When you are in college, you become an adult whether you like it or not. You don’t have your mom and dad to tell you to stop watching t.v. and start your math homework, nor do you have someone to tell you exactly what classes to take every semester so you can graduate. So you have to figure it out for yourself. One thing they also don’t tell you is how to get a job after college. Sure, they give you a little advice, but is that enough? How can you really be an adult if you don’t know how to succeed after college?
I am one of the fortunate ones to have a major that prepares me for the field I am entering, but many students do not. It might be hard to know what jobs are out there for someone who majors in history or in English. So, what you have to do if you are one of those students? My first piece of advice is to think about all of the skills you are learning as a result of your major. Are you good at working with people? Do you have a critical eye for situations? Are you organized? Can you write well? These are all skills that can help you in certain careers, and they are valuable ones at that. So, once you have thought about your abilities, think about the types of jobs you can get with those skills.
Next, talk to a counselor or someone in your department and ask them what kinds of jobs are available that are related to your major. Chances are they know some place who could use your skills. From that list, you can decide where your strengths will come in most handy.
When you are a freshman, it is best to try and find an internship related to what you want to do later (or what you think you want to do) so you can get some experience. Hit up the expertise of a family friend who works in the field you want to and see what advice they have, and if they know of any places you could intern. This would most likely be free, but it is completely worth it. I have had numerous internships and not been paid for the work I did, but it was still great experience.
When you are a sophomore, you can try looking online for an internship. You can try monster.com, craigslist.com or jobsearch.com, and at least post your resume for potential employers to look at. An internship in town that only requires a few hours a week will probably be ideal, as would a part-time summer internship. You can also talk to Kristi Mackay in the Career Center or Jessica Wade. They are always willing to help and have a full database of local internships.
I have never tried this, but if you are not from Oregon and are having a hard time finding an internship in your hometown, try the local community college, college or university. Chances are there is a professor who can give you some advice. It never hurts to try.
When you are a junior, you should have a full-time internship. This is the ideal situation because you will have something to put on your resumes for when you graduate. You will also gain great recommendations from your supervisors, which are always helpful. If your internship is one where you get clips or examples, keep those. This is especially helpful in journalism internships, creative writing internships, photography internships and graphic designs internships, where clips are an essential part to the application.
When you are a senior, you should have one or two internships or at least a job shadow experience. Linfield offers a few opportunities, such as the Life After Linfield dinner, a job shadow day, and a career fair in Portland, to meet people who work in your field. They can provide valuable and long-lasting relationships you can use later in your career.
Overall, finding an internship can be stressful. But, remember that you are getting a well-rounded liberal arts education and that your skills are extremely marketable. Work hard and don’t let anyone tell you you won’t get a job after graduation. If you work hard enough, you’ll succeed!
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This week’s issue was so much better than the last! The staff was enthusiastic, the writing improved and things ran really smoothly despite missing our managing editor for a chunk of time. We missed you Stacey! We didn’t have any major technical errors. The nice man from Oregon Lithoprint stopped by and told us how to fix a couple of things and make their jobs easier, and I can tell the difference in the printing. We still had trouble with pixilation in the Arts section, but we should fix that this week…I’m hoping.
I am still loving our Linfield myth series, and Jordan did a great job. I KNEW there were tunnels under campus! Also, the piece about Linfield’s old theater in Pioneer was really cool and interesting. The story about the box elder bugs was gross and totally worth reading if they are making a home in your dorm room. Housing registration seemed to be a theme this week and the editorial and an opinion piece brought up some great points about mixed-gender housing and the difficulties of finding a roommate.
For the first time we did a joint Personality of the Week and I was really pleased. I don’t think it will become a routine thing, but it characterized the girls’ personalities very well. OH! and the Review is winning some awards! Early results are out from our main competition in the Oregon Newspaper Publisher’s Association 2008 contest and we have already received awards for best writing, best series, best house ad, best overall design and best cartoon to name a few. This is really exciting for us and we can’t wait to go to the conference in May and collect even more. We have our sights set on the General Excellence Award, which means we are better than all other newspapers in our category, and which we won last year!
Our graphics/ads designer Ryan Gerdes also entered us into a design competition for the first year and we will keep you posted.
We also picked up a couple of new writers this week, and we still need more! Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
Thanks to my new “favorite” class, Information Gathering, and one of my copy-editing partners, I have actually started to take an interest in education issues. Not that I particularly have the time to read up on such matter, but I am interested nonetheless.
