Monthly Archives: June 2013

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day is this weekend, which means there is still a little bit of time to pick out something nice for your dad or the father figure in your life. When it comes Father’s Day, no gift is a bad gift. It’s all about showing your appreciation.

1. Cook or Dine

No one says you have to go all out on Father’s Day. A simple burger and brew might work just fine for your dad. Grab dinner at a bar nearby or fire up the barbecue in the backyard. Consider making your own BBQ sauce to add a special taste to the burgers.

Dinner and Beer With Dad

Photo © Kath Eats Real Food

2. Concert or Sports

Spend an afternoon at a baseball game, the evening at a basketball game, or a weekend concert.

Baseball Yankee Game With Dad

Photo © NY Daily News

3. Chocolate

Hey, it’s not just for women! Pick out a tasty treat, such as truffles from a local patisserie, or order something from Harry & David’s. For a lot of dads, the way to their heart is a delicious snack.

Chocolate Bars Candy

Photo © Power Mini Malls

4. Unique Gift

Scour the net for one-of-a-kind gifts, such as this scratch map, which might inspire your dad to do some more traveling, a hypnotizing sand art mobile, or these repurposed coin guitar picks.

Repurposed Coin Guitar Picks

Photo © uncommongoods

5. Phone Case

Pick out a case from Shutterfly to customize with your photos. The photos can be of family holidays, trips, or just photos of places your dad likes.

Father's Day Customizable Photo Phone Case

Photo © Shutterfly

Whatever you end up doing to celebrate, remember to tell your dad how much you appreciate all the things he does for you!

Happy Father’s Day!

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How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition

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Back in April, I wrote a blog for the ladies on how to dress for success when it comes to job interviews, career fairs, and when starting a job in the business world. Now I want to tell you fellas out there some tips for how to dress professionally as well. Your appearance is the first impression you make, so make sure it’s good.

1. Suit

Black suits are also preferred, pinstripes are okay as are navy and grays. Tan and light colored suits should be reserved for the summer season.

Man's Formal Gray Suit Purple Tie

Photo © Spring Clothes Style

2. Shirt

If you want to pursue finances, then stick with the white collared button-ups. Otherwise, cream colors and blues are nice as well.

Men's White Collared Tucked In Button Up Shirt

Photo © Buy Corporate Apparel Blog

3. Shoes

Your shoes should be polished and the color should either match or blend well with your suit. Sometimes you can mix it up, but this is a bold move.

Men's Black Dress Shoes

Photo © VeganBoots.com

4. Groom

Make sure you are nicely groomed. This includes a nice hair cut, shaved face, and even shaving the back of your neck to keep your hairline sharp and looking clean.

Man Shaving His Face With Razor

Photo © Best Chicago Electrolysis

5. Tie

Learning how to tie a tie is a very useful skill to have. There are many different ways to tie a tie, but the Full Windsor is the most professional.

Full Windsor Man's Tie

Photo © Anchor Neckware

When presenting yourself to a potential employer, especially as a college student or a recent graduation, looking professional portrays that you act professionally. Watch this video below for further details on how to dress successfully.

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Top 4 Things To Do This Summer

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Summer break is a great time to relax and take a breather from a school year’s worth of stress! If you’re not planning on taking any summer courses this year, here are some top fun summer break ideas that you might enjoy!

1. Spontaneous Adventures

The school year is jam-packed with back-to-back study sessions, so take a break and have a spontaneous adventure. Have a good old-fashioned summer road trip but with a twist! Instead of mapping out all the spots you want to travel, pick an end destination and then find cool new attractions to visit using Bagonize. You can select destinations based on location, number of travelers, and budget! It’s extremely convenient when you’re trying to narrow down destinations based on your budget.

Group of friends in the car driving to a spontaneous adventure

Photo © Cars Direct

2. Tour Abroad

Most schools have their very own STA travel agency located on campus. You can always stop by and check out the various summer tours that students can take. If your school does not have one, you can check out their website for the latest travel promotions. Not only does STA travel help you out with tours abroad, but they also have information about working abroad, study abroad, and volunteer abroad programs!

Woman Touring Abroad in France Taking Pictures at Eiffel Tower

Photo © Fox News Magazine

3. Volunteer Work

Spend your summer volunteering in your field of study! You can find awesome volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Match. Just enter in your zip code and a few keywords to find the right volunteer opportunity for you. You can earn service hours for those of you who need hours to complete your senior seminars, or you can gain some useful experience in your field.

