Summer internships are a fantastic opportunity for college students. They allow you to get your foot in the door at a company and give you first-hand experience in the working world. Remember, however, that you only have 2-3 months to deliver and gain value from your work experience—so make the most of your summer internship! Here’s how:
1. Be on time.
Although it seems self-explanatory, sleeping in during the summertime can be incredibly enticing. Fight the urge and show up to your internship on time. You’ll make a better impression and get the most out of every day.
2. Always be ready to learn.
As an intern, you’re not expected to know everything. You are, however, expected to be open to learning all that you can. Being flexible and expressing interest will help you tremendously.
3. Maintain a positive attitude.
It’s important to remain positive as an intern, even if some of your time is spent completing pesky or tedious tasks. Proving you’re enthusiastic and hard working will lead to more significant responsibilities over time.
4. Volunteer yourself.
If you ever find yourself bored and without work, offer your services to your supervisor/boss. Come to them with well-thought out ideas and prove yourself as an independent thinker and worker.
5. Keep a journal/work notebook.
Taking notes is the key to success in any internship. Not only will this help you keep organized, it gives you something to look back on when updating your resume!
Remember that every person in your office and every professional connection you make can be useful to you in the future. Introduce yourself and have conversations. The more of a mark you make, the more they’ll think about you during hiring season. Not to mention these people will most likely be your references when applying for jobs in the future.
If summer is the season of travel, it’s also the season of spending. That’s because you need a vacation, right? So here are a few tips on how to make summer travel less expensive.
1. Go somewhere unique.
Europe is beautiful, but not cheap. Consider going where the adventures are: Central or South America, Africa, or parts of Asia, which can offer more bang for every dollar you spend.
2. Compare flights and plan ahead.
3. Keep your travel dates flexible.
The price of plane tickets can fluctuate a lot even day-to-day. Keep an open departure and return date and you could spend a lot less.
4. Don’t forget to compare hotels.
Or if you’re truly budget minded, stick to hostels and book directly via phone or their website. These days hostels can have amenities that rival hotels (at a lower price).
5. If going abroad, pursue a “local” experience.
That means eat the national cuisine. Travel independently. Use taxis instead of tour buses. Not only will you spend less, you’ll have a better trip.
Mother’s Day is nearly here. That means it’s time to honor the woman who gave you the gift of existence! Showing your love doesn’t have to break the bank. Feeling creative? Here are some cheap DIY Mother’s Day gifts you can whip up at home:
Try out this recipe for some natural beauty products that will impress! Add some essential oils like lavender or peppermint to kick it up a notch.
An iPad stand for the kitchen.
Does your mom keep her recipes on her iPad? This stand can be made with nothing more than a cutting board and a scrabble tile holder. Functional and stylish!
A photo board.
Sort through photo albums (or your hard drive) and pull out your favorite pictures of you and your mom. Then pin them to this DIY wooden photo board to give them a nicely framed look.
Photo tile coasters.
Decorate these coasters with photos of anything your mom loves (most likley you!) They’re a great addition to any mom’s dining room table.
A hand-decorated tote bag.
Pick up a simple blank tote bag and let your creativity run wild! Mom will love to show all her friends her hand-crafted masterpiece.
Why not dig up an old recipe your mom used to make and prepare it for her. Do all the cooking and all the dishes.
Midterms are the worst, aren’t they? There’s so much studying and stress involved. Fortunately the British Academy of Sound Therapy put together a list of the most scientifically relaxing songs in the world. So kick back, unwind, and stay sane with this selection of songs that are proven to keep you calm:
1. Coldplay – “Strawberry Swing”
2. Enya – “Watermark”
3. Barcelona – “Please Don’t Go”
4. Adele – “Someone Like You”
5. Mozart – “Canzonetta Sull’aria”
6. All Saints – “Pure Shores”
7. Café Del Mar – “We Can Fly”
One amazing feature of the Internet is the ability to anonymously leave feedback on products and services. While normally used to encourage or caution potential customers, many creative pundits have written satirical reviews full of biting sarcasm that are downright hilarious. Check out 7 of the funniest below:
1. Flappy Bird
Since the ridiculously challenging game “Flappy Bird” was released, it has gained something of a cult-like following. But the developer received so much abuse from customers that he eventually removed the game from every app store—meaning it’s no longer available to download. But this hilarious review was captured before the game was removed.
2. Banana Slicer
One would think something as simple as slicing a banana would not require more than a knife. But apparently there is a product for everything, and one reviewer decided to point out the humor in this with a sarcastic complaint.
3. Abraham Lincoln
You might not know that the Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC is where Abraham Lincoln was shot—which makes this Yelp review particularly biting.
4. Steering Wheel Laptop Stand
There are some products out there that are downright dangerous. A laptop stand that attaches to your steering wheel is one of them. This reviewer hit the nail on the head, pointing out exactly what is wrong with this product, while sarcastically praising it.
5. Car Wash
This reviewer made a negative car wash review into a perfect allusion to a TV show we all know and love. Give it a second to sink in.
6. Chinese Finger Traps
Some of the most hilarious reviews come about when people decide to create fictional experiences with the products they are reviewing. This person took something as simple as a Chinese finger trap and created a hilarious, albeit slightly disturbing story.
7. iPhone Mood Scanner
While many reviewers are sarcastic when reviewing ridiculous products, some are questionably serious. An iPhone app that reads your mood by placing your finger on the screen? No one could believe that, right? You’d be surprised.