Sunday, October 30, 2011

Work Etiquette


Working, working, working... unfortunately it's going to happen at some point in your life. If you're like me, you'll be forced to start around age 16 because you're broke yet still love to shop. (True story. It's a problem)
So I bit of my work history: In November after I turned 16 I started working at Taco Bell. It was fun (as fun as a job can be) and I quit in August after I turned 17. Then in September I got a job at McDonald's and now that's where I'm at now. So fun stuff.
Obviously, everyone knows that a job is not like everyday life and you can't just goof off and do nothing... well mostly, but ANYWAYS, there are some rules and even some implied ones that I personally think everyone should know. So I figured I would share my limited knowledge with all of you. :)

Do's
  • Work hard the whole time you're there. You're there aren't you? Might as well do something.
  • Be nice to customers and co workers even if they are extremely rude to you. It'll make them feel bad and may help you out later.
  • Encourage your co workers. It'll make them feel better. Or annoy them. Which could be entertaining. 
  • Do little things to help out other coworkers. In turn, they'll probably do that same to you.
  • Always thank coworkers. It'll let them know you appreciate their work.
  • Be friends with your boss. Not like hang out on the weekends friends but close enough to ask how they're doing when you see them. It gets you far sometimes.
  • When your boss asks you to come in on your day off or in early and you're not busy, do it. More money plus your boss will be very appreciative and be more open later when you ask for favors.
  • If a coworker asks you to help them out, do it. They may be able to help you later.
  • If coworker asks you to switch shifts or work for them and you can, do it. You may need them to pay you back later.
  • Hold doors open for customers when you're going in or out. Just common courtesy. 
  • Show up early for your shift so you're not rushing around
Don't's
  • Show up late for work. It looks like you don't care and your boss will take it into consideration.
  • Call off for no reason. That's hurting your coworkers and it's rude. At least find someone to cover for you.
  • Show up with a messy uniform. It shows you don't care about how you present yourself or your place of business.
  • Goof off at work. Throwing things, trashing stuff, ect. Not cool.
  • Text while busy. It slows things down and makes people really mad. Whoever it is you're talking to, can wait. I promise.
  • Be rude to customers or coworkers/boss. Good way to get fired.
  • Get involved with coworkers/managers. It won't work out and you'll only get in trouble. I promise.
  • Stand around the whole time you're at work. You're gonna get fired and you're just wasting time.

So that's just how I feel. Feel free to comment and add or give your opinions. :)

Happy Halloween!

Yayyyy! We can all dress up and load up on candy! What could be better?! :)






Okay, not sure why I put the puppy on there but he's cute! :)

Oh and side note (girls): Halloween doesn't give you the freedom to dress in as little as possible and call yourself an animal. It's degrading. Just stop. ;)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ahhh College


(The only reason BGSU is the one featured is because that's where I'm attending in the fall. So no offense to anyone.)

Okay so as most of you know, I'm a senior in high school and of course we're all freaked out about college. So here's a little guide of 5 things you should consider when choosing your college and some do's and don't's as well.

5 Things To Consider When Choosing Your College:
1. Campus- If you don't like the campus, you're probably not gonna like the school. Most people will tell you, when you step on the campus of the right school, you're gonna know it. It'll just feel right. I personally completely agree with this.
2. Distance from home- Are you looking to get really far away or stay pretty close? What if something happens? Is someone gonna be around if you need help? How often are you gonna wanna go home and visit?
3. Size- Do you want to live on a big campus with a lot of diversity or a smaller school where everyone knows everyone? Do you want to live in the middle of a big city or a town?
4. Price/Scholarships- Obviously cost is an issue. If you want to go to an expensive school are you okay with paying back the debt long after you're out of school? College is a worthy investment for your future, however, if it's between two schools and one is cheaper then you're probably gonna wanna go there. And what scholarships do the schools offer?
5. Acceptance qualifications/major- Do you meet the qualifications to be accepted? And most importantly, do they have your major?

