2017 Is The Year Of The Rooster
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2017 Is The Year Of The Rooster

It's time to put the past behind.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, ya'll... According to the Chinese horoscope, it's the Year of the Fire Rooster!

I think we can all agree that 2016 was not our best, but if we had listened to the Chinese, we may have seen it coming. The last year was the Year of the Monkey, full of lots of shenanigans.

The monkey swung from month to month bringing with it lots of surprises and hyperactivity. But starting on Jan 28, the beginning of Chinese New Year, it's time for the Rooster to step in.

The Year of the Rooster is powerful, meant to propel us forward and move on with our lives. It's best to stick to practical and proven paths, rather than taking risks like you may have in 2016.

Impressions will surely count so you'll want to be clear of any intentions involving love, money, and business. Since 2017 is specifically under the fire element, it will bring lots of energy and enthusiasm.

If you were born during the rooster (any 1993 babies out there), then this year could do more for you than it does for others. If you're in a relationship, it's either time to jump the gun and get married or break up.

Apparently, any 24-year-old roosters need to call it quits if there is no progress in their relationships. As far as any single roosters out there, you may meet someone this year, but you will have to be patient as it progresses.

This year, it is recommended for roosters to "do more, and speak less".

If you are working towards a career in business or leadership, you will have luck! If you are a creative rooster, your superiors will finally give you some recognition. Use this to motivate you, because recognition will not always match their actions.

Specifically, some of the best career options for roosters are journalist, public relations officer, travel writer, restaurant owner, surgeon, dentist, athlete, teacher, or soldier.

Even if you aren't a rooster, you can channel rooster traits in order to get the most out of 2017. Roosters are typically observant, confident, resourceful, courageous, and talented.

The traits you should tap into this year to reap the rewards are loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and great appearances. If you're friends with any roosters, then try to hang around them more. They make devoted friends and always stay true to their word.

Rise and shine, it's rooster time!

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City Hacks: How to Network as an Intern

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there!

So, you've scored a summer internship, congrats! Now that you have that taken care of, the next step is to learn from this new experience and hopefully build on it by forming a professional network. I know that seems like a daunting task, but it can be fun! Here are some steps to getting yourself out there and expanding on your network!

1. Believe it or not, getting the job is the easiest part about internships. The next few months will require a lot of time, hard work and people skills. I've found that a lot of interns find it difficult to switch gears from their school person to their professional person.

In other words, they're not sure where the boundaries lay in an office dynamic. This can become especially difficult when you're trying to create a mentor-student relationship with a co-worker.

To be honest, there are no set boundaries; in fact, each office environment will have its own dynamic. So, it is important to remember that you are there to learn from your co-workers. Following your boss's lead is sometimes the safest way for an intern to be sure they have not misspoken.

2. Additionally, the change of course from school to work can be jarring for interns because for the first time, your superiors aren't there to watch your every move or to tell you what to do every second of the day- hell, they have their own work to do!

I know it seems weird, but in the real world, no one really has the answers. You'll start to see that in order for you to succeed in your career, sometimes you have to take the initiative and approach your boss with an idea or solution. Sometimes inexperience is the most valuable asset an intern can bring to the boardroom table!

3. Be yourself. As an intern, you might find it easier to come into work and just do the assignments you have been given. Even though that shows great work ethic, it probably won't get you noticed or leave your employers with a lasting impression of you.

Next time you feel like hiding behind your cubicle divider and eating lunch by yourself, push yourself to go to the employee lunchroom and have lunch with a co-worker. Even if you ask one person a week, that's still one more person that will remember your face than before. Just get yourself out there, I promise it's not as scary as you think!

4. Once you have become acclimated to your new environment, the real networking can begin. Most offices have events you can attend or office activities you can participate in.

These events and opportunities are indispensable for interns because they allow you to meet people in other departments that you wouldn't run into on a daily basis. Moreover, they allow you to learn more about the career you are interested in and the types of people that inhabit that field.

5. The next step in building your network is to sign up for conferences in your area that appeal to you. One of the best pieces of advice I have received thus far, is to challenge yourself to meet at least three new contacts at these conferences. You can even make it a game to meet more people than you did at the previous conference or event that you attended.

6. Another great way to expand your professional network is to join organizations that interest you. For example, if you are interested in writing, joining a writing organization will allow you to meet in that industry in your area. Who knows, one of them could end up being your future mentor or boss!

7. As you begin to grow your network and meet people that impact you, it is important to enrich those relationships. It is not enough to just make that initial acquaintance, you have to foster each relationship as you would any other one. Reaching out to a contact to see what they are up to or let them know what you are doing is a great way to keep the lines of communication open.

8. Once your network begins to grow, you will start to notice that the contacts you meet will begin to introduce you to people they think you will have commonalities with. Or they may just introduce you because they think that relationship could help advance your career or help you learn something about the industry you are interested in that you may have not previously known.

Just like anything else worthwhile, building a professional network takes time and energy. Don't get frustrated if you do not receive the response you want while networking. Just like most things, networking is a trial and error activity. You'll start to learn what works for you personally which will make your #networkinggame that much stronger!

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Grade Level: Fifth-Year Senior

It's not the time it takes to get somewhere, it's the direction you're going.

Graduating from college in the traditional four years isn't always a given. Whether it's due to switching schools or majors, constant curriculum changes, or completing prerequisites for graduate school, four years to graduation doesn't always seem doable. As a fifth-year senior, here are a few things you'll realize as you attempt to make it through that final stretch.

