Temple Advocating for Progress ( T.A.P. )

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One of my best friends is running for president of Temple Student Government!

Vote Temple Advocating for Progress (TAP) on April 3rd and April 4th at uvote.temple.edu and check out this sick video! =]

What I’ve Learned in my 2 Days Working at my Internship

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Well hello subscribers, long time no blog. And when I say hello subscribers, I mean hello Mom and Dad.

As many of you know through my obnoxious Facebook updates, I have recently landed an internship. But not just any internship, no sir… my DREAM internship. You are currently reading the blog post of the new Web and Marketing intern for Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation! What. Is. Up. I get to work with my favorite things 18 hours a week; Marketing, the internet, and Philly <3 What’s that Rocky statue? You’re jealous? Yeah, I would be too.

I just got home from completing my second day on the job (that’s 12 hours of rock solid hustle) and already I have learned so much. So, for you my blogging buddies, I will let you in on the 3 things I’ve learned so far on the job (I should really be charging money for this golden knowledge, but since my parents are probably the only ones reading, I’ll let this one slide. I guess I owe you guys one… for the whole giving me life thing, thanks for that by the way.)

Here we go…

1.) Heels.
Heels are so much more appealing at 8 o’clock in the morning than they are at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Half way through the day, those suckers go from appealing to appalling in about 2 seconds.

2.) Bathroom Etiquette.
You do not have to tell anyone that you’re going to the bathroom.

Me: “I’m just going to go to the bathroom real quick”
My Supervisor: “You don’t need to tell me that”
Me: “Ok” (walks away)

Trust me, it’s awkward for everyone.

3.) Words.
Make a list of all the words you hear that you don’t know the meaning to. I actually got this idea in my MIS class and it’s brilliant. I work in the web department so they’re constantly throwing around words that I don’t know or can’t remember the meaning to, so I write it down and look it up when I get home. This DEFINITELY includes any and all acronyms. Apparently corporate America is an acronym addict.

 

Until next time, all the love.

How to Stay Stress Free During Finals

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my planner on an average week.

Finals can be a crazy time for any student. It’s the 10% of our semester that has the power to indicate our success of the other 90%. But while we are all inundated with tests, papers, and the dreaded group projects, there are some sure-fire ways to stay stress-free during these trying times.

1.) Breathe - the more you let stress become you, the more likely you are to bomb the test. Remember to get a good night’s sleep every night during test week. You need to feel healthy, both physically and mentally, so that you feel up to the challenge of conquering that 8 chapter exam with short answers, instead of feeling like curling up into a ball and crying.

2.) Find relief – For me, no matter how stressed I am, there is only one place where I can shut my brain down and forget about reality: the shower. I could have 4 exams during the course of 3 days, but the second I step foot into the shower and make the water as hot as possible, my mind is off. It’s that 20 minutes that allows my sanity to stay put. Find what it is that allows you to really take a break. Find your own version of a hot shower.

3.) Schedule yourself – The trick to not pulling all-nighters is to plan ahead. Make sure you are setting enough time aside for each test/paper and that during that time you are actually doing the work that you are supposed to be doing. What I do is make a goal of how many hours I want to study for something and then make a plan to do ‘x’ amount of hours each day. Once I’ve completed the hours, I cross them off in my planner as a motivation to keep going. During study time, I also make a study plan before I begin… for example as I was studying the other night I was doing 45 minutes of studying and then 15 minutes of Pinterest (my newest online obsession). Knowing that I was allowed a reasonable amount of time to go online kept me motivated and efficient during the 45 minutes of real work.

Well, hopefully these three tips help bring some piece of mind into your life during finals. Oh also, don’t forget to laugh. Laughing is the best stress-buster you could ever imagine. Find things to make yourself laugh, hell, laugh at yourself, just make sure you are smiling.

I saw this meme online… totally encapsulates the essence of finals week… and will definitely help bring a smile to your face.

A little of this, a little of that

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Well I think I’m going to give up on the whole ‘How to’ thing… I’ve run out of things to teach. So, from now on this will just be a regular blog dedicated to cool stuff you can do as a Temple student.

I haven’t blogged in quite some time… and honestly it’s 4:00pm the day before Thanksgiving… Lauren and myself are the only ones here in the Undergraduate Admissions office, and frankly, I don’t feel like thinking too much. So here is a photo-blog-post of the last however many days its been since I blogged. Here were the highlights:

Fall <3

my roommate turned 21!

