"I can go the distance," said Herc.

"I can go the distance," said Herc.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bring Out Your Dead!

What are some of your favorite YouTube videos?

Here are a few of my favorites--

  • He is not dead yet- from Spamalot.

  • Pretty much the best spoof trailer on Twilight. EvilIguanaProductions comes out with some pretty great videos.

  • This video was part of the USU Fringe Festival film competition in 2010. I think it won...? Anyhow, it's about a photographer who becomes obsessed with taking pictures of people blinking. I was really impressed by the professional, clean look to the film.

  • The Old Spice commercial that went viral.

  • The BYU video that parodies the Old Spice commercial, and is just--if not more--hilarious.

  • Muppet Treasure Island roll call! (Old Tom, Real Tom, Dead Tom, Clueless Morgan, Headless Bill, Big Fat Ugley Bug-Faced Baby-Eating O'brien? Aye!)

  • Twilight, the Musical!! It's been almost two years since they released the last section, though. (It's also not very flattering to the book, so if you are a big fan of Twilight you may not enjoy this as much as some.)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Social Media- wheeeeee!

I'm a social maniac now, I guess.

I blog personally and professionally. I'm building a blog for the store I work at. I Facebook like a fanatic. And I'm starting to like Twitter a lot more. Who knew? I used to vow I would never be like this, but then I became a journalism major where the only way to survive is to get really good at social media. So, here I am.

I found a GREAT blog tonight. VonEurope.com. Way to go, girl! You are living your dream.

Hm. I think it's time for bed. What was I going to say? It was profound.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I Know How to Party On A Friday Night

Last night I felt like such a loser. I got home from an event I was supposed to cover to find the apartment empty; all my roommates had something else to do. It was a Friday night, after all. Anyway, I decided to get some good reading in, and so I spent the better part of three hours just reading a book I could barely take my eyes away from. Yeah, it's a romance. However, it was really good!

When I was done with that, I found myself waxing poetic, so I wrote some poems. Just so you know, some of these were heavily influenced by Death Cab for Cutie and the Mamas & the Papas. Each stanza is a different poem, so don't expect them all to go together.

I posted these on Facebook last night, but I figured they may as well go on my blog, too.


You’re here,
I’m there,
Life just hits us everywhere.
I listen to silly songs
And tell myself they don’t matter
I try to sit up and pay attention
But I lose my grip amid all the chatter.
What is wrong with me?
Why can’t I think straight?
I’ve been cruising along
And the clock says it’s late
But I’m still up
With the hope of something new
I only wish I could think
Of something more real than you.

(Now imagine a picture of someone sitting resting her chin in her palm looking thoughtful.)

Pay attention! Pay attention!
Lost in a train of thought
Now these useless words 
Are all the conmpany I've got. 

As I sit in this hand-me-down chair,
I try to think of an excuse to comb my hair.
But honestly, people, let's be honest.
The night is all but spent
And this time at home has been the longest.

The trumpets are blasting,
There's music in the air.
Someone's having a good night,
Someone knows how to party,
Someone's ears will be sore in the morning
From playing all this blarney.

I'm leaving on a jet plane,
But I know when I'll be back again.
...Oh babe, I'd like to go.

Why can't indie be more interesting?
I hear your rustic voice a burring,
And cool guitar a strumming,
-And yes I'll wait until tomorrow-
With all your repeating and sneezing,
You won't notice if I change de channel.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

For pen-collecting vultures: How to Work a Career Fair

You can collect a lot of free stuff at a career fair.
Like many college students, I am a vulture when it comes to free stuff. I admit this with no shame. Oh, there are the few who actually attend these sort of events for the real reason the events are put on, but in reality, a good majority of us are there for the free stuff. And boy, is it good.

Today I attended the annual Utah State University Career Fair. Having forgotten that it was coming, I did not prepare myself with a stack of resumes or dress in business casual slacks and a blouse. There were many who did, and kudos for them, but honestly I was only there for pen collecting. Every year the free stuff gets better. Last year the big thing was water bottles, and this year the stars of the fair were pedometers and playing cards, though few employers were handing them out. And then, there is always the reliable pen. I never have to buy pens because I collect about 15-20 of them several times a school year.

