Atlanta Skyline from Georgia Tech CULC Building

slowdown-atl:

Georgia Tech is Number One in America. #Winning

gatechyellowjackets:

image

We’re number one! Georgia Tech is the top-ranked college in America for the best return on investment. PayScale ranked hundreds of schools based on total cost and alumni earnings, and we came out on top. — http://c.gatech.edu/1qNTgEU

Median Salary of a GT Liberal Arts Grad: $60,000

Creative Loafing

The past two weeks have been busy at the office.  The annual Best of Atlanta issue dropped September 18th and the annual Best of Atlanta Party was September 24th.  The Best of Atlanta issue awards Atlanta’s great restaurants,  musicians, city escapes, astounding arts offerings and everything else under the sun.  The Best of Atlanta Party , held at The Goat Farm Arts Center this year, was a celebration of all the winners, with live music performances, samples from winning restaurants and art installations from local artists.  My role in all of the Best of Atlanta shenanigans consisted of two main tasks.  For about a week straight, I was responsible for a ton of data input. I basically put all of the information on the winners into the back-end of CLATL.com. My second task was developing tweets for each winner with links to each story online with hopes to increase our social media engagement. Each tweet was congratulatory in tone, included the winners twitter handle and the tag #bestofatlanta. My duties the past couple of weeks have allowed me to become very comfortable with the content management system CL uses and improve my tweeting skills. 

Cheers!

-Alexandra Braxton

Chile 2014: iacchilenismos:

Valparaiso, Chile

A city that meshes both the old and the new: the magnificent houses that arose during Chile’s golden era remain whilst some of the world’s best urban artists have taken it upon themselves to use the city as their canvas.

Chile 2014: iacchilenismos:

On April 15th, 2013, a bomb went off in the middle of the famed Boston Marathon. The subsequent reaction from the city was what the typical American citizen has come to expect in the post-9/11 era: the city of Boston and the surrounding area shuddered to a halt as Boston’s finest conducted a…

Pros and Cons of Going Abroad Without GT

image

This summer I travelled to Perú for six weeks to travel, volunteer, and practice my Spanish. When hearing this, many of my friends and professors will ask what Georgia Tech program this was through—study abroad, exchange, etc.—and I will tell them that it was simply on my own. There are plenty of ways to go abroad without going through Georgia Tech, but you do give up some certain securities and advantages when you do this. Here, I will address some of the pros and cons to my own personal experience going abroad as a college student without my college to fall back on. 

Pros:

-Growth. When traveling alone, it throws you out of your comfort zone whether you are ready or not. Although this can be scary, it forces you to mature quickly and realize who you are: what you’re comfortable doing, who you want to talk to, what are your strengths, what makes you anxious, etc. 

-International Friends. One downside I saw of many formal study abroad programs were that you are mainly socializing with other Georgia Tech students. You live with them, eat with them, and travel with them. For me, I had to meet friends along the way. I stayed with locals I met through Couch Surfing, made friends in my hostels, stayed with host families, and just talked to anyone I was around without feeling too self conscious to ask for their What’sApp or Facebook information to hang out later. Meeting locals and also other international travelers allows you to experience many different cultures, while gaining connections throughout the world.

image

-Money. Traveling by yourself is generally cheaper. You can shop around more for flights especially if you do not have a set date. You can choose to stay in less expensive hostels and of course do not have to pay for tuition.

-Make Your Own Plans. This one speaks for itself. You do get to do this through study abroad programs of course, but when you travel alone—you are your own travel agent.

-Language. Without the comfort of your American friends, you are forced to use the language that the country uses. For me, because I know Spanish, this was perfect because I had to speak conversationally in Spanish which isn’t something I get to do often. Of course, this can cause some barriers as well.

-Volunteering. I had ups and downs with my volunteering experience, but overall I’d say volunteering is a great way to get to know the country and also learn more about yourself. In one city, Huancayo, I worked at a “Cuna Más” (or Wawawasi in the other native language, Quechua) which is a government-funded free daycare program. I worked with about ten children all under two years old. In Cusco, I worked in a hospital (San Juan de Dios) with severely mental and physically disabled children. In both sites, I was able to observe government programs, healthcare, and how raising children differs culturally. 

image

Cons:

-Assurance. I had many situations where they were not what I had expected. For example, in Huancayo I was set up to stay with a host family with many other volunteers. Although Huancayo is the capital of its province, it is fairly small and still poorly developed mainly due to the terrorist activities of Shining Path in the 80s and 90s. My home there did not have heating (and it was about 30 degrees Fahrenheit!) or a shower. There was also only two other volunteers. With Georgia Tech, you know what you are expecting and have first-hand testimonies from other people who have gone on the same trip.

-Classes. I took private Spanish lessons at a Spanish school/hostel in Cusco which definitely improved my Spanish, but I did not receive course credit for them. It would be extremely interesting and advantageous to take a course load abroad. I would have loved to also been able to experience university culture at another school, instead of just hearing about it from my local friends. Many people also become closer with professors when they go abroad, and this is something I missed out on.

-Safety. Being in a large group especially with older members makes you feel safer. Often times, I did not feel entirely safe. My family did get supplemental health insurance for me, so that is something I would advise, but it was always nerve-wracking driving in a place with almost no stoplights and narrow, turning roads. In addition, I was always a bit weary of trusting some of the casual friends I made and strangers on the street. I definitely had some close-call experiences that I probably could’ve avoided if I had gone with a group. In addition, Couch Surfing is a great resource but can be a gamble safety wise. Personally, I always choose to stay with females. Also, I will initiate conversation on Couch Surfing but prefer to continue communication through Facebook so I can get some validation of who they are.

