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Former WRAC Intern now at Notre Dame

by | Posted October 7th, 2013

Lexi DakinLexi Dakin, Professional Writing graduate from the class of 2013, has recently taken over as the Coordinator of Soccer Operations for The University of Notre Dame. She manages the social media, video and film exchange, budgeting, travel, promotions, and more for the popular Notre Dame women’s soccer team. Dakin was previously employed as one of our Communications Interns here at WRAC. Congratulations!

The Power of Vulnerability

by | Posted October 7th, 2013

“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”(Brene Brown).

In this article over at Thought Catalog, Cat Tu writes about the myth of vulnerability. She gives examples where it is seen in the lens of that myth, as a weakness, and some counterexamples where it is a strength. Her examples of vulnerability as weakness often involve situations where we worry about labels; situations where expressing yourself can get you seen as a drama queen, or asking for  help can come off as needy. Most of the strength examples involve vulnerability in the context of relationships – such as admitting when you’re wrong, or sharing your emotional needs –  and that is where writing comes in. Writing is all about connections.

There’s a famous quote, sometimes attributed to Hemingway, that goes something like this: “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

That quote speaks to the same concept in a different voice. In writing, vulnerability is strength. Making connections inevitably opens up points of vulnerability – places where it is possible to attack the writing, or the writer. At the same time, these vulnerabilities are often what gives writing its strength. Metaphors, for example, can be a powerful way of illuminating a concept. But they are almost always imperfect in some way, and can be torn apart at their imperfect points. Many of the tools we use in writing are like this – both powerful and flawed. What’s more, many of those strengths and flaws cannot be teased apart from each other. The vulnerability is simply part of the equation, and very possibly an integral piece. It is certainly an interesting piece to explore.

Learn To Make Your Blog Effective

by | Posted October 7th, 2013

Frustrated and can’t seem to get your blog soaring? With a blogging community that won’t stop growing it’s not easy getting more people to read it. But on the other hand, why is it so simple that anyone can start a blog? It’s only an illusion, there are many difficulties that accompany blogging. You must be able to maintain the site and add new content constantly. The important question to ask yourself, “How can I make my blog great, informational, and interesting?” Lifehacker elaborates on seven amazing tips towards developing a successful blog.

beach-cottage-blog-tips-535x625One piece of advice that stood out to me was, “No blog is an island. Now that you have a blog, you’re part of the blogging community, and reciprocation plays a large part of that.” Leaving comments and trackbacks on other bloggers pages are great ways to get you noticed. In the world of blogging there is no room for modesty. You have to speak up and scratch a few backs. For instance, you can get started by contributing to Lifehacker in a number of ways: from starting your own Kinja blog, to becoming an author on Hackerspace, or emailing submissions@lifehacker.com.

Is reciprocation the only way, absolutely not? Other things, such as having an amazing headline, fresh content, and finding a niche can help your blog better develop. But, the thing I love most about writing is “voice”. Find your voice and don’t be afraid to use it, because that’s what will make yours different from the millions out there. Blogging isn’t any different from life it has its ups and downs. It’s up to you to keep your blogging wings spread and soaring.

What If What You Wore Improved Your Performance?

by | Posted October 4th, 2013

We have all at one point asked ourselves, “What am I going to wear today?” The outfit you chose to walk out that door doesn’t just change the way others perceive you, but it influences your overall performance. Check out the video below from Lifehacker for a fun look at the study “Enclothed Cognition.” Overall, when we dress smart we think we are smart. If we don’t, we become more error-prone. P.S. right before your exams don’t hesitate to grab a pair of Nerd glasses.

10 Easy Tips To Ensure A Healthier Workday

by | Posted October 3rd, 2013

It’s easy to become accustom to bad habits and not realize how they are slowly destroying your health. A typical day for most individuals includes long hours of sitting, being stuck in a stressful office or skipping meals because work consumes the majority of your time. You may think the sacrifices are worth it because the pay is good, but in reality you are subtracting years from your life. If you’re interested in spending a few more years with the ones you love, put into practice the 10 tips mentioned by Lifehacker on how to stay healthy and energetic at the office (and make the day go by faster).

Say NO To Student LOANS

by | Posted October 3rd, 2013

Duh, it’s best for parents to start saving for their children’s college expenditures as early as possible; unfortunately, that isn’t the case for some students. When it was time for me to start college my parents weren’t in the best financial situation and I didn’t make the grades. My only option was loans, and I’m not alone. Lifehacker takes a moment to discuss “Three people, one big student loan: how they each plan to pay it off.

Read how debt has affected their lives and the struggles and sacrifices involved in paying student loans over $100,000.  Whether you’re starting undergrad or graduate school, returning after taking a break, or already have student loans to repay, always seek advice and walk the path leading away from debt. Katie Brewer finance consult was asked to see how theses three individuals plan to pay back their loans and ensure they’re on a realistic and right payment track.

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If you can relate to these individuals and have already dove into a pool full of loans. There are different approaches that can be used to help remove the hindrance on your post graduation future.  Katie Brewer suggests to Victoria Karan (loan balance of $198,000) “that if she pays even an extra $50 toward her loans each month, it could shave months or even years off the time to repay, as well as reduce the amount of interest she pays.” The interest rate is what makes paying a loan back more difficult, if you can, while still in school, pay off the interest.

It’s important that you start college with the approach “NO LOANS.” Borrowing now and paying later sounds good until you want to buy your dream car or a house. It’s okay to pause and take the time to think about the total amount of money being borrowed on student loans, avoid being a prisoner to your student loans for the next 30 years of your life.

Give Your Brain the Rest It Deserves

by | Posted October 2nd, 2013

Some say the key to success lies in not sleeping. The truth is you might get more done, but sleep is essential to your health. What’s the point of successes if you’re too sick to enjoy it? Sleep is crucial for recollection, learning, metabolism, and other vital functions of the body. Knowing how long to sleep is important. Lifehacker has the perfect guide on how long to nap for the biggest brain benefits. The next time you stay up all night studying, grading, reading, or partying, it might help to squeeze in a 10-minute power nap throughout the day.



How To Turn Your Ear Lobe Into a Speaker

by | Posted October 1st, 2013



Next time someone sticks a finger into your ear, don’t worry it may not be a wet willy. The Verge introduces Disney Research’s latest concoction Ishin-Den-Shin, which is the “Japanese expression for communicating through an unspoken mutual understanding, the technology turns an audio message into an inaudible signal that is relayed by the human body.” In layman’s terms, transmitting sound through your body. Not much is required; all it takes is a voice-activated microphone, a computer, and a thin wire to experience the Disney magic. Pretty cool! Read more about transmitting sound through touch.