Tired of living the broke college student life?

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There’s only so much ramen and hot pockets a college student can consume before deciding enough is enough. When that day comes and you decide you are tired of living the broke college student life, you will probably start searching for ways to make money. Everyone has opinions about on-campus jobs, and while some may not favor it because of the minimum wage pay and restriction to 20 hour work weeks, I believe they are the best way to go.

 

Here are my five favorite benefits of having an on-campus job.

  1. Flexible hours

While in college, your academics should always be your number one priority. On-campus employers understand this and are flexible with your class schedule. Many on-campus employers also understand how hectic schedules can be around midterms and finals and will work with you if you need more time to study.

  1. Ease in making friends

With most on-campus jobs, your co-workers are students as well. You already have at least one thing in common – you both love your Texas Tech Red Raiders. Working with people who are students will make work more enjoyable because you will always have something to talk about.

  1. Gain valuable experience

There’s no better time than now to start building and improving your resume. The job you get may not be one you intend making a career out of, but it will surely help you to gain some valuable experience that will look good on a resume and show employers how responsible and hardworking you are.

  1. Get involved on campus

Working on campus will help you feel connected to your campus community. There are tons of free events always happening on campus. Maybe you never attended one because you didn’t have anyone to go with, didn’t have the time or simply didn’t know about the event. By having a job on campus, you will definitely start to hear more about the things going on, and you’ve always got your co-workers to go with you.

  1. Money money money money, MONEY!

Having an on-campus job may not make you the richest student, but it will certainly give you a monthly budget and get you away from that nasty old ramen diet. The pay will vary from job to job, but $8 an hour for 15-20 hours a week plus all the other benefits makes perfect sense to me.

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            So what do you say? Are you tired of living the broke college student life? If so, begin your search now. Texas Tech has many helpful resources in finding part-time student employment. Check out the Red Raider Student Employment Center.

You can also search for jobs by the location of where you would like to work. Some places that I would suggest are the Recreation Center, Student Union and Activities, United Supermarkets Arena, and Hospitality Services. Click on the links to check out the opportunities available now. If you need help with creating a resume or preparing for an interview, be sure to visit the Career Center located inside of the Wiggins Complex.

Finals Week (as told by gifs)

Walking out of your very last 8am class of the semester like…

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But then you suddenly realize you still have to make it through finals…

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So you look back on all of your notes…

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But because it’s a comprehensive final, you don’t remember anything…

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So you ask your friend for help, but they are just as confused as you are…

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Then the cramming session begins…

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Along with the coffee obsession…

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And after hours upon hours of spending your life at the library…

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You’re on your way to take your final…

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But don’t give up just yet…

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Because everything will come back to you…

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Therefore, frying your brain over one exam, has all paid off…

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And it’s finally summer!

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The BIG Interview

Many of you may be graduating and it’s come time to start your big kid job, or maybe your just a freshman looking for an internship. Either way, it’s never too early to start preparing yourself for success.

Let’s just think of going into a job interview as going on a blind date. You’re nervous and excited all at the same time. It’s time to see, are you the perfect fit?

  • First impressions are everything

It is said that it only takes seven seconds for people to form an idea of who you are; therefore, first impressions are everything when it comes to a job interview. This is your chance to really shine and show who you are and what you are passionate about. Think to yourself: Are you approachable? Confident, but not conceited? Clean and classy? Professional?

  •  Make sure you’re social media image is clean

All you have to remember is the grandma rule: Are these pictures or statuses something that would be appropriate for your grandma to see? Many employers have taken the opportunity and time of research their potential employees by searching them on social media platforms. Make sure there’s nothing that could potentially hurt your image in a professional setting.

  • Create an amazing resume

A resume also plays a part in first impressions and gives a glimpse of who you are and what you have accomplished. Once you’ve created your resume, it is crucial to keep it updated as you go! Make sure this expresses the best of yourself and is something you are proud of. Also, always, always, always, have extra copies of your resume on hand just in case a few more very important people join in on your interview process. Here is some powerful resume words that could help explain your duties: http://muse.cm/1kCnKEh

  • Plan your “tell me about yourself” answer

Don’t just rattle off your cover letter and resume, but be prepared to answer the typical “tell me about yourself” question in a unique and professional manner. This is your chance to really shine and explain all about your successes and future aspirations.

