Life Hacks: How to Be A Grown Up


As we go through university, we learn a lot about ourselves, our parents, and our friends. One of the things I’ve always been looking for is a How-To guide on how to be a grown up. Like, the little things that your mom knows to do when you spill red wine on your carpet, or when you need to take Advil vs. Tylenol. Most of us look on Google for answers, but then there’s the bigger, anxiety-ridden, what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life questions that don’t exactly have an easy click-through solution.

I’m with you on this.

Since we’re both students, I figured I’d do some research into the matter, and present you with my findings. This is only the beginning. By the end of the next 4 months (I would say 4 weeks, but hey, I’m an undergrad = not too much spare time for blogging) I hope to leave you – students of the world – with some Life Hacks, some tips and tricks, and some overall ANXIETY-REDUCING ideas for how to cope with life in general.

That’s the plan. In the meantime, here ‘s a few I Wish I’d Thought of That tips from my personal life over the past 4 years to start you off:

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for next week’s Life Hacks: How to Be A Grown Up. Leave a comment below if you’d like to join the discussion, I’m open for it if you are.

— Sarah Witiuk
P.S. You can follow me on twitter @SarahWitiuk and pinterest.

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Gratitude is an important quality to practice in your everyday life. Take a moment now to reflect on what you are thankful for in your life.


No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it. – Grace Slick

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

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The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato

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Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. – Liz Smith

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Knowing what you want is the first step to getting it. – Louise Hart

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12 Creative Ways to find a Summer Job


Now that school is winding down, a lot of students are looking for summer jobs. You want to find the best job possible – one in your field of interest, that pays well, and gives you a ton of relevant experience…. but how? Continue reading

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Don’t delay being happy until the future. What can you do to be happy today? Right now?

Happiness in the palm of your hand

Happiness in the palm of your hand. Credit: Pinterest

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“I believe I was put on earth to cause a ruckus.” ~ Lady GaGa

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Lady Gaga, Credit: Google Images

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Advice for Students


Try to keep your focus inward and don’t compare yourself to others. You are exactly where you should be.

Keep calm and Stay Positive

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“But I’m only an Undergrad…”


University: the best years of your life – packed with parties, late nights at the library, cramming for tests, and getting your first A on a paper. What more could you ask for?

Among all the partying and cramming, it might be tough to think that at the end of these 3 or 4 years, you’re actually going to be entering the “real world” – and I’m not talking about the outrageous MTV reality show.

If you’re going into your final year this fall, you’ll probably start to feel the heat – career fairs left, right and centre, all your friends applying to Med School or Grad School, and your aunts and uncles constantly asking you what your “life plan” is. Your heart is racing, you’re feeling dizzy, a voice deep down inside keeps chanting:

What do I really want to do after I graduate?

If the answer to that question is making you draw a blank, then we’ve got news for you. This long-kept secret has been passed down from generation to generation of competitive overachievers, and now we’re telling you. Imagine a way you can not only find out what you want to do, but also talk to company recruiters or researchers, meet new people, win prize money, and also have fun doing it….

The answer: Student events.

Student events – competitions, conferences, or seminars – are an incredible resource to get ahead during your undergrad and also ease your anxiety about the future. By participating in a local, national, or global event, you get the chance to network with savvy intellectuals, and even ask people how they got to be where they are now.

When you participate in an event, you’re opening doors to lots of different opportunities – from internships, to finding a mentor, to winning some prizes or even cold hard cash (thank you PSYC 101 term paper!)

The best part? There are literally thousands of events out there waiting for you to try out.

So the question is…. are you looking for them?

*Did you know? A new trend showing up in today’s job market is to add an Events section to your resume, right next to your Education and Work Experience. Events show your future employer that you are ambitious, motivated, and involved – all traits of a great employee.

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Advice from a college grad on how to spend your university years:

“I wish I knew I was supposed to be taking risks and getting lost–not trying to settle down and find a job.”