 

found some nice words in a bathroom stall

 

cats

 

my mom... proving how awesome she is

 

getting my grub on at a truck called Vernalicious ... so. good.

 

did WORK.

 

 

my dad and me at the penn state vs. temple game... I don't want to talk about it.

 

I was Pepperann for Halloween ... #nailedit

 

ok…well… that was fun. =]

How to get your musical on at Temple

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One of the things that I really love about Temple is that there are so many things to do on campus.
You want to grab a cheese steak? We got it.
Want to visit the grave of our founder? We got it.
Want to go see a play or a musical? We got it.

So Thursday night, with a few other friends, I ventured to Tomlinson, our theater on campus to watch a spectacular musical called Urinetown. The musical was special not only because it was a hilarious dark comedy with political undertones, but also because the star was our own Katie Johantgen! Katie, another Owl Ambassador like myself, gave a spectacular performance as Hope Cladwell, the daughter of a shrewd monopoly-owning business man in charge of all the bathrooms in the city. The show is set in a town in the future that has run extremely low on water and must regulate every use of the precious resource (including charging ridiculous amounts of money to use the bathroom!) Overall the musical was hilarious from start to finish with an unexpected ending to top it all off. The jokes were humorous but once you took a deeper look you could see that they were pretty political which made it all the more hilarious.


It was great to take a break from school work and responsibilities, turn my cell phone off for a few hours, and just relax with some great friends. Urinetown will be playing until October 30th and it’s only $10 with a Temple student ID. I’d definitely recommend this show to anyone!

How to Help People Through Habitat for Humanity

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This past Saturday I traveled to Glassboro New Jersey with 9 other Temple students to help out at a build with Habitat for Humanity. After driving for about 45 minutes we arrived at the build at 8AM ready to do some heavy lifting and some serious hammering.

We started the day off by splitting our group of 10 into 2 groups of 5. Each group was sent to a different house in which we were instructed to start cleaning and prepping for the painters who would be coming by later in the week. In our house we were wiping down the walls and making sure each screw was securely in the wall and not sticking out. After wiping down the walls we had to clean the windows and vacuum / sweep the floor. I found a spider. It was gross, but I killed it.

After we finished prepping the two houses for the painters we moved on to another house. The development we were working at was a Habitat development which meant that all the houses were built by HFH. Out of the 12 houses there, about 7 of them were lived in and 5 were still being finished. The last house we worked on had an interesting story. The house itself was originally built by a group of students from a technical institute somewhere in New Jersey, then transported to the build site and placed upon a foundation. So technically the house was not attached to the foundation. In other words, if there was a really angry wolf walking around and blowing on houses, this house wouldn’t stand a chance. So our job was to attach it by putting metal plates over the foundation and the house and nailing it to pieces of wood. It was quite a hard task, needless to say my arms were quite sore the next day. My thumb was especially sore since I accidently hammered it at one point :-/ #oops

Overall we had a really great day. I was really grateful to be able to meet one of the owners of one of the houses we were working on. She informed me that not only does she have to put in 350 hours of sweat equity (ie. helping to build your own house) but she also has to put in an extra 200 hours either working on the house or working at a restore which is a store run by Habitat where they sell household goods that were donated from places like Home Depot and Lowe’s and discount prices. So if you own a Habitat house and don’t have a lot of money to furnish it, you can always go to your local restore and pick up some affordable items.

ahhh I <3 Habitat for Humanity

For more info on how to get involved with Temple University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity you can check us out on facebook at www.facebook.com/tuhfh

How to Take Great Pictures With an iPhone

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1.) Apps – Apps are a great way to create quality photos using your iPhone. Apps are great to assist you with color, contrast, and even depth of field in some cases. It seems like sometimes taking a picture with your iPhone produces a very flat, very blah, image. Using these apps you will be able to edit some very creative and very interesting pictures. One of the most popular photo apps right now is instagram which is great to give your photos that indie, retro, hip, vibe. My absolute favorite though is camera+ which gives you some ready-made photo effects but also lets you tweak the lighting, the contrast, the crop, and the list goes on and on.

A before and after of a picture I took of my friends on Beury Beach. I used the camera+ app to edit it.

2.) Rule of Thirds – Don’t forget that even though you are using your iPhone (or any smartphone for that matter) you should still think about the rules of photography, and one of those rules is the Rule of Thirds. Simply put, this rule states that when taking a picture imagine a 3 x 3 grid on top of the picture and place the subject where the lines of that imaginary grid intersect. In the picture below you’ll see a simple picture of the beach in Jersey. I purposely put the subject in the photo in the upper left hand corner with the line of the sand right where one of the imaginary grid lines would be. Doing this creates visually appealing pictures for even the simplest subjects.

