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Sep 02 2012

[storytime] An Abridged List of Lies I Was Taught as a Child

Money and success will make you happy. Being beautiful is an obligation. Being fat is the worst thing that could happen to you. College will be a magical la-la land where you will finally be happy. Men don’t like strong, opinionated women. Being gay is wrong. Never ask a guy out. Never have sex with …

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Jul 30 2012

Yahoo's New Female CEO Isn't a Feminist: Does it Matter?

This piece was also published on In Our Words. Yahoo! has a new CEO. Her name is Marissa Mayer and she is 37 years old, making her the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Mayer’s accomplishments in her career are incredible and she deserves credit for them. However, to some extent, so does feminism. …

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Jul 23 2012

More Than Just a Body With a Broken Brain: Why I'm Choosing Social Work

It would be nice to be called “Doctor.” It would be nice to be paid a very high salary and have a stable job, and to be able to produce an official piece of paper proving that I am Smart. It would be nice to be published in prestigious journals, to receive emails from others …

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Apr 13 2012

My opinion is not a personal insult to you.

[Snark Warning] It never ceases to amaze me how the act of expressing an opinion opens you up to the most outlandish assumptions about your personality. Good girls, I know, don’t blog. Or at least, they don’t blog about anything substantial, and they definitely don’t do it using their real names. Blogging about your personal …

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Jan 15 2012

Obscenity and College Admissions: Don't Judge People by Their F-Bombs

I read an article on GOOD that provided statistics about how much college admissions officers stalk check applicants’ Facebooks. Apparently 24% of officers do it, and that number is on the rise. Now, this is really nothing new. However, what did strike me about the article was this: Twelve percent of admissions counselors told Kaplan that …

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Jul 21 2011

Got a Job? No Fun For You

[Snark Warning] I read one of the advice columns in this month’s Cosmo. A woman was writing in and asking if it would be okay to wear a top that reveals her tan lines to work, provided the top was modest and work-appropriate. The response was, no, it wouldn’t. Why? Because you wouldn’t want your …

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Jul 01 2011

Why Are Adults So Negative?

[Snark Warning, TMI Warning] No, really, that’s a legitimate question. Why are people older than me–even by just a few years–so eager to put down all of my hopes and dreams? Let me give a few nonspecific examples of Things Older People Have Said recently to me: “You know, guys really don’t go for complex …

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Jun 16 2011

The Art of Looking Good

When I’m applying for jobs or scholarships, I’m often reminded to twist the wording on my resumes, cover letters, and applications (not even to mention interviews) to make myself and my experiences look better than they actually are. I’ve never really stopped to think about how this makes me feel, but I’ll do so now. …

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Apr 21 2011

Love vs. Work

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

As much as I respect and admire Lady Gaga, this is some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard, because it’s incredibly misleading.

Jun 26 2010

On Ambition

I used to be what most people would call an ambitious person. That is to say, I knew exactly where I wanted to go in life, and it was a place that everyone respected. I was also willing to do everything necessary to get there–the perfect grades, prestigious college, and on and on. What my …

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