From Pittsburgh to New York City…and now back to Pittsburgh

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I am moving back home to Pittsburgh next month, after a four-and-a half year adventure in New York City. I believe that this is the best move for me right now. Pittsburgh is known for being the “most livable” city, which is much more appealing than New York, which is becoming less and less affordable. I am hoping to gain job experience in Pittsburgh that can lead me to better opportunities later on, whether it be in Pittsburgh, New York, or elsewhere.

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One Word of Advice: Tenacity

Throughout the semester, I have listened to a few very empowering speeches and presentations. But, after hearing numerous life stories, career paths and pieces of advice, there is one word to sum up what I have learned: tenacity.

Tenacity is a word I never heard before. What did they mean when they said, “You need to have tenacity,” and how was I going to get some? Of course, I did what any millennial would do, and I looked up the word on Google to have a better idea of what all of these speakers were talking about. Continue reading

Advice wanted: The battle between Windows 8 and iOS

Going into my senior year of college, it has come time to buy a new laptop, and I am faced with the dilemma of what to buy. I purchased an HP laptop before my freshman year along with 2 year accidental damage protection, which I used multiple times, having to get motherboards and hard drives replaced among other problems. As the 2 year mark got closer, the service got worse and worse, and by the time the warranty was over the laptop was basically unusable. It is now sitting in my house, unable to turn on, with little hope. Continue reading

Live imperfectly

Today, I want to ask a simple question to our society. Why are we so obsessed with being perfect?

Perhaps we are not all created that way, and that some of us understand that the inside of a person is more important than the outside; that the content of a book is more important than its cover; that the ideas someone expresses are more important than the medium used to record them.

We live in a world where perfection is beauty and imperfections are ugly. But in reality, we live in a world where no one is perfect. No one can look perfect, walk perfect, talk perfect, or do anything perfect. It is just not possible. Continue reading

Live today like it is your (or someone else’s) last

Have you ever stopped and counted your blessings? When a tragedy hits, whether it is nearby or in a far away city, are you relieved to know that your friends and family were not affected? That they are still alive?

Due to yesterday’s tragedy in Boston, many of us have probably felt this sense of relief very recently, and were thankful to know that our loved ones are still alive.

But do we ever consider that something could happen to a friend or family member? That unforeseen events do, unfortunately, happen. I want to simply remind you that yes, you should count your blessings. While we may find it silly to follow the cliche of “Live today like it’s your last,” you should remember that while you may be alive and well, the life of a friend or family member may end much sooner than we expect. Continue reading