“Tremendous” Sigh

This week, news broke that someone in the United States revealed highly classified intel to the Russians, putting an Israeli spy’s life in danger (among other implications). That same guy who maybe outed an Israeli spy is also the same guy who fired FBI Director James Comey after Comey wouldn’t vow his loyalty to him and wouldn’t drop investigations into Michael Flynn. This same guy called the reporting of these incidents (and the reporting of every wrong thing he has ever done) a witch hunt. Same dude continued calling media outlets who reported his wrongdoings “fake news” (fake news is any truth that makes him look bad), despite going on Twitter and on TV and admitting to doing the exact same things these news outlets were reporting he did. This guy I’m talking about? President Donald Trump of The United States of America.

The worst part is that some of his supporters continue to believe these outlets are fake (some of them know he’s lying but it behooves them to pretend they don’t). Some bias is inevitable in the 24 hour news cycle, but bias and lies are two completely different things; these Breitbart loyalists have a hard time distinguishing that. At this point, Trump’s nose could grow every time he lied and his fanatics would still believe he was telling the truth.

The president of the United States is Donald Trump. To me, that’s like saying we elected Ronald McDonald or Pauly D from the Jersey Shore or Nick Viall from the Bachelor for President– and Trump’s behavior continues to prove they might as well be.

Post Grad Survival Guide — Change Your Resume and Land An Interview

Time for some practical career advice.

This past Sunday, my friend and I went to a bustling Barnes & Noble (it was so PACKED) to plan our upcoming trip to New York. This hang quickly turned into a free resume writing lesson. She had so many things wrong with her resume that we stopped our trip planning to completely rewrite it.

The following tips are most applicable if you graduated college within the last 3 years.

1. List your education first

At this stage in your professional career, your Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctoral/What-have-you degree is likely your most important and relevant accomplishment.

  • DO NOT list your high school (or middle school or elementary school). A college degree implies the completion of high school; this redundancy isn’t necessary nor relevant.
  • DO NOT include your GPA unless it’s stellar, meaning higher than a 3.5. Even then, I don’t suggest you write it unless the position requires an undergrad GPA greater than “X” number.
  • List your education in reverse chronology. For example, if you have a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, and a Doctoral degree, list the Doctoral first, then your Master’s, then your Bachelor’s.

2. List your Experience second

If you think you don’t have any experience, you may be wrong. Here, you can list occupations you have had with no pay like Tutor, Research Assistant, Research Intern, Intern, Writer (for the school paper), Radio host (for the school’s radio station). Think of all the experiences you have to offer and list them, and if you don’t have any to list, apply anyway! Employers know that you are just starting out in your career.

  • DO NOT describe your experience in a personal way. This means don’t say things like, “I loved this job because I really grew as a person, not only professionally but personally as well.” This is not professional. Look at the description of the position you held or google the description (e.g. search ‘research assistant job description’) for ideas on what to write and how to write it.
  • DO NOT list your responsibilities as bullet points.

3. List “Outreach” or “Volunteer Experience” third

Employers love community outreach; volunteering serves to make you a more well-rounded person. List this the same way you would list a job.  If you don’t have anything to list here, get to volunteering! Go to an animal shelter or rescue mission to see what you can do for your community.

4. List Scholarships fourth 

List them in bullets, along with the years you had them. An explanation isn’t necessary. You don’t want your resume to become a drag to read. Here’s an example how what it should look like:

  • Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship (2012-2016)
  • First Generation Scholarship (2012-2016)

DO NOT list financial aid as a scholarship award.

5. List “Conference Presentations” or “Publications” fifth

Maybe you presented at an undergraduate research conference or you were included as a coauthor on a professor’s publication (if you worked in their lab or research center) or you wrote articles for your school paper/magazine. List these accomplishments.

6. Certifications

List only relevant certifications. If you earned a certificate in bartending, that’s something you would only list if you were going into Hospitality or the Food & Beverage Industry.

7. Extracurricular Activities

Were you a part of any club or organization at your university? List them in bullets along with the years you were active. For example:

  • Phi Alpha Delta (2014-2016)
  • Alternative Breaks (2012-2016)
  • Student Council  (2012-2013)

8. Languages 

You should only have this section if you speak more than one language. List the language along with your level of proficiency. It should look like this:

English (native), Spanish (native), German (Intermediate)

DO NOT list a language you can’t even speak a full sentence in. If you speak a language at an elementary level, you should probably leave it out.

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If there are headings in this outline in which you don’t have anything to list or mention, like Conference Presentations or Certifications, DO NOT list the heading. Skip it and move on to the next heading.


Do you have any tips on resume writing? Leave them in the comments! It could help someone! Thanks for reading.

Let’s go shopping

^^me to you guys right now.

 

SYDNEY – BLACK DWELL COLLECTION Backpack $170.00

This is a Matt & Nat vegan leather backpack. A problem I usually have with backpacks is that they are either too small or too large for my frame. I end up wearing the same thing for years because I never find something I like… until I find it in which case, the vicious cycle of wearing the same thing for years renews itself!

 

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Weekday Casy Shirt $61.00

I had the long sleeve version of this shirt a few years ago which I’d found in Goodwill. I’m now wishing I hadn’t donated it back into the thrift system! It even looks as though this one’s made with the same fabric– modal, aka artificial silk.

