Alyssa J Freitas

Thursday, July 2, 2015

East Meets West

So, I love Bollywood. I absolutely, utterly, completely adore it! Whenever I hear of or see anything even remotely relating to Bollywood I am all about it. Today I'm sharing with you some East meets West videos I've seen recently and can't get enough of. Enjoy!

East Meets West |

My roommate from last year introduced me to this video (which is ironic because she's Indian and hates Bollywood. Go figure..). It is a Hindi version of Don't You Worry Child and it was seriously my jam during midterms (I've shared it on the blog before but I couldn't resist sharing again). I can't believe that is was filmed in Utah! How beautiful is the temple and scenery?

This video is by the ridiculously talented Kurt Hugo Schneider who brings together great artists to make incredible music. This is a mashup of Chaiyya Chaiyya which is a Shahrukh Khan song and Don't Stop by Michael Jackson that was actually filmed in India. 

You might have heard of Penn Masala because of their appearance in Pitch Perfect 2. They are a Hindi a cappella group which is perfection if you ask me. I'm including both their mashup of Tonight (I'm Lovin' You) and Dilliwaali Girlfriend as well as Manwa Laage which is one of my favorite songs from the Shahrukh and Deepika movie Happy New Year. (For some reason these songs don't seem to want to play on my blog so just click to watch on YouTube).  

What do you think of these East meets West videos? Are there any cultural videos you love? Share in the comments!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When You Need Academic Help

Have you ever sat in class, staring at the board wondering what in the world is going on? You glance around the room and everyone else seems to be getting it just fine, yet you couldn’t even say what it is you’re supposed to be learning. Yep, I’ve been there. We’ve ALL been there (anyone who tells you different is probably lying). Sometimes you realize right away when you need some academic help and other times it’s far too late; like when you get a test back that counts for half of your grade and everything you thought you understood you apparently didn’t #beentheredonethat. Today we’re going to discuss how to identify when you need academic help, before it’s too late, and how to go about getting it.

When You Need Academic Help |

Do you need academic help?
I’m here to tell you that the first step is acceptance :) Truly though, it can be hard to acknowledge that you aren’t understanding something to the level that you need to, but totally necessary. I like to test myself by attempting to do my homework and assignments without consulting my notes to determine if I am getting at least a basic working knowledge of the material in class. If you find that you are struggling with your homework it is definitely a sign that you need some extra help.

Another way to assess your grasp on material is to discuss it with classmates. If you can talk through what you are learning with someone else it’s a pretty good sign that you are doing well. If not, it is a good idea to address it now.

With some classes you’ll be lucky enough to be given quizzes, which are a great indication of if you need help. If that’s not that the case then you should seek out assessments online or even create your own. Lots of textbooks have companion sites that have corresponding quizzes. Take the extra time and put in the additional effort now to save yourself later down the road.

Ok, so you need academic help. Now what? 
Let’s talk about your resources! You know how when you first started school someone told you a whole list of places you can go when you need help with x,y,z? Well, now is the time to put that to use.

Going to your school’s tutoring center or center for academic success can be a great way to get help in a course. The process varies depending on schools, but the first step is to show up and ask what you need to do to get some assistance. It can be slightly intimidating to do so, but just remember that we all need a bit of help every now and then. Better to work on it than get back a grade you aren’t happy with.

Another way to go about addressing your difficulty is to go straight to your professor. This is ideal when you have a specific question or concentrated area that you need clarified. Going to office hours or setting up a meeting is the best way to do this (check out my post about office hours etiquette here!). This is the method I most often utilize that I love not only because it is helpful to understand the material but also because it demonstrates your effort to your professor and gives you a great starting point to build a relationship. Hello letters of recommendations!

A third strategy is to form a study group or ask a friend who has already taken the course and done well for some assistance. Just be careful with this method and ensure that whoever you are going to really understands the class and can effectively explain it to you.

As hard as it is to admit when you need help, it is so beneficial when you get the right assistance as soon as possible! Best of luck with your upcoming semester and be sure to bare in mind these tips when class starts. I know it's summer, but it's never too early to start thinking about academics!


