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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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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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Un-Covention: Women in Music and Media, Part 1

So yesterday I attended Un-Convention’s Un-conventional Women event in Manchester’s awe-inspiring Victorian neo-gothic town hall (I have a wee bit of a soft spot for anything gothic). A fairly last minute decision since I was only told of the event a couple of days prior, and Manchester isn’t exactly in my general area. Nevertheless I grabbed a friend and off we went, almost unacceptably early on a Sunday morning.

It was awesome.

The main reason I decided to go to this convention/conference wasn’t to indulge some kind of feminist man-hate that these events have an unfortunate tendency to turn to. I was interested in learning about what the “state of the art” in the music and media industries is today, how do these influential figures in the music industry understand the age of digital music, and how can I work the situation to my advantage in what is very much a male-dominated industry. Another reason was a chance to network with the speakers and others in the industry to further my base of contacts.

It was very eye-opening just how little understanding of the relationship between music and the internet was demonstrated by some of the speakers. And what a fantastic opportunity this is for our generation to become the next great innovators in the music industry.

But mainly, I have to say, I was incredibly pleasantly surprised by the sheer presence of the speakers. Most of these were charismatic, no nonsense women. They have every bit the confidence to play with the boys, and they elegantly shot down all the characters that show up in these crowds to cry and whine about how “the boys make mean jokes” and are “insensitive”. Have you ever seen a bunch of guys hanging out together? They’re not exactly having a tea party and complementing each other’s hair. If you’re having to work with a bunch of guys, you need to learn how be one of them. I’m not talking visually, or about renouncing your femininity. But you can’t expect to walk in a room and everyone adapting to you just because you’re a girl, because let me tell you something, sweetie:

That is not equal treatment. That’s preferential treatment. And you’re nothing more and nothing less than every guy in the room.

Besides, from my experience, most of the time a girl’s biggest enemy in a male-dominated place is the other girl. Just something to think about.

I’ve still got a thing or two to say, so stay tuned for Part 2!

Much love,


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Challenge Accepted.

Good morning everyone! How are you this fine day?

Yeah, Mondays suck.

Therefore instead of imparting my finite wisdoms upon you this week I’d rather impart upon you a challenge. Something to make you excited, elated, nervous, terrified, bursting with anticipation or all of that rolled up into one juicy burrito.

So here it is:

Instead of wallowing in your Monday Misery arrange to do something this week that you’ve never done before. Today if possible. It has to be something to get your heart rate up, or something that you’d never in a million years think that you’d be doing. Perhaps something you’ve been meaning to do but were too scared, or just something crazy you’ve never gotten around to doing. Drag some friends into it. Feeling uninspired? Tap your friends for inspiration.

And don’t forget to share what you did with us in the comments below!


Stay cool,


Follow me on Twitter @Martholio. It’s good for you.

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Student Competitions

Who would want a routine as redundant as a typically spent week?

Waking up on a Monday morning, going to work or school, coming back, eat, sleep, wake up again and persisting with this the entire week. It is not only boring but also annoying when you have nothing new to do in your life.

To me, it’s like you drift around like a ship without a rudder.

Participating in competitions is a good way to keep students involved in activities that are helpful for the all-round enhancement of the personality as well as for increasing their knowledge beyond the curriculum.Teamwork hands multicultural

Whenever three people gather to complete a task, they learn new ways to look for solutions and to complete that task in any possible way. All our lives we are told to learn new things; our parents, teachers, elders keep on teaching us to broaden our horizons and what better a way to do so than competitions. Competitions are very interactive and social ways to learn. Continue reading

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Use 5000 words to get $10k

How many times have you seen this status update?

5,000 words done and 5 hours of my life I’ll never get back!

What if you could get those hours back? We’re still waiting on that time machine, but for now call me an alchemist, because I know a way you can turn that essay into gold…

Okay, maybe not gold – but however you decide to spend your cash prize from an essay competition is your prerogative.

Let me show you what I mean.

Here are some upcoming essay competitions by subject. Find what you’re studying and just do it. Seriously, it’s 500 bucks with your name on it in a click! These contests are organized by reputable universities from across the country and around the world with loads of money to give away.

2012 Alltech Young Scientist Award

Subject: science, agriculture, veterinary science, social sciences

Prize Details: 1st: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $150.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

Culture of Enterprise Student Essay Contest

Subject: anthropology, social sciences, humanities, international development, international relations

Prize Details: 1st: $10,000 cash. 2nd: $5,000 cash. 3rd: $2,000 cash. 4th: $1,500 cash. 5th: $1,000 cash.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

So go for it! Reduce, reuse, and recycle old projects, papers, and assignments and turn them into gold. And if you win, let me know! I would love to hear from you and share your accomplishment with the crowd.

Do you want to hear more tricks on how to be a keener without trying too hard? Check back every weekday for more advice from students who have been there, done that.

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