How to Survive at a Job You Hate

At first, it seemed like the perfect job. Great hours, good pay and reasonable rules. But then, you got a new manager who is a complete jerk, the other staff members became annoying or maybe customers you deal with are beyond disrespectful. You don’t know how or what made you end up there, but one thing is clear: You hate your job.

So now what?

The obvious thing to do would be to quit and find a new job, but, if for whatever reason, you don’t have that option, here are a few hacks to help you get through your next shift.

1.) Turn off your phone.

Most jobs won’t allow you to use your phone on the clock anyway. As long as your phone is on, you’re going to be tempted to keep checking the time (which is moving by incredibly slow) or browse social media sites that have no new updates because all of your friends are at work, too! Yeah, so just turn it off. Stop watching the clock, and it’ll be time for you to clock out before you know it.

2.) Make friends.

Get to know your co-workers. Chances are, they hate their job just as much as you hate yours, so you all can vent to one another. That relieves stress and tension, and at least you’ll find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone; your co-workers think that the manager is a D-bag, too.

3.) Cut off friends.

Okay, maybe you’ve already made friends with your co-workers and it proved to be a bad idea. Maybe being friends with them is what makes you hate your job. In that case, stop talking to them. Don’t go out to bars with them, keep them out of your personal business and stay out of theirs. If it doesn’t have to do with work, don’t involve yourself. Your co-workers may not like you after this, but oh well. That’s their beef, not yours.

4.) Take some time off.

Depending on how many sick or personal days you have saved up, take a weekend off and do things unrelated to your job. Maybe you just need some space to breathe for a minute. The alternative would be to decrease your hours or the amount of days you spend at your job, if you work part time. If you have a full-time job, with a salary, take a vacation.

5.) Change your mindset.

Instead of thinking about how much your job sucks, think about the good things that happen at work. Maybe there is that one loyal customer that comes in every now and then, and they always compliment you. Maybe the perks are good. Maybe the fact that you have a job with benefits will put a smile on your face. Just try and look for the positive stuff, and your mood toward your job will change.

 

Honestly, if none of these tactics work, just quit. There’s no sense in bringing negative energy into a place of business, and you don’t need to be around stuff that makes you unhappy. It’s either that, or your performance will start slacking and you’ll get fired. That’ll be the 6,024th reason why you hate your employer.

 

Raena, Editor-in-Chief

A Crop Top Affair

Your parents may hate them. Your friends may think they’re cute. And you may want one in every color. It’s called a crop top. Those things that cover you up until around  an inch or two from your belly button.

Yes, those things.

crop_topawr9q0-iThey are a fine asset for summer and come in all different designs and styles. Looking for something to match with your high-waisted shorts? Look no further. These were made to be paired with those shorts.

 

Unfortunately, these tops tend to make people a bit self-conscious. Seeing as it exposes a good portion of your middle half. So, you don’t feel like you’re in shape, just like bikini season, these tops should motivate you to hit the gym. (Not everyone was born with speedy metabolism.)

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The idea of looking cute during the summer isn’t beyond us. Wear a sweetheart neckline crop top with perhaps a geometric pattern. Or maybe a scoop neck crop top with some colorful shorts. Even a skinny straps crop top with some straight leg jeans.

Go on and get your crop top on. You know you want to.

❤ Allie Mitchell

Follow Directions or Your Phone Will Blow Up

Actual photo of the burned phone.
Actual photo of the burned phone.

In Texas, a 13-year-old girl slept as her Samsung Galaxy S4 caught fire. Her pillow, sheets and mattress were also destroyed. While Samsung vowed to replace everything, this raises questions on whether or not it is wise for people to ignore the user guides that come with our newly-purchased phones.

In Samsung’s defense, the Galaxy S4 user guide warns consumers that if their units are covered by bedding or other material, choked-off airflow could cause a fire.

But how many S4 users actually read this warning?

I’m guilty of tossing my user guide to the side whenever I get a new phone or device. I always figured that since I’m a “hands on” learner, I don’t need to read the instructions. I’ll figure it out on my own.

Also, there are nights when I put my phone on the charger and let it sit on my bed. Sometimes, I’ll wake up to it being fully charged under my pillow. I never thought twice about it leading to combustion.

I think it’s safe to say that, even though this particular incident is uncommon, read the directions on your user guide for whatever it is you purchase. The guide has valuable information about how to keep your device in good shape and prevent damaging it.

It’s also worth mentioning that the battery found in the girl’s phone was a replacement battery, not a Samsung battery. Stick to products made for your phone, especially batteries. The brand makes their products designed specifically for your device, so technically, the brand’s products are the only products compatible with your device.

“But what about chargers?”

As long as the chargers fit, they will work. However, if you use a generic or universal charger for your device, it may not perform the same as the one designed for your brand. Your device may charge slowly, or your phone may constantly overheat.

Lastly, don’t “test” your device if you know you may not be able to replace it yourself. In other words, don’t read the directions, then decide to do the opposite of what they say “to see what will happen,” and expect your insurance or warranty to cover whatever you did to your phone or device. There are restrictions on what they will and will not cover. Read the terms and conditions thoroughly.