Continuing my advocacy for Sen. Clinton, I found that she believes it takes a village to raise a child, which I believe is an excellent mantra to live by. Since I was a military brat, I was taught by a multitude of teachers and I had an amazing educational support system. I also found out she supports early childhood education, more mentoring and more parent education programs. To be honest, I completely agree with her beliefs. I participated in early childhood education, which I believe is beneficial to all children. She also opposes merit pay for individual teachers, but endorses merit pay for entire schools. I had no idea what that meant, so I had to look it up. Teachers, especially those in the United Kingdom, receive bonuses when they perform their jobs better, according to measurable criteria. Really? Who would support that? It’s basically saying teachers with better and brighter students receive bonuses because of the fact that they have better and brighter students. Besides, I’ve concluded that most merit pay plans do not succeed at implementing lasting, effective plans that have an ability to improve student learning. Problems include low teacher morale because of increased competition between teachers, as well as wasted time and money in the administration of the merit pay plans. Overall, not a bright idea. Clinton also supports higher pay for teachers and scholarships for teachers who promise to work in inner-city schools. She advocates more teachers and smaller classes and opposes school vouchers. Let’s just say that I heart Hillary and all her amazing ideas.
But hey: Don’t take my word for it. Everyone has their own opinion; it’s why I’m writing this blog. Let me know how you feel. But until then, remember this: Think for yourself. It’s normally the best course of action.
Last week’s paper was the most difficult of the semester because evryne was bogged down with midterms and a lack of enthusiasm because it was Spring Break. We ended up tuning out an OK issue, but there are no layouts or stories that I am in love with. It kind of just seemed run of the mill. Hopefully this next week we will be able to get a bit more excited about bringing you all the news in a more creative way.
Although, we did have one MAJOR accomplishment: I walked out at 1:40 a.m., the earliest ever. We are now officially a well-oiled newspaper machine.
We are having another problem, we lost another writer and a couple more needed to take the week off. I am happy to give writer’s breaks, but it is so hard on the rest of the staff. We have to compensate and some editors take on two or three stories each week that we are under staffed. I want to continue to provide a lot of stories about different things, rather than four per section. Its tough to be overworked.
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If you read my last blog you know I was offered a summer internship position near San Francisco with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since then I have accepted the job and in two short months I will be leaving McMinnville for a new and exciting experience!
Graduating from college is a monumental step in my life, and when it comes it will be the biggest of them all. Other than my upcoming June 1 graduation, I have had a few major transitions in my life. Maybe not a lot compared to others, but enough for me. I remember moving from Spokane to McMinnville when I was 11, I remember graduating high school and also leaving for a semester abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. But one large transition that hasn’t been such a big deal was my move to college. My dad, being employed by Linfield, gets me free tuition. That perk, along with the well-known study abroad program and the small but great Mass Communication department, attracted me to Linfield. Becoming a student at Linfield meant that was not not going to move far away from my family, and thus I did not have the real move-to-college experience.
In some ways I think I missed out on a lot by not moving away from my family for college, but for the most part I think it was beneficial. I live on campus and I don’t really go home all that often to see my family and I don’t spend any time with high school friends. So, a situation that could potentially feel like high school again does not exist. Overall I would have to say attending college in the same town your family lives in is not a bad thing, at least for me. My parents don’t check up on me and I probably see them as much as my friends who live in other cities close by, like Portland or Salem. I appreciate the fact that they are close by and I don’t take them for granted.
One thing I have learned about myself through all of the transitions I listed above is I always come out ahead. When we moved to McMinnville, I was really nervous nobody would like me. But I got into a great fifth grade class, I met a lot of nice people and we moved to a really neighborhood with lots of families. When I graduated high school, I was afraid I would be looked down upon for not leaving McMinnville. But it proved to be beneficial because I was able to keep my high school job and still earn money while going to class, while having the support of family and friends close by. When I went to Oaxaca, I was absolutely terrified I wouldn’t understand the language, be homesick or just hate it. But I loved it and now I am proficient in Spanish. I also learned I am independent.
So now that I am on the brink of graduation, I am scared just like all of those other times. But based on how they all turned out, I am sure this new transition will prove to be just as good. One of my best friends, Amber McKenna, is going to go with me. We will be living with her aunt and uncle and cousin, who are great people. We can go to the city on the weekends, go out at night, spend time with her family and just have a great summer. Sure, my job will be hard and I will need to work long hours, but that is what comes with the territory.
What I think has been the difference for me is that I go into each situation with an open mind and hopeful everything will be fine. I work hard to make sure everything works out, and so far I have not been disappointed. So, if you are reading this and are about to go through a big transition in your life, just remember you make it what you want it to be.
