Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tips to Splitting the Bill

I've gone out with my friends NUMEROUS times in my life, honestly waaaayy more than I can count. Almost every time it gets to that awkward point when the bill comes and everyone needs a different way of paying especially with plastic so common. People with cash often get the short stick because hardly ever do you whip out change at a restaurant. I've been at a dinner that we were over $30 short on the bill after a couple of people gave even more than their portion.
SOOOOooo, I was thinking about bill paying etiquette and hopefully this will be useful to someone.

1. Pay attention to TAX AND TIP! When you order something on the menu that says $5, don't plan on paying $5 for your meal. There is food tax and tipping is a must, it's not fast food. So when you split a bill, split the tax and tip!

2. Before anything is ordered ask the waitress to split the bill. These days, most restaurants can do that fairly easy. If you tell the waitress first, she won't have to remember at the end who had what, and it will solve the problem right away so there's NO confusion with money.

3. Don't pretend like you're all mathematicians and can figure out how to split the bill. This inevitably takes countless minutes adding, subtracting, dividing, and double checking. Some people round 20 cents up to the next dollar, some people round 50 cents down, you can't divide the tax evenly because each persons meal costed different, it's a mess. Not to mention everyone at the table starts to get restless when their meals and drinks are gone and the bill is not paid for.

4. Don't leave before the waitress has processed the check. Only exception is if you are close friends. I've had where people will leave behind cash they owe towards the bill and when the bill comes find out they owe more. The people that leave dinner early are usually short on cash and are scared to see the bill. If you plan to go to dinner with multiple people, why would you plan something else shortly after? Rude.

5. TIP! If you can afford to go out to eat, you can afford the tip. 20% is quickly becoming the appropriate amount. There are exceptions if you had poor service but this is considering the service was good. Don't make excuses about the waitress so you can skimp on the tip. When you do it every time you go out to eat, we notice. If you've never been a waiter/waitress, you especially don't know what it's like to be in her shoes.

Money is an awkward topic, but it can ruin friendships if not handled properly. Take these simple tips and avoid problems with going out to eat with friends!

If Life Were Perfect this Would be Heaven

Decisions and changes and 50 degree weather in January in Wisconsin. What is going on?

I took an exit survey that all seniors take before graduating. My stomach is in knots. I'm THAT close to the end, there's no turning back.

I feel SO much pressure, like I'm being pushed through a tube and I don't know when it ends and what's going to happen to me when I come out.

I'm making millions of decisions daily. The least of my worries is deciding what to wear for the day. Can you believe that?! Haha.

Things are changing in my life and around me with each passing second. I feel like I'm holding on and my hands are slipping.

My friends and family are so supportive of me and I couldn't be thankful enough. So many people have reached out to me that I would never expect them to care. I feel like the dumb ignorant one that's been ignoring everyone/thing.

This post is depressing. Sorry.

What job do I want, where do I want to live, who do I want to see? And then I think back to moment and realize I have decisions to make before I can think about those.

What kind of person are you? Do you think positive or negative? Do you over think or under think? I TRY to think in the middle. I like to think positive and make it happen, but prepare myself for failure. I over think about every possible outcome of a situation, it's horrible. Sometimes I don't think enough and make dumb decisions, who doesn't?

Psalm 37:3
Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


As part of undergraduate education, it is stressed over and over that you need to be able to market yourself to potential employers. At the beginning of college I thought this was awesome. Finally a time I got to talk about me and why I was the best. After seriously thinking about why I was the best for the job and all that hubbub, I began to realize the difficulty in doing that. You are bragging, yet you can't sound like you're bragging, you have to be enthusiastic, but not psychotic, you can't leave out important deal breakers, but too much detail is overwhelming. It is seriously an intricate art to perfect being able to "sell yourself".

Here I am, in my fourth year of college, and soon enough all these skills I've been taught will be more important than ever before. I've been able to open my eyes to numerous settings with all sorts of different kinds of people, it's crazy to think sometimes I'm still so young and there's so much I DON'T know...

I'm still trying to figure myself out, but part of me thinks that's one of my best attributes. The fact that I am constantly trying to learn more about me and my emotions. How do I react and why? How do I want to act given my morals and ethics? I think writing the past 15 years of my life has helped me IMMENSELY to be able to express myself appropriately.

Okay, so I've spent a considerable amount of time during the past four years deciding and figuring out what makes me the best person for the job and why an employer should hire me above my colleagues. Of course there are the cookie cutter answers that anyone could say to pretend and make it seem like they are, which is why I have tried finding words and descriptions above and beyond the norm.

I learn fast. New situations and new processes, I believe I pick up pretty quickly. For example, we are getting a new computer system at the bookstore which is going to require printing new labels for a lot of merchandise in the campus bookstore. My boss had to show me how to print the labels, which was on the upwards of 20 steps to complete from start to finish. These steps include clicking the right button/option, inputting the correct data, choosing from options, etc. He showed me once and then let me try with the expectation he would be standing over my shoulder with me asking questions every step or two. Well, he was called out of the office and I was left alone. By the time he returned a few short minutes later I had about 5 items with 30-50 tickets each printed and ready. He was stunned that I needed no help and had picked up the process after one example. This has been happening throughout my life, I've noticed. This doesn't mean by any stretch of the imagination I'm perfect and everything comes easy for me, because it certainly doesn't. I ask questions when I need to.

