Chodat, Thalia J: June 2013 Archives

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            I知 scared. I知 terrified, actually. From the outside, I look like the average female college student, but inside I知 quivering. Every day that passes in which I pull off my calm facade, is another day that passes that I am not being fully truthful. Sure, I知 alright. I知 doing just fine. But behind all of my everyday activities and small successes, is a confused girl who actually has no idea what she is doing.  

            Now, that makes me sound like some sad, lost puppy that has no idea what he/she is doing. No, I am not lost. No, I am not sad. But, I am pretty sure that I am making up more than half of the moves that I make every day.

            On my eighteenth birthday my mother (who seemed quite relieved that I had made it safely past high school without either dropping out, developing a substance problem, or losing all of my morals and just becoming really, really annoying) told me that adulthood is just like childhood, except with a whole lot more paperwork. At the moment, I denied her words as the truth because I was overwhelmed with the freedoms to buy scratch tickets or get a tattoo if I wished and the opportunity to say 泥on稚 treat me like a child with true conviction because I was actually no longer a legal child.

Now, the excitement has calmed down and I pass my nineteenth birthday realizing that all adulthood means for me at the moment is signing a whole lot more things, paying off student loans, and not being able to hide behind the phrase 的 didn稚 know anymore. Ultimately, I am beginning to realize that my mother was on point with her statement. (Yes mom, you were right. *Sigh*)

As much as I battle amongst my peers to make myself appear more unique than the next, I am realizing that being an adult does not make me Superwoman and, unfortunately, it takes a whole lot less than kryptonite to hinder me. Fortunately, at the same time, I am learning that this process of being hindered and figuring it out anyways is the process of life. I do not know exactly what I am doing (and here痴 a fun fact: neither does anyone else, no matter what they tell you), and the fun of life and adulthood is figuring it out.

Disclaimer: Anything written in this blog represents the opinions of the author, and no one else. Each blog is written lightly, and is not intended to offend any of the mentioned businesses, locations, students, or staff.


I am a professional liar or, as I like to call it, a professional manipulator. I have learned throughout my 13 years of public education that in order to succeed, it is a necessity to learn how to form your own words in a way that is gentle to the ear of the listener and also humble yet complimentary to the speaker. Once you master the art of linguistics, you have the ability to both form the views of yourself that others hold as well as see through the facades of others.

            Manipulation is most commonly looked at as a negative trait, but in this respect it can be positive. This is because in order to represent yourself properly, you must know how to describe your strengths and weaknesses honestly and well. That ability will help you to make yourself appealing to employees through tools such as interviews and your resume.

            An example of this manipulation is to know how to form a simple job description such as 鄭cted as a hostess for 4 years into a more eloquent sentence like 塗eld a 4 year hostess position and led the dining floor in seating and customer service. Changing one sentence has the potential to instantly give you more credit as a prospective employee. You can use this ability to also better your weaknesses. For example, instead of telling a future employer that you aren稚 good at public speaking you can focus on your strengths and instead say that you work best in intimate and more one-on-one settings as opposed to large presentation surroundings.

            Sometimes being flexible and willing to grow as a person and employee trumps experience when applying for jobs. In order to get you that opportunity though, perfect your writing skills so that you can get your foot in the door at your dream job.

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