This was originally a guest post on Sara Laughed.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Do Your Own Blogging Thing

I've always been pretty independent. When I was in grammar school I would do homework during recess instead of playing (#nerd and proud of it) and in high school I wasn't afraid to be obsessed with different books and movies and music than my peers. Yet when it comes to blogging, more often than not, I find myself wanting to follow the pack and I've come to realize this is the exact opposite of what you should do!

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There is so, so, so much pressure to "brand" your blog, turn it into a business, be a "creative" with digital products, etc. There are endless posts and advice about how to do more with your blog and use it as a platform to launch your empire in an oversaturated market. Even though some bloggers will tell you that there is room for everyone to be a big deal, I don't know if I buy that. We know that there is ruthless competition in every industry and we also know that not every venture is a huge success; why would we expect blogging to be any different?

As a woman who puts a ton of pressure on herself to be the absolute best at whatever I decide to, it can become very difficult to accept and embrace doing something just because I like it instead of doing it to be at the top. Recently I have been overextending myself with blogging, coupled with my other commitments, and losing the joy of crafting posts by being bogged down with promotion and networks and guest posting and toying with the idea of creating digital products and all the nine yards. At a point I felt like more of my energy was spent stressing about my blogging to-do list rather than enjoying creating.

When blogging is not your livelihood, you have to be able to understand that your reach and analytics won't be like bloggers who do have a business. As exciting as it is, you can't take every opportunity that comes your way, else all of your work will suffer.

Now, in the words of Alice (from the musical theater version of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland) "I give myself very good advice but I very seldom follow it. That explains the trouble that I'm always in." I know what I should do to make my life easier and blogging more enjoyable, but actually taking those actions is another story. Wish me luck with this!

How do you do your own blogging thing? Any suggestions for following your own advice?


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Let's Talk Resumes

6 seconds. That is literally how long a recruiter will look at your resume. That being the case it is wicked important that you make your resume easy to read, clearly organized, and impactful. Whether you are a college student, new grad, or already established in your career, having a great resume is a must. Although I am no expert, I have done my fair share of research on the subject. Today I'm going to give you a list of the best resources I've come across to help you on your quest to have the best resume ever!

Let's Talk Resumes |

So, a while back Career Contessa hosted a free webinar all about resumes. You were able to submit a resume to have it reviewed and luckily I got mine in early so it was included. You can watch the webinar here (and see if you can spot my resume!).

Now I'm going to give you a list of the best articles I've come across so that you can benefit too!

Wow, I've thrown a lot of resources at you! Your resume can really make or break you so it is worth it to spend time improving it and customizing it for each position you apply for. I hope this will prove valuable for you and would love to know how you go about making your resume better.

Any advice or tips? What has (or hasn't) worked in your experience?


P.S. Here is a really funny resume for Captain Jack Sparrow! I would love to walk into an interview and present this ;)

Let's Talk Resumes |

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Essentials

Welcome to another linkup with the ladies from The Well (you can check out past linkups here)! This month's question is What are your summer essentials? 

As the women from The Well described it, this is a fun, easy breezy prompt for June which I think is needed. Sometimes I tend to get a bit serious over here and we need some fun to lighten up!

Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of summer. I get awful reactions to bug bites and am constantly trying to find a piece of shade, for my complexion don't ya know. Plus, I love school so when I am not in class it is terribly upsetting. I'm strange, I know. So what do I rely on to make summer slightly more bearable?

A picnic basket. I LOVE picnics! There is nothing better than going to a park or a lake and spending hours talking and laughing and eating picnic food. It is absolutely the best.

Sunscreen and hats. For the aforementioned complexion.

Sundresses. Basically my summer uniform.

Books. This goes for every season really, but especially during the summer when there is more time. I set a yearly reading goal and the summer is when I am able to get ahead.

The perfect summer playlist. Mine includes tons of Bollywood of course, but it is essential to have a playlist you can put on whenever to set the perfect mood.

Well, that concludes a totally light hearted post! Hope you enjoyed :)

What are your summer essentials?


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