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A Day in the Life of an Intern

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The word intern was once a word associated with running around, getting coffee, picking up dry cleaning and constant stress. Today, an internship is what sets those apart in their dream field. This semester, I have been interning at Sesame Workshop in Manhattan and yes, it is as cute as it looks! When I came into college, I dreaded the idea of interning. Three internships later and I can honestly say it has helped me prepare for my future and learn about my field of study.

Interning is the best way to make connections, learn about the industry and ultimately, build your resume. Interning during the school year, or even during the summer gives you a leg up on the competition when it comes time to finding a job after graduation.

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Most internships allow you to work closely with a manger, who can serve as an important resource. Being genuinely interested, asking the right questions and working hard makes you an appealing candidate for an opening within the company. If you play your cards right, and make solid connections, you may be asked to accept a full-time position. If that is not the case, you at least have a mentor that can pass down knowledge and possibly  write you a letter of recommendation.

Interning during your undergrad can save you a lot of time once you graduate. The benefit of interning gives you an opportunity to learn what you want in a potential job; the environment, the people, the location, the type of work, etc. Do you want to commute? Do you mind using public transportation? Do you want a big business? Even if you intern and you hate it, it gives you the chance to learn what you don’t want to do, and any opportunity relevant to your career gives you something to add to your resume.

What will set you apart from competitors will be the internships and experiences you have on your resume. Internships make you extremely competitive in the workplace because allows you to say that you have had real experience in the workplace. During an interview you will have real life examples to talk about because interning allows you to take your classroom experiences and see how they will apply in the workplace.

Some of the best advice I received my freshman year was to intern, and intern a few times before I graduate. It may seem hard, and you may not know where to begin but there are many resources colleges and universities offer to help you find the perfect internship!

 

Are you happy with your health?

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55 brave college-aged students took a survey to test the health tips I talked about in my last post. The answers? Not so shocking-for the most part. Most students seem to run in the middle; they get the average amount of sleep, they sometimes tan in a tanning bed, and they rate their health, on a scale of 1 to 5, as a 3. So then why are 55.36% of college-aged students unhappy with their health?

Let’s go through the tips mentioned in last week’s post, and compare them to the students’ answers. The first, and maybe most obvious tip, mentioned keeping a healthy diet. The consensus amongst college students:

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Only two students eat a healthy diet every day. What do they eat on the other days? Eating poorly results in feeling poorly. This is an indication of why more than half of students are not happy with their health at this age. The second tip was to exercise regularly, and regularly means at least 30 minutes each day. Out of the 55 students who participated in the survey, about one fifth answered to exercising every day. 40% exercise 1-2 times per week, but only three students exercise everyday.

The two easiest indicators of a healthy human, diet and exercise, are disappointing. Luckily, over 75% of students never use a tanning bed, 95% of students do not smoke regularly, and the majority of alcohol consumption is between zero and two days per week. Over half of participants get between six and eight hours of sleep each night, and 70% of participants use sun protection. College students are doing the right things, so then why are they unhappy?

The factors that college students answered the lowest to, diet and exercise, show immediate results. Skin protection, smoking and drinking are all factors that effect us later in life. Eating poorly and minimal exercise make us depressed. That’s why most students feel as though they are not currently happy with their health. Now that we know the issue, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix!

Live a healthy life, have a happy life

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Living a healthy life is equivalent to one’s happiness. People aged 20 to 29 are at, or almost at their physical peak. As college students, this is the time to set our bodies up (mentally, physically and emotionally ) for the rest of our adulthood.

1. Healthy Diet: The older we get, the slower our metabolism processes food. It’s important to eat quality ingredients and limit the amount of processed food we put into our bodies. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and non or low-fat dairy products.

2. Exercise Regularly: Exercising has been proven to release endorphins, which means exercising actually makes you a happier person! Exercising doesn’t have to be slaving away at the gym, either. This can include taking a long walk, jogging outside, playing a pick-up game with friends, or even riding your bike for at least 30 minutes a day. Cardio makes hearts strong.

3. Sleep: It is underrated how important sleep is. It varies from person to person, but the average adult needs between seven and nine hours per night. If you need a mid-day nap, don’t nap longer than 20 minutes. A 20 minute nap will let you feel rejuvenated, while a nap longer than an hour will leave you feeling even more tired.

4. Protect Skin and Eyes: Without regular protection, the sun can be damaging your skin and eyes. Wear sunglasses at least SPF 15 sunglasses when out in the sun longer than a half hour, and apply about 15 minutes before sun exposure. Avoid indoor tanning beds. Women under the age of 30 who use tanning beds are six times more likely to develop melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.

