Why My Gears are Grinding

Job hunting

December 1, 2011
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In this economy, jobs are hard to come by. So what do you do when you’re looking for a new job? Well there are a few easy things to do. First off think of things you are good at. Have you worked somewhere before? Are you good with people? Are you very organized? Things like that can make or break you in the search for a job. Next, consider the type of work you are going for do you want to work where you talk to people a lot? Or do you want to work somewhere where you barely talk to anyone? Do you want to work night or days? Next, you need to get your timing down perfectly. Businesses hire more during holidays and summer. More importantly though, make sure the place is actually hiring. Lastly, when all else fails, you need to broaden your horizons. I have found that most of the jobs I didn’t want because of my lack of interest or knowledge in the field have actually turned out to be amusing. So the one thing you really have to remember is to keep an open mind about opportunity and most importantly don’t get discouraged and give up. Happy hunting!


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Pets in college

December 1, 2011
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As I believe I’ve mentioned before I decided to get a puppy over the summer. Now Izzy is great, and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. However I have noticed more and more how hard it is to take care of her while juggling school work and a social life. One of the first things I was told by friends with dogs is “don’t do it.” But I thought to myself I’m responsible enough to handle it, and it turns out I really am. The problem is that what I didn’t realize was the sacrifices that go along with those responsibilities. There are a lot of times where I come home from a long day at work or school and she is sitting there excited as ever to see me, and I love that. But at the same time if I’m about to leave to go hang out with friends she gives me puppy dog eyes and makes me feel guilt ridden the whole night. I guess my point is that even though I don’t regret my decision, I don’t think I would ever suggest to anyone else that they should get a pet in college, because as great as they are, sometimes you just aren’t ready for that.


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Prank wars

December 1, 2011
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This evening I came home to find my room, my clothes, and my dog covered in glitter. Most college students and “The Office” Enthusiasts know that pranks are funny, as long as you’re not the one pranked on. Now I’m a pretty big jokester, I’ve pranked plenty of people and have even had the misfortune of being in a full-fledged prank war. This time around it’s pretty clear that a prank war is inevitable, but my friends and I have all gotten to the point where rules are necessary in order for this to go over well. If you’re interested in starting a prank war, my best suggestion to you is to strike first and suggest rules later. If you end up in an all-out fair game prank war, first off, I’m sorry for you, however second off try and try again to establish ground rules. Now every great prankster knows that pranks have their limits and if you cross them then you’re probably going to get it worse so your best bet is to make sure you don’t get in too deep and that you keep everything you value nice and safe. Lastly, every great prank war must come to an end, know when to call it quits and come to a peace. So for everyone out there, Happy Pranking!


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Uplifted roots

December 1, 2011
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A lot of my friends at SIUe are from hometowns within an hour from the school. Now I am from the Chicago land area (Carol Stream if you want to get specific). We all get along pretty fine, have a good time together, and have a lot of the same interests. However the one thing I have been yelled at for (and to be quite frank, probably even smack on the back of the head for) was the use of the word “pop.” The first time this happened I honestly jumped, it went something like this “Hey can I have a pop?” to which point all 10 or 15 people in the room around me turned as if they had just heard rusty nails drag across a chalk board and simultaneously yelled “IT’S SODA!” At first I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, I’d say pop and they’d yell soda. Then it got to the point where it was just funny to annoy them. Then one day I caught myself saying soda, and I started to think of all the things I did differently down here then I used to. It’s just kind of funny how you think one way for so long and then you move away, you start being around different people and your path in life gets further and further from your roots till one day you barely remember the roots at all.


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Ron Zook: The unliked hero

December 1, 2011
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Now many people do not know this, but I am a huge Illinois football fan. For most of us, it’s a very love hate relationship. The inconsistent team takes you back and forth on an emotional roller coaster play after play. Quite frankly it sucks, but at least we stay true to or team thick and thin. After Saturday’s loss to Minnesota (a team that went 3-9 the whole season) there was no question in my mind that Illinois head coach, Ron Zook, was getting booted. My problem with the University of Illinois was the way they went about firing Zook. Now before I go any further, let me give you some background information. Zook was at Illinois for 7 years, he took them to the Rose bowl and the Texas bowl last year. Not to mention the fact that Illinois may still be eligible for a bowl game this year (and man do I hope so) which will be their first back to back bowl appearances since 1991 and 1992. When you look at the things he accomplished at Illinois, you realize that despite his many, many, (and I can’t stress this enough) many flaws he deserves to be let go with some shred of grace and dignity. Now after Saturday’s game Zooks dismissal was inevitable, it just came down to a question of when to fire him. Do you do it the not of? Sure, if it’s maybe the coach’s first year and it was terrible. No, with someone who has had such embedded ties to the organization, you wait till Monday. You give him and his team the weekend to enjoy the little time they have left together. Illinois did not do that, they fired him Sunday. It was quite frankly disrespectful to the good that Ron Zook did for the Illinois football program. When it comes down to it I didn’t like the guy one bit, but I would have at least given his the weekend to be with his team….. and probably update his résumé.