Volunteer Workers

Photo © Careerealism

4. Recreational Classes

How about taking some recreational classes? Try some new dance moves, enhance your cooking skills, or improve your computer application skills. It’s a great way to meet new people and gain a new hobby or skill. Save some crash by signing up at a local community center or college.

Recreational Dance Class

Photo © The Lookout

Whatever you choose to do this summer break, have fun doing it. Whether you are traveling the world or hitting the books, make sure to squeeze in some relaxation time. This is your time to unwind before you begin another year full of study sessions and exams!

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Summer School

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I have done summer school every semester since I began college. Over the years I have found a few ways to not only keep myself motivated, but I’ve also found how I can still have an amazing summer in the midst of classes. These are just a few tips that work for me that some of my friends have tried recently too.

1. Choose Classes Wisely

I typically don’t like early morning classes because I hate waking up. However, during the summer you have to make a decision, would you rather wake up and be done with class earlier? Or, would you rather sleep in and go to class later in the day? Every person will answer that differently, but you have to remember that this isn’t a normal semester, so your plans should be based off of your summer schedule.

Girl sitting outside on bench with laptop and books studying for summer and online courses

Photo © Helping Psychology

2. Pick A Flexible Job

Don’t pick up a summer job and make that your number one priority before summer school. Yes, money is something we all need, and it’s also really great to work during the summer – but don’t forget you are spending money to take these classes, so make it worth it! Try to pick a job that is going to allow you to have the time you need to focus on school. The semester is shorter, but with just as much work with less time to do it, so you have to make sure you’re able to keep up.

Guy Lifeguard On Duty Summer Job By The Pool

Photo © Swim Jobs

3. Keep Motivated

If you take a class you are good at and enjoy, it is easier to stay motivated. I have noticed that when I used to take summer classes in a subject that I struggle with (like math or science), I had a much harder time staying focused. Classes for my major and general education, I didn’t have as much of an issue with and I ended up getting much better grades. Don’t pick your toughest classes just because the semester is shorter, that absolutely does not mean the class will be easier!

Summer Class Reading On The Beach

Photo © Life’d

Taking summer courses is not for everyone, but it has definitely been something that I am glad I’ve done. Whether you want the afternoon for fun, or you want to sleep until noon, figure out what works best for your summer schedule and make it happen!

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Post-Grad Options

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

“If you can’t jump over life’s hurdles, limbo under them.”

This is exactly how I am approaching life after graduation. There have been many articles addressing the struggles the graduating class of 2013 will be facing in finding a job so soon after a recession. Discouraging is not the only word that comes to mind when we think about the task at hand. And don’t even talk to us about what we say when family ask us what our next steps are.

I have been feeling nervous about life post-grad. I’ve been applying for jobs since March and there hasn’t been a single call of interest. I eventually grew sick of feeling helpless and finally channeled that frustration into not only finding other options, but into actually pursuing them.

Here are some post-grad options for you to consider:

1. Peace Corps

Last week I had my first interview with the Peace Corps and I’m already moving on to the next stage. I can’t begin to say how much of a relief it’s been knowing I have this as an option. A two year commitment abroad, rewarding life experiences, and $7,500 at the end? Sign me up!

Peace Corps Africa Volunteer

Photo © SMCM Newsroom

2. Au Pair Abroad

I know what you’re thinking. A nanny? However, it’s not as unappealing as it sounds. The website I’ve been going through, Au Pair World, allows both au pairs and families to seek each other out for a mutually beneficial arrangement. As an au pair, you become part of the family, not an employee. You interview with different families from around the world, choose one, and off you go for as little as three months to as long as 24 months. My interviews are next week!

Au Pair Family Girls

Photo © Left Bank Manc

3. Teach Abroad

To be specific, for me it’s the Middle East. When I told my family about my decision to try to teach there, they freaked out. “What is the crime rate?” “what if there’s no running water?” and “what if a war breaks out?” are only some of the questions they have asked.

Teach Students Abroad

Photo © CIEE

These are my top three options for now. Keep up with my blogs to find out more about these options and where I end up! College grads, look into your own options. It’s not a guarantee that you will have a job when you want it, but it’s a great feeling knowing you have fall backs.

Good luck!

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