Do's:

  • Do take college visits to lots of different colleges even if you know you don't want to go there just so you can get a feel for what you do want.
  • Do apply to more than one college 
  • Do have a back up plan. If you plan to go to ONU then make sure you also apply for Ball State or somewhere else you liked in case you end up not liking it or it doesn't work out.
  • Do talk to students that attend the college you're interested in. They know what it's like and can give you inside information.
  • Do get ahead of the game and start researching the scholarships they offer.
  • Do attend one of the many days colleges offer to give information on certain majors. For example, music day, pharmacy discovery, stem day, ect. These will give you a more in-depth look at where you will be if you go into that major at that college.
  • Do take your parents on the visits with you. After all, they do have to help you with the financial aid stuff later. 
Don't's:
  • DON'T pick a college just cuz your friends go there. Chances are, you'll hate the school and you probably won't stay friends anyways.
  • DON'T con your friends into going to the same school as you. Showing them is one thing. Saying they have to is another. It's their choice.
  • DON'T get set on one school early in the game. Explore and experience lots of different places before you choose.
  • DON'T choose a school just because it's cheap. Again, you'll probably end up hating the school.
  • DON'T choose your college without visiting. Know that you're gonna wanna spend the next 4+ years there.
College in Ohioish Area I Recommend Visiting:
  • Bowling Green State University (BGSU)- My college of choice :)
  • University of Toledo 
  • Heidelberg University
  • Bluffton University
  • Ohio University (OU)
  • Ohio Northern Unviersity (ONU)
  • Ohio State University (OSU)
  • Wright State
  • Ball State
















That's a little bit of my advice. I hope it helps someone and if you have anything to add, feel free to comment. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Quotes Just Cuz

I don't really have a clever post to share with everyone tonight so I figured I would just share some of my favorite quotes!


  • Crying isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign you've been strong too long.
  • What's meant to be will always find a way. 
  • If you love something, set it free. If it comes back then it's yours. If it doesn't, then it never was.
  • Life's not about the destination. It's about the journey.
  • Live. Laugh. Love
  • Life's too short to waste.
  • Don't make someone your everything. Because when they're gone, you're left with nothing.
  • It's not illegal unless you get caught ;) 
  • Don't make someone fall for you unless you're willing to catch them.
  • Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've looked beyond the imperfections.
  • Love is friendship set on fire
  • Life's not about waiting out the storm. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
  • There's gotta be rain before the rainbow
  • Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
  • You know you're in love when you don't want to sleep because your reality is finally better than your dreams.
  • Trust takes years to earn and seconds to break
  • It hurts when you make someone a priority when to them you're just an option.
  • I'm writing my life story. Too bad it's in pen.
  • Everything happens for a reason.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cyber-Bullying at it's Best

I hadn't planned on this being the topic of my next post. Honestly, I didn't think I would think to comment on this topic on here but here goes:

-Start Rant-



Alright, so most of you who are reading this have heard of Topix.com or visited or even been on it.

Topix.com is a place where people can come to talk about their communities and what's going on while also sharing opinions and suggestions to better the town we live in. Sounds harmless right? Maybe even productive? Exactly. That's what it should be. That was the design. However, (of course) some immature children got a hold of it and used it for wrong. Lately, teenagers have been using the site to post anonymously about other people. Posting mean things that may or may not be true. The school administration obviously caught wind of it and addressed the student body about it and calling it cyber bullying. The ones that are using the site are claiming that it is not bullying, it's free speech and expression. So, being the smartalic I am, I'm going to give the definitions of both of these:

cyber bullying: the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner. (Found on Wikipedia)


free speech: is the freedom to speak freely without censorship. (Found on Wikipedia)


So yes. It is technically free speech. Behind a closed door. The people posting these horrible things that are directed at specific people are using fake screen names that can't be traced because they don't want to actually put their name on their opinions. If you're gonna post something, you better mean it and you should have the (figurative) balls to admit to it and support it. 


