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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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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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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Final Survival: Hotties Who Wish You The Best

Prepping for final exams can be tough.  Here are a few Hollywood hunks who want you to do better for yourself.  They’re encouraging you to do great things.

They want you to score high on that multiple choice and fill in the blank.  

They want you to own that presentation. 

They want you to put that project to shame.  

Study hard while you check out these hard bodies for scholarly encouragement.

Ryan Gosling thinks you should reward yourself for all your work… after all of your hard work

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Ryan Reynolds thinks you look great with that messy bun on your head, coffee-stained shirt, and those dirty sweatpants that you’re not washing for superstitious reasons.

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Channing Tatum will wait while you study your brain tired.  He’s not going anywhere.  He just wants you to do well on your exams.

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Robert Downey Jr. knows you’ve been working hard and he knows it’s all going to pay off.  He’s right by your side while you get everything right on that test.

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Bradley Cooper will save himself  for you until ace that final.  It’s all about delayed gratification.

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