Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.
When is the last time you volunteered to do something? When is the last time you volunteered to do community service hours? Did you truly do it voluntarily or did you do it involuntarily to meet the service hours for your greek organization or an outstanding citation? I have a sense that most of us millennials, I know there are a lot of exceptions, are part of the group that need an outside force or motive to get us to do any sort of volunteer task. I get the sense that most of my generation does volunteering not out of the kindness of their heart, but rather out of self-interests such as meeting hour requirements for organizations or adding it to a resume to improve how people perceive them. However, I also know there are countless of examples of the opposite. These are people who do genuinely do it voluntarily and do not want any sort of personal gains. Unfortunately, this is not majority. But what if we could have these kind of people be the majority instead of the minority? What would that take? Is the only way to get people to volunteer by requiring it? Doesn’t that defeat the true nature of volunteering?
Continue reading Taking the voluntary out of volunteering
A few weeks ago I was sick with the flu and spent the day in bed. As I lay there, too sick to do anything (even Netflix was out of the question), I faded in and out of sleep. At one particular moment, I remember staring at the ceiling and drifting into unconsciousness. The next thing I knew I was on a beach with the cast of Entourage (a favorite show of mine that I had been watching the day before), ready to board a private jet. I remember how ecstatic and privileged I felt to be living the high life with some of my favorite television characters. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Entourage, it is a show that follows an actor from Queens who moves to Hollywood with his brother and two best friends and makes it big. In other words, it takes the viewer into the world of a movie star, consisting of eating rich foods, meeting important and powerful people, and attending exclusive events. The clip below provides a better glimpse into the lifestyle I am referring to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woDYWWQ07BU Continue reading Dream On
As a person who can’t control myself from performing dance moves whenever the DJ plays my favorite song or whenever a Uptown Funk comes up on the radio, I absolutely love to dance and if the space allows, to jump up and down. Knowing that dancing always makes me happy, I went on and researched for possible explanations of why this is always the case, and found out that how you stand and how you move actually affects your mood and your emotions. Continue reading Shake it Off
For many of us, bottled water is a daily staple. A case of 32 bottles of spring water can be bought for less than $5 at the local Wal-Mart. However, the environmental impact of each bottle of water is multiple factors larger than the bottle alone. Between bottle creation, transport and bottling, each liter of bottle water actually requires 3 liters of water to get it to the end user. Plastic bottles are also difficult to dispose of and have contributed to the formation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Continue reading Refill Your Bottle At Least Once
Our world has never been more connected than it is today. Our generation is blessed with the ability to instantly contact anyone, retrieve information, or share an experience with the world. With this power has come immense progress in terms of healthcare, productivity, and professional networking (to name a few). What it has taken away, however, might be far more valuable. In my opinion, Millennials are losing the art of conversation. While our online personalities have never been more groomed, our inter-personal skills are at an all time low. Too often is a great moment spoiled by someone trying to take a picture or send a tweet. Rather than rely on our phones to define our lives, I think that improving the way we relate to one another in person can solve many of the large issues we face today. Continue reading Just Put It Down
Before I came to Bucknell University I had never met someone who was homosexual, or even bisexual. However, I was very accustomed to hearing gay slurs in my everyday life. I went to an all boys school named Christian Brothers Academy. When other high schools in the area talked about us, they referred to us as “CB-GAY”. When they cheered against us in sports games, they intended to insult us with this phrase and even some more graphic phrases. I never really cared much about what these other schools said about us. I wasn’t paying attention to how hurtful this could be to other people. To be completely honest, the word “fag” was even included in my vocabulary on an infrequent basis. My friends around me, along with these other schools, made it seem like these slurs were just jokes. Everything changed when I went to college.
Continue reading Embrace the Rainbow
Political parties are not part of the constitution, the declaration of independence or any other of the hallowed documents of the “founding fathers.”
We need to open up the political process as much as possible. Continue reading Push for Open Primaries
Millennials have been “blessed” with being born into a generation that has technology and convenience at their fingertips. We do not have to leave a day at the end of finishing our papers, so that we can make sure we have enough time to type our final version out on a type writer. We have the gift of information at our fingertips. Wherever we are we are able to pull out our smartphones and google something. Our generation also has the luxury of communicating through text messages, emails, group messaging applications and many other newer mediums.
Continue reading Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall
Names are one of the most unique identifiers a person has. People feel pride in and attachment to their name. A last name is important because of the family ties and the bond it implies to those related to you. A first name is more distinctive, picked by your parents and holds a special significance to the person possessing it. I think everyone is proud of their name, and appreciates when people use it. Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Making an actual impact on society is a tough goal to achieve; however, this has actually been a long time goal of mine. My parents are architects so I have always loved buildings, and when I was ten years old, I decided I wanted to be a real estate developer (the ones who hire the architects and set out to build buildings). Since then, I have improved upon this goal, most especially when I came back from studying abroad in Copenhagen. While abroad I took a class called “Sustainable by Design,” which focused on sustainable techniques to designing buildings, and this idea is what has become my passion. Now I want to start my own real estate development firm focused on building sustainable apartment buildings with the techniques I learned in Denmark.
Continue reading Impacting the Way We Design Buildings