My friend is gay. Which is socially unacceptable to some people (already stated my feelings there). He was, to no surprise, posted about on topix. People posted horrible and malicious things about about him for no real purpose. Now his friends jumped in and supported him (using their full names) but it doesn't change the fact that he was being bullied by people he didn't know because of something that was his choice and not his problem.


I have never posted on Topix and I have only been on it a few times because I feel like the terrible people in this town have turned the site to trash. Its still a big deal if your name is found on Topix. But honestly, the site is nothing. Those peoples bullying attacks don't matter. If you feel that strongly, confront the person you have a problem with. Posting about it on a website is not going to solve anything and I personally hope it gets you in big trouble because it's bullying. Plain and simple.


-End Rant-

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Some Things to Live By



Heyy! So I actually hate it when people tell me how to live my life so that's not what I'm here to do. These are just a few things that I try to live by and who knows, maybe I'll inspire someone else. :)


  • Do at least one good deed a day. You might make someone's day and it'll make you feel better. 
  • Dream. Everyone should dream and have dreams. Personally, I like to have to had three dreams. A reasonable dream (one that is pretty likely to happen), a possible dream (something that if you work really hard, you can achieve), and a fantasy dream (a dream that is most likely never to happen but it's fun to dream, Right? (; ). It just spices life up a bit. 
  • Give yourself a second then look for the bright side. When you get bad news or are going through some rough stuff, give yourself sometime to be upset. Not everyone can be happy all the time. So give yourself some time, then look for the bright side. Staying upset is probably not going to make it better so try to be positive. 
  • Be nice to everyone. You have no idea what is going on in a complete stranger's life. They could be dealing with some pretty rough times and your kindness may just take a huge weight off their shoulders. You just never know. 
  • Don't tell the whole world your problems. There are those people who go up to everyone and tell them about their problems. Don't be that person. Chances are, that person doesn't care and will forget about it the second you walk away. They are your problems. Not theirs.
  • Do something nice for your parents occasionally. They do so muc for you. Just doing the dishes or mowing the lawn without being asked or maybe just picking them up lunch one day can show them how much you appreciate them.
  • Do something nice for your friends occasionally. They should know you appreciate them too.
  • When at work and school, do your best. Slacking off is only going to hurt you. If you're there, why not work hard? (Also, see my later post on work etiquette)
  • Take time everyday to make a list of the good things in your life. You can't take life or granted.
  • Do some kind of physical activity everyday. Even if it's only a half hour of walking your dog or swimming a couple laps. It gives you a chance to think and work off any stress.
  • Drink at least one bottle of water a day. Just kind of a wellness thing. Dehydration can be a main reason for headaches, torn muscles, and general lack of energy. 
  • Accept compliments. You don't have to agree but just say "thanks" and go about your day. No need to argue.
  • When in a relationship, love with all you have. Pretty self explanatory. (see later post about relationship don'ts.)
  • Read a little bit of the bible every night before bed. This is more of a personal preference. I just read a random chapter or two every night.
  • Watch the news and know what's happening in the world. It's our world. Shouldn't we know what's going on?
  • Donate or collect your spare change. It could help someone or you someday. 
  • Listen to music whenever you can. It's soothing or inspiring or just something to make you smile. 

So that's a little bit from my list. Enjoy! :)


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Techy Debate!

Droid 2 or IPhone 4?

'Kay fellow phone lovers! I'm here posting the facts of both the At&t IPhone 4 and the Motorola Droid 2 from Verizon.

