Before the resume

Searching for a job as a college student can sometimes feel more gruesome than taking a bath with sandpaper instead of soap. Interviewers seem to always have their own idiosyncrasies, from how a resume should be formatted to what shoes you should wear to an interview.

How’s this for an overreaction?

Women’s rights have come extraordinarily far in the last century. We get to wear pants, leave our kitchens and, if we’re okay with being ostracized for neglecting our children, even get careers in lower-level management!

Motivating with money

As Americans we live in a wonderful world of high-stress work environments, tight deadlines and an inundation of social networking that keeps us relentlessly connected. Our bosses demand our time, our energy and our creative inspiration.

Horrific tattoos

It’s hard to go very far in our city without seeing a tattoo. We have so many tattoos, in fact, that NBC News lists Portland in the top five most-tattooed cities in the U.S. Given the abundance of tattoo parlors in the city and all the awesome people running around with colorful bodies, it’s not a surprising label.

Pros and cons at PSU

Whether we like it or not, Portland State is the college we chose for the time being. Every school has its advantages and disadvantages and the same goes for PSU, which has its own set of achievements and disappointments.

Is anti-gun legislation effective?

In the aftermath of the horrific shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School and the tragedy in our own Clackamas Town Center, many Americans are considering pushing anti-gun laws to prevent such atrocities from occurring again.

Peculiar holidays: part 3

This is the final part of a three-part series about how some of our most celebrated holidays and traditions have developed from strange and forgotten roots. We come to expect certain things without questioning where they came from or how they turned into what they are today. New Year’s Day holds a few of its own surprising origins.

Do donation right

Ignore the red-aproned ringers this year and show local support

It’s always tempting to drop a dollar or two into one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Frequently located right outside your holiday shopping spots, the easy access provides an instant sensation of altruism that’s hard to beat.

The Real World leaves Portland

Why reality TV doesn’t belong here

After disrupting the city with cameras and augmented reality television personalities, the 28th season of MTV’s The Real World seems to have finally left Portland. For myself and many other Portlanders like me, this also means a welcome relief from the types of people such a show appeals to.