A few days ago I got offered a summer internship! It is a job I have really wanted since I saw the posting on a Web site a few months ago, and I am thrilled to have an answer for “what are you going to do after graduation?” I have been asked that question more times than I can count, and up until last Friday I felt angry and anxious every time someone asked me that. Now, I feel more confident about graduation.
The job is in San Francisco and my title will be Regional Public Affairs Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It is still technically an internship position, but it is an internship that will not treat me as an intern, it is more like a real job. I will be in charge of helping with publicity in the Bay Area for the Labor Day telethon for the MDA.
I have almost worked out my living situation, and when that is complete I will feel so much more confident about graduation. I always said I wanted to have a plan for at least the summer, and now I do. I hope to have something permanent set up, but there are so many different things I can do so I don’t want to limit myself.
Graduation is almost two months away to the day, and that is scary! I finally have to leave my comfortable place here at Linfield, and having a grown up job makes it more real. Now I really have to accept I am graduating and that I can’t keep working at the job I have had for seven years. It is real now, and I can’t put it off anymore.
Tonight my roommate came into my room with her cap and gown on, just to try it on. She wanted me to do the same, but I can’t do that quite yet! It would make it too real then.
Being a senior is a lot of fun. I feel grown up and able to offer a lot of advice to younger students. One thing I remember from being in middle school, high school and even from my freshman year here at Linfield is the way I felt about the college seniors. I remember being in awe of all they accomplished and I never thought I would be a senior–it seemed so far away! Well, now that it is here, I am priviledged to be in the position of all of those fomer seniors I looked up to.
On Friday I am leaving to travel to Mexico with my church and a group of other local churches. There, we will engage in bible studies and build houses for poor families. On this trip will be about 40 high school students, and I am really excited to be a college leader. I remember how important of a role the college students played in my experience, and I am happy to do the same for them. I think it is important for younger students, both in high school and in the early years in college, to have a role model. I still appreciate all of my old college leaders, and I hope some day these students who go on the trip will feel the same about me.
I don’t have a lot to say in the way of this, except to urge you to be the role model for someone–get out in the community and volunteer somewhere that will give you the opportunity to work with younger students who might need a friend or someone to talk to. In the next week I will work really hard to set a good example, and I urge you to do the same. Even if you aren’t a college senior and are older, think of the role models you had when you were younger, and be that for someone else. It will help a lot of high school students who might need someone.
So be the rold model for a younger student, and even if you aren’t in the position to work with younger students, still be someone to look up to!
You can ask anyone: I am not a tree-hugging, eco-friendly environment-loving person. It’s not how I think, feel or believe. Don’t get me wrong; I still believe we should take care of our Mother Earth, but there is no reason why I should have to give up my luxuries to so. Innovations, technology and creative thinking have pushed the United States in leaps and bounds toward a healthier tomorrow.
I do, however, believe in doing your part to save what resources we do have left. In high school, I was never very good about recycling. It just wasn’t important to my family. But ever since I came to Linfield, I have begun to realize that everyone has an impact on the environment, whether it is positive or negative.
So, with my new enlightenment, it vexes me so when I realize some people and companies are blatantly wasting valuable resources and destroying the air around us. I’m really not a big fan of breathing carcinogens during my morning walk to class, thank you very much. There are a multitude of actions these people and companies can take, but it really irks me when it messes with the air I breathe. Anyone who has been to the Los Angeles area knows exactly what I am talking about: It’s not fun when you can’t see the street light in front of you because the smog is thick enough to kill you.
Along those same lines, water pollution sucks. Yeah, I know the world is mainly made of water, but when did that give anyone the right to use it for a personal dump site? Thank goodness for the Environmental Protection Agency. You have to respect an organization that has one goal: to protect the environment. And not like those chain-themselves-to-a-tree-to-save-it types either. That’s a little much, even for a Democrat.
But hey: Don’t take my word for it. Everyone has their own opinion; it’s why I’m writing this blog. Let me know how you feel. But until then, remember this: Think for yourself. It’s normally the best course of action.
Despite one fried computer and the difficulties of fitting in a full-page ad, this has been the least stressful issue of the year.
At about 10 p.m., all of the work Claire Oliver had completed for the arts section was lost as her computer decided to kick the bucket. Luckily, we were able to reach computer genius Alex Thielman, who transferred her hard drive into another computer. After he saved the night, applause erupted from the staff members who were happy to not have to pull an all-nighter.
In fact, Claire caught up so quickly that I walked out of the lab at 1:50 a.m. Probably the earliest in Review history.
