Cats/Kittens, College, Education, Health & Wellness, Life

What’s Essential For Success: Class of 2014 Edition

Being a member of the Class of 2014, I’m sitting in the candidate pool with all of my fellow bachelor’s degree-wielding graduates… all 1.8 million of you.  Now being one in a million never seemed negative until it followed that heavy fact, but what will set you apart from that chomping-at-the-bit crowd is one quality: Positivity.

Now you’re probably thinking it’s an irrelevant quality to have in the competitive job market.  Certainly confidence, a cut-throat attitude, or flooding the job market with your tailored resume should ultimately be what’s essential for any successful graduate.  The unfortunate fact is that you’re going to have to face (no matter how confident, cut-throat, or determined you are) a whole lot of Rejection.

And that amount of rejection is going to be brutal.

Remember those 1.8 million other graduates?  They’re doing the same things you’re doing.  They’re ironing their interview suit.  They’re re-working their cover letters to cut down the competition.  They’re stacking their resume with internships and extracurriculars to make you look like yesterday’s trash.

When you start receiving those automated rejection emails from the companies you dreamed of working for, you’re going to need a thick skin.  No college course on your transcript will help you read through rejection email after rejection email after rejection email.

And while you’re sorting through your batch of Dear Candidate letters, you’re going to hear your collegiate friends bursting from the seams.

  • She just received an offer for her dream job.
  • His start-up has taken off and all the media outlets are a buzz with his success.
  • Oh, and that flake who worked at the coffee shop off-campus?  He was just picked up by Google.

BY GOOGLE.

Who knew he programmed as a hobby at night?!

You’re going to be practically foaming at the mouth.  The now-jaded, post-grad version of yourself has become quite the cynic.  This is where your positivity is going save you from yourself.

In order to terminate self destruction mode, use Optimism.  

Sure, you’re seeing success spring up left and right.  It’s just not springing up for you yet and that’s entirely fine.  Those earlier success stories are great for those who are reaping the benefits and you should try to find it in yourself to be happy for them.

Your success is right around the corner and if you let the negativity get to you, it’ll pass right on by.  After all, the only success story founded on grumpiness was written by a cat.

 

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College, Education, Fashion, Life

Bonobos “Daily Grind” Giveaway!

Bonobos "The Grind" Giveaway

Bonobos “The Grind” Giveaway

The men’s fashion brand Bonobos is giving away over $1,500 worth of clothing.  Simply by entering your email address, you can enter to win a work wardrobe upgrade.  The grand prize will consist of Foundation Suit, five Weekday Warrior pants, and five Daily Grind dress shirts.  Enter now, as the contest ends on May 5!  If you’re graduating this Spring and stepping into the work force, there’s no better way to put your best foot forward than a win like this. 

Visit www.bonobos.com to get a glimpse into your fashion potential.

Bonobos focuses on delivering a world-class fit with an energetic spirit behind its clothing designs.  The brand is a fit for the young professional who wants to stand out from the overflowing crowd of fellow graduates, a.k.a. your competition.

Your resume might be killer but if you’re not dressed to kill, you’re going to fall flat.  Human Resources representatives will all say the same thing: Wear a suit to your interview.  Whether you’re interviewing for a conservative, creative, or service job, the right suit will set you up for success.  Bonobos has your expected power suits while also having the creative-friendly suit hues that will add a splash of color at your day in the office.

Bonobos was named “One of America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age, “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine, one of Inc. Magazine’s “20 Awesome Facebook Pages” and was awarded Crain’s “Best Places to Work in New York City”. 

If you need more convincing, check out how fresh these men look:

The Week Day Warrior.

The Week Day Warrior.

Bonobos The Foundation Slim: Blue Micro-Stripe

Bonobos The Foundation Slim: Blue Micro-Stripe

Bonobos Daily Grind, Semi-Spread Collar: Red Classic Tattersall

Bonobos Daily Grind, Semi-Spread Collar: Red Classic Tattersall;  Knit Necktie in Blue & Red Stripe

 

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College, Education, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life

How I’m Living My Life in My Twenties (Take it or Leave it)

I’m twenty-two and I’m tired of other writers telling me how I “my twenties” should be.

I know I might be an exception to “the rule” when it comes to being a twenty-something (I visit my “family” maybe once a year, my mom is not my best friend, I have three jobs while going to school full-time, and Red Flag I have been in a relationship for about three years), but I know not that different than some of my peers.

I’m going after what I want because I know what I want and because  I’m not a twenty-something with my head up my a**.

This is my list of How I’m Living My Life in My Twenties (Take it or Leave it):

1.) I’m in a relationship.

Marshall and Lily High Five gif

Courtesy of PandaWhale.com

I emotionally invest in my S.O. and he does the same.  I do this without hesitation because WHO HOLDS BACK THEIR FEELINGS FOR SOMEONE?

Emotionally Unstable People.

My advice is if you find someone who treats you right, makes you happy, and you can see a future with them: don’t just throw them to the curb just because you’re a twenty-something.

2.) When I was single, I didn’t sleep around.