  • Arrive on time

You know that saying, “early is on time, and on time is late”. This is the time where we actually have to take this literal. Making the effort to show up to a job interview in a timely manner shows that you’re responsible, you know how to manage your time efficiently, and will most likely show up on time for work. Don’t let something so small, like not being able to show up 15 minutes early, decide whether you get a job.

  • Bring a portfolio of work you have previously done

This is like a golden ticket. No matter what career path you are following, bring some of your previous work examples, or even things you have worked on in classes to show off your ability! Confidence in yourself and your work will truly go a long way!

  • Dress the part

Dressing the part fits hand-in-hand with making a first impression. You definitely do not want to look sloppy when meeting your hopeful future employers, however, you do not want to be too over done with ten pounds of jewelry, make-up or cologne. Interviewees should always dress for success, and that being business attire. Here is a break down of the different levels of business attire: http://read.bi/1ssrUDq

  • Have knowledge of the company

This is a given. You should without a doubt, have a base knowledge of the company you are about to go interview for. Now, you don’t have to know every little detail (although that’s not a flaw), but you do not, however, want to walk into an interview without a lick of information as to what you’re hoping to join. Make sure you do your research on what the company is about, what kind of work they do, and whom you could possibly be interviewing with.

  • Use the STAR method to answer situational questions

When answering situational questions, consider using the STAR method to describe every aspect. Start out with explaining the Situation, then move on to the Task, on to the Action you took, and finally the Result. This gives off a sense of organization to your answer, as well as showing how you handle situations.

  • Be upfront about your strengths and weaknesses

The interviewee may ask you to tell them about your strengths and weaknesses. Although that seems like an awful thing to talk about, it doesn’t have to be. Be prepared and able to speak about what you may be lacking, but also make sure you can talk about betting yourself and working towards improving those weaknesses. Here is how you can positively talk about your weaknesses: http://onforb.es/1ogEJOw

  •  Ask a closing question

Most interviewers ask if you may have a question for them at the conclusion of your visit. However, this is the opportunity to show that you’re interested in the company, your career, and possible employers. Your response: What are your expectations of me in this position? What have you enjoyed most about working here? Here are some examples and explanations of possible questions to ask your interviewer: http://onforb.es/1ngTxcm

  • Follow up with a handwritten thank you note

Writing a handwritten thank you note to the person who you corresponded with during your interview process does way more than you could possibly think of. It shows that you’re dedicated and serious about this position. This is a great and professional way to express how appreciative for this opportunity, while also going the extra mile to thank the interviewees for their time and consideration.

Just remember…

The Texas Tech Career Center is here to help! Make an appointment for a mock interview, resume and cover letter critique, and internship and career tips. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/

Now, just as you may be nervous and excited, preparing yourself for success may just help you stand out and win you that “second date” with the perfect fit for you!

Good luck in your future career endeavors, Red Raiders!

Mapping The Outbreak

Universities across the world began screening students for symptoms of a bug going around every campus.

They’re calling it… the travel bug.

The side effects are a painless, wonderful, adventurous, freeing desire to be totally immersed and wanderlust in a different culture and country.

If you experience these symptoms, you are urged to immediately contact your study abroad office for further information on how and where you should go to cure this highly contagious bug.

I personally am a victim of having the travel bug and have been sent to the United Kingdom and Australia for treatment.

Although it’s been four years since my diagnosis, I am still showing strong signs of being bitten by the travel bug.

While growing up, I traveled quit a bit throughout the United States, but I never really had the thought of experiencing something new, beyond our borders. I was always the one that wanted to stick to my comfort zone and the one that would never be caught doing something out of the ordinary.

This all changed when I saw the opportunities I could take while at Texas Tech.

