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I should write moreI haven’t written in a while.

It is easy to get caught up in daily work/life and forget about writing. I can use lots of excuses for not writing; “I was busy”, “There was nothing substantial to write about”, “I am not passionate enough about anything to write it down”, “I’m lazy”.

All of those excuses are fine in one way or another. However one thing is important to realize when you file through excuses and decide on one, the only person you are trying to convince is yourself.

I have come to the conclusion that it is good to write out thoughts, whether they are good or bad, worth sharing or worth keeping to yourself.

I have been writing for a few years now, and amid the times when I wrote a lot and the times I didn’t write at all, there is one truth to writing I still feel is worth sharing about writing: Authenticity of writing resonates with people.

So I may not always write, but if I do, I will try to keep it authentic.



Did you just graduate and still haven’t heard back from your interview? Is your savings account getting smaller by the second? Do you have a deadline to get a job?

Well congratulations.

Think about this. You have received a wonderful opportunity to see what kind of person you really are. How are you assessing the situation? Are you currently on summer vacation or have you done something about your job situation? If you have done something, what?

I recently read an article in the New York Times about how “The American Dream is Elusive for a New Generation.” I hear of so many stories of Millennials struggling to find a job. Some say there is no availability. Some say they can only land internships. Some cop-out on the fact that it is a rough economy.

I have a message to all those who are struggling: do something about it. This is a time where people are truly being tested. This means you should acknowledge the fact that it most likely won’t be easy. You should understand that. Understand that the situation lends itself to create doubt in yourself and ability. Being aware of the situational pressure will allow you to take some pressure off of your mental psyche.

Two mice fell into a vat of milk. The first mouse gave up a drowned. Be the second mouse and make butter and walk out.

The current job situation is analogous to any difficult class you had in college. There is most likely going to be a bell curve that outlines who gets the jobs and who sits at home. Assess your situation with that in mind; the talented are going to land a job. If you can justify to yourself that you are top talent, then you can use that explanation in an interview and get the job; because you really are as good as you think you are.

During any difficult times there are always going to be two things that get you through it.

1. Be Rational.

Do not play into the emotions of the situation. Make plans for all the scenarios that fly around in your head. Be practical and tactical in your job hunting; don’t hope to get lucky or wish someone would give you a chance. Be the keystone to opportunity by connecting yourself to the people and places that will work for you. Talk out situations and ideas with people around you; understanding your support network and being able to feel its presence is always a boost to anyone’s confidence. 

2. Work Hard.

I am under the belief that hard work does pay off. Set goals that you would like to achieve and figure out what needs to be done to achieve them. Get these ideas on paper. It is much easier to focus on the tasks you have at hand if you do not have these plans and concerns playing in the background of your brain. If you dedicate yourself and believe in your true ability, things will work for you. Don’t hesitate to jump on opportunities.

Note: Because you are working hard, make time to take breaks and relax. Understand that your hard work has earned you time to step away from the job search. This will leave you refreshed and open your mind to different perspectives. It may also remind you of things that got buried under the job search, like laughing and family.

So I say to you, congratulations on understanding the opportunity that rests before you. Challenges are what make us stronger as they give us experience and perspective. Learn from your journey. Carpe diem. And be resilient. Because those attributes will do more than set you up for your first job; they will set you up for life.

I recently came across Starbuck’s new frappuccino ad campaign and cannot decide if they are brilliant or unethical:

This commercial seems very positive and simple, but there is a lot going on in 16 seconds. This commercial tries to hit the viewer every which way with visual, audio, and textual stimulus all of which have nothing to do with coffee in any way.

Now I understand the argument, Starbucks is not selling coffee; they aren’t even selling a brand, they are trying to sell a lifestyle. This issue I have concerns with is the very last line of the commercial: “Express your love.”

Starbucks is not selling coffee; they aren’t even selling a brand, they are trying to sell a lifestyle

This is a very powerful three word statement. In fact, I challenge anyone to think of a simpler, more emotionally stimulating message than “Express your love.” I could dissect why these words are powerful and emotional, but that is tangential to my point. My concern is what will happen when we no longer receptive to emotional stimuli. I have a growing concern that one day we will make ourselves immune to emotionally charged advertising. I am not concerned that consumers will stop buying, I am concerned that consumers will stop feeling.

I am not concerned that consumers will stop buying, I am concerned that consumers will stop feeling.

If our advertising makes people immune to emotional triggers, what is going to stop consumers from being immune to real emotional stimuli, not just the manufactured type?

On a note of full disclosure, I think the frappuccinos are delicious and am not offended by the ad campaign; just playing devils’ advocate so that people may think about it.

I will always be a longhorn and I do feel that my college experience has been worth while. But yes the above title is a bit callous. I am definitely a better, more informed, more intelligent, and more confident individual because of my experience.

But I still want more.

I feel the Universities should be a place for individuals to find passions; to find meanings. Yet I feel as I depart from here that all I really know how to do is fill out scan-trons.

My concern is really not about the experience I had, but more about the things that I missed. Where is the class about best-practices? Where was the freshman course on how to read and note-take? Where could I sign up for the course on how to argue?

Sure I gained familiarity with these concepts and at times were even exposed to their essence. But I feel like universities all across the country should do a little more soul searching. Why isn’t there a course on how to network? Why doesn’t the school provide tours and lectures on the most successful organizations in the world?

Some of these questions have probably been answered, and I am most certain that a few are still in the works. But I do not know how to answer why I am about to graduate and still feel disdain for coursework. Perhaps I am just tired; perhaps I am just lazy. But the bottom line is that I have a yearning to explore but feel held back by the rigidity of the formal class environment.

So I ask you, the nuanced scholar, to please change the learning landscape by proving traditional testing and courses are superfluous and not getting the most out of the generation y student.

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