Courtesy of CelebQuote.com

And as great as emotionless sex is, I’d rather not sleep around for funzies and wonder why my self-esteem is in the garbage or why I have an unexplained rash.

Analyze that, EliteDaily.com.

However if you enjoy sleeping with whoever you want, go for it.  I’m not here to judge, just don’t judge me for not doing the same.

2.) I drink on a budget.

Courtesy of Imgur.

So I buy cheap wine and go out for “Two Dollar Tuesday.”  You know why?  Because this twenty-something buys her drinks and I’m poor.

I feel like we can all agree that, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.”

3.) I don’t go on vacation.

Courtesy of the Huffington Post.

You know why, Buzzfeed and Thought Catalog?  Because I’m broke.  That’s why.

4.) I don’t go to dance class.

Courtesy of Vulture.com

You know why, Thought Catalog?  Oh yeah, I’m broke and work too much in order to get out of being broke.

When I get on a dance floor, I rely solely on what I feel in my heart, my instincts, and Beyonce videos.

5.) I can’t get and then quit a job for “The Lolz.”

Courtesy of Undergrad.osu.edu

Struggling economy.  Competitive application processes.   Fighting over the minimum wage.  Need I say more?

Oh yeah, I’m poor.

6.) I don’t write about how great being in my 20’s is WHILE I AM STILL IN MY 20’s!

CelebQuote.com

Hindsight is great because it lets you know why things happened.  It allows you to point to what was the right choice and what was the wrong choice in certain situations.

The problem with declaring how awesome being in your twenties is while you’re still in your twenties: You’re only comparing it to being in your teens and childhood.

Although the Magic School Bus and Mr. Rogers were really cool, making them compete with Long Island Iced Teas and being seated at the bar at Buffalo Wild Wings on Half-Price Wings Night isn’t really fair.

Courtesy of Blogspot

Sorry, Thought Catalog, EliteDaily, and BuzzFeed.  I guess I’m not your demographic.

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College, Education, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Life

Drink Review: Crane Lake, Cabernet Sauvignon

If you’re tired of Sutter Home, Carlo Rossi, and Yellow Tail: Crane Lake will have you feeling sophisticated because you stepped away from the norm.

Crane Lake, the very name, gives you the imagery of a soothing, swan populated lake on a Spring day:  A sudden glimpse of the majestic bird through the trees on the river bank, the sudden heat of the Summer to come, and the allure of what the day (or night) ahead has in store for you.

This Cabernet Sauvignon will give you the love affair without the impending doom of heartbreak.  Certainly, the bottom of the bottle has its own despair and enlightenment.  However, the wine gives you a glimpse into the happiness that is the serendipity of life.  The win gives you a warmth and joy that only a great, cheap wine can possess.

No story, no word can describe how great a great, cheap wine is for an of-age, collegiate wine drinker.  This wine will bring you fulfillment and satisfaction for reasons of taste and for reasons of frugality.

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Five Simple Rules To Survive The Company Holiday Party

Being a twenty-something working anywhere during the holiday season means one thing: The Holiday Party.  Actually, make that two things: The Holiday Party and Alcohol.

Follow these rules to make the most of your company-sponsored evening in a Romy and Michele fashion… just because.

1.) Dress Business-Formal, Unless Instructed Otherwise.

There will be that girl who wears the mini dress and platform heels.  Remember, you’re not going to a club with your girlfriends.  These people see you every day and you will regret if any of them see your whoo-ha.

2.) If Your Company Decided To Really Give You All A Treat: Beware The Open Bar.  

One drink is fine.  Two drinks is okay.  Three drinks can get messy if you haven’t eaten all day.

Now is not the time to push your limits.

3.) You Can Dance If You Want To… Only If There Is Music.

If you’re at a Holiday Party that is cranking the tunes and has a wide, open floor plan in the center of the room: They want you to dance.  Kudos to you if you know how to.  If you don’t dance you can go one of two routes: A.) Be that Goofy Dancer or B.) Do that awkward bob and weave that anyone can do.

4.) Now Is Not The Time To Be Honest To Any Coworker.

Maybe she took your parking spot.  Maybe he took that promotion you were gunning for.  Maybe you just don’t like the b****.  Whatever the case is, now is not the time or place.  Make nice with the people you loathe and anyone who knows will think more highly of you.  If you can’t resist, my tip is:

Move it to the parking lot without any witnesses.

5.) Have A Great Time.

By having the best time you could ever possibly have, you’ll have people wanting you to be around more.  If your coworkers see you as someone they want to be friends with outside of the office, the chances are likely that they’ll speak your praises around the water cooler and coffee machine.

From their lips to your boss’ ears.

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Where Your High School Class Is Right Now.

We all have to admit that we check in on our former classmates from time to time on Facebook.  I’ve noticed a common thread throughout my Newsfeed and my friends’.  No matter where you went to High School, you and your classmates all have the same fates.

They Enlisted.

These members of your graduating class were set on enlisting all throughout High School.  They joined because they saw the honor and respect the uniform demands.  They wake up every day early and they go to bed late- exhausted.  They eat, sleep, and drink discipline.  The branch of military they’ve signed up for will be a part of the very core of who they are.  They understand what commitment and loyalty really means.    No matter what their party affiliation, race, religion, or gender is: they’re going to defend whatever yours is with their life.

