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  • Zach C. Cohen 10:08 pm on June 19, 2013 Permalink
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    Balancing vacation and internships 

    It’s always an odd balance to strike: As a student, I’ve always valued summer as time to relax and not worry about homework or other academic responsibilities.

    But for the past two summers, I have not done that. I have worked, often fulltime, in order to get more work or internship experience under my belt. Evenings were my only time to do anything but work. And even then, sometimes my internship flooded over into home. I even had a summer class last year in the evenings, and readings for that often took up any time I would have had to read for fun.

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  • Lizzie 2:14 pm on July 30, 2012 Permalink
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    Workstation Vacation 

    Well my boss is away on a (much deserved) vacation. He left last Friday after a bit of scrambling to make sure I got his input on all the projects I was working on and had enough to do for the next week. Now it is Monday morning and I must admit that my work ethic has declined a bit.

    Dilbert Comic Strip

    When your boss is away, it is so easy to slip into a non-productive state. Last Friday before he left, I came in early and accomplished more in the first three hours than I usually do in an entire day! Which leads me to believe that either 1) I am usually not working hard enough or 2) I really need deadlines to motivate me (there’s also a third option which involves working with the lights off and no coworkers around to distract me).

    I have things I need to get done, but little motivation to actually complete these tasks. It doesn’t help that I have a visitor in town and I really just want to go play tourist instead of coming into the office.

    But, luckily, I’ve experienced this sort of inertia before, so I have a plan of attack:

    Step 1: Create fake deadlines to motivate myself.

    Step 2: Convince myself that I need to get an inordinate amount done before my boss gets back to show him what a good employee I am.

    Step 3: Disable facebook on my computer. And all blogs. And maybe the Internet in general. I might start working on pen and paper. Or ink quill and parchment – less distractions.

    Goodbye Internet.


  • Brittany Horowitz 2:56 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , community service, , , vacation   

    Vacation: A Thing of the Past 

    As winter break gets closer, I am beginning to realize something every student dreads: the end of vacations. No more summer vacation? No more winter break? Not even spring break?! Each realization hits me harder than the last. NO MORE VACATION?! You mean I have to be an adult who works all the time? This winter break will be my last winter break – ever (ew!). Every senior reading this is probably asking, “Why is she talking about this?!” Well, there is a reason – while interning, I have realized that there is still hope for some time off even after our college years are over.

    Even though the times of three month vacations and mid-winter breaks are going to be over, there are components of careers that have perks as well. At my internship, full time employees are given days off to volunteer or to participate in community service. I didn’t even know employers offered such a thing. I think it’s awesome! Also, people are given vacation time, so that is something to look forward to as well. Most importantly, no homework! Sounds silly, right? But, it actually will be such a nice addition to our new lifestyles after graduating. After the work day is over, we will get to go home and relax. No worrying about future papers that are due or upcoming exams. Weekends off for some, or maybe even getting to work from home!

    This is a blog post for hope. Even though I still have to push away panic attacks over the idea of never getting to relax for months at a time in between semesters, I still have hope. The transition to a full time career will not be that overwhelming if you keep these components in mind. When college ends, we will realize that there are perks outside of our academic lives. We will be working in fields we love and using the knowledge we learned in college. Remember, just breathe. Oh, and enjoy every day of winter break!

  • Zach C. Cohen 7:21 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink
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    A Quiet Office Is a Busy Office…Sometimes 

    It seems counter-intuitive, but sometimes, the best time to be in the office is when lots of others are on vacation.

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  • Rachel Frank 1:59 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink
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    Finding your Fiji 

    Anyone who knows me well knows that my ultimate dream is to vacation (or possibly live) on a deserted beach hut on the shores of Fiji far away from other people and all responsibilities. Don’t ask me where this Fiji obsession came from but for as long as I can remember feeling stressed Fiji has been the light at the end of my tunnel. Right now you are probably wondering what the heck Fiji has to do with interning. Well in my mind, I am always working towards Fiji and what it represents. I’ve even drawn myself a little picture to brighten up my desk and remind me what I’m doing there.

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  • Gabriela Febres 1:40 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: 9/11, vacation   

    Approaching September 

    This past week, I have observed how my supervisor works on a September 11 piece. We all shared our stories on our experiences of 9/11. I was in sixth grade geography class. The girl sitting in front of me in tears because her father was a chef at a restaurant in one of the towers (he was fine, by the way); my teacher pacing back and forth debating whether or not to scare us with talk about terrorism or just let us watch the television and narrow it down ourselves; my mother, meanwhile, deciding what was best – picking me up from school early or doing regular parent pick up.

    My supervisor, Richard, was in the UK, planning on extending his trip there, when he realized he had no choice but to stay anyways – how convenient!

    Another coworker, Phelps, was on his deck because it was a very nice day when his wife called him to tell him something was going on. He went to his daughter’s school to pick her up and just avoided talking to anybody because he didn’t know if the people around him knew anything about it.

    September 11th was a very scary day. Although this entry doesn’t talk much about the work I did with audio, I did do lots of thinking about this event. I could not focus on the sound but I could focus on the interviewees sad voices who told their stories of survival.

    Where were you during September 11?

    In other news, next week Richard is taking a vacation, so I guess I’m off, too – the perks of working for a small company!

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