As a freshman, I randomly decided to attend a study abroad seminar my college was hosting about a two-week trip to the United Kingdom. Man, am I sure glad I did that!

From there, I have been fortunate enough to expand my travel resume with a semester in Australia, and the urge to travel through Europe.

My first diagnosis began when I leaped across the big, blue pond and landed in London. I traveled through England and Scotland, getting to visit amazing and esteemed companies like, BBC and The Scottish Farmer, along with visiting the Royal Ag College, Stonehenge, and Buckingham Palace.

After returning to reality, it happened again…

This time, I was in for an even bigger bite by the travel bug, which led to an even bigger adventure.

Study abroad for a whole semester? Well duh.

Australia? WHY, YES, OF COURSE! I can attempt a fake Australian accent…

After months of preparation and assistance from my college and study abroad advisor, I had my passport in hand and was off, to leap across a WAY bigger pond.

Twenty-one hours later, I had finally arrived!

Although I was thrown completely out of my element, it forced me to explore my beautiful new home, make new friends, and get involved with my new Uni.

Getting the opportunity to constantly be around Australians gave me the chance to dive head first into another culture and completely submerge myself in every aspect of it. I attended school with them, lived with them, and traveled with them. I got to drive on the wrong side of the road and car, while traveling down the Great Ocean Road, eat a true Australian meal… kangaroo, take 1,345 steps up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and attend a footy game (Australian football – a bunch of guys running around playing hacky sack with a thing that looks like a football). Most importantly, I got be a local tourist and see the world from a different perspective.

I wish I could relive every moment of my time in Oz, because that was by far the most amazing experience that I could ever dream of.

Statistics show that those who have studied abroad have improved their GPAs, found themselves more valuable in the job market, have a higher starting salary, and have improved their personality traits.

They say, “we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”. I began my travels because I saw an opportunity to be different and do something out of the norm. With that, came self-realization, appreciation, and surprisingly enough, comfort.

From my personal experience, here are a few benefits that I have found to be true:

  1. If it’s in a country where the predominant language isn’t English, it’s the best way to learn the language. With total immersion you pick things up so much faster. If the predominant language is English, you get the chance to learn a different lingo. Just like being from Texas, we use the word “y’all”, “sir” and “ma’am”, religiously. In Australia, “mate” and “bloke” are typical words. Expand your knowledge of their language or learn the lingo and use them, religiously!
  1. Employers respect students that are willing to take chances and learn more about themselves and the world. Getting to show that you’ve experienced a different culture expresses that you’re responsible, outgoing, mature, and can adapt quickly.
  1. You get a deeper sense of another culture…and, maybe even more so, of your own. You start to notice the things that you do differently and the things you do the same.
  1. You are able to form your own opinions and ideas separate from the ties of family, friends, and the culture that you grew up in. Being abroad is an eye opening experience. Seeing their economy, the way they live, and what they value can make you create your own values and appreciate so much.
  1. You are the farthest from your comfort zone. Everyone has the tendency to stay loyal to their habits, because they feel safe with them. However, when people ask me what my favorite part of studying abroad was, I immediately answer, “being able to get out of my comfort zone”. I believe that when you step out of comfort zone you create incredible and unforgettable experiences and memories.
  1. You become way more independent. Way, way, way, way more independent. Being thrown into a different country can be a little overwhelming at times, but it’s so liberating to experience something on your own, without your friends or family.
  1. You make friends that you will have the rest of your life. I have created a broad network that stretches from Australia, Qatar, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, California, New York, and even some more in Texas. It’s been two years since my semester abroad, and I still visit with my friends almost every day. I have even gone on to live with two of them, in California, for the summer! I’m telling you, the friends you meet during this experience will be with you through so many more experiences.

Now that I have shared my experience, I challenge you to create and share yours!

Those diagnosed with this bug can expect the urge to buy an impulse plane ticket to a different country and experience the world.

Don’t worry, though… you’re not the only one with a severe case of the travel bug.