Okay, moving on. I am personable. I haven't figured out what it is about me, but I often feel like people just come to me. All sorts of people. Picking up a conversation with a stranger has never been that hard for me and people like talking to me. I listen, I don't give advice, I give my experiences. To me, experience is more powerful than advice. What good is advice if it is not backed with anything? People often say I'm nice to talk to because of my smile. Thanks to my parents spending thousands of dollars on my teeth and me suffering through years of braces and retainers, maybe that has something to do with it? Hahaha. My smile is genuine. I don't see myself when I'm smiling but maybe it's an inviting signal? A sign that I'm relatively laid back and passionate at whatever I might be smiling about. It's my way of expressing accomplishment and excitement.

I haven't figured out how to appropriately tell this next attribute to employers (which is why I usually leave it out), but I think it's important in why I'm a good employee. I know how to have fun. I think that it is SO important to enjoy your work. If you're not happy, forget any sort of production. I haven't loved every job I've ever done, but I've learned how to make it enjoyable. I also know how to have fun outside of work which is important to have a balanced life. Thinking too much about work is stressful. I'm not saying work should be limited to 40 hours a week, but 168 hours is excessive. Anyways, having fun, laughing, and being happy is very important to me.

Okay, I've had enough of talking about me for one day considering I just applied to a bunch of jobs, edited my resume a thousand times, and updated a few of my online career profiles. Needless to say, I am Berea'd out for today. =)


Many websites are protesting the SOPA/PIPA bills congress is currently trying to pass. It's 2am and I'm trying to work on a report while being stopped from doing so because of the protests occurring. Yes, it's 2am and I might be a tad delusional, but could you imagine running into this problem every time you attempted writing a report? Sure, a short while ago the internet was not considered a reliable source for kids to use on reports, but recently it has become the ONLY source to use for educational purposes. Why have we been so strictly taught to site our sources if this is what it's coming down to??

The very content you are reading now could vanish if the piracy act is passed. I'm not a politician or knowledgeable enough to understand the detailed consequences of the passing of such bill, but it would hurt a lot of people, companies, and certainly jobs. Is that what America needs right now? We have bigger issues to be focused on most certainly.
Should I really be worried that the content I post on my blog is a copyright infringement?

Okay. This is an inside job. SOMEONE is benefiting from this torture...

Can you honestly say that it is a crime to produce free information?! When you hear that nothing is free, honestly America, nothing is free?!?!

As a generation Y baby, I am completely offended that my point of view will not be understood by congressmen. Generations preceding ours do not understand technology or the internet quite like we do. Most were not raised with it, we were. I'm sorry if this offends you, it's not meant to. We were just raised in a different time and place.

Copyrights are a fine line. Why make it more fine?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Success for Berea

This weather and school end coming to a near has me thinking about what I ultimately want. Along with my brother talking about "making it". So how do I define success? What do I want/wish for? What's my dream?

I think it's good to aim high. Know what your dreams are. These dreams might change in the next 40 years so it's not something that will disappoint me in the next year.

First of all, I think happiness is the root of success. Being happy is key. Bad news; money is evil.

Success to me wouldn't come until I could share it with my family. I want to spoil my parents and give them things they've never had. I would want my brother to be happy. (Realistically he will probably reach this point before me.)

I want my pilots license. Bad news; it's expensive and it's time consuming. I've known numerous acquaintances who have begun pilot's training/schooling and not been able to finish for various reasons. I hate failing and giving up so I probably won't attempt it until I have money and time. You can laugh a little because those are both sought after quite a bit, but for the sake of me dreaming, it's my dream.

I want the best of both worlds. I want to live in a warm climate and maybe play in the snow once a year. Hence, I would want more than one house that I could vacate to whenever.

I want a nice car. This isn't at the top of my list, but I like cars. If it gets you from point A to point B, that's all you really need a car for, the rest is extra. Okay, I want a European stock Nissan GTR. I can only wait to see what will be around if I ever have enough money to buy one.

I want to travel. I wish I could safely see and experience every nook of this world. Traveling costs money. You can travel cheaply, etc etc, but the places I want to go and things I want to do wouldn't be very cheap. I am extremely interested in different cultures. I LOVE learning about people and things that are so different than myself. Our lives are so routine sometimes we don't realize there are ways of life so different than our own. I want to know things that are common sense to other people and cultures that I don't know. It fascinates me and I love when people talk to me about it.

I could go on about things I want. I could get super detailed, but I'll keep it to that list. Those things might change by next week, month, or year, but I will have had to have "made it" to have those.

On to my studying....

(One of my favorite bible verses-->)

Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Monday, January 16, 2012



Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It is the end of the first day of our 6th week. We've passed the mid point of this semester. I feel the stress beginning to descend. 5 weeks left to finish senior design. I feel like we are at a good place, but the thought of the end coming so fast is pretty scary. It's no secret us seniors are getting senioritis. Some more than me, me more than others. It's crazy to even think of my life post-school. I'm sure most adults reading this know my feeling. I can only try to relax. I try not to think about it too much and leave it in Gods hands. Realistically, I can't just sit back and pretend like everything will just fall in place. I have applications to do, resume to update, people to talk to. Deep breath.

So, my personal life you may ask..I don't have much alone time. I don't get hours alone to think about deep issues like I maybe used to. Aside from school, work, and homework, my free hours are consumed with my boyfriend. It's great to have a friend that's virtually always there for you. I suppose I value my time with people more than my alone time. I've never been good/happy at being alone. That's Berea.

Thanks for checking in. Stay posted. 2012 is gonna get busy!!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6