The difference between a good and bad selfie is knowing the right time to take them. #authorselfie
Your profile picture is woefully out of date. Your roommate is asleep. It’s just you and your smart phone and it’s 2 a.m., and this has to be done right now (because some things become ridiculously important at two in the morning). You need a selfie. But there’s a fine art of taking a selfie – and there are some tips and tricks that can keep you from looking like a jerk. Given the rise of Instagram selfies taken while driving (distracted driving much?) – or the Tumblr that collects selfies taken at funerals – it’s easy to get so caught up in that photo op that, rather than looking good online, you give yourself a bad reputation. Here are some tips on how to – and how not to – take a good selfie. Continue reading
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) is at the center of the NFL’s latest cultural controversy. (Associated Press)
Recent events in sports news have done little to repair pro football’s reputation for violence, especially violence against women, and its culture of bullies and racism. It isn’t just pro football that shows a disregard for others and the use of force without consequences. Jock culture exhibits its callousness anywhere that sports are played, and the idea of a “thug element” and aggression in football is coming under fire from the media.
Racism on the gridiron
On November 8, 2013, Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder and director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) appeared on Democracy Now to explain objections to the use of Native American references in team names. Continue reading
If you seem to constantly misplace your textbooks in a room like this, it might be time to clean.
No one likes it, but sometimes you gotta do it. Whether it is because mom and dad are coming to scope out your dorm life or because something green is growing in the tub, there comes a time when you have to tackle the mess that your living space has become. But you can make the whole task easier with some do-it-yourself speed cleaning tips that will have your room or apartment tidy and clean in no time.
Stop mess before it starts
One super easy cleaning tip? Stop the mess before it starts. So for instance if you use something, say a bowl to eat cereal, then clean it and put it away when you are done with it. Continue reading
Being environmentally responsible even while in college is easier than one might think.
College life is all about studying, meeting new people, having some fun, figuring out who you are and … recycling? Well, while how to go green on campus may not be what first springs to mind for college students, there are a lot of environmental ideas they can incorporate into their university life. Whether you consider yourself a caped crusader for the environment or not, read on for some simple ways you can make a difference to the planet without breaking the bank.
On the cheap
Think that to go green you have to spend a lot of, well, green? Not so fast. Environmental ideas for college students don’t have to deplete your bank account. Continue reading
College is the perfect time to get creative in ways to navigate your way around campus and town.
College life is about getting around. Traveling between the dorms, gym, classrooms, library, and student union can be quite far, especially if your college is large and has multiple campuses. You also want to go into town or home to see Mom. Car, bike, bike rental, public transportation, the campus shuttle and walking are all available to you. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for finding your way around.
Walk – The first choice, obviously. Although you’ll be stiff and tired the first week, you’ll get used to it. Walking everywhere will keep you in good shape and you can meet people and chat along the way.
Escorts – If you ever feel insecure walking around campus at night, ask your college if they offer police, campus security, or TAs or RAs who will accompany you. If not, get some friends to walk with you. Continue reading
In order to feel more confident with your public speaking skills, the best method would be practice, practice, practice.
Effective public speaking presentation is an essential lifetime skill; it isn’t just a class in college. Speaking clearly and effectively inside and outside the classroom is a valuable and essential skill. It shows that you are confident and knowledgeable about what you’re saying. It also helps you persuade your audience to take an action. Public speaking skills help you in a job interview, business meeting, networking and communicating with peers and teachers.
Why do I need public speaking skills?
Karen Burns wrote in “Why You Need to Be a Decent Public Speaker” June 9, 2010, in USNews.com: “What better way to shine at job interviews, or in staff meetings or at business luncheons than to express yourself clearly, confidently, coherently and concisely? Speaking makes you visible. Speaking makes you memorable. Speaking can even make you look smarter than you really are.” Continue reading
Buying fresh produce locally is not only easy on the wallet, but the fresh food is also great for your health.
This is the season for apples, homemade breads, pumpkin pie and artisan cheese. Get them all at your local farmers’ markets, which are springing up this fall and winter to feature a bounty of foods. College life doesn’t have to be bland and full of processed foods. Good student health means plenty of fruits, vegetables and fresh whole foods. Buy some fresh veggies, bread and apple cider at the farmers’ market, bring them home to your dorm rooms and have an indoor picnic on the floor. Continue reading
One key factor to land a job is to come prepared to the interview.
As you prep for the so-called “real world,” nothing occupies more of your waking thoughts than how to land a job after you graduate. Sure you have a great personality, decent grades and any employer would be lucky to have you, but the trick is making them realize that. The key for college students, or anyone for that matter, is acing the interview. So how do you do that exactly? Read on for successful interview tips that will have you gainfully employed before that first student loan bill hits the mail box.
Modesty—not the best policy
Your mom may have told you it isn’t nice to brag, but when it comes to your job interview, forget it. There is no better time than during an interview to lay out how awesome you are. Continue reading
With a few helpful tips, you’re sure to have the best Thanksgiving ever.
The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching. If you aren’t able to make it home to engage in the all-day turkey fest followed by a glutenous shopping trip that commences in the wee-small hours of the morning, never fear. Surviving Thanksgiving away from home is possible, from quick and easy dinner ideas that even you can manage to tips on meeting your significant other’s family. Whether you aren’t able to make the trip home because of time or budget constraints, or because you have plans to go to a friend’s, you can make it through the long holiday weekend away from kith and kin.
Create a home, away from home
Maybe you love hanging with your family, from your crazy Uncle Herb to your cousin who talks to her chia pet. Continue reading