Jersey shore pic following the rule of thirds and edited with Instagram

3.) Use your phone’s focus – A great feature of the iPhone’s camera is that you can tap on whatever you want to be focused. This not only adds depth to your photos, but it also allows for some creativity! Here is a shot that I took of my friend Abby using the manual focus.

my friend Abby at work. Edited with the camera+ app

4.) Get creative with angles – when taking pictures you don’t have to just point and shoot. Even with a smart phone you can adjust the angle in which you take the picture by just a slight rotation of the position of your hands. This is one of the easiest things to get really creative with!

on a bench in Rittenhouse square. Edited with Instagram

5.) Fill the frame – Get up close and personal with your subject. Try to fill the frame to the best of your ability without cutting things at awkward angles.

Eiffel Tower in Paris. Edited with Instagram

6.) Panorama!  – A lot of people with iPhones don’t know that it’s actually quite simple to take a panorama using a panorama app. The one below is a little crappy but it still shows how cool your pictures could be in panorama format!

a beach in Barcelona taken with 360 app

happy photographing! =]

How to Celebrate Taking a Midterm

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Step 1.) buy a Groupon for a ticket to go see Ellie Goulding in concert the day of your midterm (or whatever singer / band you want to see – aren’t Groupons the best?)

Step 2.) Take the midterm… kick ass… leave

Step 3.) Grab an awesome friend

Step 4.) Hang upstairs at the bar area because you are not 16 years old and you’re not from New Jersey so there is no need to dance like Miley Cyrus and fist pump.

Step 5.) Grab a drink and enjoy Ellie Goulding’s beautiful voice and fun performance at the Electric Factory

 

How to Enjoy Temple’s Ambler Campus

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Temple you might be surprised to find out that we actually have quite a few campuses other than our main one in Philadelphia. One of those campuses is our lush, green, suburban campus located in Ambler, PA.

As of right now I am taking a class at Ambler every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 and while the class part is not my favorite, I certainly don’t mind getting to see the gorgeous nature and friendly animals (yeah that’s right, there are animals at Ambler that aren’t pissed off squirrels ready to take revenge on every piece of food you possess).

After my midterm tonight I had a lot of time to kill before we got back to our scheduled agenda for the rest of class so I took a little walk through the campus and got some pictures so you all can see what Ambler is all about.

So my advice to Temple students is to take advantage of the different places you can take classes. Temple has a lot to offer so why not take a chance?

For more info on Temple University Ambler Campus click here

How to Get Your French Toast Fix

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The Huts at 12th and Polett

When I was growing up and living at home Saturdays used to be my favorite day of the week. It was my favorite day for a few reasons, mainly for the fact that I didn’t have to go to school and it was filled with other fun things like shopping, going out to dinner, or just spending time with my family and friends, but also because if everyone was up early enough, my mom would make us a delicious breakfast to start the day. Usually I would always get eggs nest which is by far one of the best meals I have ever had but on occasion my mom would switch things up and make us something like pancakes or french toast. 

But then I moved to Philly and I had to say goodbye to mom-made Saturday morning breakfast and while I love cooking, let’s be honest, how many Saturday mornings am I actually awake before noon?

So the next best things to get your breakfast on is to buy some food around campus. Temple’s campus is fantastic for breakfast food… we have everything from egg sandwiches on a croissant (or CWAssont as some people who think they’re french call it) to bagels with every kind of cream cheese imaginable. But in my three years here so far, I have never once bought French Toast on campus, until today of course.

Before work this morning, I stopped at the ‘huts’ on campus for my usual coffee and food. At this point I usually am so caffeine-deprived that I just order the quickest thing to make but today I brought my own coffee from home and was ready to wait a little longer for something a little bit tastier. So I pulled over at Adriatic Grill to actually read the menu, something I usually skip since at that point I’m usually growing horns from my head (seriously guys, I’m not a morning person without my coffee) and I found something a little surprising; an entire section dedicated to french toast.  They had thick toast, thin toast, some with butter, some with syrup, some with both. I got the thick french toast with butter and syrup…. needless to say it was AWESOME and for the low low price of $4!!

#SuperNom

So there you guys go- a post about french toast… I know my dad would be upset if I didn’t include the following:

“French toast is neither French, nor toast… discuss.”

extra points if you get the reference

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