 

Sources:

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/colleges/post/_/id/4698/ron-zook-tenure-ends-at-illinois


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Thursday Nights: The way you know you’ve become an adult

October 13, 2011
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As sit here on my bed, already in my sleep attire, I wonder to myself when did things get so boring? For most college kids there is school, sleeping, and partying. Some of us however, have subtracted one of those things from the list in order to take on a job. Now for most of your reading this that might now seem like that big of a deal, you’re probably saying “that’s not so bad, miss out on a Thursday night out here and there.” Or “It’s not like I do anything at night anyway, might as well work after class.” The fact of the matter is it is not just a “Thursday here or there” or “working at night” by the time I am done with work, school, studying or homework I am tired to a point that I didn’t think was imaginable. Don’t get me wrong though, I do enjoy my job, it pays more than any college job I’ve ever heard of. The point I am getting at is that life has a way of making you grow up without you realizing it. Last year it was practically a sin to go to bed earlier than midnight. This year my whole day is great when I know I have nothing to do at night and I can get in bed by 10 p.m. I wouldn’t trade back for the world and even if I miss out on a thing here or a thing there I don’t worry, because I’m gaining experience in a high demanding work force that will put me on the top of any list of job applicants. I guess what I’m trying to say is I enjoy the fact that I’ve become more mature. All and all though, if it makes you happy, do it, but don’t forget you’re here to have some fun too. So for tonight, I think I’ll change back get up and go out for a bit. Hopefully someone will make the coffee exceptional strong at the office in the morning.

 


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Planking verse flagpole sitting: A tale of two bad economies.

October 12, 2011
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For those of you that do not know what planking is, here is a clip from The Office that pretty much sums it up. Now that you’ve watched that hilarious video let’s compare planking to flag pole sitting. Since no one really knows what flag pole sitting is I will explain it. Flagpole sitting is the art of climbing up a flagpole with a small seat (most of the time just a wooden board) and sitting at the top for minutes, hours, or even days. Although this fad took off in 1924 (roughly 5 years before the stock market crashed) it carried on well through the depression.

To me there seems to be a correlation between a bad economy and the young adults of America doing stupid free entertainment. Now before I go any further I would like to add a disclaimer here: I love America, I love Americans, and as a young adult entrepreneur I believe it is the youth of our country that has the absolute obligation to pull us up by our boot straps with every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears that we have. Every day I practice these beliefs, with that being said though; I also believe that my generation is a bunch of lazy, unmotivated and unappreciative morons.

The reason that the generation of the stock market crash made it through is because they dared to crawl up flag poles and reach for the sky, both metaphorically and physically. They had it worse than us and still made it through. Maybe our parents coddled us too much, or maybe the technology of today made us this way, I do not know what happened. However this I do know, the young adults from their generation had there fun then went to work patching things up, we are having our fun (if you can call that fun) and things are getting worse, so I ask you people of my generation, whose laughing now?

Sources:

http://st-james.hubpages.com/hub/Hey-Whatcha-Doin-Up-There-Nuttin-Jes-Sittin


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The holy Facebook empire, and its fall.

October 11, 2011
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We all know that Facebook has been making changes more and more frequently the past few months. But quite frankly are any of these necessary? Between the new features and layouts we all find ourselves in a frustrated mess every couple of weeks or so. So why do they do it?

In all honesty I believe it is because they are scared. As the common phrase goes, history tends to repeat itself. Now most of you may be sitting there reading what I just said and your thinking, how does this apply to that? Thing of Facebook as a civilization, imagine it as the Greeks or Romans, these civilizations had nice long runs but even they fell at some point. Now back to Facebook, they “civilization of Facebook looks at its history books and looks at the past “civilization” Myspace and thinks the reason they did not succeed is because they stayed relatively the same all throughout their time. I mean does anyone remember a single update of Myspace? Sure they look a bit different now but it was too little too late and that, I believe, was one of their biggest downfalls. However on the other end of the spectrum it seems that Facebook has taken it to the extreme and that will be its downfall. Soon it will be nothing but a ghost town (or I guess I should say ghost town website) and we will all belong to the next great social media civilization.


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Twitter: Why do I need it? Why do you have it?

September 7, 2011
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A couple weeks ago, I finally decided to keep up with the times and get a twitter account. I’ve played around with the basics. I started following friends and family, got into what some celebrities are ranting and raving about, and even started to pull a little group of followers (which despite the fact that it’s my mom and two kids from high school, I still feel like a celebrity). However, to be quite honest I find it to be more annoying than anything else. First of all, why should I really care if my cousin just tried anew toothpaste or that my favorite band has practice in Ohio at 7 p.m.? I suppose if it was the greatest toothpaste in the world, she’d be ranting and raving about it at thanksgiving, or that maybe if I lived in Ohio and my favorite band was telling people to come jam with them I’d be interested but quite frankly, as of now, I do not. Which brings me to my next point, if someone does truly care that I am leaving my house to go to class or interested in any other trivial fact about my daily life, that’s not interest, that’s stalking (If you are truly that obsessed with someone please refrain from shooting the messenger and seek help). I guess my biggest question in the past few weeks since finally giving in to twitter is why do we need this? Why, society, is it that there is a need for such a thing to exist? Do people even read the posts half the time? All I’m saying is that if you truly care about someone’s day to day life that much they are probably a loved one and you are a part of their day to day life anyway, which makes you special (again if they do not love you back, seek help). My point is Twitter takes away the comfort of having a special someone that you can tell everything to at the end of the day which I personally think is a necessity, and for everyone else you want to know about, there’s Facebook.

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