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Gradspot – Life After College!

March 29, 2009


We would like to introduce a new partner in Gradspot is a resource for seniors and recent graduates making the transition to life after college. Those of you in the workforce can appreciate what a challenge that can be at times.

The backbone of is their survival guide section — over 90 in-depth how-to articles on the most common issues facing twentysomethings (e.g., finding a job, looking for an apartment, dealing with student debt, etc.). Their first book, The Guide to Life After College, is a humorous manual for the first year or so out of school, but a lot of it is practical info applicable to pretty much anyone in their twenties. They’ve received some great press from NPR, The Brazen Careerist, and WNBC in New York, and we’re helping them get the word out and help out as many grads as possible this commencement season.
Gradspot posts new content often and we’ll be posting content for them from time to time. You may also see some of their work on this site also.
Check out or first guest post on reputation management here.

Artsy Chick reading Ophelia, Life Lessons, and College Parties

August 27, 2008

Spontaneity is the key to the good life. In keeping with that mantra, this past weekend couldn’t have went any differently than planned.

Last Concert Cafe and Flying Saucer on Friday brought about an almost-fight, a political disagreement, and getting booted from a hippie bar… All in 5 minutes. Who gets booted from a hippie bar? Much like the other eternal youth of lore, Peter Pan, someone has a shadow named trouble that follows him around like Mr. Magoo’s raincloud! Time for DNC Etiquette Boot Camp! LOL! It really wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds and we had a good time welcoming Chad Kight to his 29th year on earth. Lots and lots of alcohol.

Saturday morning, Chad (birthday boy), Kris, Lauren, and I took off to San Marcos for an impromptu whatever lets-just-get-out-of-town type of trip. Rolling right down I-35 and landing at the Exchange pool, we met some pretty interesting people. Hippy Volleyballers, a cute girl named Virginia reading Ophelia, an angry chihuahua, and old friends…. And afterwards? Jessica Hemmingway’s for some chill time with her and roommates. Dinner at River Pub followed by the Square rounded it out. Ran into @MoVelez and friends outside Nephews. Weird. You run into the coolest of people in the strangest of places.

Late night, Lauren decided against going to the foam party with us at the PiKapp’s new house. Too bad. Outside of the foam-covered slippery dirty ground, we had a good time. Kris is a well-known alumni so he had a million people running up to party with him. I could go through the whole thing but it all ended with about 20 of us crammed in a smokey room with Jessica, dressed like Angela Jolie in Mr.  Mrs. Smith, dancing on the coffee table. Let’s just leave it at that. Ahh, miss college.

Above and beyond anything else, the absolute coolest part of the weekend was outside the PiKapp house at the end of the night, about 4am. There were about ten people outside, eight of which could play guitar. So an instantaneous jam session just kind of happened. Next thing we know it and we’re all jamming and singing Jack Johnson into the country air. Hard to describe but definitely an awesome moment. And Sienna’s Jewel A Capella was equally awesome.

Goes to show – the moral of this weekend is that you have to enjoy life as it comes. You’re not gonna get the time back. You can go on and make millions and millions of dollars, start a family, etc. etc. and yet you may still find yourself trying to fill the voids of your early adulthood but WAY too late. Is it really the same? It’s like a crackhead chasing that first high. Simply a temporary fix.

Enjoy life NOW while it’s all still relevant and you still have the time.

In honor of this weekend, and life in general, here are some links to Jack Johnson MP3’s. Play. Download. Do as you wish.

Good Weekend. BTW – Watch out for that karma guys. Apparently it gives you bronchitis.

Raena’s Graduation (12.06)

July 17, 2008

Raena’s Grad Party – Dec. 18 @ Kim Son on Milam – It was an awesome time!

Det & Rich

cake fall

Ginger & Abby

Working on the Final College Project

July 17, 2008

team centerpoint hard at work

see all the papers on the floor of my office?!?

happy 8th birthday kid!

christian’s party, complete with slide and dragons!

Filipinos LOVE food!

Christian with Uncle Wilson

Bern’s little boy on the slide

Adult Swim!

The boys drinkin’ it up

me and raena at her house after the party

(l-r) bernadette, raena, me (back) rich and chris

Team Centerpoint: Sr. Project Finished

July 17, 2008

After two weeks of posturing, three intense days of feverish research, and an all-night compilation session (6pm-midnight) with the entire group at my place, the final portfolio analysis on Centerpoint is done! What a ridiculious requirement it is to do a 100-page research project on a corporation with five subsidiaries in three different industries! This is what Dr. Strain required of us, in a summer session class no less! The last thing I wanted to do in my final class of my collegiate tenure is work harder than I’ve ever worked in my entire life! But alas, it is done. The group was working feverishly until four minutes from the midnight deadline to make sure all the requirements were met. It got pretty rough there for a minute after me and Anika polished off the bottle of Pepperwood Cabarnet but I’m fairly certain that we have an acceptable final project. Still, you can never tell with Dr. Strain, the most rigid and notoriously the toughest teacher at our business school. Its definately too bad we still have essentially two finals coming up in these coming days, in addition to an hour-long presentation on the aforementioned report on wednesday. Hopefully, in 2 weeks, I’ll be looking back at this in retrospect and laughing from a beach on a tropical island in the middle of the pacific ocean! I tell you what… my pending vacation just can’t get here soon enough!