Extra Curricular Activity

Why? Why would you do this? More work? Uh, that sucks. Riiight? No. Maybe not necessarily. Now, we know it’s difficult to imagine right at this moment, but one day you will finish your time in tertiary education.  You will graduate, and then you will need a career to keep you entertained, and rolling in dough.

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  Oh yeah! That’s the stuff.

When the time comes, you need a resume or CV detailing just how awesome you are. So you include all of your grades, and any awards you received, as well as your experience in the field. Oh wait, you don’t have that?  Well, then no job for you! But you can prevent this situation from arising by taking part in some extra-curricular activities such as work experience. You could make an offer to a local company/hospital/daycare facility or whatever, to work for free!  Sounds bad, but is good.  The experience you get will help you significantly when it comes time to writing your resume, and will accelerate your career.       

black-and-white, busy, career

Run everywhere, always run

So get out there and get some experience – until next time, stay hungry.

Showing Respect – Kissing Up for Pros

Respect.  R-E-C-P-S-T-C.  Or something.  I was never that great at spelling, but you know the song.  Showing your teachers/lecturers/demonstrators a little respect can go a very long way.

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Don’t let your emotions rule you!

I’m writing this post to give all of you college guys and girls a little piece of advice: You will receive as much respect as you give. And it is soooo important to let people know that you respect them – it can affect your grades, which then can affect the rest of your life!  A close friend of mine once noticed something interesting.  In the classes that he respected the teacher the most, his grades were the highest.  The more strongly he disliked and disrespected his teacher, the worse his grades would get.  Was there a cause and effect relationship here?  Were his grades dropping due to his dislike and disrespect?  He ended up failing and dropping out after some in-class arguments with a couple of teachers, but what could he have become if only he’d grit his teeth and shown some respect?

How do you feel when someone disrespects you? If they made you feel stupid or rolled their eyes while you spoke?  If you were trying to help them, but they weren’t paying attention because they felt you weren’t “good enough” to listen to?  Would you cut them any slack when you had the opportunity?  Would you give them an extension on an assignment?  Of course not!  You might even go out of your way to stop them from succeeding.  This advice also holds true in the workplace as well, learning respect now can change your life in marvellous ways later on.

My number one tip for showing respect: Be Interested.  Fake it if you have to.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a boring lecture, or a story from your grandfather, or a business networking conversation, or a meeting.  Be interested.  That’s all.  It works on dates, it works on the phone, it works to make a good first impression, it works on old friends, it works all the time!  Show interest in others, and watch your life change for the better.  You’ll be liked by all that you meet, and pathways will become available to you that did not exist before.  Until next time, have fun, and stay respectful!

Garage sales

Great, you’ve moved out of home, and now you have your own place. That you share we some people. Maybe. Or not. Either way, you need to fill that space with stuff.  Beds, couches, bookcases, appliances, whatever – you need some stuff.  My number one tip here would be to get it for free!  If you are in an area that does curbside pickup (or hard garbage day, there are many names for this) people will leave perfectly good stuff on the side of the road.  In my experience, almost all electrical equipment found this way still works, but take great care when testing it out.  Don’t do this in a bathtub full of water for example. Other things that aren’t electric, you can take in the tub safely – but still might not be a good idea. Generally, don’t do things in the bath i guess is good advice.

This is how I furnished my first apartment.  Honestly, all from the side of the road. And after using it for a year or two I sold most of it all for complete profit!  They key is to look in the right places, if you have a car you’re golden.  Go to the nice part of town, where they have fences with big gates and stuff, you know the place.  They have great garbage there!  Working televisions (usually with remotes kindly included), yard furniture and even office furniture all up for grabs.  If you snag any linen like bedsheets or pillows etc., give these a good wash – even if they look good.  They could be diseased or something.  But yeah, free stuff everywhere, take it!  Unless it’s in someone’s yard – that’s totally stealing.

If you can’t find it there try a garage sale, but remember to negotiate on price.  Haggling is fun and it’s expected at yard sales and garage sales.  Have fun, and if you get enough free stuff, consider having your own yard sale!

Making some easy chicken

 

Mmmmmm, I love chicken! It is so good. And I’ve got some friends coming over for dinner, also good. But wait, there’s a problem, I just remembered that I don’t know how to cook! But that’s alright because I have discovered Japanese curry roux – it is so awesome that anyone can cook delicious food -even a college guy like me.  Let’s get started!

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This is Japanese curry roux, it rocks

You can see in the image above there are a few brands you can choose from, starting from the top we have Kokuma – it’s a nice balanced all around Japanese curry flavour.  Not too spicy, not too mild.  A nice starting point if you’ve never tried it before.  In the middle we have Vermont curry, this one is a bit sweeter with apple and honey flavours (don’t worry, it doesn’t actually taste like apple and honey!), it’s the most forgiving curry if you don’t like spicy things.  I believe this was originally a children’s curry, later marketed to adults.  I like it.  And finally, Java curry, bloody hot and spicy, really good tasting punch in the tongue – give it a go.

directions

I like to read it upside down – for an extra challenge

It’s really easy to make! First throw some diced chicken breast in an oiled pan – I use olive oil and the hottest heat setting on my electric stove.

raw-chicken

This is raw chicken – don’t eat this

Cook until it starts to brown and smell like cooked chicken, I don’t know maybe 15 minutes? Trust your senses of sight and smell on this one.

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Starting to smell like a chicken shop

Then throw in some veggies, I use frozen veg it’s easier.

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Frozen veggies wait for you

Then put in two large mugs of freshly boiled water, and break in the curry roux.  It comes in blocks that break up a bit like chocolate.

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Note – don’t use actual chocolate

Stir, wait 10 minutes and serve with rice!  How easy is that? Serves 4-6 medium-hungry people.

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Use plates – or don’t, I’m not your mother

Cost: maybe 5 bucks.  Sweet.  Enjoy!