Look At That!


“I enjoy cooking Italians and Chinese”
I find this humorous mostly because I love cooking. I enjoy jokes more  when they relate to my passions and this one does. This person is most likely applying for a chef position, which I could very well find myself doing. Also, spelling errors are one of the most common mistakes on resumes, or really any paper. It is a huge problem that gives a bad impression to the hiring committee. Fortunately for this person, they might at least get a laugh out of the committee.



“Skills: I am a rabid typist”
This particular mistake is fascinating to me. Is it possible to be a rabid typist? I have no idea. It’s funny because your brain actually  tries to make sense out of it, contemplating the adjective “rabid” and whether it applies to a typist. Some bizarre images come to my mind when I consider it. The other thing  is that they meant “rapid” which, even if correct, is an odd adjective to chose for a resume.



The second mistake on here, criticizing your perspective employer, is way more common in cover letters than it should be. What I find amusing is, why are they applying for the job if they have such a critique of the company they believe it deserves to make it in their cover letter? Like if you don’t like what the company is doing, don’t apply for the job. Find somewhere you like where you can support what the company is doing. Besides, the employer isn’t going to hire anyone who insults their business. That just wouldn’t make sense.



Number nine exists in most resumes. I’ve even done it myself. It is hard to only give information that truly pertains to the job. However, many times it’s just some small details that are insignificant. In other cases (the funny ones) information is included that has no relevance whatsoever to the intended job of hire. For instance, my sister worked at a coffee shop and got a resume from a guy who included that he records yoga videos and listens to music. Neither of these activities is relevant to being a barista and, therefore, created many laughs among the employees.


”Work experience: “Responsibilities included checking customers out.”
Here, the writer didn’t really do anything “wrong.” There are no typos, and they meant what they said. However, when an outsider reads this, they associate something completely different. The connotation of the phrase is a negative one. And, although humorous, it will probably lead to them not getting the job. What’s so funny about it is that the person who wrote it will never know they had such an outrageous thing written on their resume and are likely not the type of person the phrase implies.


Google Impact

Google is changing us. Not simply making us stupid and not simply making us smarter. Instead, it’s a combination of both, changing our expectations, attitude, and life view.

First, there are aspects of Google that are making us more intelligent beings. Think about the times when you have a random interest in a topic so you hop on your smart phone and look up specific information. Whether the data supports your thoughts, changes your thinking, or just simply adds to your knowledge, it is making you a smarter person. You suddenly know something more than you did when you pulled out your phone and began the Google search. Before Google’s existence, getting that information would have taken so long that most of us probably wouldn’t have even considered finding it.

However, since finding information is so easy, we have become lazy people. We expect information to be right in front of us. We want answers in the nick of time. We can’t sit still for long. We get bored after reading two paragraphs of an article or essay. We don’t spend the time to find information so it doesn’t have the significance it should. Therefore, we take in information at a surface level. Rather than diving into the text we worked to find, we just glace at it to find what exactly we were looking for and move on.

Our surface level experience is pushed even more because of the quantity of information we take in during a day. Our brains get blasted with so many random facts and ideas in one day that we can’t possibly get everything out of each topic. Instead, we filter and only scratch the surface of each subject. We are putting so much junk in our brain each day with social media, video games, and ads that we don’t always take the time for deep ideas or thoughtful conversations. These more intricate aspects of life are what make us more “intelligent” people. Sadly, Google has taken many of these experiences from us, consuming out time in other ways.

Google has changed our world. For good and for bad, it has changed us.

Ring By Spring

Dating, or courtship as it was once called, is constantly happening between people around the world. It’s normal for people to take an interest in someone and begin spending meaningful time together. Eventually, if the relationship seems fit, an engagement will happen, signifying they want to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. This process, from meeting to engagement, can take any varying length of time depending on the people and situation.

However, at Christian colleges, there is pressure on this timeline. The phrase “Ring by Spring” is a common one. It originated for couples that start dating in the summer or fall to encourage engagement by that coming spring. This particular phrase is a popular one because of the high percentage of people who truly find their spouses during college.