Everyone around you will seem like babies. Newsflash: They are babies. Every freshman around you was still in middle school when you were graduating high school. Don't allow yourself to feel old. I prefer the term "seasoned".

Don't get upset at the babies (aka freshman) turning the library into a social event. Remember, you once did the same thing. As a fifth-year senior, you'll find that getting your work done in cozy coffee shops is much more appropriate, and fun.

You might feel lonelier. As a fifth year, you'll do more things alone, like studying, eating, grocery shopping, and even working out. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing. When the day comes for you to move to a new city and start a new career, you'll already feel comfortable enough to dine by yourself or try out a new workout class alone. To be honest, the time alone I've had in my fifth year has given me more time to get in touch with myself. I've realized I needed this extra year to understand my passions and where they could take me next in the post-college chapter of my life.

Going out is different. When you do have time to go out, it will be a lot different than it was your first four years: Two-For-One weeknight specials at the bars will turn into a glass of red wine on the couch and bad reality TV. Your body will reject going out multiple nights in a row and you might be the oldest one at the campus bars. But this doesn't mean you can't have fun anymore, it just means it's time to mix it up. Find out which bars downtown are known for an older crowd of med students and young professionals and grace them with your presence.

Don't beat yourself up. Sure, some of your friends are living in cool places and working their new 9-5, but that doesn't automatically put them in a better place than you. I'm sure they get jealous that you still get winter breaks, Fridays off, and hot athletes in your group projects. Remember, time will pass, and you have the rest of your life to work. Enjoy where you are right now.

This extra time in school is happening for a reason. Maybe you need more time to understand where your career is going, more time to understand who you are, or more time to meet people who will make a difference in your life. Remember, it's not the time it takes to get somewhere, it's the direction you're going.

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Enough with the Trump Facebook Posts

Put down your boners, #TeamHillary, it's over.

We get it. Democrats are pissssed. I mean they are PISSED. But you know what, America elected Donald Trump! You can complain, and mourn, and cry, (unsure why everyone is CRYING, seems a little dramatic) but I think it's time to accept the outcome and move along.

Pretty sure your outpouring of over-the-top grief is causing everyone to avoid Facebook, and that's not cool because someone I know in some place could be getting married, or like graduating early or something, and I want to know about it, dammit!

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What Your New Year Resolution Says About You

New Year, New Meme.

We all make a resolution and forget about it by the end of January. And every year we promise it'll be different this time around and you will commit. Whatever promises you choose to make to yourself says a lot about you.

1. Reduce your carbon footprint.
What Al Gore said in An Inconvenient Truth is just now hitting you. That or the weather during the winter has been really weird lately and you feel as though mother nature is trying to get your attention. You are normally a skeptical person but can no longer deny the facts.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.
This one mostly comes from the fact you let yourself eat everything and anything between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve. You are a person that likes to treat themselves so this will be the hardest one to keep.

3. Learn something new.
You don't want to waste your life doing the same four things you did last year. You want to do things a little different this year, like developing self-control in the snack aisle. You are somewhat of a boring person and are looking for something to spice up your life.

4. Travel.
Whether you are a world traveler or have never left your state, you want to experience a new culture and see new sights. The food being the thing you look forward to the most. You are an adventurous soul, but only as adventurous as your bank account will allow you to be.

5. Be a nicer person.
This is one of the easier resolutions to keep. And Karma told you to do it. You are becoming more sensitive to others.

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New Year's Resolutions For 2017

It's that time of year!

Year after year, we make new goals, promises and resolutions to ourselves. The new year brings hope, change and growth to each and every one of us. If we're being honest, most of those resolutions do not last for the entire 12-month time frame. For 2017, let's allow our first resolution stick through the year. I've come up with some ideas that could make 2017 a bit brighter than the slop tart that was 2016.

1. No more petty Facebook status fights and Twitter wars. By all means stand up for things that you believe in. Use your social media to project your voice and beliefs. You should stand strong for what you believe is right, but at the same time respect the opinions of others. There is no need to start fights in the comment sections or attack people using a status. Instead, spread light, positivity, and love.

2. Travel. See the world! Take a vacation on the beach, teach English abroad, or go visit family that you never see. Spend the year on the road and allow yourself to let those experiences shape who you are.

3. Go to the gym. Remember three very important rules: Never miss a Monday, never go three days without working out, and go at least three times per week. There are going to be days where you don't feel like going, but on those days just push yourself to do something, like taking the dog on a walk at the very least.

4. Wave goodbye to toxic people. Putting up with someone's crap is doing neither you or them a favor. Life is too short to allow yourself to be miserable by caring about people who do not care about you.

5. Put yourself out there more. Tell the person you love how you feel. If it doesn't work out, at least you tried. Post pictures that make you feel beautiful and don't give yourself a panic attack over who likes it and who doesn't. Own who you are and give this life all you have.

6. Selflessly pay it forward. Do things to make the world a more beautiful place without benefiting from it.

7. Tackle one of your greatest fears. It's completely normal to have fear, but never let it keep you from living. Have courage, be brave.

8. Start your weekday mornings off without your phone. Instead of laying in bed for the first twenty minutes pouring over texts and social media, start your day with meditation, a morning run, and a great breakfast.

9. Keep a journal. I started doing this in 2016 and found it very therapeutic. You choose what you want to write down. Be alone with your thoughts and you never know where it might take you.

10. Forgive. Forgive yourself for mistakes you've made and forgive people who have hurt you in the past. Once you forgive, you can leave it all behind you and continue on to better things.

2017 brings with it all the opportunity in the world. It's up to you what you do with it. And let's be real, it can't get much worse than 2016. There's no where to go but up!