Life (A Balancing Act)

Life is a balancing act for everyone, but I think college students have it the toughest. Between family, school, internships, jobs, clubs, health, and friends, a college student’s time is in high demand. Attempting to manage all these things while still having a social life is a true art deserving of reward.

Making time for every single one is important so that you stay sane. Being all work and no play can easily drive you crazy and you will have a sense of being unfulfilled. No matter how much success you have at school or at work or at an internship, if you are not spending any time with family or enjoying the company of friends from time to time you will feel like something is missing. If you spend too much time out with friends, you will most likely see your GPA suffer and your performance at work decline. Finding a healthy balance is imperative to your success.

One way you can start to figure out how much time to attribute to what is by implementing a ranking system. Place your life aspects in order of what is most important to you right now; number one being the thing you want to focus on the most, and the last being not the least important but the one that will get attended after all other tasks have been taken care of. This will also give purpose to all you are doing and help you see why you do what you do (for example putting more time into school to achieve a 4.0 GPA).

If you are anything like me, school and work are top priorities on my list. As a college student, you have to put school first and do everything in your power to make adequate time to complete assignments and study for exams. With so many different activities to tend to, I personally know how difficult it can be to make good time for school, but it is without question the most important thing you must do. School is what is going to help you launch your career so whatever job or internship you may have must come second to school, no matter if it is in your career field of interest. That does not mean that you should not tend to your job or internship though. You must treat every employment opportunity very seriously so that you learn as much as possible and you leave employers with the best impressions of you so that you have good business references.

Besides all of the activities that work your brain, it is imperative that you make time for physical activity throughout your week even if you only proactively do it 2 to 3 times a week. Studies show that people who exercise frequently are more alert and have more energy than those who do not. Whether you are playing football with your friends, shooting some hoops on the court, actually going to a gym, or doing Sean T.’s Insanity at home, just make sure you are active. It will not only help your health but you will emotionally feel better about yourself knowing you are keeping your body in check.

Make sure that you include some down time into your schedule as well. A time you can use to just relax, read a few pages of a good book, lounge around on the couch and watch some television, or do something that you really enjoy doing. It is important to schedule time for yourself so that your mind and body have time to recharge for the more demanding tasks in your life.

I hope this helps you think about how to balance your seemingly hectic life and that you are able to become more organized and thus be able to get the most out of your life 🙂

Interviews

Interviews. I used to be terrified of interviews. What if I said the wrong thing? What if I couldn’t answer a question? What if I didn’t know the answer to something? What if they asked me about a scenario and I had no idea what to say? What if I stuttered? What if I had a wardrobe malfunction? What if they didn’t like me? All these questions used to rush through my head before I entered an interview. I was paranoid that I would somehow inevitably mess up and embarrass myself and they wouldn’t hire me. 

This is the way I felt until I realized something. An interview is nothing more than talking about HOW AWESOME YOU ARE the whole time. Well, you can at least look at it that way and trust me, you will feel so much more confident and comfortable during the actual interview. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to just brag about all the great things about them??? Of course, you have to tailor your bragging into speaking about the AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU that would make you the ideal candidate for the position. Nevertheless, the conversation is still about YOU. It’s about how YOUR AMAZING SELF can better the company and how YOUR SUPER PERSONALITY fits in with the rest of the team.

There are certain steps that you can take so that you feel better prepared for an interview:

1. Prepare 2-3 introductory sentences about yourself (name, age, school, major, some interests)

2. Identify your highest achievement and what you did to accomplish it

3. Identify your biggest struggle and what you did to get through it

4. Identify what experiences you’ve had that make you a qualified candidate for the position

5. Do some research on the company and be prepared to ask some questions (this lets the interviewer know that you took time to become informed and that you have an interest in the company)

6. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS bring multiple copies of your resume tucked neatly into a folder 

Make sure that you go into the interview with a smile and greet the interviewer with a firm handshake to show them that you are confident and that you mean business. Sit upright in your chair (no slouching), but don’t be stiff as a stick or you’re going to look completely unnatural and uncomfortable. Don’t try to force yourself to speak ridiculously eloquent either or, trust me, you’ll stumble and stutter. Just say what you need to say in terminology you are familiar with and the sentences should flow smoothly which will show that you know what you are talking about. Just let your personality shine through in whatever you do and everything should be smooth sailing from there.

Make sure to thank the interviewer for taking time out of their busy schedule to consider your candidacy. You also want to show that you are excited to be there and eager to work for the company and be part of the team. Ask any questions you may have because you want to know as much as possible about the place you may be soon be working at. At the end of the interview do not forget to shake the interviewer’s hand again and thank them one more time for considering you for a position.

I hope these tips have been helpful and that you now think of interviews as great events because you get to talk about how awesome you are the whole time!

Football Season

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CAN YOU TELL HOW EXCITED I AM FOR FOOTBALL SEASON?!?!

I am absolutely ecstatic about the most amazing sport in the world gracing our television screens again! Sundays will once again be good.

Die hard American tackle football takes both brains and brawn. The game requires an immense amount of determination. It utilizes every skill ranging from hand-eye coordination, to speed, to dodging ability, to manpower, to ramming a man into the dirt. As a die hard American football fan who watches all the games and is friends with the guys on my college team (Fordham University), here are some of the areas that I believe are crucial for football players to be skilled in.

One overarching aspect that sticks out to me is conditioning. I notice that the boys on my college team never really get a day off even during the off-season. They are in the gym every day whether it’s working on legs, arms, cardio, etc. Conditioning is essential for a football player because even though plays are less than 10 seconds, there are hundreds of plays during a game. During the execution of these plays, no matter how short they are, the quick movements and constant collisions take a toll on the players’ bodies.

Another skill that football players must possess is the ability to be versatile with their footwork (fancy footing). No matter what position, all players must have good footwork. Whether they are planting their feet to stop the opposing line, dodging oncoming tackles, or or running routes swerving around the line to get open for a catch, players must be able to have quick feet and pivot on command.

Every football player must have strength. Even undersized players who thrive on their speed must be strong enough to withstand blows, that I compare to car collisions, and still continue to play. Having a weight advantage over the other team is always a plus because it serves not only as an intimidating factor but a heavier guy can most likely stop a lighter guy or deliver more damage.

Players must be aware of their surroundings at all times and be quick to react to what is going on around them. This is the skill that all other skills must complement because a player is nothing if he is not aware. If a player can’t find the ball before a reception, locate a hole to speed through, or find a receiver to throw to, it will not matter how strong or fast he is.

Along with awareness, players must be smart; smart in the sense that they can not only memorize plays and execute them without fault, but be able to adjust their movements on the spot in accordance to what is going on around them. They must be able to figure out what the best move is that will still benefit the play even if it does not occur the original way it was planned.

Now let us all rejoice in watching men who possess these skills excel on the gridiron and on the big screen for our entertainment!