Finding A Job In The Summer Is Quite An Experience

Finding A Job In The Summer Is Quite An Experience

Hey girl, you go, go make that money!

One of the most common struggles of college students during the summer is what to do with the copious amount of free time we have. Especially if your upcoming classes do not require you to do any previous work during the summer, like mine (not to brag).

Relaxing at home, listening to podcasts, catching up on TV, and working on your manuscript is fun and all, but after a while, it gets boring, and I feel like I'm wasting my life. Sure, I do have plans for the summer, I'm not a complete shut-in, but I can't do something exciting every day.

The other major problem I have during the summer is trying to find a solid way of making money. Last year, I just did extra chores and sold my old stuff on eBay. However, neither pay that much and the latter is not always reliable. So, this summer, I am taking the standard approach and trying to find a job in the area.

However, this is not as easy as it sounds.

I do not have much experience with work, because I went to a private high school that forced me to spend at least nine hours there each day and find enough time to complete four hours of homework. I also took college courses the summers before my senior year in high school and freshman and sophomore years of college that lasted too long for potential employers. The last time I had a paying job was when I worked as a lifeguard the summer before my junior year of high school, and I did not enjoy it.

This is really the first time I've had to put myself out there, to really create my resume, and to experience one of life's painful things: rejection.

I have been on the hunt for nearly any place that will hire an aspiring journalist who is easygoing, creative, friendly, and has a job opening that is not dangerous. Oh, and is in Connecticut, because I am residing there.

My first step to finding a job was making an account on Indeed, which was like registering to take the SATs or ACTs. From now on, your email just gets flooded with job ideas that you've never even heard of. However, these ideas do not guarantee employment.

Some of these jobs will allow you to apply on Indeed. However, others, and by others, I mean most of them, require you to fill out an application on their website. This usually means you have to make an account for their website. That leads to even more emails, without even knowing if they've seen your application and are considering you. And finally, there's that heartbreaking message of, say it with me people in the back, rejection!

One of the things I have struggled with in finding a job is wondering what happens if I get hired somewhere and then asked to interview somewhere else. Like, what do I say to that? But, I know I'm getting ahead of myself and am extremely lucky if at least one place sees potential in me. I sound like I'm talking about a guy here, lol.

Anyone else experiencing the struggle of looking for a summer job? Tell me about it on Facebook!

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Why Working With Special Populations Doesn't Make Me A Good Person

What you're missing from the bigger picture.

"What do you do?" might be one of my least favorite questions. Let me tell you why.

I am currently a registered behavior technician at a wonderful program (MAP) nestled in the heart of North Carolina. Usually, when I tell someone what I do, their response is either an uncertain nod or a plain look of confusion. At that time, I break it down by saying, “Basically, I work with children who have autism."

Now, more times than not, the response I receive is along the lines of, “Wow, that's so amazing of you", or my personal favorite, “Good for you. I could NEVER do that."

I understand that working with special populations isn't for everyone, just like being a neurosurgeon isn't for everyone. But, working with special needs children doesn't make me a good person, a saint, or a hero. Every time someone tells you he/she is a teacher, do you gasp and express how much you could NOT be a teacher?

What about when you meet a pediatrician? These people work with children just like I do. I'm certain if you spent one day in my shoes you would see just how much you COULD do my job.

Maybe not all of the technical work, but after a day with these children, you would be humbled by how much you could learn from them.

After all, these children are just children. They want to be accepted just like every other child.

They want to be understood and to be part of a community just like the rest of us.

My job has given me the opportunity to get to know a handful of the more than 3.5 million Americans on the spectrum. I've gotten to know each of their personalities, their quirks, and what makes them unique. I can't help but imagine a world where everyone gets to know these individuals as I have.

A world where we accept all of those who might appear or act different from us and educate ourselves on these populations. A world where that education helps us see that they aren't so different from us after all.

Working with individuals with special needs doesn't make me a good person, because I do it for selfish reasons.

I work with them because I don't know what my life would be like without them. They have taught me so much and changed my life in so many ways. I get to play a small hand in these children's lives. I get to help them learn fundamental life skills you and I take for granted.

But, I also get to leave work every day having learned a lesson. These children have taught me to be a better version of myself and to appreciate even the smallest of things life has to offer. Each day they challenge me to laugh more, have more fun, and not take myself so seriously. They show me more love than I ever knew possible. Maybe it isn't with their words. Maybe it's with the smiles and giggles when we're singing their favorite song, or the way they look at me when they finally get something they have been working so hard to learn.

The hugs, the kisses, and the moments where our two worlds collide and we finally connect; these are the moments that remind me how much these children have to offer the rest of us. If only we would take the time to let them teach us, we would be more selfless, less judgmental, and have a greater appreciation for life.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.

My hope is that this month we work to spread awareness for Autism, as well as other special needs. We take this time to learn something new, to help educate others, and to stop looking at these individuals as though they need special people in their lives to help teach them and focus more on opening our minds to the things they can teach us.

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4 Essentials You Need In The Elizabeth Holmes Starter Pack

Here are key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.


Elizabeth Holmes is one of the most infamous entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley. Her company, Theranos, which was once heralded as a groundbreaking health-care changer, deceived thousands of people, giving them false blood results and examinations.

What stunned people all over the globe, was Elizabeth herself. Her image, her demeanor, and her overall haunting presence became the center of several documentaries and past news articles. Here are 4 key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.

1. Makeup

Ms. Holmes' beauty routine is quite consistent and easy-to-follow. For special occasions and public-speaking events, Elizabeth wears her signature black eyeliner, smeared all over the upper eyelid, and a muted red-colored shade of lipstick. Her eyebrows and face remain minimal, as the enhancement of Ms. Holmes' ice-blue eyes is the centerpiece of the look.

2. Black turtlenecks


Several news outlets and documentaries make note of Elizabeth Holmes' obsession with Apple creator, Steve Jobs. In the midst of building her billion-dollar scheme, Holmes would adapt Job's characteristics and professional practices, such as live product launches and copying Apple's style of commercials. However, the most obvious form of imitation was Elizabeth wearing black turtlenecks every single workday.

3. Green juice


Since Ms. Holmes worked long hours, she followed a diet that she believed would provide her energy and health. Theranos insiders reported that Elizabeth was never seen without her green juice, either in her hand or on her desk. At home, her personal chef would whip up a small dish of vegetables for dinner, giving the fraud a one-way ticket to malnutrition.

4. A deep baritone voice


Of all the mysterious anecdotes written and said about the Silicon Valley scam, the most bewildering tale derives from Elizabeth Holmes' deep baritone voice. Luminaries who knew Elizabeth during her time at Stanford claimed that her speaking voice was high-pitched, typical of a young white female. As years passed, when Elizabeth was quickly gaining fame and momentum, her voice dropped a couple of octaves when she made public appearances. According to Theranos employees, when Elizabeth drank at company parties, her voice slipped back into the high-pitched tone.

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