 

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ASOS WHITE Denim Jean With Tie Waistband In Lightblue Wash $83.00 
I don’t know if you guys could tell by now, but I love loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. This is why I would wear a sweatpant jean like this one.
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ASOS Cold Shoulder Blouse with Shirring & Button Front $49.00
This trumpet sleeve is so cute. I wish the shoulders weren’t cut out but that’s okay. I’ve been looking for a shirt like this one (in black and without the cold shoulders) but it’s difficult to find this type of sleeve. The current sleeve trend is the bell sleeve combined with some off-the-shoulder action.

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ASOS Top with Contrast Mesh Insert $25.00

This top is simple and elegant for a night out. It’s perfect for late evening parties in the summer or for going to a bar.

Well, that’s it for now!

Thanks for sharing these random online shopping experiences with me 🙂

Trump’s Playground – March 20-April 20

Executive Orders:

  • Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders X
    • This order rescinds the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that requires companies that seek to work with the federal government to demonstrate that they comply with federal laws and executive orders. Source
  • Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth X
    • This order rescinds many strides made by the Obama Administration in combating climate change. This orders government agencies to identify plans that would help decelerate climate change so that these plans could be abandoned. Source ASource B
  • Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis X
    • This order establishes a commission that will be led by Governor Chris Christie to discuss how to deal with the current drug problem in the U.S. Source A, Source B
  • Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits X
    • This orders a review on the largest trade deficits in 2016 in order to combat and take action against rule-breakers. Source
  • Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice X
    • This order lays out the succession of attorney general in the event of Jeff Sessions’ death.
  • Buy American and Hire American X
    • Orders a review of the H1-B visa program and a plan to propose reforms. This order is intended to make it more favorable to hire Americans than skilled workers from abroad. Source A, Source B

In the news:

6 Reasons You Should Go To The March For Science This Saturday

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  1. If you care about the truth.
  2. If you think facts shouldn’t be a partisan issue. 
  3. If you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent who understands the facts of climate change and consider it an obligation to protect the current and future generations from a flooded, polluted, unbreathable planet.
  4. If you are concerned with the regressive policies of the current administration concerning climate change.
  5. If you care about the United States keeping its commitment in the Paris Agreement.
  6. If you care about America progressing into a sustainable future rather than clinging onto a past that does us all more harm than good.

This march is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Washington D.C. and satellite events around the world. If you’ve never been to a protest, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of pictures (share them with me!). The marches/protests I’ve been to (a grand total of 2 haha) have been peaceful and well-organized. I encourage you to attend if this is an issue you care about.

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As a side note: your faith does not have to hinder your acceptance of science. This is one of my favorite quotes on science and faith:

“My love for science doesn’t preclude my faith. For me, science is another language we use to talk about the same miracles faith talks about.” — Kala Dandekar 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Things you THOUGHT were vegan but aren’t – Part 2

  1. Soaps
    • Some soaps will list sodium tallowate, aka animal fat, as an ingredient.
    • L-Oreal, Dove, and Neutrogena soaps hold a “bottom” rating on the animal welfare scale, suggesting they’re a company that does animal testing..
  2. Condoms
    • Some condoms are made with casein (the typical latex condom) or lamb intestines.
  3. Shampoos/Conditioners
    • Ingredients like amino acids or vitamin B could be plant-based or animal-based. Some companies don’t specify, making it hard to tell if the product is vegan.
  4. Toothpaste
    • May contain glycerin which can be derived from either animals or plants. Colgate claims to be vegan because their ingredients are not animal-derived, but they do test on animals.
  5. Tattoo Ink
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  6. Candles
    • Some candles have ingredients like beeswax or stearic acid (animal-derived). Yankee Candles are vegan (except for their beeswax candles).
  7. Fireworks
    • Use stearic acid which could be either plant-derived or animal-derived. Not to mention how animals are affected by the sound pollution of the explosions.
  8. Vitamins
  9. Perfumes
  10. Gum
    • Some use gelatin or stearic acid (animal-derived). The Wrigley company has claimed that Extra, Eclipse, and Orbit gums do not use animal-derived ingredients.
  11. Deodorant
  12. Plastic Bags
    • Manufacturers may use animal additives to improve the quality of their plastics.
  13. Car/Bike Tires
    • May use stearic acid (animal-based).
  14. Glue
    • “Animal glue” uses gelatin. This type of glue is used for bookbinding, wood work, and instruments.
  15. Fabric Softener
    • Downy contains animal-derived Dihydrogenated tallow dimethyl ammonium chloride.

The Caprice of the GOP

In the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court Justice, Senate Republicans changed a 200-year-old rule that required a 60 vote majority to end any filibustering in order to confirm the Supreme Court nominee.

So, Conservatives changed a 200-year-old rule…when it was in their favor. When people were talking about changing the electoral college, these were the people whose voters/supporters/pundits complained that the electoral college should not be changed to popular rule in order to protect America from “rule by majority” because they believe that majority rule is tyrannical, yet they turn around and change the rules that allow filibustering until a significant percentage of the Senate agrees, to allow rule by slight majority (54-45) in a way that they have described to be tyrannical.