Monthly Archives: March 2015

How College did Prepare Me for Life

  1. Being social

That constant crave to be popular on Instagram, Twitter (back in the day), Facebook, Tumblr, whatever and be social also actually did prove to be helpful. The job market is very much a Who-You-Know type place. Trying to be social online sometimes equated to being social in person because how awkward is it to like all of someone’s photos on social media and not feel like friends in person? Plus, you never know when you may need to hunt someone down after not seeing them for 10 years and beg (I mean ask persistently) for a job. So, suck up now and like all those relentless posts of them with “bae,” those downward shots of the Starbucks coffee, and their bare legs at the poolside. You may need them later for a recommendation.

  1. Surviving off of caffeine and limited sleep

Who knew that life after undergrad would be just as tiring and busy as it was those four years? I remember hearing someone say they were told that life is only going to get more hectic from here on out, and I also remember not believing that person. I take it back. Not only are you either working or being a graduate student full time, but you are also juggling life changes, moving, career choices, relationships, money, and adult-like responsibilities. It’s just exhausting. What’s worse is that you can’t even afford Starbucks like you did in undergrad when you were still on your parents’ bill. Now Dunkin Donuts small coffees look better, or maybe even venture to the gas station if it’s a really rough month. At least all those late nights in undergrad were really just training for the big test. Although, those late nights were due to major procrastination, parties, or doing anything considered pointless yet fun. The late nights now are due to the lack of time in the day to get all your chores done and attempt to piece together your life.

  1. Fake it to make it

Don’t lie to yourself. You know you have all had an essay exam or a term paper that you just pulled stuff out of a certain body region and through it into the paper. Miraculously, you managed to get an above average grade, too. If this has happened, you have officially been deemed a faker (to-make-it). This little tactic will help you go in your post-grad life. You have to fake it to make it in interviews, on your resume, at internships where you have no idea what you’re supposed to do, and acting like your life is pieced together. When you run into old classmates and friends from college, you need to act like you have your stuff together; you can’t let anyone really know how panicky you are. I mean, I act like I have mapped out my whole life. Joke is on you, who believe me.

  1. How to properly be cheap

Raise your hand if you’re rolling in the dough. Smack whoever put their hand up! No one our age should be rolling in the dough. Or else you are doing life wrong. And cheating. It’s not fair. So stop. But for the rest of us normal-folk, we are a little cheap when it comes to spending. We know where the ramen noodle aisle is, we know how long our gas light can be on before the car just stops, we have Amazon prime to save on shipping, and we know where to eat based off what coupons we managed to snag from a school coupon booklet. It’s actually gotten to the point where we are so good at it that we should put it under the ‘skills’ section of our resume.

  1. How useless things really are

Not only are a majority of the classes we took in undergrad useless, we did not learn things we actually need to know in life. For example, what is a 401K? Or how does one take care of a home? Or what tax exemptions can we use? Or what budgeting our money properly? Instead we took easy gen-ed courses to keep a high GPA and not have to work very hard. Looking back, all those hours studying at the library and cramming in an essay before the deadline seem very useless now. Why did I care so much about Calculus or Statistics when Excel can just do all the work for me? Why did I write thousands of words on a piece of artwork just for a humanities? Internships, jobs, and graduate school give you more information on how to survive a career and life. Working and getting real life experience are so much more valuable and useful. At least it was a four-year long party in undergrad! Now to start from scratch….

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Lastly, I learned this. And by Vitamin C, I mean drinking some orange juice and saying a quick prayer before running across the street.

xOx

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Cheers to the Lucky Charms

With it being St. Patrick’s Day, I felt it would be fun to give some facts about Ireland. Being Irish, it’s all about bleeding green, orange and white for my family. But there are some fun facts everyone else should know about the mug-clinking, green beer-chugging, slurred-chanting holiday on March 17th.

1.  St. Patrick was actually not born in Ireland.

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WHAT? That just ruins the whole premise, I know. But he did do a lot of BA stuff for the Irish, even though he was actually kidnapped from his home in Scotland and taken to Ireland. For example, he drove out all of the snakes. Literally, he would be a hailed hero by me for just that. Mr. Saint Patrick also used the shamrock to teach the people about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thereby making this one of the most famous and publicize weed ever known to the planet. Dandelions on a T-Shirt? Nah. Give me a clover!

 2. Less than 10% of Irishman are redheads.

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There’s another stereotype down the drain. Thanks a lot, The Google. I mean, are they just evolving and losing the redhead gene or was it always lies? Were the small handful of redheads in Ireland plastered across every Irish-related paper, movie, and reference? This is like waking up and realizing your whole life was full of lies. Do the Irish even eat corned beef and cabbage? Do they even have leprechauns? Did they even invent the Lucky Charm? Lies. If you find a redheaded Irish friend, hold them tight and don’t let go. They are a unique group and need our support!

