Yes I know in the blog world it’s a “no-no” to go weeks without a post, but I have a good reason why! Some of you know that I recently returned from a study abroad trip for 3 1/2 weeks in Barbados, an experience that has truly had a dramatic and positive impact on my life. I volunteered to be a Blog Poster for the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs’ website, so some of the many experiences of my trip were documented on their website HERE.
That's me wearing some traditional Grand Kadooment headgear, a huge cultural festival in Barbados!
Also in attendance, Rihanna celebrating Kadooment in her hometown!
If you’re like me, you’re out of school for the summer and possibly also unemployed! This results in alot of free time that isn’t devoted to anything else right now besides eating, sleeping in, and catching up on all the shows you may have missed throughout the school year. But this summer has especially taught me that there is always something you can be doing to fill your spare time. Here are a quick 5 things you could do if you’re ballin on a budget and have some spare time in your day.
1. Sell your old clothes to a consignment shop, a few popular ones in the Seattle Area include CrossRoads Trading Co., Buffalo Exchange, or Platos Closet. The down side is these places are very particular about what they accept and are looking for mainly gently used named brand clothing. But the upside is whatever the stores don’t take of yours you can always donate the rest to a charity organization like Goodwill and write it off as a tax return! Either way you’re getting paid lol
2. Donate Blood! Summer is the season with the highest number of accidents that occur resulting in people needing blood transfusions. You can do it in less than an hour, a small price to pay for saving a life! Go to the Puget Sound Blood Center website for more info on where you can donate!
3. Read a Book! Pick up a book for free from your school or public library, or support a local 2nd-hand book store like Half Price Books and get one from there. Reading helps to keep your mind fresh and if you’ve just graduated or are out of school for the summer, you’re going to want to stay in the rhythm of reading and not let your mind go dull. Some popular titles for the summer are listed here: Summer Reading.
4. There are a ton of events in Seattle (and probably in your neck of the woods) that happen every summer, many of them are even FREE! For example the notorious Bite of Seattle “The Northwest’s Premier Food Festival” that is coming up next weekend July 15-17, 2011 @ the Seattle Center . Or The Torchlight Parade the Northwest’s largest lighted parade in Downtown Seattle July 30, 2011 Downtown Seattle @ 7:30pm. If you’re planning for something towards the end of the summer then you can’t miss Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival Bumbershoot 2011 Sept. 3-5th @ the Seattle Center. Some of this years performers include recent UW grad SOL, hot hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa, or a favorite Southern artist with a big flow Big Boi. Check out the website for other event info (i.e. the comedy portion) and pricing! This event isn’t free but just like shopping @ Costco buying the bulk 3-day pass for $75 will get you the most music for your money.
5.Look up some new recipes and actually make the effort to try them out! Summer is all about good weather, good company and good eating and good food has the power to brighten up your day and nothing tastes like when you make it yourself. Some recent summer meals I’ve recently stumbled across include Smoky Corn Black Bean Pizza that is healthy and can be made in less than 30 mins. Or this Turkey Bean Chili recipe that can be made easily in less than an hour and served with tortilla chips as a side @ any summer BBQ. Lastly, if you’re looking for a healthy but sweet summer treat that you can make quickly and take on the go, try this Healthy Fruit Smoothie you can fix in less than 10 mins. For more summer recipe ideas, check out http://allrecipes.com/.
Wow, in just 7 days I will be on a plane to the beautiful blue Caribbean to the island of Barbados to begin a 3-week study abroad program! Didn’t you just graduate though? How are you able to still study abroad? Some of you may ask. But those of you who are familiar with the University of Washington’s International Programs and Exchanges Program know that the school lets students study abroad the summer after they graduate. And, I’ll still be receiving 6 credits to complete the requirements for my Communications major, can you say perfection?
I stumbled across this article posted on the University of Washington Study Abroad FACEBOOK PAGE and it talks about how students who study abroad can use it as a huge resume improver and better prepare them for the workforce. Although this was something I already was aware of having previously studied abroad in Tahiti and Argentina, I was interested in discovering how this could aid me in my upcoming Barbados Exploration Seminar. The article states that:
Of the 3,400 respondents, a majority reported that their study abroad experience:
• Gave them increased self confidence (96-98%*)
• Had a lasting effect on their world view (95-97%*)
• Helped them better understand their own cultural values and biases (98%)
• Continues to influence interactions with people from different cultures (94%)
It goes on to say that “Because of the challenges of living in a foreign country (e.g., different cultural norms, adapting to a new and unfamiliar environment, learning to speak and communicate in a foreign language, new academic expectations to meet, etc.) these study abroad alumni can be very competitive applicants for a number of different jobs, whether those jobs are internationally-focused or not.” It goes on to say more about how study abroad can improve your resume, Check out the article below!
My oh my it has been in the high 70s, low 80s in Seattle for the past 5-6 days in a row and I’m not complaining! This beautiful July weather in the Emerald City has me wondering where I should go to cool down! What do you think?
It’s so ironic that it has been less than 24hrs since the birth of my 1st blog and I stumble across today’s topic “Are you too lazy, or too busy?”. The question asks: Why is it so hard to find a balance? Do you know anyone who has a better balance than you do and what do you think their secret is?
I find myself often beating myself up for going more than one day in a row without being productive in some area of my life. Having always been involved in different activities, organizations, etc. from an early upbringing, I was forced to learn multi-tasking techniques to avoid a mental crisis and ultimately failure.
I find that one of the most important things that I have to remind myself is that laziness is only on the other side of the coin of busyness, the only elements separating them being mental willpower and ambition. For me, I am a visual, left-brained type personality that needs to write things down or see things to help me to better organize them. This results in a plethora of electronic sticky notes and to-do lists on my Macbook and a combination of my Android phone scheduler and my oversized calendar on my room wall to keep me on track with…LIFE. Call me obsessed with organization, but it’s my personal key to turning the thoughts of doing something that race around in my lazy head and transform them to action and into my life as a busy bee.
What are your personal techniques to going from procrastination to motivation?