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How To Be A Good College Roomate

How To Be A Good College Roomate

You are 18 and going off to college. While it could be exciting it could also be tough. Here are ways how to be a good college roomate.

Be quiet when you see your roomate sleeping. A lot of kids party in college but being a drunk roomate when your roomate is sleeping is annoying and it can cause fights. Besides how would you like it if you had to get up early for class in the morning and your sleep is gettind disturbed?

Talk things out. Everyone does things to get on each other's nerves. When you are living with other people in close quarters it is extremely hard. When your roomate does something that bothers you talk it out instead of fighting. 

Try giving each other space. It is great when you are best friends with your roomate. Spending too much time together could be annoying. Even best friends need room to breathe. Have a life outside of your room. 

Don't gossip about your roomate. This is hard because everyone gossips. Talk goes back and the people you talk to you do not have to live with. If your roomates find something you said or did it is them that you have to deal with.

The above article was written by Jennifer Panaro.

Tips for Preparing for an Audition

Tips for Preparing for an Audition

If you are interested in any kind of performing arts, and wish to perform, whether you do it as a hobby or as a career, you will have to go through an audition, which is a time to showcase your talent.  Here are a few tips on what to do to prepare for an audition, whether you are an actor, singer, or a dancer.

1) Pick a relatable piece.  If you are acting, choose a monologue you can relate to.  For example, if the monologue has a sad tone, try to recall a sad memory in order to make your acting appear more genuine.  This also pertains to singers.  If you are a singer, then find a song you can relate to.  If you choose a love song, maybe think about your loved ones while you are singing.  Lastly, if you are a dancer, you can recall memories to make you feel the emotion of the song.  Maybe you would think of sad times if you have a slow ballad, and happy times if you have a more upbeat song.

2) Consistently practice.  Of course, not only should you prepare by performing your audition piece over and over, but also, try to perform for audiences as much as possible.  You may wish to simply perform informally for your friends and family, and if you can, try to find opportunities to perform at karaoke events, open mic nights, talent shows, etc.  You can even get your practice at different auditions.  You know have had enough practice if you can perfectly perform your piece even on your worst day ever.

3) Be aware of your abilities.  This tip is mostly pertinent for singers and dancers.  If you are a singer, be sure that your song has notes well within your vocal range, so that not only can you sing the song easily, but it will also sound great.  If you are a dancer, make sure you only perform moves that you know you are physically capable of doing.  Do not try to add complex moves hoping to impress the judges, if you are not capable of doing them.

4) Stay healthy.  Having a successful audition requires having both a healthy a voice and healthy body.  This means you should eat healthy, sleep sufficiently, and get some exercise everyday for at least a week before your audition.  When the day of the audition comes, if you are a singer, try not to consume foods that may affect your voices.  No matter what, however, always be sure to have enough food so that you have enough energy to perform your best at the audition, but also, do not overeat, so that you won't feel sick and full during the audition.  Lastly, drink plenty of water!

5) Don't worry about mistakes.  If you ever happen to make a mistake during your audition, don't worry too much.  Just pretend like it didn't happen and continue.  For example, if you are acting out a monologue and forget a line, just improvise some words that logically flow with the monologue.  If you are singing, you can do the same thing with lyrics.  You can just simply sing some vowels or other lyrics, but make sure you commit to what you do.  Also, remember that even professional singers don't always hit all the right notes.  If you are dancing and you forget a dance move, just think of something, but make sure you are still moving to the rhythm of the music.

6) Overcome stage fright.  Stage fright is simply an emotional state of mind.  When you walk into the audition room, convince yourself that you are capable of succeeding, and believe in yourself.  Just try to have fun and smile!

Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience

Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience

Internships, especially in college, provide you with very valuable experience to hone your professional skills and meet other people who share your interests.  Here's a few tips on getting the most out of your internship experience.

1) Be professional.  This is probably the most important way to maximize your internship experience.  Being professional first includes being respectful and polite to other employees and your supervisor.  You should also arrive early and depart a little later than you're supposed to, in order to display your work ethic.  In addition, follow the dress code, if applicable, and any other company rules, if they apply.

2) Maintain contact with your supervisor.  Stay in contact with your supervisor, whether through in-person discussions, the phone, or via e-mail.  This way, you can first know what is expected of you during your time as an intern and what kind of assignments and responsibilities you are given.  As you begin your assignments, be sure to contact your supervisor to make sure you are completing your tasks correctly, and even if you are completing them correctly, then you can still feel free to contact your supervisor to send them progress reports of your work, so they know how you're doing.  Lastly, don't be afraid to ask for feedback on the quality of your work, and more importantly, don't be afraid to ask questions if you have any.  After all, asking questions will actually impress your supervisor because it shows you are not afraid of taking initiative to find out what you can do to improve your work.

3) Complete projects efficiently.  You should complete your projects efficiently, meaning that you should have them done by the deadlines, but of course, this does not mean you rush through them.  Make sure that you manage to meet the deadlines, while still taking your time, in order to ensure it is quality work.  Of course, work with a lot of passion and enthusiasm.  If you happen to complete a project early, you should ask for an opportunity to do another project, if you have the time.  Your initiative will be very impressive to your employer.

4) Network.  Meet with as many other colleagues as you can and talk about your career interests and passions, because these people may be able to help you find jobs in the future, because it is possible they may have connections or recommendations.  Of course, also talk to your supervisor, to see if they can provide you more opportunities in the company, or they can recommend you to different companies.  At the very least, the people you meet will offer valuable advice on landing your dream job, and you can make great friendships as well.

5) End your internship positively.  When your internship is ending, be sure to give your supervisor and colleagues a very enthusiastic goodbye.  Exchange contact information so that you can maintain your connections that may be helpful for finding future jobs.  Write a thank you note to your supervisor to express your appreciation for the valuable opportunity you were given, and also, don't be afraid to ask them to write you a letter of recommendation, if you wish.

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