When you take that leap across those big, blue ponds, here are some things you should do:

  • Go on a free walking tour of your city
  • Take an overload of pictures
  • Get lost (in a safe manner) and explore
  • Attend school events
  • Write a blog or journal
  • Buy souvenirs
  • Don’t rely on your cell phone
  • Meet new people and stay in touch with them
  • Travel, travel, TRAVEL
  • Eat their food
  • Attempt to understand the locals favorite sport
  • Take a road trip
  • Use the lingo
  • Experience their daily lifestyle

I may not be a doctor, but you should trust me anyway.

For more information about your travel bug experience, I encourage you to visit the study abroad website, or even with a study abroad advisor!

TTU Study Abroad: https://ttu-sa.terradotta.com

Don’t let your financial standing be a burden on taking this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity. Apply for scholarships (they’re everywhere), or create a Go Fund Me account to share with your friends and family for extra funding.

TTU Scholarships: http://ttu-sa.terradotta.com/scholarships

Go Fund Me: http://www.gofundme.com

Study Abroad Scholarships: http://www.studyabroad.com/scholarships.aspx

Education Abroad Scholarships: http://www.educationabroadnetwork.org/scholarships.html

Good luck, my fellow travel bug victims!

Tips for a great semester!

Typically, over the first week of class, professors will hand out what seems to be ten million pages of syllabi. They always seem intimidating, at first, especially when you ask a professor a question and their exact response is “read the syllabus”… However, as much as we don’t want to admit it, their seemingly unnecessary comment is actually on point.

Looking back to my freshman year at Tech, I can say I was extremely unorganized. I literally would throw pages into a notebook and call it a day. If a professor ever asked me to look at my syllabus, my response probably would’ve been “just give me a few decades to find it”. Whereas, now, my senior year, I wish I would’ve stapled it to my head just so I knew what was going on!

So, here’s a few tips to get your semester started off right. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, you might be able to benefit from this little lesson.

1. Actually read it

Now, I don’t mean to just pretend you’re paying attention to it while your professor reads word for word but actually read the sections. Even if you don’t retain any of it just yet, I promise, you’ll get a better understanding as to what you’re in for during the semester.

2. Know your professors’ email addresses and office hours

This is a must. We’ve all been there… it’s midnight, at the library, you have a question about a major project due the next day or the exam that’s coming up, but you’re not even sure as to what their name is… so what do you do? Google the staff directory until, ding, ding, ding, you found them! Save yourself the trouble. If you have to add them in your contacts or notes, do it! Also, knowing your professors’ office hours and where it is, is a lifesaver. I, personally, have spent more hours than I could possibly count, visiting with my professors’. Whether it was taking a make-up exam, visiting about a project, or getting revisions on a paper, it was extremely helpful to know when they were available so I could plan in advance.

3. Have a separate calendar with your homework and exam dates written on it

This will always be the most useful tool of being organized throughout each semester of your college career. Once you get your syllabus, write down every due date and such on your calendar as a safe reminder. Call me crazy, but my calendar is color-coded based on what class and if it’s homework or an exam. That may be a little overboard for you, but I dare you to give it a try! If that does not sound appealing, you can also try by adding it into your phone or computer and setting an alert on it. That works too. I do it all the time!

4. Be familiar with the participation and attendance policy

Absolutely, without a doubt, be familiar with the participation and attendance policy. I have found it to be very rare that professors do not take attendance. In all honesty, going to class is very simple. Just being present does more than you think. Yes, I agree, it can be so dreadful to set an alarm for your 8am class but in the long run, it will be so worth it! Want that 4.0 or extra points on your final? Go to class!

5. Just have fun

College is known to be the best years of your life. This is the time where you grow as a person, learn what sort of career path you will follow, and meet the friends you’ll have forever. Prove those words to be right and enjoy your college experience!

Coming Soon!

Hello fellow Red Raiders!

As we start a new semester at the best school around, we are also excited to introduce to you, the start of our brand-spankin’ new blog!

Stay tuned for some exciting posts from around Texas Tech and beyond!