This week’s work song of the week is Racing Like A Pro, by The National. The National are one of my favorite bands, and this song in particular is one I find extremely sad.
"Your mind is racing like a pro now, oh my God it doesn’t mean a lot to you.
One time you were a glowing young ruffian, oh my God it was a million years ago.”
To me, this song is about being trapped in a life you don’t want to live, and realizing that the things that you dedicate that yourself to don’t mean anything to you. This is one of my ultimate fears and it’s why this song means so much to me. This is not a very cheery work song, but it’s one of my favorites, so I hope you enjoy it.
6 Weeks ago I submitted a request for Oberlin College to attempt to set a world record. Today I received this email. Sure the title of “Longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop” isn’t the most prestigious award ever, but I think it’s pretty cool that we at Oberlin have a chance to set a world record! We need to get 503 people to hold hands in a line and pass a hula hoop down the line, each person stepping through it when it gets to them. Oberlin is pretty cool, and now we have the chance to demonstrate it to the world by showing off our hoop-stepping prowess. More information to come!
Ma’ayan did an awesome writeup on Switchboard a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to share it with you all. For those of you that don’t know what switchboard is, it’s essentially an ObieCraigslist, which is to say 1000x less creepy than regular craigslist. Post an offer to drive people to the airport, ask if anyone has a DVD of “The Room” that you can borrow, or see if anyone in the extended Oberlin community has a keytar that they’re willing to sell you. Anything really! Seriously though, this thing rocks. Here’s a link to switchboard itself.
EDIT: Some of you may have seen before that this link used to lead to a skydiving cat, because I had screwed it up somehow. The above link works now, but here’s the skydiving cat error screen if you’re more interested in that.
This isn’t really career related, but it’s Friday and I’ve been jamming out to this song all week. It’s Chance the Rapper’s take on the “Arthur” theme song (a PBS kids show and a huge part of my childhood). You should definitely check this out.
Dana showed me this TED Talk at the beginning of the year, and I thought it was a really awesome perspective on the idea of “success”. The speaker/slam poet is Alok Vaid-Menon.
What do you think?
It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for the work song of the week! In Mr. President (Have Pity On the Working Man), you might not be surprised to hear that Randy Newman asks the Commander in Chief to look out for the little guy.
Oberlin is awesome! There are so many exciting things going on around campus, so many incredible classes, and so many ways to express yourself and do the things that you love. It can be intimidating though, thinking about College as a step in your life, and not the final destination. I know when I was a freshman, the idea of thinking about my post-college future was pretty bewildering.
The idea of leaving our little bubble and going out into the real world made me pretty nervous.
But this was because I didn’t realize the wealth of resources that the college has available to help you with this transition.
The Career Center is so much more than a placement office, or a place where you can get your resume checked, it’s full of people who will support you as you gather yourself, figure out the sorts of things that you love, and find a way to do the things that you love for as long as you love them.
We can help you find the research opportunity that you’ve been looking for and give you the tools you need to be a successful candidate.
We can help you realize the skills that you have, and how you can use them to attract the attention of an internship program or place of employment.
We can help you shore up any personal document that you might have whether it be a resume, cover letter, bio, email, request for an information interview, or anything of that ilk.
We can help pick you up if you feel like a failure (you’re not).
Or when you feel like you just can’t do it (you can).
And when you do something awesome (which you will) we’ll be sure to tell you all about how awesome it is.
It can feel like a scary world out there.
But every Oberlin student has it inside them to be a boss (even THE boss) at whatever they choose to do. If you don’t believe it, then come on in and we can help you find the things that you want to do, and support you in making a plan to get there.
Kaia Austin (‘16) working her internship at In Other Words, a feminist community center, this summer.