!

  • 1pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies or Golden OREO Cookies finely crushed
  • 14oz. BAKER’S White Chocolate,
  • Suggested decorations: chocolate sprinkles, miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips or colored decors.

Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Meanwhile, melt 12 oz. white chocolate as directed on package. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. (Re-freeze balls if they become too soft to dip.) Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Melt remaining chocolate as directed on package; spoon into small resealable plastic bag. Press out excess air from bag; seal bag. Cut 1/8-inch piece from one bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe chocolate onto each ball for the mummy’s eyes; immediately add desired decorations for the eyeballs. Pipe remaining chocolate onto balls to resemble gauze strips. Refrigerate until firm.

Image

 

 

For mini carmel apples, use a small scoop to cut out rounded balls and dip in carmel.

 

 

 

Squirmy Worms!

Image

  • 2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
  • 1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 15 drops green food coloring•100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
  • Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)

 

Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water. Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring. Gather your straws (don’t forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It’s important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container. Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm. There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

Media hoaxes become more elaborate every day

I heard this story last week on the radio and I thought it was a joke. So, when I came across the story on NY Daily News I had to laugh.

For those of you who haven’t heard, these two college students supposedly discovered a man living in their house. No, not in the attic or the walls. He had his own bedroom and bathroom. 

I’m not buying it. How would they not know about an entire room in the house? Why would the realtor/owner have not shown every room during the walkthrough? I would like to hear some thoughts as to how this could possibly be real  … 

Brace yourself college grads

Image

 

For those of you struggling (or anticipating struggling) to pay off student loan debt after college, here’s an interesting article I came across on College News. Everyone I have ever talked to about student loans has instilled in my brain the fact that they’re virtually impossible to wriggle out of paying off, because unlike regular loans, they cannot be discharged during bankruptcy.

This is interesting to me, because according to the article it has not been accurate since 1987. Read up! It’s good to know your options (although, I do hope that none of you readers will meet any of the three criteria necessary to have your loans discharged)! 

Students, don’t think you’re safe from disasters

My first year in college, a residence hall on campus caught fire and burned three dorm rooms. My second year in college, I got bed bugs and had to throw out nearly all of my belongings. My third year in college, there was a freak snow storm and a giant branch fell on top of my friend’s roof. Currently in my fourth year, I turn on the news and see students throwing buckets of water out of their dorms and being evacuated due to flooding. 

Too many students, especially those just leaving home and getting their bearings, don’t think about insuring their belongings or even about the possibility of disasters striking. But, whether you live in a dorm room, apartment, house, etc. is not of any consequence; shit happens and it’s always in your best interest to be ready. I can guarantee, those uninsured students that are being affected by the flooding around Colorado are kicking themselves for thinking they could skip the $10 monthly insurance payment and buy another case of PBR.  It’s affordable, necessary and there’s plenty of resources out there for students; hit the books and get prepared. 

NAIC offers a good breakdown of renter’s insurance and all it provides and and article on US News delves further into the statistical side of things and also has some good tips! 

Oh. My. Twerk …

It seems just yesterday I heard the word ‘twerk’ for the first time (ok, I am exaggerating; it was more like a week ago). Now it is being backed by $50,000 in scholarship money?  Yes. That is right. Juicy J, another celebrity I have never heard of, is offering college women, 18-25, $50,000 to post videos of themselves twerking on YouTube.

Forget the fact that I can read a book that is more than 20 pages and write a grammatically correct sentence. I only wish I had spent less time studying and more time shaking my ass provocatively; because if there is one thing the media has taught us, it’s that that’s what gets you ahead. You go Miley Cyrus.

Read the article on Time.

Hunger Games … student edition

Image

I saw this cartoon during some boredom-induced internet surfing and it made me want to share a couple of my personal (completely random), cheap and easy recipes.

First, my favorite: “Prison Spread” (yes, I happened to get this recipe from a felon; but, hey, prison cell, dorm room – same difference, right?).

Ingredients:

  • A couple bags of roman noodles (any flavor, crushed up)
  • 1 bottle squeeze cheese (or 2 if you like it cheesy!)
  • 1 roll summer sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 jar sliced jalapenos (drain about half of the juice)
  • 1 trash bag (new, not used) 😀
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water (just enough to soften the noodles)

Combine first four ingredients in trash bag and pour in hot water (close to boiling). Twist bag shut and stuff inside a sweater or blanket until noodles become soft (just a few minutes). Work the bag with your hands a little bit to mix ingredients together. For ease, you can just cut a small tip in the bag and spread onto plate. 🙂 I know it sounds iffy. Just give it a chance; you’ll love it. (Plus, it feeds quite a few people.)

“Simple Cucumber Sandwiches”

Ingredients:

  • Loaf of french bread (they are only about $2 in the bakery section)
  • Equal amounts of cream cheese and mayo
  • 1 packet italian seasoning (in the dressing aisle)
  • Obviously, cucumbers

Traditionally, cucumber sandwiches call for rye. I hate rye. Anyhow, all you do for this one and mix together equal amounts of cream cheese and mayo (I usually do about a half of a cup or a cup of each, depending on how much spread I want to make) and add italian seasoning until you have the desired taste (start with a good tablespoon; you may end up just using the whole packet). Make sure it is all mixed together really well. Spread onto sliced french bread and top with cucumber slices! Mmmm 😛

There are plenty more where these came from; just check back regularly!