Daily Life, Tips & Tricks

Looking for Internships?

It’s about that time of the year again when the (sometimes) violent search for the perfect summer internship commences. Eager youth fight tooth-and-nail to get that coveted spot that won’t only pay but will allow them to a) meet celebrities, b) get free access to otherwise exclusive things, or c) get free food from the office kitchen. Let’s face it, that’s all we people want in life, right?

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Let’s face the honest facts that The Hills did not actually represent any internships that 99.9% of us will end up with. Sadly, we won’t be sitting around an office filled with enough mini dresses and pumps to achieve hoarder-status whilst gossiping about whose cheating on whom making this face at least every 2 minutes:

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Frankly, I’m okay with that.

While many companies will post their internship openings over the next few months, of which you can directly apply to through their website, don’t shy away from cold calling (nowadays cold emailing) a company that you are really interested in. These days companies truly value a persons’ self-starter attitude which can be best flaunted through a well structured email including 1) who you are 2) what you are interested in doing for their company 3)why you are qualified 4) a thought out cover letter and resume 

Whatever you do, just attempt to create that tough balance between selling yourself as a potential employee versus straight up bragging about yourself.

If you’re not so much into the cold email approach (it’s okay- it’s not for everyone), don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to track down those internships you so covet…

Twitter. Ok so, if you’re going for an internship in mechanical engineering this might not be as pertinent. But for the rest of us, it is becoming increasingly appealing to employers for us to have Twitter accounts. Not only can we show our creative/witty/I’m a normal person, not-a- psycho-so-please-hire-me side, but we can also utilize a Twitter account to network with potential employers. Hint: search the hashtag “#internship” often– something might come up in the general Twitter feed that could spark your fancy. *If you do plan to use your Twitter for professional purposes, please leave off those pictures of you being inebriated last Saturday night. Or leave them- some companies might be into that sort of thing and maybe you should be working for them.

Become a Google master. Simply Google any company that you’ve ever admired or had any spark of interest in, with the word “careers” or “internships” after. For example, I love the website Air Bnb since it’s a great idea and a really cool service… hmmmm, I wonder if they would be as cool a place to work. Let’s Google “air bnb jobs”… Oh, look! Their offices look like tiki huts and they boast giving the best high fives in town…. This could be the beginning of tracking down an awesome internship through some simple Googling.

Use a site like Internmatch.com or UrbanInterns.com to narrow your search and have a nice, neat search engine devoted to finding internships that will be fitting for your criteria.

Look for unique outside sources for job postings. I read the blog The Everygirl, and they have an entire section on their blog devoted to job and internship openings that may be of interest to their niche readers. Follow blogs that are interesting to you, and you never know- you might get the advantage of hearing about openings first. Plus, being able to tell the employer how you found out about the opening through reading a blog sounds ultra scholarly and intern-worthy. Look how hip and up-to-date you are with the modern world!

These are obviously mostly geared towards people who probably have similar career aspirations as myself since a person interested in molecular science or bull riding would probably approach this an entirely different way. But for the rest of you, I wish you luck in your search unless you want the same internship as me .  😉

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Hold the Croutons, Add Chickpeas: Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas

Normally, when I think of snacking (which is often), I don’t think of chickpeas. The closest I ever get to snacking on those little Mediterranean nuggets is in the form of hummus paired with some sugar snap peas or corn chips. 

However, my routine snacking rituals were turned around when I received some enticing samples in the mail from Saffron Road; a halal food brand offering tons of gluten free snack and frozen food options. May I remind you that I’m a college student, therefore I live off of snacks and pre-made meals. 

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While these crunchy chickpeas are marketed as snacks and I often find myself digging into a bag while I’m waiting for water to boil, toast to toast, or potatoes to roast (zing!), I’ve most enjoyed dropping these guys into my daily salads to provide a last minute crunch to an otherwise “meh” salad. 

My favorite flavor has to be the Bombay Spice variety, which reminds me of Willy Wonka’s mythical 3-course meal bubblegum since my mouth tastes like I just ate a full delicious Indian meal after munching on a handful. Second favorite is the Falafel which is only a fitting flavor for chickpeas (although I might rather have some hummus than just the chickpeas). Unfortunately I cannot say good things about the adventurous Wasabi flavor but that is only due to the fact that there is nothing I hate more than wasabi. Really. It’s right up there with closed-minded people and paper cuts. 

After trying one, my face distorted with the discomfort of that familiar potent gasoline-y sensation. I gave the Wasabi chickpeas to my landlady and she seemed to like them. 

Despite my brief Wasabi-induced seizure, I can honestly say that I fully endorse these chickpeas as a healthy and tasty snack, salad topper, or landlady re-gift.

Want to try some for yourself?

“Like” Saffron Road on Facebook! 

 

 

 

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I’m Cheating On This Blog…

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I have to tell the truth about this- it’s been a heavy weight on my shoulders for the past few months and I’ve been anxious to tell you guys…

I’ve been writing another blog. 

To defend my actions, I will have you know that it is within an entirely different blogging realm so at least I’m not cheating within the gluten free territory. 

I’m writing a music tumblog (Tumblr blog, or at least that’s what I assume it means…I’m new to the lingo) that is simply about what I’m currently listening to. I can’t guarantee that you will discover any new coolster indie bands with names like “Margot and the Neutral So and So’s” or “Dracula Does Calculus” through my blog, but I would hope that you find something new that you enjoy. I know that for me, music is an extremely important part of my life and there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing what I have liked listening to. 

If you’re enjoy reading about music, listening to music, or talking about music (which I hope you are categorized within at least one of those), may I suggest in shameless self-promotion that you take a hop and skip over to A Chromatic Turn

 

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What Will 2013 Bring for The Campus Celiac?

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Annnnnnnnd we’re back!

Rome was simply amazing and I can honestly say that I spent some of the best months of my life there. I was sure to throw my coins into the Trevi Fountain to ensure my return to the Eternal City.

The Campus Celiac has been on a serious hiatus what with being abroad and then being too busy stuffing my face and playing intense games of Scrabble with the family to bother posting anything. But I’m back for good now, and looking forward to what this gluten-free 2013 has to “dish” out! Yes, I’m integrating more food puns this year… don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Aside from my more structured new year’s resolution (to film one second of every day then compile it into a video montage, like this guy did), I’ve been thinking over some of my goals for this blog. They include (but are not limited to):

-More brutally honest product reviews. Those Italians made me a cold woman. Ok, not really, but during my time over the pond I became convinced that constructive criticism is what makes the world go round.

-More interaction. I’m talking contests, give-aways, collaborations, etc.. More on that later.

-More personal stories. This blog isn’t only meant to be about my experience being gluten free. It’s also about my experience as a college student and rather than limiting myself to speaking only on things gluten free related, I want to demonstrate the freedom that celiacs have to live regularly everyday by practicing what I preach.

-More Twittering and Facebook-ing. Food pun Fridays, anyone?

-More gluten free related boards on my Pinterest account full of delicious recipes, health articles, gluten free cosmetics, and more!

-More college resource posts: organizational tools, stress relievers, distractions from homework/procrastination tools?

Welcome, 2013! We sure are glad to see you. especially after that 2012 scare.

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