College Desk

articles, interviews and opinions from the desks of college students

College Desk Column: ADVICE ON INTERNSHIPS

Written by Dec 23, 2013

College Desk Column:  ADVICE ON INTERNSHIPS

As I’m nearing my final semester at school, I’ve decided to get ahead of the game and start on my job search.  Looking through job postings, I’ve noticed something interesting, you need experience for everything.  Even that entry level position needs at least two-to-five years’ experience to be considered for the position. Where do you get this experience?  Internship. Internships, internships, internships.  They are the number one thing that can get you prepared for the job market we have today.  In a recent survey by The Chronicle and the American Public Media’s Marketplace, employers said that many candidates, though they had the right qualifications,...

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College Desk Column: The College Student’s Balancing Act

Written by Nov 5, 2012

College Desk Column: The College Student’s Balancing Act

To work or not to work.  That is the question that many college students, including myself, face.  Throughout my three years at Otterbein University, I had gone in and out of jobs (no, I’m not that bad a worker) trying to find the perfect balance of work and school.  The problem is, there are so many things to account for that it can be a pain trying to find what works best.  Although I’m still trying to find what works well for me, hopefully I can help shed some light on this sideshow balancing act of school and work. The first thing that has to be taken into consideration would have to be the money.  Money, as everyone knows, is used for everything.  Need...

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Day 264: Talk about a mission!

Written by Sep 20, 2012

Day 264:  Talk about a mission!

Day 264.  I was forwarded this article’s link because it was written by a former president of the organization my documentary is on.  This young man had just graduated from high school the year we started shooting.  What I didn’t know was that he immediately went into the marines.  His piece is all about his next mission—going to college—after he returned from a four year stint of active duty in Afghanistan in 2011.  It reminds me not only how precious life is but also how lucky I am that I have the men and women of our armed forces doing my freedom fighting for me.  I’m feeling incredibly thankful and lucky this morning that I can pursue my own...

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Rattlesnake Syndrome

Written by Aug 30, 2012

Rattlesnake Syndrome

I’ve lived in the same town and in the same house my entire life.  Most of the people I graduated high school with I have known since I was four.  I know my home town like the back of my hand.   My grandma calls that Rattlesnake Syndrome.  Rattlesnakes can only live a few miles away from where they are born—they have very specific habitat requirements.  My decision to move over 700 miles away for college definitely meant I did not have Rattlesnake Syndrome!  Change was not something I was accustomed to which is why I think I was so eager for it. I went to school in a foreign place called Colorado, two states away from my family in Missouri.  I felt so...

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For Immediate Release

Written by Mar 7, 2012

For Immediate Release

ALEXANDRA JOAN BENNETT WRITES COLLEGE DESK COLUMN FOR THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX INSIDE THE BOX MEDIA La Crescenta, CA [March 7, 2012]  Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media Launches College Desk Column—Articles, Interviews and Opinions from the Desk of College Freshman Alexandra Joan Bennett who is on a Quest to Find the Perfect Major and Path in Life  Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media announced today that the column College Desk by Alexandra Joan Bennett has launched on the website. College Desk is a first-person account of the pressures and realities faced by a college student in today’s world where the astronomical costs of going to college make...

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Breaking Down the Box

Written by Mar 1, 2012

Breaking Down the Box

Thinking outside the box inside the box should be a required course.  To me it means getting to where you want to be no matter what stands in your way.  It’s about realizing your limits and creating from inside of them anyway.  As a freshman working my way through my second semester, I realize this way of thinking is especially important to college students.  In college we are trying to figure out what we are trying to ultimately become—what’s “outside the box”—how we become it and how we overcome our limits and make them work for us in a positive way.  Life is a path and certainly not an easy one to navigate.  There are always going to be obstacles. ...

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