 3. They eat potatoes with LITERALLY everything.

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Be honest, how many of you read the “literally” in all caps and said it with a Chris Traeger’s voice from Parks and Rec? Anyway, the Irish folk literally have potatoes with every single food item. And then they serve potatoes on the side of your dinner plate, which already has potatoes on it. Any and every type of potato you could think of. I had lasagna in Ireland (they’re very cultured with their food options, you know) last summer and it came with potatoes. I had Shepard’s Pie, which comes with mashed potatoes baked inside it, and yet it came with a side of fries, and then there was a side of boiled potatoes for the table to share. It is carb heaven, I’ll tell you that much.

 4. Ireland is actually two countries.

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The land mass we call the “Green Isle” is actually two nations. One is Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, which is the southern and mid-part of the land. The upper part is Northern Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland also has English flags everywhere, and the Republic of Ireland is the nation with the green, white, and orange flag. So when you say “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” it doesn’t refer to the English-loving, pound sterling-using Loyalists. Cheers to freedom, ya bloody potato lovers!

 5. Ireland boasts about one pub per 100 people.

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That’s about a pub per family! Or one pub per undergraduate class! This one thing the Irish have perfected. Not only are there that many bars, there are that many crowded bars. I think every 100 person assigned to a bar goes every night. They swig down Jameson and Guinness, like it is water, and eat vinegar chips. Jameson, the good spirit of Ireland, however John Jameson is a Scottish family name. I see what you did there; taking a Scottish drink but making it so much better with that smooth Irish twist.

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So remember these fun facts and impress your friends tomorrow. And better yet, if you’re Irish now you sound legit!

You’re welcome.

** Sláinte = “Cheers”, toast to this tomorrow **

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xOx

[Photos taken by me in the beautiful homeland]

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SnapChat Tips for Us Young Adults

The once oh so popular SnapChat has become an awkward, walking-photo-taking selfie mess. As we enter this adult-world, one must remember to precede with caution using that cute little white ghost app.Here are a few tips for you new working folk or you grad school folk.

1. Don’t SnapChat at work.

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If anyone walks around the corner when you’re taking that selfie, pure awkwardness will most definitely follow. If it is your boss/supervisor/manager that walk by right when you tap that capture icon, not only will awkwardness ensue, but a possibly reprimanding or questioning may come along with it. Another thing with Snapping at work depends on the type of work you are handling. If it’s a product or document that is private or shouldn’t been seen by the general public, don’t risk taking a photo of your lovely “working” self and accidentally capture that sensitive object/paper in with yourself. Your boss will definitely have a speech for you.

2. Stop with the selfies.

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Unless it is an EPIC selfie, don’t take one. I mean, seriously, we are mid-twenties and mini adults now. Exceptions can include a selfie with The President, a selfie with Jared Leto, a selfie with a cat that’s also looking at the camera, or a funny selfie like you pretending keep the Tower of Pisa standing with your hand. Other than that, cut. it. out.

3. Absolutely no duck faces allowed under any circumstances.

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First of all, the duck face is far different from a kissing face. Duck face = pursed lips that are also somehow sticking out. Kissing face = lips scrunched together (preferably with a hand sticking out of your chin to signify blowing kisses). See the difference, people? Plus a duck face just looks like bad Botox, which you should be getting at our age, or looks like an attempt to be Kim Kardashian, which you should also never desire to attempt.

4. Don’t Snap photos of alcohol.

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No one wants to see your trashy self at the bar holding up two drink cups and many more on the table in front of you; that needs to be left back in undergrad. Your fellow twenty-something-year-old friends don’t want to be reminded they can’t afford alcohol anymore or they themselves are currently inebriated and can’t even open the SnapChat you sent…they think a little white ghost is after them. So, unless it’s wine (which is always classy and acceptable) or free alcohol being distributed somewhere your friends can run to, then no alcohol Snaps. Which by the way, if free alcohol is happening, Snap everyone and Facebook it because you’ll become super popular within seconds. You’re welcome for that tidbit.

5. Don’t Snap a photo you wouldn’t want someone taking a screenshot of.

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We all know that awkward and dreadful feeling when we see one of our SnapChat recipients has taken a screenshot. “Um, what did I send them again?” or “Oops, did I send that to the wrong person?” or just plain “Well, that’s awkward.” So keep that in mind that the SnapChat gods have created the ability to take screenshots in their updated version. Oh, it’s all too real.

