Mardi Gras Survival Guide: What You Should Know to Make It Out Alive

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In honor of the festivities officially kicking off today, let’s take a gander through the past. Who will we see this year? Can’t even talk about my excitement – no words can describe. 


Getting a raise.. Or not

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is delaying the minimum wage vote that would increase minimum wage to $10.10. He says it could cost up to 500,000 jobs. I find this hard to believe. I realize that with a big change like this would come with its obstacles and would maybe cost some jobs, but so many of these articles I read claim large setbacks like this and I just want to know the statistics behind them. 

I’m not an expert on the subject, but I think an incremental raise would be best. Right now, the national minimum wage is about $7.25. I don’t see why we are hiking it up almost $3.00 whole dollars at once. Why not start with a dollar, and then another the next year. I am a bit naive on the subject; I won’t lie. However, it’s something I’m going to start following more closely, especially since it’s going to be me out there in the real world soon enough. 


Corruption may not only be real in Scandal and House of Cards

The government shutdown exposed a little bit more about what goes on behind closed doors than Washington would have probably liked. Honest graft might be something our government needs in order to start new and regain the trust of voters. 

“There’s the biggest kind of a difference between political looters and politicians who make a fortune out of politics by keepin’ their eyes wide open.” – George Washington Plunkitt 


Hope on the horizon (click me)

Well, there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Graduating in three months and still working on a life plan, it’s safe to say I’m freaking out a little inside. However, I’m a firm believer in the hope that good things happen to good people.

In this article, Thomas L. Friedman discusses how Google looks beyond your G.P.A. or your prestigious university you attended when hiring. Instead, they focus on leadership and humility in their candidates. For people like me who believe they interact well with others, work well in groups, and naturally assume leadership roles, these are some nice words of encouragement. When going into interviews, employers can teach you what you need to know. You, however, have to sell yourself because you’re an investment for them. This article helps remind me that it is me first and foremost that I have to present and sell; my resume comes second.

A good friend of mine graduated from Tulane last year and received a position as an analyst at Wells Fargo. She told me about the exhausting rounds of interviews she had to go through. In the end, it came down to her and this boy from Stanford who looked much better than her on paper. The interviewer asked her, “why should I hire you over him?” She replied, “Because I would be way more fun to work with and have to sit next to all day!”

Trying to be positive on this Monday morning. I do feel as though I look good on paper, but it is nice to hear that other skills are valuable to have as well.