-Loneliness. Although I made a lot of friends and consider myself a social person, I would definitely get lonely. I got sick in Huancayo and decided to stay in a private hostel room for a couple of nights and that could be pretty solitary.

-Experience. If you’ve never travelled alone, I don’t know if I’d recommend you traveling alone. I’ve had some experience traveling alone or with my sister, navigating independently, but I still go anxious at some points. Routing yourself through a busy bus station and being guided to different taxis and rooms etc. can be very confusing especially not in your own language. Traveling alone and making friends is also a special skill that definitely takes practice.

-Missing Georgia Tech! I definitely missed a lot of my peers, friends, and faculty! Georgia Techs students are very globally minded and often have similar traveling styles, so that would have been a lot of fun and comforting!

If you’d like to know more information about traveling abroad on your own, I would look at volunteer websites such as Oprakash and Ubelong. Another resource that I would recommend is AIESEC GT. AIESEC has a chapter at Georgia Tech and accommodates GT students to volunteer and intern abroad. I encourage EVERYONE to go abroad at some point whether it is on your own or with a Georgia Tech Study Abroad Program or Exchange!

image

annaslondoncalling:

Here are some photos from my last visit to London. It was exceptionally rainy, but it was an awesome two days in the big city! Check out the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Victoria Fountain in front of Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, and Westminster Abbey

annaslondoncalling:

I am interested to see what the future holds for the UK. I am slightly disappointed I couldn’t be in the UK during the vote, but I think I will still see the implications of the resulting political reform when I arrive. 

annaslondoncalling:

Good Afternoon All,

Currently I am trying to finish my long “to-do” list before leaving next Saturday for London, England. I will be out of the US and away from my GT home for an entire year. I am extremely excited but also nervous.

I received my visa in the mail already, and I have bought…

Creative Loafing Internship

Hey Friends, 

This semester I am interning at Creative Loafing! Creative Loafing is a weekly alternative newspaper.  The Atlanta paper’s print version is the second-most broadly distributed newspaper in Georgia.  As a soon to be Literature, Media and Communication graduate, I see a future possibly in content strategy, media planning or branding.  

At Creative Loafing I am a Digital Intern and am able to get a taste of the the jobs I plan to pursue in the future.  The position calls for someone with a strong interest in digital, content production, and social media.  As the Digital Intern I will contribute to Creative Loafing’s online editorial voice (social media), online production work (content and database management), and editorial content. Although I work directly under the Digital editor, I will collaborate with section editors and various departments around the office to maintain an ethically sound online presence and execute digital strategy.  So far I’ve become comfortable with the content management system, dabbled in HTML/CSS and developed content for all social media platforms. I’m excited to be learning A LOT and will keep you updated.

Check Out Creative Loafing’s site: cltatl.com


 

 

(Do you see my name in the small print under “Interns” ?!?!)

Cheers!

-Alexandra Braxton

 

Whether you are registered for entire Georgia Tech Family Weekend or not, all Ivan Allen College parents welcome to drop in. Good food, lots of prize drawings, and lots of faculty to interact with!
RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/famwkd14

SAM NUNN SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS- INTA HOUR

nunnschoolgt:

On last week’s #INTAHour, Dr. Jenna Jordan and Dr. Lawrence Rubin talked about their research. Dr. Rubin focused on #Israel and doing research in a war zone. Dr. Jordan spoke about #ISIS and dealing with changing current events. Faculty, students, and staff all enjoyed a great discussion!

mattjosey1:

Game days are best days. #heatstroke #worthit (at Bobby Dodd Stadium)

PLANNERS

Planners are for squares.

But, not really.

4 organizations, 4 classes, 1 research assistantship, 3 tests, 2 papers, 1 job, and 6 obligatory social hangouts later and you’re left with a crazy schedule to juggle constantly. Oh wait, I already forgot to include homework in that crazy list of things to accomplish in a mere 5 days. I guess we have to throw in eating lunch because we need to survive the next few days, too. I guess I didn’t plan out my time well, eh?

Hypothetically speaking, that’s an extreme example of a student’s semester long commitments. Except, here’s the catch- some of you WILL be that extreme example. If you’re not, no need to worry. You can still be a part of 1 organization and make great strides, but that’s not the reason I’m writing this.

In college, or high school, one of the keys to success is planning and prioritizing time. After a long, tiring day, we sometimes forget that we have homework due at 11:59 p.m. that night, or we may even forget to eat. Forget any one of those two things and you may be hanging on to a thread later on in the semester. This is why it’s so important to plan out your days ahead of time. By keeping a checklist or a calendar, managing and distributing time becomes much easier. Now, you can go to that Drake concert you thought you didn’t have time for!

Here are a few popular outlets: Google Calendar, your computer’s calendar, cellphone calendar, OR a planner from yours truly, Georgia Tech.

It’s important to plan out almost every day. In fact, it’s important to plan out every hour so you’re not spending 4 hours of your time on Facebook, and later realizing you have to stay up late to finish homework (or miss a deadline). 

Don’t be afraid to join organizations because you “don’t have the time.” Joining organizations is one reason that people have planners, and you’ll be surprised at how great you get at managing time once you’re juggling so many responsibilities at once.

Loading posts...