 

Raena, Editor-in-Chief

When Your Summer Fling Wants MORE

summer-flingSummer break is coming to a close and school will be starting soon. As classes begin, summer romances will end… Or maybe not. What happens when your summer fling wants more? More as in, a legit relationship: commitment, dates–the whole nine. Some of you may have already had this conversation. Some of you may have already reached a resolution. But for those who are still confused and don’t know what they want to do, consider a few factors:

1.) Distance

There’s nothing wrong with a long-distance relationship. There are many people who are successful at making this work. On the other hand, I’ve seen instances where there was a lot of jealousy, mistrust and it proved to be a distraction. Would you be able to fully trust your potential significant other (PSO) while you two are living in two different cities? Two different states? Or countries… *shrug*

2.) Energy

Face it. School can have you drained of all of your energy at times, mainly because if you want to keep your grades up, you have to focus and study hard in all of your classes. Not to mention, if you’re involved in organizations on your campus–or ANYTHING extracurricular–that could zap you of your time and energy faster than you can blink. And if you have a job on top of all of that? Tuh! And then you have your family and friends who want to see you. It would be a wonder if you have time for a romantic relationship at all. If you really think that you’ll be able to dedicate some energy to your PSO, then by all means, commit. But if not, then don’t commit. It’ll just make you more stressed, and you’ll end up sacrificing something, be it your grades, your orgs or other obligations.

3.) Feelings

How strong are your feelings toward your summer fling? I’m not talking about lust; do you actually care about your fling as a person? Can you see yourself in something long-term with your fling? Is your summer fling worthy of a real relationship? If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then don’t commit. All you’re going to do is waste your time and theirs. However, if you answered “yes” to ALL of these questions, then maybe you should turn your summer fling into something more.

 

Whatever you decide, just make sure that your are making a well thought out decision. You’re not obligated to commit to anyone just because they really like you, and you don’t owe anyone commitment just because they enjoyed spending the summer with you.

 

Raena, Editor-in-Chief

Foods That Lead to Healthier Hair

Healthy-Balanced-DietThere are so many articles, YouTube videos and unwritten rules on how to keep your hair healthy.  So many of these spoken and unspoken hair rules only cover what or what not to apply to the hair directly.  It’s not always about what you put on your hair that makes it healthier; there are ways that you can gain healthy tresses from the inside.  Here are some foods that have what it takes to support your body in maintaining strong, beautiful hair. 

  1. Salmon- Salmon has Vitamin D and protein, which are both instrumental in maintaining strong hair. However, the really vital ingredient in this tasty fish is the omega-3 fatty acids.  Your body doesn’t produce these fatty acids on its own and 3% of your hair shaft is made of them! 
  1. Walnuts- These are the only nuts that contain the ever so vital omega-3 fatty acids. They also have biotin and Vitamin E.  Without biotin we could lose our hair!  Walnuts also contain copper which keeps our hair color looking radiant and glossy. 
  1. Eggs- Eggs are full of essential nutrients and minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. Iron is vital because it carries oxygen to the hair follicles.  Lack of iron is a common cause of hair loss. 
  1. Greek Yogurt- this low fat dairy option is very high in protein. This is why some DIY protein treatment recipes include yogurt as an ingredient.  It also has Vitamin D.  Recent research links this vitamin to hair follicle health, but scientists haven’t exactly figured out how it works. 
  1. Blueberries- This sweet berry contains Vitamin C which is vital in preventing hair breakage. Vitamin C very important to scalp circulation and provides support for the small blood vessels that feed your hair follicles. 
  1. Poultry- Your hair is mostly made of protein and meat is a major source of it. Foods rich in protein provide your body with the building blocks needed to build hair.   Poultry also contains zinc, iron, Vitamin B which all play a part in maintaining healthy strands
  1. Spinach- This vegetable has iron, beta carotene, folate and Vitamin C which all works together to keep your hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.

If you look at this list above, you may notice that every major food group is represented.  What’s the bottom line?  Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps your body but also leads to beautiful, healthy hair!  

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

Source: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair?page=1

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Let’s save lives

I would like to apologise for not posting recently. I have had some personal issues that needed to be addressed.

Many  people have been coming to me with high anxiety issues. however, they tell me they do not like to tell people about their troubles because ‘people don’t care’

This really saddens me. We are all connected with each other but we have never been more alone. The worst part is most of the time conflict starts with misunderstandings and wrong tone of voice.

So I would like to give you all a challenge. within one week go out of your way to help just one person, and make an effort to make people around you smile.

Even if its just saying hello and giving someone a smile. many people who have tried to commit suicide reveal that if someone had shown them care they wouldn’t have tried to commit suicide.

Your smile could save someone’s life.

lets save lives!

 

Don’t Stray Away from your Purpose…

Many people get to college and they realize that its truly a different experience. Its preparing you for the real world as you are out on your own with no one looking over you to tell you what to do. The problem we face with our generation today is that being a college student you see a lot of students who get to college and can’t make it back the next semester because they did not utilize their resources and apply themselves like they should have. The reason that happens is because they didn’t capture their purpose of why they are actually there.

Lets think about it…What is actually your purpose for being or going to college? Whether your an incoming freshman or a rising junior going into their major you should have a reasoning to why you came to college. You will find that things will go a lot smoother for you throughout your years in college if you continually focus on why you are there.

Each and everyday as college students we are faced with many distractions that set us back from our purpose of why we are there. Some fail to realize that you are paying for your future. The more you put your priorities on hold the further you are setting yourself back from the successful person you claim to be in the future. Its okay to go to parties every now and then, but multiple times in a week is just too much. Those nights you put into parties could be nights you are taking time out to prepare for what you want your future to look like. We have to keep focus on why we truly are there and how long it took for you to get to where you are now. Don’t get me wrong! We all know that it can’t be all work, work, work! It is not possible to get through college without enjoying the college experience as a whole but there will always be time for that.

 

– J’quan Freeman, Staff Writer