IPhone 4 (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/packages/packages-details.jsp?q_package=sku4710254&_requestid=58020)

  • Dual facing cameras- a must for those pics with your friends :)
  • Video camera capabilities
  • Texting and Mobile Email
  • Web Browsing through Safari
  • Calendar through MobileMe
  • Notepad
  • Alarm clock
  • Call waiting
  • Caller ID
  • Address book
  • Multitasking 
  • Speaker phone 
  • Bluetooth
  • IPod 
  • Calculator
  • Navigator
  • Apps through iTunes
Droid 2 (http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5568)
  • Camera
  • Slide out keyboard
  • Web Browsing with google
  • Notepad
  • Apps through Android
  • Caller ID
  • Calendar through GMail
  • Texting and Mobile Email
  • Speaker phone
  • Multitasking
  • Bluetooth
  • Music Player
  • Navigator
  • Address book
Droid 2 vs IPhone 4

As you can see, they are extremely similar and I personally had both of them at one time or another so here is my personal experience:
  • I love the dual cameras on the IPhone because taking pictures with my friends was a hassle with my droid
  • After a while my droid got slow at opening apps and was constantly force closing them
  • The Droid constantly shut itself down. The IPhone has never done that to me
  • I use my IPod Touch all the time and have ITunes so being able to use my ITunes on my phone was a lot easier.
  • One main thing I miss is the slide out keyboard on the droid but the IPhone also has a full keyboard when turned sideways
  • Battery Life. BIG problem. The droid battery life was terrible. It last 10 hours tops. My IPhone, even after 3 months, still lasts roughly 25 or 26 hours even with me constantly being on Facebook and twitter. 
So there you have it. Feel free to comment and share any of your experiences with either of these phones.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Irritations (#1)

Okay so I happen to have quite a few pet peeves so here are a few I'd like to share:

1. Skimpy Dresses- Homecoming, Prom, everyday, whatever kind of dress, there is no reason you can't get one that covers your butt and chest. Only pervy guys wanna see that and do you really want them looking?

2. Ditzy Girls- Those girls that purposely get all giggly and dumb when any guy comes around. We all know one. So not necessary and generally annoying to watch.

3. Boy Obessed Girls- I like guys as much as the next girl but there is no need to talk about them 24/7

4. Rude People at Restaurants- Especially fast food. Obviously its supposed to be fast but cussing out the cashier is not going to help any. That is a person that has feelings. kthanks.

5. Self Absorbed People- Everyone should have self confidence and feel good about themselves but there is no reason to talk about yourself in every conversation.

6. People Who Come to School Events Stoned/Drunk/ect- You wanna do that stuff? Go for it. Not my problem but don't come to a school event that way. It's not fair to people around you, especially if you get caught.

So there you have it.




Gay Rights & Gay People

-Start Rant-

One of America's touchiest subjects. But honestly, what is the big deal?

To start: I'm not writing this to start drama or step on any toes but it is a big issue that I personally have a lot of feelings about. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and if you don't agree, thats perfectly fine with me. Feel free to express any thoughts with respect to everyone.

Society as a whole frowns upon gay people, gay marriage, and gay rights because it is considered socially unacceptable. Couples walk around every part of this country, holding hands and kissing and just hanging out but as soon as it's two guys or two girls, it's wrong. Granted, PDA isn't really okay to begin with but whats the difference? Is it really bothering you? If it makes you uncomfortable, just walk away. There is no reason to make a big deal about it.

Now I love gay people. They are some of the funniest and most real people I have ever met. My best friend in the whole wide world is gay and actually dated another friend of mine and they are both male. They are no different then any other people other than the fact that they like people of the same gender instead of people of the opposite gender. Against popular debate, they are not diseased or weird. Yes they are different but does that really make them wrong?

One major debate is gay marriage. Personally, I see no problem with it. Everyone should be able to marry and spend the rest of their lives with the one that they love even if society frowns upon it. Nuff said.

I feel like people are people. Their personal interests are none of anyone else's concerns. They should have all the same rights and privileges.

-End Rant-

Senior Homecoming :)

Ahhh Homecoming. Always fun, right? Personally, I love homecoming. However, I hate all the work and drama that it inevitably causes. But hey, its whatever. So here's any insight into my senior homecoming. :)

Me and the sisters 

Me and Ash

Sisters 

Me and the date :)

 
Me, Ash, and the boyys








































So overall? It was an amazing night. :)