 

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“Eat. Sleep. Exercise. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell.”

For more inspirational quotes, follow @SarahWitiuk on twitter.

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“You can either choose to own the day or let the day own you.”

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A great reminder from our Campus Ambassador Rizalul in Indonesia!

Campus Connection

Communication is one of the most important skills to learn for human beings, no matter how it is conducted. Today’s students are the masters of communication both formally and informally. One of the most important venues for formal communication is at a conference, especially international conferences for undergraduate students. There are many benefits, both globally and individually, of attending a conference. Not only do you further your education, but you also learn how to talk to people from diverse backgrounds.

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Four reasons finishing fourth year sucks


Post by Kieran Slobodin, Vice-President (University Affairs) at Queen’s University, Kingston.

Reblogged from: http://myams.org/news/ams-blog/four-reasons-finishing-fourth-year-sucks.aspx

April has always been a month of renewal.  The bright rays of the April sun are the first glimmer of hope after the doldrums of a dreary winter and turn our minds to rejuvenation.  April is when our parks fill up and our porches become occupied full time.  Yes, April is like a Star Wars sequel: A New Hope.

Unless you’re in fourth year, in which case it blows.

4. We’re still ‘technically’ students

On the last day of classes my house threw a party.  Thursday, April 5, last day of classes.  Last day of undergrad.  Perhaps the last day of classes for all time (screw you, Grad School!).  All that week facebook statuses were popping up with ‘last class!’ or ‘last seminar’ or ‘last Alfie’s night of my undergrad!’ Everyone was ecstatic and some people invested more time creating Facebook groups than they actually spent in class those final four days.  Like freed prisoners we celebrated that night.

The Reality?

Like four exams.  And two final papers.  And a film project.  Literally no one was done anything and the extended weekend of Easter only helped perpetuate that lie.  Like a dark hangover cloud fourth year students are starting to realize that they still have to buckle down one last time and study hard.  Unless you were blessed with a shortened semester you are still resigned to one last study blitz.  Perhaps you only wish to pass the course and only need 8% on that 40% weight final to get your pass.  But most likely you’re going to be faced with the same dilemma you were your other seven exam periods: you didn’t go to class and you have no idea what the course is about.

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When the hell did I sign for Ayn Rand and Postmodern Epistomology: A Comparative Review?! Photo credit: QuickMeme.

3. Bucket Lists

Bucket lists as a concept were first perpetuated by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson as a way to cheat death.  Or make the most out of life. One of those.  A bucket list as portrayed in the movie is essentially just a macabre wish list.  However, ever since the Bucket List, arguably Morgan Freeman’s worst movie after Evan Almighty, there has not been a more tired cliché for graduating students.

Groosfrabas. Photo credit: Blogspot.

Bucket lists symbolize a last push by panicking students to capture every memory they can of university.  The thought is that with a year of dedicated effort you can achieve in your final year what you failed to do in your first three.

The Reality?

There’s a reason you never did any of your bucket list in the first 75% of your undergraduate career.  Whether it’s because your list is too challenging or too much work, you quickly realize that trying to capture stave off your inevitable nostalgia is sadder than Madonna trying to stay relevant.

The problem is when you try and cram in three years of missed opportunity you forget what makes the stuff you DID do fun.  The point of the university experiences that typically wind up on bucket lists is the story behind the accomplishment.  When you reduce those stories down to a checklist they tend to lose all meaning.

Continue reading this story here…

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Conference Gone Bad


Apologies for the radio silence! Been much busier than expected with conferences, gigs and flying back home for a few weeks, and I have to admit I did forget to write last week. I am ashamed.

So while I was busy finishing assignments and then fulfilling the rock’n’roll part of my personal blurb on this blog (actually ran into one of the speakers from the Unconventional Women conference in a rock bar in London!), I also went to another conference. This time it was Business 2012, and I have to say it was quite an experience. And not all good.

Speed Networking. Yay or nay?