We also had a difficult decision to make. We had a full-age ad this week, and not a lot of extra space. It is the last issue before Spring Break and had to cover a lot of content. We had two options: Run the ad on page 12 in place of the Entertainment page, or on page 3 instead of the second Opinion page. We decided to keep the Entertainment page and sacrifice some staff opinion pieces because we think more students enjoy the entertainment page. Normally, we do not ever run ads on pages 2 and 3 because they are opinion, and ads are not the opinion of the paper. We relabeled the page “Advertising” and hope that students aren’t confused, and are happy with the decision. We had you all in mind; I promise!
The night sailed so smoothly despite those two issues.
I had a ton of fun with two stories this week. Elections on the front page looks great in red. I have never seen an editor of the Review run this series as a news feature before. Usually, a huge spread full of bios about the candidates makes it onto the double truck of the features section and the election stories are treated as hard news. I wanted to have a bit more fun with it. I love how much color we used and especially the headline this week “Approachability Reigns,” as it was the central focus of President-Elect Chris Schuldt’s platform.
The second best was Ryan Gerdes’ skateboarding feature on pages 8 and 9. The Review doesn’t often run what we call “picture stories,” meaning the piece is centered around the photos rather than writing. I think he did a great job and it is so edgy. The graphic of the skaters in the middle of the page is so contemporary and a major leap for our small paper. One of the great things about being a weekly is that we have the time to put a lot of thought into each issue, and make changes while still having ample time to readjust.
We have also started our second series of the school year: Debunking Linfield Myths. We want to take a new myth each week and investigate it. I thought it was very appropriate to do a piece on why Linfield doesn’t have sorority houses because I had heard so many urban myths since I have been here. If you have a myth that you would like to be investigated, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org asap!
The only part of the paper I was disappointed in this week was in sports. We had a great layout idea for the Lovell brothers story, but we ended up with a super cheesy posed photo of them. Lame. I hope we can use the idea again in the future. I feel we still need to work harder on our sports section to bring it up to the standards of other sections in the paper.
Sports did provide a small difficulty in that we ended up with two softball stories on Thursday at 4 p.m. and no baseball story. I called our fabulous reporter Jordan Jacobo and he interviewed players, researched the games and wrote the story within two hours. I am so proud of him, and I knew he would pull through for us.
What an issue! We will not be publishing next week as no one is on campus the Friday before Spring Break. Our next issue will be published April 4. Stay tuned!
As a senior, I have four years minus two-and-a-half months of college under my belt. So, I am supposed to have infinite wisdom about the college years, right? What classes to take, what classes not to take, where to live, what activities to participate in and how to succeed in general. So, today I will be giving you some advice based on some mistakes I made and some things I did well, and some things I didn’t do so well at.
First, take the colloquium four-year plan paper seriously. You know, the one where you say how many credits you’ll take each semester, what LC’s you need and if you are going abroad, how that will affect you. I know many of you are far past that stage, but if at all possible, save yourself and revise it if you didn’t take it seriously. I had no idea how helpful it would have been to put serious thought into it. It was really intimidating at first, so now that you are at the end of your freshman, sophomore or even junior year, it might seem less daunting. So pull out that form, talk to your adviser and make sure you are on track to graduate.
Second, pay attention to how many paracurricular classes you have and if you have more than eight, subtract those from your list of completed credits. They do not, I repeat, do not count if you have more than eight!
Third, take classes you enjoy, and take classes that intrigue you. I wish I would have taken a few more classes in other departments. Not only is it a great way to fulfill your LC’s, it is a great way to take advantage of the liberal arts education you are paying for, and you meet a lot of people you might not have met otherwise. I have taken three Creative Writing classes now, and I really like them. They are fairly easy, they are fun and you don’t have midterms! That wasn’t why I took so many, but it is nice to have a class that isn’t based on exams, but rather your creativity.
Classes I took that I loved: Creative Writing: Script, Sociology of Community, Race and Ethnicity and Yoga
Classes I wish I would have taken: A regular literary English class, a PolySci class, an art class, a film class, Drugs in the U.S. and Human Sexuality.
Fourth piece of advice, never trust the Registrar’s office, or any other person for that matter, regarding your transcript or any other important document. Pay attention to the numbers and requirements and don’t just take the word of an administrator. We are all adults here and we should be in charge of ourselves.
So, I hope you found this blog entry to be helpful, I know I did, and I wrote it! I can’t tell you how important it is to take your education seriously, because it’s impossible to go back and start over (unless you have unlimited money and are afraid to leave college). The overall message: Pay attention and make the best of your college years.