6. Lastly, don’t type a long message and put the stupid photo on a 3-second reel.

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We all have friends that do that (I include myself here). Don’t write a book on your Snaps. The 1-3-second options are for photos that you want to show to people but don’t really want them to get a good look at…which probably means you shouldn’t send it. You’ll only get a confused-look Snap back from your friend telling you to send it again. Cue the head shakes. And if you write a story for them, they focus on the words and completely miss the actual photo, which leads them to even more confusion. It’s a lose-lose at this point.

But, you can also ignore me completely and do all of these things. Don’t blame me though if you get in trouble at work, get confused and bored Snaps back from people, or when everyone just stops opening your SnapChats all together. That’s just embarrassing.

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My 3 Cents

Yes, my three cents because it’s worth way more than just two cents. This #thedress debate is quite fascinating. I first saw the photo on Twitter and immediately thought it was absurd for all the confrontation. It was clearly black and blue. Maybe I could understand how the black looks brownish or gold, but it was still black. Then I showed my mother, without giving her my thoughts. She busted out with such confidence, “White and gold!”

You said what now? I’m pretty sure my eyes widened so much it looked like I just got dilated at the optometrist. Then we went back and forth, only getting more set in our own answers, for about 5 minutes. “It’s definitely blue and black; you’re crazy!” “No, it’s definitely white and gold! You’re the crazy one!” We are very persistent folks.

It really is hard to see it as the other person. I couldn’t fathom how the color could be white. I saw blue, and only blue. Yet my mom couldn’t understand how I saw the black in the dress. I tried to squint and change my viewpoint, tried to force my mind to see it the other way, but I came up empty every time.

My mom and I quickly Googled how this could happen. Multiple videos explained the differences in technical, scientific, smart-people terms. “Color Constancy” and how our eyes and brains have evolved to take in light. Basically our brains play tricks on our eyes. And those tricks are different for each of us. It has to do with shadows and shading. It has to do with natural light versus artificial light. It has to do with how we perceive light. It has to do with our mental processing. No matter how it happens, though, it is still mind-blowing. How can our brains be so perceptive without us even knowing? It only goes to show how much our minds are capable of. It’s hard to accept that someone else can be right, too. But in this case, my mom and I were both right. We have moved on from being stubborn about our color choices, to being fascinated by the science and our own minds. I kind of want another photo like this to come out so I can compare how my mom and I see that, too! Although, I don’t know if Twitter can handle the fights it saw last week on this simple dress again.

P.S. -I know this all happened a few days ago. But I like to wait for the fad to get over with, then I pipe up to reignite the fight again.

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Another One Bites the Dust

Once again another friend of mine has gotten engaged. That makes ten of my peers now who have officially committed their lives to their significant other. And yet here I am, completely and one-hundred percent single. Not even a possibility on the horizon. The horizon is as clear as my message inbox. It’s as empty as my bank account. It’s as bare as my refrigerator.

The world today is sending mixed messages, which makes this single-state hard to fully understand. Independence, work-first-centered life, overly social yet commitment-free life, and quick to boredom are the values of our generation and today’s youth. However, a lot of our friends are getting engaged at this point in life. So are we supposed to be the young and free type, or the settle-down early type?

I think I’ve been forced into the first grouping of people. Or is it a defense we take on to explain why we are still single? What is more frustrating is that my Christian friends are the ones who seem to be getting engaged young. They have been in relationships with their SOs for a while, too. And as much as I’ve prayed for some sign, I’ve come up empty. Which only means that the horizon is still in fact clear of any male-sailboats heading to the shore. It’s just not time for me. How is it then that my friends have been graced with such love?

I want to be an independent person with a good career to keep me going, lots of different friends, always on the move. But I also want that special person to come home to at the end of the day, or to call up when I need someone to lean on, or to watch Netflix and eat ice cream with. I’m tired of being the third wheel or the only person without a plus-one at weddings or special events. And as mad as I get, I can’t really blame anyone. I can’t blame myself because I can’t change who I am, I can’t blame a guy because he is not interested in me, I can’t blame the couples I know because they are lucky.

Then comes the questions: Is there something wrong with me? What am I missing that these girls with boyfriends have? Will a guy even want to date me since I’ve never been in a long-term relationship? Do I have commitment problems? You know all of these cross your mind, too, if you are single. I agonize over these questions more than my stomach agonizes over that time between lunch and dinner. I mean, something must be wrong with me, right? I need to accept my bad luck, assume the worst, and move on. Or need to pray for genuine patience and acceptance of life as it is. I need to take in my journey as a single person. I need to learn things on my own, before a significant other is brought into my life, maybe. I need to walk my own path before diverging it with another person.

I hope I can stay positive and keep this mind-frame for a while. Comment back if you’re in the same boat as me! Love to all you singles xox.

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