5. Smoking: Nicotine is extremely addictive and smoking cigarettes can lead to teeth decay, wrinkles everywhere, weakening of bones, and ruins your heart and lungs. It can lead to cancer almost everywhere in your body. It’s 2016 and you shouldn’t really need another reason to not smoke cigarettes.

6. Alcohol: As college students, drinking alcohol is almost inevitable. Save drinking for the weekend and be cautious of the amount of alcohol you consume. Make sure  you are surrounded by people who you trust if you’re going to go out and take turns with your friends so that someone is always sober. Never, EVER get behind of the wheel if you have consumed alcohol.

Being healthy, and being aware of how to be healthy is the easiest way to take your happiness into your own hands. We have an entire decade that sets up the rest of our life and prepares our bodies to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy!

Debate Recap

The first presidential debate was held last night and Hofstra University  had the honor of welcoming Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton into the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Americans, especially those of voting age tuned in to watch the showdown. If you, for some reason, were unable to tune in, here’s what you missed.

Americans are struggling. This is the first presidential debate that I can partake in and the candidates, for lack of a better word, suck. Young, independent voters,  or about 20% of the population, are not voting for the candidate who they think is better, but against the candidate who they think is worse. The debate had the potential to sway  one in five voters, but with Hillary and Trump playing the same games as always, I don’t think any swaying was done.

90 minutes, six segments, a two minute opening response – that’s supposed to be uninterrupted, followed by 15 minutes of discussion. A presidential debate has pretty straight forward rules. Lester Holt, an NBC news anchor who was tasked with monitoring the debate, was practically invisible. Trump interrupted Hillary 51 times during the 90-minute debate period, including during her 2-minute “uninterrupted” opening statements. Bottom line: Trump couldn’t follow the rules of the debate.

Watching Hillary smirk, and Trump say “WRONG” made me toss my hands in the air. Both candidates took their respected jabs: Trump is rich, Hillary is hiding emails, but the debate spent more time reiterating these issues than explaining how to create jobs, or prevent homegrown terrorist attacks. I felt myself growing frustrated, and a little nervous as the candidates had only discussed three issues and it was already 10 P.M.

Hillary spoke better. Maybe that’s because she has been prepping for the debate a little bit more than Trump – something that was also jabbed at during the debate.  Trump spoke about twice as much as Hillary, but Hill used her words more wisely.

The big question that everyone will be discussing in the next few days: Who won? ABC think Hillary won. CNN thinks Hillary won. Fortune thinks Hillary won.  Public polls think Trump won. We already know that Hillary is more put together, a better speaker and more predictable. She’s been doing it longer! The winner of the debate will be the candidate who swayed more voters. There were no record breaking discoveries last night, and I don’t think many of those young, independents have made up their minds about who to put down on the ballot in November.

Third time’s the charm: a look at how Hofstra security is preparing for the 2016 Presidential Debate

Hofstra University is making history as the first college to host three consecutive debates, and if you’re a student at the Hofstra, you’ve heard that said about 1,000 times. After Wright State University in Ohio dropped out mid-July, Hofstra has been preparing the campus for the thousands of news crew, security, politicians and students to take over campus on Monday, September 26, 2016.

There have been fences made, tents raised, platforms built, and parking lots closed. The other day, I was driving though campus and asked one my friends why it was necessary we have gates everywhere. She looked at me and simply answered: “To keep intruders out.” If you look closely, there is barbed wire on top of the fences Hofstra has put up, slightly intimidating for a girl from New Hampshire. This got me thinking: all of the hype and excitement aside, how safe is it, in this day and age, to host a presidential debate with two of the most controversial candidates?

Well, Hofstra has spent upwards of $5 million dollars in security preparations, and has spent $700,000 in security upgrades to surrounding areas. Hofstra Public Safety, Nassau County and Village of Hempstead Police Departments will bring in hundreds of additional law enforcement to assist in security needs next Monday. Students will only be allowed on campus, or on any of Hofstra’s transportation busses with proper Hofstra identification, and absolutely no guests are permitted in dorms beginning Wednesday, September 21.

This isn’t Hofstra’s first rodeo. The 2008 and 2012 debates have helped Hofstra prepare and somewhat expect how things will run this time around. I was at the gym last week and four black SUVs were illegally parked outside the fitness center, AKA secret service was getting a little tour of Hofstra’s amenities, how exciting! As a student who gets to be here and experience history, I for one, trust in Hofstra’s ability to keep things running smoothly and safely.