If you aren't out to land a job or internship at a career fair, there are certain key points you must remember when going vulture-ing.

  • Don't dress up. On the flip side, don't dress in super casual clothing, either. Your goal is to NOT stand out, unlike all the job hungry students who mob the tables on career day. Wear nice jeans with no holes and a nondescript shirt. Try to shed the coat, because it's bulky and career fairs are always crowded. 
  • They expect vultures like you, so don't feel bad to say, "Hey, can I have a pen?" These events are good advertising opportunities, so they usually WANT to give you free stuff. All the little gadgets, pens, chapsticks, highlighters, and carabiners are for people like you. They are small and inexpensive, and can be mass produced to get their name out there so hopefully a potential client or employee will somehow stumble across one someday. Plus it's just good PR.
  • The approach is very important. If there are other people already at the booth, you can usually snatch some stuff and make a quick getaway. If you find the reps watching you, look at the brochures and pretend to be interested--heck, you even may find you are interested, which is why I explain below why it's important to be prepared to talk with the reps--and then take a brochure, and a couple of the free things, and walk away.
  • Despite this, some representatives of the companies are a little territorial. They are there to pick up future employees, after all. Sometimes you have to let them give you the spiel about their company and what it could do for you. Therefore in that case...
  • Be prepared with a small speech about yourself and what you are looking for in a career. Although you aren't at the career fair this year to essential market yourself to future employers, you should use this opportunity to scope out a table that may be interesting next year, when you will be job hunting. My university is big on education, business, and engineering, so most of the employers there were looking for students with that major. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few who were looking for writers and communications experts, and I may follow up on that. 
  • If they ask when you graduate (And believe me, many will), be honest, but tell them you are there to get ideas. Many--though not all, some reps are genuine snobs--will still want to talk to you. 
  • Be honest, for the most part. Like I said before, they expect people to just walk up, take some candy and a notepad, and walk away. Sometimes you may get a stuffy rep who completely ignores you, but they'll usually give you something, and they won't remember you at the end of the day anyway. Here's an example from today:
    • Google signed up for the fair this year, and I was really excited to see what they have to say. My neighbors are, to put it lightly, highly enamored with Google, and that excitement is contagious. I walked up to the table where a nice young man was standing. Another two people walked up at the same time, and I could see him taking scope of us by the badges on our shirts that said our name, major, and graduation date. "So we've got a business major, a journalism major, and a computer science major," he said. "I don't really have much for journalism and business, but I can use computer science majors." I tried to play it cool, because he was right, in a way. I didn't mention that journalism covers things like writing, PR, and even sometimes marketing, and that Google probably has a giant department dedicated to that. But I digress. I felt completely scuzzed when he sort of waved us away and told us to take some lip balm, but it's understandable. And at least I got my free stuff. 
    • Another lesson to take away from this is: Don't fill out the name badge if you aren't career shopping. I found that once I took the badge off, all the career people were interested me because they didn't know what I was going into, and that opened avenues for conversation, and often a free pen.
  • When talking to these employers, find something in common with them. I walked up to the booth of a scrapbooking company that supplies the store I work at, and when I introduced myself the lady there knew my manager. Although she turned to someone else who was interested in graphic design after that, she was very nice about letting me take a handy straight-edged ruler. 
  • Snag a bag as soon as you can. There are always several companies who give out bags for people like you (plus they have the company logo for them, so it's another form of advertising).
  • Don't take more than one of each thing. Don't come back, and don't be greedy. You may find you'll need this employer next year.  
  • Occasionally take a flyer, or a business card. This looks like you actually are job hunting, and though the reps are willing to give out free stuff, they are more friendly about it when they think you are serious.
  • Be nice. Although this may be obvious after all the other ideas I've just given you, it needs to be stated. The companies are there to scope out employees and advertise their services, so if they want to talk to you, let them talk. Then steer the conversation around to maybe getting in touch, (I find that if I ask for a business card they usually let me go.) and take a pen, and move on to the next table.

My favorite freebies are pens, chapstick, and playing cards. I have no use for pizza cutters or frisbees. Career fairs are full of useless stuff (like little soft plastic pigs with the company logo) and good stuff. Just train yourself to keep your eye out for what you would want and could use later. And remember to have fun!