One the those interview cliche questions I’ve been asked at every interview I’ve ever done ever, is “What are your weaknesses?” Well most employers aren’t expecting the interviewee to go into detail about their anger issues or how they are constantly 15 minutes late. I was recently asked this question at an interview this week and I told her “I work too...
This is the first time (and most like won’t be the last) that I cooked Christmas dinner by myself. Because in a past life, I was Italian, we decided to do Feast of the Seven Fishes (a day late). If you are not familiar with Feast of the Seven Fishes, it’s an Roman Catholic holiday of eating a huge seafood meal and then attending midnight mass on Christmas Eve. My mom and I were so...
Kickin' It with Kenny
Cleveland Metroparks Chalet Toboggan Chutes and my face were on Kickin’ It with Kenny on Tuesday (January 8). I have to say, many people would cringe at having to wake up at 4:30 to meet the trucks at 6, but I really enjoyed everything about the experience. Amy who works with the Chalet is a gem. She is exactly as fun and engaging as she seems on television. Kenny is actually really nice...
Confidence is something that you wake up and just realize you have it. Honestly, this time last year, I wouldn’t say I was confident in all of my skills. I knew I was a good writer (I still think I am), I knew my way around Indesign and Photoshop (I’m still an amateur, but I’m always getting better) and I didn’t think I had enough experience to have job. My last...
Now that I’m out of college, I’m working hard to become a real adult. I pay my own bills and buy groceries for the household. Yes, I still live with my mother, but I’m just starting out and furthermore she’s pretty sick and she doesn’t have the ability to drive. So between my baking, cooking, attempts at a social life and work, I’ve been trying to feel out what...
Number Of Young Adults Out Of School, Work Hits... →
Since I’ve started the ill-fated job search again, I ran into this article yesterday and found it painfully relevant to my life. In case you have no interest in reading it (tl;dr) the synopsis is that the economy and higher education requirements and redirecting people over 45 to entry level jobs. Meaning there is even more competition for the jobs we apply for. Of course I’m always...
It's been a long time since I've been on here.
I think between the house catching fire last December (It’s been almost a year!) and finally getting back to the 216, I’ve just been so busy. I’ve developed hobbies (like cooking) and started working on how to fix me. But I’ll try to update more here.
acookalexander: Hello Alyssa! My name is Alyssa too =] I saw your post about your LSAT results & I felt compelled to message you. I’m actually a 1L, and I received a 147 the first time I took the LSAT [october 2010]. I had studied my butt off for the test, but come test day, I completely choked. I had built the test up so much that I freaked out and ran out of time on my best section...
Hello Alyssa! My name is Alyssa too =] I saw your post about your LSAT results & I felt compelled to message you. I’m actually a 1L, and I received a 147 the first time I took the LSAT [october 2010]. I had studied my butt off for the test, but come test day, I completely choked. I had built the test up so much that I freaked out and ran out of time on my best section [Reading Comp] .....
The LSATs results
I think the hardest part of getting back the LSATs score was facing the fact that for once in my life I was below average. I got a 148. The average is 152, which was 10 correct answers from my score. It’s devastating. Everything used to be so effortless for me. I have never studied so hard for a test. So my options are to regroup, decide if I want to take the test again, decide if I even...
So the first rule of LSATs isn’t “Don’t talk about the LSATs,” but it is “Don’t bring your cellphone.” I have never taken a test so committed to preventing espionage. I was wearing my Otterbein hoodie for good luck and I had to turn my hood inside out. My coat had to be stored under my seat. All of my possessions were to be in a gallon-sized clear Ziploc...
I registered for the LSAT today
My mom paid for it as punishment for the five Christmas cards I received that congratulated me on deciding to be a lawyer before I decided to be a lawyer. I am planned on applying to Case and CSU and really want to work with Autism Awareness, LGBT rights or Media Law. This is what you can do after your journalism degree.
Don't feed the trolls: Lessons in Social Media... →
So this story, was educational for three reasons. First, I have always said don’t troll trolls. The reason is no one likes trolls. Dwelling on trolls turns you into a troll. Ignore them. Especially if they are 18-year-old twerpy teenage girls. (If you don’t know what a troll is. A troll is someone who purposely intends to start drama by making a dramatic statement) Second, monitoring...
Busy Bee Today: How to Prevent Burnout →
busybeetoday: Don’t go into Public Relations. I recently came across an article in the PR Daily News about how 20- to 30-year-old women in PR are already starting to burnout. “First there’s the normal work routine. Add the 24-hour news cycle, then throw in the social media duties and emails that won’t… I don’t know if I agree with this whole-heartedly. Like they said burnout...
More about my opportunity after graduation
So for those who know me I am a major foodie. I like food. I like the way it smells and tastes. There is very little I dislike about food. My cousin is a chef and he’d really like to be on one of those shows like Hell’s Kitchen or Top Chef. He recently tried out for MasterChef, but didn’t make it. However, I will be helping him put together his online portfolio and making him...
Alyssa Cook-Alexander: Welcome!
Welcome to my blog. If you want to see my online portfolio, links are in the sidebar.
“Real talk” is a phrase that’s been in my vocabulary for a long time. “Real talk” is usually what I preface a conversation with meaning I am about to be very honest about something that could be a sensitive topic for other. “Real talk” also commits understanding and genuineness. I was talking to a close professor, who has been so important and influential...
Grad School: Advice given to me and my advice to...
So this week I casually told my mother that I would not be going to graduate school next year. I don’t think I realized what I said until I was almost halfway through the spiel and I really didn’t realize the gravity of what I said until she was dead silent for two minutes. The way I explained it to her is: I am inexperienced. I have had many resume building opportunities and several...
Smoozing and Selling Yourself
I had an interesting experience on Friday. My university was hosting a donor party off campus. They decided to have various students and professors be entertainment for aging pensioners in what was essentially a hallways of exhibition. The place was very nice, there was an open bar and very high class food;but I had an unfortunate experience with the donors. At the risk of sounding...