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Jobless for the Summer

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So, one of the bad things about being in school is the fact that during the summer the pay checks dry up. Now, I know if you are a professor or someone like this you probably have saved up for the summer. However, for a graduate teaching assistant saving money is kind of difficult because we don’t get paid that much. Honestly, I’m not complaining about the whole GTA thing. Mainly, I’m pondering if someone will want a person to be employed just for the summer. Now, I know that there are certain jobs that are just seasonal employment…but I don’t rather not find myself in any of these jobs simply because they do not appeal to me or I just don’t want to do them.

For example, I enjoyed my two summers as a camp counselor…however, I don’t know that I would do it again. 1) The politics at the camp that I worked for have gotten a little out of hand. 2) I don’t think that I could be mentally prepared to work with children for 6-8 weeks of the summer simply because I am mentally fried right now.

So, yeah, I am on the job hunt. If anyone should know of anything that might be fun, seasonal, or otherwise…let me know.

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May 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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Amazon.com Reviews: Things to Think About if You Want to be Taken Seriously

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Recently, I have been doing quite a bit of purchasing on Amazon.com because of my classes that I’m taking (believe it or not, most libraries don’t have a lot of books on Native Women’s Literature…but anyway), and I have noticed several trends that the writers of reviews do that really unnerve me…Honestly, I even mentioned some of them in rants to one of my classes because they were that bad. So, without further ado, the things that annoy me in Amazon reviews.

1) Know WTF you’re talking about–If you don’t know what happens in the movie, book, etc., don’t feel obligated to write a review about it. I don’t give a crap about your philosophical scruples concerning certain ideologies that might or might not be in the work that you’re talking about (again…if you haven’t watched the movie, you can’t have an educated opinion of the matter)…I hate for people to express their opinion on something that they don’t have a clue about…let’s face it, it’s pretty annoying overall.

2) Don’t criticize an item’s validity simply because you had a bad experience with the seller or you’re unsatisfied with   the packaging– I don’t know how many 1-star or 2-star ratings that I’ve seen that bring down the items overall rating of an item simply because people are pissed off at people who have nothing to do with the creative quality of the item…if you have a complaint to lodge about the shipping or something like that, you should contact Amazon…not slander the product.

3) If you are going to write a review, try to punctuate, spell, and write with an appropriate tone–DON’T WRITE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, it’s annoying and causes people like me to think that you’re yelling at them…also dont type in all lower case without any hope of punctuation entering into the mix its really annoying too (FYI: these previous sentences were for effect. So, don’t revolt against me.) Moreover, try to spell to the best of your ability…most of you probably have a word processing program that will tell you if you are misspelling words or not. Copy and paste your text into it. This way, you come across in your writing as at least a semi-intelligent individual.

4) Try to be explicit in what you like or dislike in the  review your writing–If you say something like “This is the worst damn book ever,” you have made no valid argument as to why or why not I should listen to your review. Please, please, please, give us some sort of information to back up your ideas…simply because Bob Smith writes a review, it doesn’t mean that I should trust them…all I’m saying.

So, there are a few tips for you. I hope that they help everyone out there so that we can quite having reviews like “This is the werst movie I’ve ever sean.” Good luck and happy reviewing.

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March 5, 2011 at 12:44 am