Post-College SAT

My thoughts after reading this article went something like this:

1. This is insanity

2. Thank goodness I’m old

3. This makes a lot of sense…or does it?

I think most of my fellow college grads would agree that this topic is a double edged sword. While it’s plain to see that GPA’s are not the best measure of an individual’s ability to succeed in the workplace, having a standardized test measure that may also not be the greatest measure. After all, many who have taken the SAT’s can agree that they are a better measure of  how good someone is at taking a standardized test than of that person’s ability to success in a college environment. On the other hand with the rise of problems like cheating on college exams and having curved exams some may like the idea of having a standard measure across schools with which to display their ability to succeed.

>> Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT <<

-Monisha

Young Women… Linguistic Pioneers?

Young women are known to gravitate towards several things: clothes, shoes, gossip, frivolity in general… One lesser known – but arguably more groundbreaking – penchant is, believe it or not, determining new linguistic patterns!

From end-of-sentence vocal inflections to “creaky voice”, college-aged women have been and are changing the way the rest of society talks!

>> Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns <<

>> Vocal Fry or Creaky Voice <<

 

– Sandra

The Case of the Ex(es)

Living on the other side of the world from an ex makes things easier, right?  Right?!  Wrong.  In this New York Magazine article, Maureen O’Connor talks about the change in the dating landscape effected by social media and smartphones.  And her conclusions are scarily on point.

>> All My Exes Live in Texts : Why the Social Media Generation Never Really Breaks Up <<

So have you ever de-friended an ex who kept popping up on your Facebook newsfeed with pictures of his new squeeze?  Blocked him on Gchat?  Boycotted social media for a month to detox?  You’re not alone.  Apparently, we’re all doing it.  And it’s seriously ruining our lives.

– Sandra

Those were the Days

What is it about an old song that brings a smile to your face? Maybe it brings with it memories of good time, an old friend or a younger age. Whatever it may be no one can deny feeling nostalgic from time to time after hearing an old song, seeing a photograph or even just looking at the date. While nostalgia was touted for a long time as a negative feeling which brought about depression, studies have recently found that feeling nostalgic a few times a week can actually benefit your overall emotional health and actually make you feel warmer from the inside out. Have a look at this article and then maybe even indulge in some reminiscing yourself!

>> What is Nostalgia Good For? <<

-Monisha

A Storm is Brewing

I recently read Dan Brown’s Inferno which revolves around the theme of over-population and the threat it presents to future generations. This article  talks about another future threat–global warming and the increasing number of natural disasters. The facts presented in this article about the increase in natural disasters in the  future are not surprising but it is interesting to see how unprepared we are to face the impending doom.

I think the increase in natural disasters may just be nature’s way of posing its own solution to the aforementioned problem of overpopulation. Take a look at the article to see if you agree, and read Inferno to see how Dan Brown’s characters find a solution to this problem in the novel.

>>Climate Change Could Make Hurricanes Stronger—and More Frequent <<

-Monisha

The Decline and Fall of the English Major

An interesting opinion piece which talks about the direction humanities are headed in the near future. It comes as no surprise that during tough economic times people tend to choose majors that are more likely to land them a job. However this choice often costs students the opportunity to explore a potential passion or even gain and learn from the great minds of the past. 

Something else which occurred to me while reading this piece has to do with the nature of college classes these days whether they are humanities or not. For a place of higher education which is meant to groom and cultivate the minds of students, college classes now have become more of a means to an end.

>> The Decline and Fall of the English Major <<

-Monisha

 

The amount of free time you need to be happy

So what do you like to do in your free time? Read a book, watch a movie, exercise, drink with your friends, spend quality me time, sleep, etc? Well if you’re like the average working individual you often find that you don’t have enough time to squeeze all of this into your life along with a regular work day. So how much time is enough to have the perfect work-life balance? Well according to this article its a little north of 7 hours. Have a look at the schedule they provide in this article and see how your average day matches up.

>> The Official Amount Of Free Time You Need To Be Happy <<

-Monisha