They often post pro-military articles and statuses and you often get educated on the realities our servicemen and women live on a daily basis.

They Enlisted… Eventually.

These guys tried everything out after graduating High School along side you.  They could have tried going to school at the local community college or at a state school.  It just wasn’t for them.  They could have taken a part-time job around town.  It just wasn’t for them.  After kicking a pine cone down the street after a walk to the town Wawa, it clicked in their head.  They should enlist.  Not saying that their choice was not as honorable as their previously listed brethren, just saying it took them a while to figure out what they were doing.

It was only yesterday that they were posting a cat photo from Imgur and now their last post is a status about how they won’t be able to be reached for a while.

They’re In Some College… Drinking.

Maybe it’s a state school, maybe it’s not.  They definitely checked out the social scene before they chose their school.  These kids were known for their social reputations in High School and they weren’t about to call it quits when they sat through their Freshmen Orientation.  They probably joined a sorority or a fraternity and have made loyal drinking friends, but they’re never going to leave behind those who they partied with in High School.

Their photos are of their sisters or brothers at a party or of a drinking reunion with their friends from home.  During Rush, their Cover Photo is of their sorority or fraternity encouraging you to come out to their social events.  But hey, they’re doing their thing and they seem pretty happy with it.

They’re In Some College… Studying.

They chose a college that had a respectable reputation and one that would be beneficial to the field they were studying.  They do have a social life but they put their education first.  They’re reading and writing papers.  They’re panicked about deadlines and are cramming for exams up until the last second before that scantron is passed out.

Their Facebook Newsfeed often has Instagram photos of them and their friends at the library or hanging out on the weekend.  Every now and again they’ll post a nice filtered shot of their second coffee of the night or a delicious looking alcoholic drink.  Work hard, play hard.

They’re In Some College… Freaking Out.

Call it a Quarter-Life Crisis or whatever you would like.  It might be the fact that they chose a major at Freshmen Orientation and waited until Senior Year to switch paths.  It might be that they have to take an extra year to graduate.  It might be that they’ve overscheduled and it’s past the class withdraw date.  It might be that they feel like they’re drowning.  It might be that their school is awful and they’re filing papers to transfer to another school.

Whatever the reason, their updates come very sparingly.  Just know that they’re up to something and eventually everything will shake out for them.

They’re In Some College… In Overhaul.

This person is at the gym, going to classes, studying, working, and socializing.  They’re doing it all and you don’t know how they do it.  It just doesn’t make sense to you, but they’re going everywhere and just getting stuff done.

Their Facebook Page is a catalog of their lives and you get inspired just by looking at it.  They make you want to do more, but only after you take a nap and catch up on your shows.

They’re Having Babies.

Maybe it’s what they always wanted or maybe it was an “oops-baby.”  Either way, they had it.  Maybe they’re getting married or maybe they’re already married.  No matter the case, they are raising a baby now.

Now their contributions to your Newsfeed are baby photos and baby videos.  Their kid is cute but you could never imagine having a baby right now.  You congratulate them but at the same time you have to reevaluate your life with them for a second.

Will they stop talking to you and make their new baby their entire life? 

Would they think you’re responsible enough to babysit… would you be offended if they didn’t 

Do you think they’ll let you hold their baby after seeing your keg stand photo from last week?

They’re Hanging Out.

They’re hanging at their parent’s home or renting an apartment with some friends.  They may or may not have a job.  They saw your other classmate decide to enlist because they were on the same Wawa trip.  They’re not really about that right now.  Commitment isn’t really their thing and they’re just living life.

When they’re on Facebook, they might send you a message asking when you’ll be around again for a hang.  If you do choose to hang out with them, you might leave their house feeling a little assured with your life decisions.  You also might just be surprised at how happy they are and rethink your life decisions.

And That’s Where We All Are.

Where we all once were.

We’re all at different stages in our lives, even if we are the same age.  Just keep in mind that we’re all figuring our stuff out and it might take more time for some.  The fact that you’re checking out their page means you’re interested and you care about where they are.  That says a lot about you.

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Celebrity, College, Education, Entertainment, Health & Wellness, Life, Technology

How To: Avoid Textual Drama

We’ve all been there.  You’re not feeling the friendliest of vibes from a certain someone when our phone gets those negative vibrations of a text.  It’s the start of an all-too-familiar form of a modern duel: The Text Fight.

To avoid all of the drama, there’s one simple trick that will save you the hours of 3-page texts back and fourth that results in the end of a friendship, relationship, or even roommate-ship…

Pick up your phone.  Call him or her.  Use your Anytime Minutes.

Though it might be hard to hear, you should listen.

You might just hear something you didn’t know about before.

Then you can talk.

More than likely, your friend or SO or roommate might just be feeling like this:

And it’s just easier for them to hide behind texts than to actually share their feelings.

Nine times out of ten, your phone conversation will end like this:

For that one time out of ten, you can simply speak your piece and press that End Button.

But if you’re feeling more like this when it comes to phone calls:

Then you deserve to lose that friend, SO, or roommate.

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