Monthly Archives: February 2013

Germs in the Air

I woke up feeling horrible. My throat hurt, my voice was raspy, my head was pounding… I had to call in sick for work. I figured, I could sleep an extra two or so hours before my first class. Maybe I’d be better after that… no, I was wrong. I woke up, and now my sinuses were acting up. So, I went back to sleep in hopes that I would be able to go to my other two classes. Unfortunately, I woke up a lot later than intended and missed my second class, and it was half way through my last one so there’s no way I could make it. I am feeling slightly better now, but I’m glad that I didn’t have to go on campus today.

Most of my friends have been sick, two of them managed to get bronchitis. A lot of people have been coughing and sniffling these past few weeks, and the weather has been agent of spreading the illness around. Safe to say, I felt better to  stay in my house where germs aren’t floating everywhere that can get me sick. Honestly, I feel like I’ve already had it because I can’t hide if the germs are already in the air everywhere, but I give props to my immune system for not caving in just yet.

Dress appropriately, drink lots of fluids, wash your hands, and stay away from people who might be contagious! At least, that’s what I’m doing.


Unproductive Free Day

My one class was canceled, and I found someone to cover my work shift today. I had grandeur plans of productivity today. I was going to clean my room, do laundry, read for classes… Instead, I managed to waste the day away. For one thing, instead of waking up at about 10am as I anticipated, I woke up at 12:30pm. Instead of feeling the least bit motivated in doing anything, I ended up procrastinating on the Internet… the greatest downfall of my generation.

The funny thing is, I am so upset over the lack of productivity, yet, I don’t do anything. I keep telling myself I will do this, I will do that… But here I am, posting about it instead of doing it. I wish I could say this is just a lazy day, once every so often. Truth be told, it’s not. This is how I am all the time. I’m one of those people who don’t use his or her time wisely. I’m the type of person that will think it, and conjure it up in my imagination, but not go through with it until later on.

I don’t think: I have to do this or that, it’s more along the lines of I should do this or that. Which I feel is much less effective, it’s not as strong or certain. “Should” is one of those words that give you leeway in what to do, it differentiates between what you ought to do and what you need to do.

Well, I need to do laundry because I am seriously running out of clothes. And I need to return the keys to my old apartment. I need to read for classes before I fall too far behind. All in all, the things that I say I should be doing, I actually need to do.

The day’s not over… maybe I can turn it around!

Magnetic Poetry

I’ve spent over an hour with my housemate experimenting with magnetic poetry two nights in a row. Word of advice, don’t do it (at least, not when you should probably be sleeping)!

I don’t deny that it’s relaxing and fun; but when you have early morning classes the next day, it’s probably not good for you to sleep in the wee hours of that same morning.

I am generally an advocate of writing and expressing yourself through written form. Nevertheless, I recognize the detriment of spending too much time (time that should be invested in other things) on writing for leisure, especially if the words are scattered about on your refrigerator door.


Is it just me, or are internships becoming harder to find?

I am looking for paid internships for the summer, because a. I need the job experience, b. I’m a college student who needs the money. And both are very crucial, especially once it’s time to pay back the loans for school… yikes! Now back to the topic at hand, I know there aren’t a lack of internships, but it feels like it. Either a lack of them in general, or lack of applicable one to my circumstances.

I am a Brooklyn native, which means I am trying to find something suitable over the summer vacation in NYC. The problem is there are few open positions for which I am qualified, or am able to fulfill the required time commitment. A lot of the internships I’ve found thus far are for the Spring 2013 semester, or necessitate a longer time frame than the four months (May-August) I have to offer. In fact, some extend into the Fall 2013 semester. Granted, if I were going to school in the City, I would not be having an inkling of a problem. But I’m not.

These opportunities are aplenty for those who can afford to commit to the positions, I am not one of those people. I attend a college that it is on average a 6-hour drive from my house. Which means a. there’s no way I can commute, and b. it’s not possible for me to physically on-site when necessary. Even in the digital age, when there are virtual internships or jobs, it is still unimaginably hard to land one that meshes well with my current situation. For anyone who can relate, you know what I mean.

However, I am hopeful that I will be able to find a summer internship because most of them have yet to be posted. Right now is the awkward phase where listings are still for the Spring semester, but soon there will be an abundant selection of summer opportunities. Wish me luck!

And for all of you who are looking for something worthwhile like an internship or job for your summers as well, I wish you the best.

Entering the Real World

As a Junior in college, the concern of graduating and entering the working world becomes more of a reality. It’s one of the most daunting things that people at my age talk about… what do we do when we’re done with undergraduate studies?

Some people choose to go down the path of graduate school. The reasons vary from person to person, some go because they’re too afraid, or feel unqualified for the job market. Some go because it’s a necessary step before entering the career they want to pursue. Then there are others who are still unsure of their career path that they need more time in school to figure it out.

The other half of college graduates will go and try their luck on entry-level jobs, competing against peers, and strangers from across the nation, and in some cases, the world. Most people don’t get the first job they apply to, instead, they may face constant rejection. In the process, some may give up and return to school to get a higher degree, others will persist until they land a job.

Personally, I am conflicted in terms of what I want to do. Ideally, I will exit college and look for an entry-level position at a non-profit organization. I will probably be part of those persistent hopefuls that will invest a good amount of time in looking for a position. I have no doubt that I will work for a few years before going to pursue a Master’s degree in Education, or Social Work. Maybe even both at some point. Either way, the prospect of getting closer to graduation scares me, like it does my peers.

Kudos to those who know where they’re headed, and have a job waiting for them. Good luck to those who are in the same boat as I am.


Don’t set too high of expectations for yourself or others… If you do, you will often find yourself sorely disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean it as don’t set goals or standards. Just don’t set them so high that it’s almost impossible to reach.

I’ve been told that I hold myself to a very high standard, and I take into account everything others say about me to heart. Every time I don’t meet the expectations people have placed upon me, I feel like a failure. It’s not a nice feeling to have, in fact, it’s probably a very detrimental emotion for my well-being. And even though I know these standards are too high, it doesn’t stop me from having them. That’s the hard part about lowering expectations, you know you should do it, but it’s hard to change your ways.

So here are some tips that I think may be helpful:

  1. Make small goals, reachable ones. Like if you’re in school–study for two hours or so a day, if you’re not particularly motivated.
  2. Go into things without assuming anything. Don’t prepare for the worst, but don’t expect the best either.
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you mess up, or don’t meet a goal you made, don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to the best of us.

Reading this, you’re probably thinking: Duh! This stuff is so obvious. But as obvious as it is, we often forget it in our lives, and we end up making the mistakes that seem so easy and obvious to avoid. Maybe it’ll help that someone else is telling you, or if you see it everywhere, all the time. Eventually it will stick in your head, and maybe you’ll even start taking steps to improve.