Getting past the absolutely and unforgivably poor organisation of the event – we didn’t get to see Sir Richard Branson speak because they “couldn’t disclose the information” about which speakers were on & when! Srsly, what the eff? – the seminars and workshops we attended were quite surprising. In fact, my friend and I came to the conclusion that, with the exception of the seminars on trademarks and mobile internet, we could’ve gotten up on the spot and taught the seminars better than the speakers.

Now you might be thinking I’m crawling up my own rear end here, but it was very shocking how unprepared and unprofessional some of the speakers were. I did not come to sit through a seminar on the commercial use of twitter being taught by some middle aged guy who gets up and starts off with “Well I’m actually really bad with social media and some kid I have working for me actually does it all.” Why are you here giving your “advice” then?

This conference was really an example of making it too broad and in turn making a big mess of an event. To top it off the seminars were overbooked so we had to sit on the floor, and The O2, where the conference was being held, was freezing cold.

But perhaps most notably,

 The best and most informative seminar was the one given by one of the youngest speakers there.

Just something to think about. And comment on below.

Stay cool,

Marta

P.S. The saving grace for the last day was the British Music Experience museum of popular music which is in the same building, and which I HIGHLY recommend you visit if you can!

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Freaky Test: Are you 2% or 98% of the population?


Are you the 2% or 98% of the population?

Follow the instructions.

(NO PEEKING AHEAD!) Free will or synaptic wiring? You be the judge.

Do the following exercise, guaranteed to raise an eyebrow. There’s no trick or surprise.

Just follow these instructions, and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can! Again, as quickly as you can but don’t advance until you’ve done each of them …. really.

Now, scroll down (but not too fast, you might miss something).

THINK of a number from 1 to 10 – got it?

scroll down until you see the next instruction

 

MULTIPLY that number by 9 – scroll down

If the number is a 2-digit number, ADD the digits together – scroll down

Now SUBTRACT 5 – scroll down

DETERMINE which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number

you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c,etc.) – scroll down

THINK of a country that starts with that letter – scroll down

THINK of the last letter of the name of that country – scroll down

THINK of the name of an animal that starts with that letter – scroll down

REMEMBER the last letter in the name of that animal – scroll down

THINK of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter – scroll down

Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?

I told you this was FREAKY!! At least for me it was. If not for you, you’re among the 2% of the population whose minds are different enough to think of something else. 98% of people will answer with kangaroos in Denmark eating oranges when given this exercise. Freaky, huh?

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Un-Covention: Women in Music and Media, Part 2


As some of you may have noticed if you saw last week’s post, I took a litttle trip to Manchester last weekend. The following Monday I wrote a post about it which covered the gender-related conclusions, this week I want to talk more about why it’s important to go to these things whenever you can.

When I went to this conference, I didn’t really know what to expect or even how formal or informal it’s going to be. I went there with the expectation to learn something about the state of the music and media industries from the women that are actually in the thick of it, and at the same time see what they’re like and if I ever enter any of these arenas, what are the people I would likely be working for like. And I went to see if I could gather any information that would be useful for my dissertation on live music and heavy metal.

Turns out the conference was so relaxed you could easily approach the speakers after each panel, a golden opportunity for anyone who, like me, was looking to build contacts. It took some courage and the best opening lines I could muster to do it, but I went up to them. I introduced myself, I commented on the points made in the panel, I took and interest in their work. And I walked away with not one, but two interview arrangements for my dissertation research. We are now also connected through various social media, therefore I am on their radar for future opportunities and have a huge edge against most of the competition if I do apply for a job with any of them, simply because they’ve met me before.

Competitions are good, you get prizes and pretty CV material. But conferences give you the chance to make your presence known among the industry community, which WILL give you an edge and might even bring the job to you.

It’s time to put that natural charm to good use!

Stay cool,

Marta

P.S.: Next weekend I’ll be attending another conference in London which lasts until Tuesday so the post should be out later the following week, but the delay should be well worth it.

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Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

Liz Smith

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