Toward the tail end of my senior year, I would end most weeknights with the following ritual: Around 11:00 PM, I would climb a flight of stairs up to Jason’s suite, and would engage in a 30 minute session of playing one of Electronic Arts’ best selling video games, FIFA 2009 on Jason’s XBox. I went through a long and embarrassing newbie curve. Jason, and his suitemate, Josh, would select the worst teams imaginable while I would try my best with FC Barcelona, (the equivalent of the Los Angeles Lakers, in terms of talent, but in the world of soccer). It was not until the third or forth week when the 10-0 drubbings turned into tight, 2-0 losses or, if I got lucky, a 1-0 win! Jason and Josh are skilled gamers. Their talents were not just limited to sports video games. They could hang with the best of them [...]
While this might be old news to many, Monday was Cyber Monday. The term was coined in 2004 as research indicated that 77% of online retailers experienced significant increases in sales the Monday after Thanksgiving. This past Monday, one of my favorite retailers, Bonobos, an online menswear start-up which specializes in making ridiculously good-looking pants that fit better than anything you might find in a store (they also provide excellent ninja customer service) announced via Twitter that they had their biggest day ever, selling $140,000 worth of slacks!! That’s pretty significant considering that Bonobos does not sell any of its wares in brick and mortar stores. With the many luxury retailers still feeling the blues from the recession, Bonobos proves that there are opportunities available for individuals who want to pursue a career in the world of fashion and design. Schools such as the Fashion Institute of Design (FIDM) and [...]
Keeping on last week’s focus on youth science education, I can’t help but recall the awesome post-college gig I got as an after-school enrichment program instructor, essentially allowing me to add “science” to the teaching experience section of my résumé. With hindsight, this would have been the perfect job to have landed while in college, or even in high school. And while this boosted my all-around level of experience when on the job hunt, it would have surely helped my undergraduate college applications. Band and peer counseling are good extra-curriculars, but a job that actually got you teaching children? Even better. The majority of after-school academic enrichment programs are run by private companies, and thus, train their own instructors. Four years of college plus a state-run credentialing program are for long-term, serious schoolteachers. As an enrichment program instructor, you’re basically hired by a private company to go out and teach [...]
BetterGrads totally digs STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives.