SAF Spring Correspondent Zichen Lin from Ocean University of China is reporting from American University.
Washington is a city of interns. As a student who wants to move from the financial industry to the media industry, I have learned a lot from my PBS internship!
To be honest, numerous internship opportunities in DC were the main attraction of the exchange program for me. I have participated in several internships in China and was mainly responsible for marketing, writing, and new media operation. It is the past internship experience that made me clear that I want to work in the media industry after graduation. To make my career transition easier, I need a high-quality internship in this industry. Fortunately, after a resume delivery and video interview, I was accepted by PBS's To The Contrary as a spring intern a month before this semester began. Now, after my one-month internship at PBS, I felt in my heart that I had made a great choice.
On the first day of the internship, one of the producers led me to have a brief tour of the studio. We three interns and two producers work in the editing room. Across the hallway, there is the video room where had a picture window, through which you can view the beautiful street scene of downtown. After the tour, I was assigned an intern handbook and a work email, that was the time that I started my internship. Every day at 9:30, my colleague Emma, who is also a student in WSP, and I would take the metro for half an hour to TTC's studio. The first time I saw the Tenleytown Station, I was taken aback by its depth. Because of its long history, it looks a bit shabby.
10:00 is the time to get to the office. If I get up late and don't have time for breakfast, I can head to CVS on the first floor for a snack. I usually spent the morning searching for news stories and posting them on websites and social platforms. There is an hour for lunch. It’s a good time for us to chat and share the latest tidbits we heard. Sometimes we also discuss some breaking news. As for the afternoon, we usually start working at 1:30. The work content varies depending on the weekly broadcasting things. If there's a new women's talk show coming up that week, we'll write newsletters and send them to our subscribers. If there is a panel show for the week, we mainly collect news background materials and write a draft for the host.
I was in charge of writing interview questions for a mental-health interviewee recently and felt my writing skills were improved. Although producers sometimes have to work overtime, interns are allowed to leave at 5:30 PM. At the beginning of February, every time I left the office, the sky was blue and black, and I felt a sense of fulfillment when I looked at the people who came and went after work. Ah, I think this is the happiness of continuous progress towards your goals!
Your time spent in college is a very critical period in your life: it’s the time where you must try to pinpoint what you want to do with the rest of your life. Subsequently, it’s important to focus hard on your studies to achieve the academic goals that will lead to the beginning of a successful career. Between coursework, time spent with friends, and possibly even working at a part time job, life in college can sometimes seem overwhelming. Even with a busy schedule, it’s highly encouraged that you make use of all the activities and resources that your college offers. Through your college, there are endless opportunities for additional education, personal growth, and even fun ways to destress. These opportunities can become available to you by participating in extracurricular activities.
What is an Extracurricular Activity?
In college, any activity outside of what’s included in your normal class schedule is considered an extracurricular activity. It could be a club, a student organization, a sports team, a volunteer group, an activist group, or any other activity sponsored by your college. Your college may offer extracurriculars that relate to your major and career interests. For example, UCLA offers programs geared towards art students through The Hammer Museum. At the same time, extracurriculars can also be purely for fun, such as joining the Cheese Club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When it comes to choosing between extracurriculars, the options are endless.
Why Should I Care?
If you participate in extracurriculars related to your career, you can supplement your studies with real life experience and develop abilities that’ll help you once you graduate. It’s a wonderful way to add to the skills you’re already practicing in the classroom. Even after you graduate, potential employers may ask during interviews what sort of activities you participated in while you attended college. Being involved on your college campus will make you a more well-rounded individual which will help your career in the long run.
Are you interested in learning a new skill or hobby? Participating in an extracurricular activity is a great way to learn new things from others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to take care of plants, you could join your university gardening club and learn from fellow students who can teach you all about plants. College is a great time to try new things, and you might end up having a new favorite hobby as a result.
And of course, joining a club or an organization can also be a lot of fun! Doing fun activities that you enjoy is not only a great way to destress between classes, but also a great way to meet new people who share your interests. You just may end up meeting lifelong friends.
How Do I Get Involved?
Many colleges hold a student organization fair at the beginning of each semester. At these events, extracurricular organizations set up tables with information about what they do and how you can join. Attending a student organization fair is a great, low-stress way to browse all your different options and ask questions before committing to join. Contact your college’s student affairs office and ask whether there will be any extracurricular fairs coming up. You can also contact your advisor and ask them what types of extracurriculars are available for you to join. Try a couple of them out and decide which ones you like best!
It can be easy to look at the stunning landscape of the island of Hawaii and think no further, but Hilo has a rich history that makes it the city it is today. Here are a few of Hilo’s most notable historical moments since the beginning.
Hilo began around 1100 AD when its first habitants came from Polynesia. It is thought that the majority of the first residents lived along the Wailuku and Wailoa rivers—many ancient civilizations lived near prominent bodies of water due to its natural role as a lifesource. Here they began fishing and agricultural communities.
Most of the knowledge we have today about ancient Hawaii comes from oral history as there isn’t much archaeological evidence of the area at this time, and it’s from this oral history that we know the name Hilo is said to mean “to twist”.
By the late 1800s, sugar plantations had taken over as a main source of revenue for Hilo. The Hilo Sugar Mill produced 3,500 tons of sugar annually at this time, and the business brought workers all the way from China, Japan, Philippines, Korea, and Portugal to work on sugarcane plantations.
The Chinese immigrants themselves are credited as being the first in Hawaii to refine sugar, and they were the first force to work on the plantations. The workday was exhausting, and all workers were bound by 3- to 5-year contracts.
Tourism Takes Over
The 1900s saw a rise in tourism in large part due to the island’s active volcanoes as a draw. This was halted by the tsunamis in the mid-1900s, but when the sugar plantations closed during the 1990s a general statewide slump necessitated a strengthened effort for tourism. This was helped by the cultural boom of downtown in the 1980s as several galleries and museums opened.
The population and tourism have grown in Hilo since the 1900s and these potential setbacks. At 275 days or more of average rain per year, Hilo isn’t the most popular tourist spot in comparison to other Hawaii islands, but their population and tourist-draw continue to grow. Hilo today supports a thriving orchid industry, and its exports include papayas, anthuriums, macadamia nuts, and cattle as well.
The Hilo of today is made by the interesting and at times destructive history that has crafted it into a beautiful, cultural hub for the island.
Out with the cold and in with spring, winter is officially behind us. While idyllic snowfalls and cozy sweaters can be fun, the cold gets exhausting and spring brings a much needed change. Here are four reasons why you should get behind the second season of the year if you aren’t completely sold on spring yet.
If you’re a fashionista, you already understand the difficulties of dressing for winter. You need to stay warm which means layers and bulky coats. With spring you have an opportunity to switch up your wardrobe.
The warmer weather says goodbye to the extra layers and hello to brighter colors and light jackets. If you don’t care as much about your aesthetic, spring at least brings the opportunity to brave the outdoors in only a sweatshirt and tennis shoes. No more boots to counteract the slush and snow piles.
Winter is dark and cold, but in spring the days begin to stretch longer due to the changing orientation of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun. Those added hours of sunlight can make all the difference for energy levels and outdoor fun. You don’t have to be inside early to counteract the dark nights anymore!
All the Vitamin D the sun transmits will leave you feeling energetic and generally happier. Use it as an opportunity to finally explore an area of town you’ve been putting off because the cold made you lethargic, or perhaps you want to use it to enjoy some public parks. Either way, coming out of work or school to see the sun still shining bright will instantly give you a mood boost.
Winter is too cold and summer can get too hot, but spring is just perfect. You get to enjoy the sun and longer days without the added heat that can bring you to a sweat. Use this cooler weather to enjoy active outdoor activities that might become strenuous during the summer, or even just use it to enjoy your expansive jacket collection. The breezy, neutral spring weather is where it’s at.
Not to mention, this perfect temperature allows for opening the windows to let the fresh air in! With the plants budding, animals coming out of hibernation, and the sun shining, the air feels alive with energy. Take a deep breath and enjoy the new weather!
Rain Showers Bring Flowers
Potentially rainy weather might not sound like fun, but the rain spring brings just means new life is growing. By May you will see the colorful new growth the rain ushered in. This weather also offers opportunities to have fun indoors while listening to the soothing soundtrack of raindrops outside your window.
The world under the dew of rain looks vibrant and picturesque. Post up in a coffee shop to get some work done or hang out with friends, but the rain is just another reason to love the new opportunities spring brings with it.
There are plenty of reasons to love spring, even if you just consider it the stepping stone to summer. Think we didn’t catch all the reasons to love the newest season? Shoot us a message telling us why you love spring!
If you’re looking for an excuse to pull a harmless prank, have no fear — April Fools’ Day is here. For those who don’t know about the annual celebration, the first of April is a day that has been celebrated for centuries by a number of countries and different cultures to varying degrees. The custom is celebrated within the United States as a day of tomfoolery. People pull pranks on friends and family before traditionally yelling the customary “April Fools!” afterward.
Although the day has been celebrated for centuries, the origin of the tradition remains a mystery. Nonetheless, the day continues to be celebrated widely and enjoyed as an opportunity to be silly.
What is an April Fools’ prank?
Pranks for April Fools’ Day can be big or little, but it’s fairly typical to pull smaller pranks throughout the day. While some people will plan out elaborate hoaxes to pull on their friends and family, an April Fools’ prank can be anything as small as switching out salt for sugar in a salt shaker or hiding silly pictures in kitchen cabinets for your roommates to find later.
With the advent of technology and easily accessible updates regarding news, everything from radio, TV, websites, and newspapers have begun participating in the day. In recent years they have done things like report outrageous fictional claims or added fake website updates to fool their audiences and users.
So technology is a big part, then?
Technology has become a much more frequently used part of the day with the growth of social media. Posting doctored images to Instagram or coming up with elaborate stories to trick your followers on Twitter is just another option people have used to tease their followers.
This has started some debate in the last few years on the fine line between what is considered pulling a prank and what is simply lying, but most would agree as long as it keeps in the lighthearted spirit of April Fools’ and isn’t done with harm, anything goes.
Should I take part? Will everyone be doing it?
Participating in the day itself is a personal decision, but don’t be surprised to find yourself thrown into the day’s mischief by others in your life even if you don’t yourself have any pranks planned. The spirit of the day is fun, a chance to let loose, but not to hurt or offend others. Typically pranks are smaller things meant to be fun when revealed, not something that intentionally ruins someone else’s day.
For people who have never participated before and want to get their feet wet, pulling a prank on a close friend is the best way to start. The internet can provide a number of lists for easy and affordable prank ideas for the day, but having fun on April Fool’s shouldn’t have to be an elaborate affair (unless, of course, you want to go all out).
There are plenty of people who won’t pull pranks on April Fools’, but most people at the very least enjoy the spirit of the day and seeing what others do. It is safe to assume people will be participating or willing to play along as long as they haven’t explicitly said otherwise.
Overall, April Fools’ Day is meant to be a day where people can cut loose and connect with their inner child again. It’s an excuse to have fun with friends and tease your loved ones in a socially accepted way. Enjoy the lightheartedness of the day (and look out for pranks being pulled on you), but most importantly… have fun!
From Seoul National University of Science and Technology, SAF Spring Correspondent Dabin Seo is reporting from the University of Edinburgh.
Dublin, Ireland is one of the best places to visit when you are going on a short vacation from school from Edinburgh. It’s just 45 minutes by plane! Although Ireland is close to Scotland, Dublin has a much different atmosphere from that of Edinburgh.
There is a lot to do in Dublin—I visited the Dublin Castle, the Dublin Church, the Guiness Storehouse, St. Stephen’s Green Park, and Ireland National Museum of Decoration art. There are tons of beautiful buildings and landmarks to enjoy, including delicious foods! Since Dublin is so close by, it’s a great opportunity to take the time to visit and enjoy this beautiful city while studying in Edinburgh.
From Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, SAF Spring Correspondent Sieun Ryu is chronicling her journey at the University of Edinburgh.
Today, I will give you some tips that can be useful when you’re living by yourself in a foreign country!
Although these pictures show Edinburgh’s dazzling sky and beautiful volcanic hills that guard the city, the weather has never been generous to me. It is very windy because of the coast and hills, so you can’t use an umbrella—or else the wind will blow the umbrella inside out!
When the weather doesn’t allow you to go outside, I suggest using online stores and online delivery services. Lots of students have difficulty figuring out what to eat every day. When I didn’t know I could use a food delivery service, thinking about recipes was exhausting. Using a delivery service is very convenient! You can save your energy and it is much quicker and easier to keep track of your spending. Lots of supermarkets offer online delivery services as well.
For delivery food: Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Just Eat
Grocery: Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Ocado
When you do grocery shopping, don’t forget to check these things:
1. Minimum amount spent: most shops have a minimum you can spend, and spending more than a certain amount incurs a lower delivery fee. Ordering a loaf of bread is nearly impossible and even more expensive. However, if you are planning to order a pack of water, a large amount of frozen food, and washing liquids, online shopping is never the better.
2. Delivery slot and location: the delivery cost differs depending on store and time. Some of the shops don’t even provide delivery services to Edinburgh. Therefore, before starting your shopping, you should insert your address and slot time.
3. Last but not least, don’t forget to check expiration date!
From Seoul National University of Science and Technology, SAF Spring Correspondent Dabin Seo is reporting from the University of Edinburgh.
After studying in Edinburgh for about a month, I discovered a lot of beautiful scenery that I wanted to share with everyone. This time I want to show some pictures of the Highlands near Edinburgh. We should enjoy everything this beautiful place has to offer!
Over the weekend, students can go for a short trip with a tour guide who is registered in the International Student Society. The Highlands of Scotland is a historic region famous for being the site of the Harry Potter movies. As you can see in the pictures below, the area is filled with bridges, lakes and mountains. Even though it’s always raining in Scotland, you will enjoy a great field trip when you pick the right day.
Whether it’s dressing up in fun costumes, eating delicious food, or attending fabulous parades, St. Patrick’s Day has something for everyone to enjoy. Celebrated on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland. It was originally held as a Roman Catholic feast and was only celebrated in Ireland until Irish immigrants brought the holiday to the United States. Now, it’s more widely recognized as a celebration of Irish culture, but even non-Irish individuals enjoy partaking in the festivities.
Here’s what you can expect from the holiday and some various ways to celebrate:
A species of the clover plant, the shamrock is associated with St. Patrick, who used it as a symbol for teaching Christianity’s Holy Trinity. Now used as symbols of Irish culture, you’ll see shamrocks all over the place on St. Patrick’s Day: on t-shirts, jewelry, pins and more. It has become the most widely recognizable symbol of St. Patrick’s Day.
Wearing All the Green
The easiest way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to wear green. It’s the color of springtime, the color of shamrocks, and is also one of the colors present in Ireland’s flag. According to legend, it was also believed that wearing green would make you invisible to mischievous leprechauns. Some people enjoy going all out and dressing up as a leprechaun for the holiday, while others choose to just wear a green t-shirt. But even for those who don’t celebrate the holiday, wearing green socks, a green tie or a green hairband is a great way to show a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
If dressing up isn’t really for you, then you can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying some tasty Irish cuisine. Irish food is typically very hearty and delicious, and this holiday is the perfect chance for you to give it a try. Check out some restaurants near you to see whether they’re offering these items on their menu for St. Patrick’s Day:
Corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular dishes to eat on St. Patrick's Day, and it's easy to see why. It's super juicy, packed with flavor, and is sure to leave you with a full belly.
This dish is another St. Patrick's Day staple. With creamy mashed potatoes, flavorful ground meat and vegetables, it'll fill you up and stick to your ribs.
Although it's less commonly enjoyed by Americans, this baked good is super tasty and super easy to make, as it contains no yeast and doesn't need to rise.
Besides all the popular St. Patrick’s Day foods, it’s very common for Americans to add green food dye to their everyday food as a creative way of celebrating. Cookies, cakes, breads and even sauces are among the foods some people dye green.
Parades and More
St Patrick’s Day is a time for fabulous celebrations and parades. Most cities throw a St. Patrick’s Day parade, complete with all sorts of music, dancing, and fun costumes. New York City is home to the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, with a march that lasts almost 6 hours!
Another popular spot for celebrating the holiday is Chicago, where the festivities include multiple parades and dying the Chicago River an emerald shade of green.
Many colleges also offer their own celebrations through student organizations. Contact your college’s center for student life and ask how you can get involved in the festivities!
For sports-loving Americans, the month of March means one thing: March Madness. Although the name might sound scary, March Madness is simply a basketball tournament filled with excitement and it has become one of the most anticipated annual college sports traditions in the country. The original name for the tournament was “NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.” The tournament typically begins during the second week of March and concludes with the final match in the first week of April. This is the main reason the tournament is widely known as “March Madness.” Played by 68 of the best college basketball teams in the country, this tournament offers players the chance to win a trophy, a special championship ring, and bragging rights for an entire year.
How does the tournament work?
March Madness is what’s known as a single elimination tournament. This means that if a team gets defeated, they are out of the tournament for good, and so the field becomes narrower as the tournament progresses. The tournament begins with 68 different teams. After the first two rounds of matches, there will be 16 teams remaining. These teams are known as the “Sweet 16.” After the Sweet 16 teams play and 8 are eliminated, the remaining 8 are referred to as the “Elite 8.” After the Elite 8 round, there are only 4 teams left, fittingly referred to as the Final Four. These four teams play to determine who ends up in the final Championship match.
Who plays in the tournament?
The teams that play in March Madness are from Division 1 colleges, home to some of the best college basketball talent in the nation. The teams chosen to play in the tournament are announced on Selection Sunday, which is usually the Sunday before the first game. This year, Selection Sunday takes place on March 15. On this day, the teams’ seedings are also determined. A seeding is a team’s rank from 1-16 based on how good they are, and it determines the order they play in and which teams they play against.
SAF schools that played in last year’s tournament included:
Filling out brackets
A big part of the excitement surrounding the tournament comes from filling out a bracket. What is a bracket, you ask? A bracket is a tree-like diagram used to represent the series of games played in the tournament. The March Madness begins by showing which of the 68 teams are playing against each other in the first round. To fill out a bracket, fans predict who they believe will win each game and write the winner’s name on the second-round line. Then, they predict who will win each game in the second round. This continues until it’s time to choose who they think will win the entire tournament.
Sounds easy, right? Well, not exactly. The odds of perfectly predicting every game in your bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion! Many fans consider their bracket to be a success if they correctly placed even one team in the Final Four. Anything can happen in the March Madness Tournament. Teams who are widely perceived to lose a game sometimes end up pulling off an unlikely win. This is called an “upset,” and it often ruins fans’ brackets.
During March Madness, groups of friends and coworkers often fill out their brackets and compare them as the tournament progresses to see who had the most accurate predictions. You can fill out your own bracket for free on the NCAA website. Try it out after teams are announced on Selection Sunday and watch the tournament games to see how you did!
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