The unexpected effect of “Ring by Spring” is that it has put pressure on students to find that relationship early on and then rushes people into engagement, sometimes when it isn’t fit. It has become such a phenomenon that some people come into college almost solely looking for their husband or wife. It has gone so far that even teachers are aware of the idea and give advice regarding what to do when that person comes around.

On the flip side of that, it has provided much humor around campus. The whole idea has become somewhat of a joke because of the way it has been blown out of proportion. When two people first start hanging out someone my interject “Ring by Spring!” as a tease. However, there is always the underlying thought that it could actually be “the one.”


In the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie,  the main character’s identity shifts. In the beginning, he characterizes himself by his race and abnormalities, but as the story unfolds he starts to realize his talents and the meaningful relationships he has.

When the story begins the main character, going by the name Junior, dwells in the negative aspects of his life. He talks about being Indian and living on the reservation. He feels a division between whites and indians. Growing up poor, there were many obstacles and he doesn’t feel he can dream. His parents where born poor and, therefore, he is destined to be poor as well. Another big thing defining his life is his physical and mental abnormalities.  He was born with water in his brain, is skinny,  has a big head, wears glasses, stutters, and has a lisp. These are all qualities that he seems to find his identity in. He believes they make up who he is. And then do, but only a small part.

As the book continues, Junior starts to see other aspects of his life. He begins putting value in the talents he has and the people close to him. He uses the name “Arnold,” partially separating himself from being Indian, and steps into a white school. Through this experience he discovers a lot about himself. Arnold realizes he is a smart, thoughtful kid. He embraces his knack for learning and befriends Gordy, the nerdiest guy at the school. He also discovers his basketball talent. Everyone seems to believe in him, so he starts believing in himself. Also, Arnold understands the importance of relationships. The people around him, friends and family, suddenly become a huge part of his life. He realizes how influential his grandma has been in supporting him and teaching him about tolerance and forgiveness. He sees how much his parents have given to make him happy. He also appreciates Eugene, his sister, Penelope, and even Rowdy, who all influenced and taught him in their own way.  Not only that, but Arnold begins to respect his Indian heritage and value where he came from.

The Blue Book

Reading “Genesis” by Bret Lott I felt emotionally connected to this little boy who was enveloped in excitement and puzzlement.  I began to understand the significance of something seemingly so ordinary as a little blue book.  To this young boy, it was something to call his own and he wanted everyone else to know it belonged to him.

Brett Lott, using specific detail, was able to emphasize his reaction to receiving this little blue book. He describes exactly where the pencil was and the little things to either side of it. However, he never mentioned what continued to go on in the church or what his brother was doing next to him. As soon as the book is in his hands, all his attention shifts to the book and everything else in his world seemingly disappears. By focusing in, the author brings the reader into the tunnel vision of the kid making it easier to feel and be the kid sitting in the sanctuary. Not only this, but Lott continues to let the reader into the mind of this little kid, showing his enthusiasm, contemplation, and pride.

Another aspect that makes this writing so intriguing is the boy’s abandonment and faith in writing his name paired with him being in a sanctuary. It reminds me of the power of a child-like faith. We are called to follow God without always knowing every little detail. And although we are messy people who can’t always get it right, we must have faith in God’s plan. Similarly, Lott didn’t have practice writing his name, but he was passionate about getting it on the book. Although it didn’t turn out perfectly and to others it looked like a mistake, the intended purpose still came through: the book had his name on it, and it was his.  Also, as the story comes to an end, Lott tells of all the times he is reborn, given new life, just like a child.

When writing my own literacy autobiography, I will keep in mind the power of detail in engaging an audience and helping them understand my emotion. It is also important that I have a focused purpose so the story continues with intent and no momentum is lost.

Lost Canyon

Lost Canyon is a YoungLife camp in Williams, Arizona that will forever have a special place in my heart. For those of you who don’t know, YoungLife is a christian organization that reaches out to people and makes them feel welcome no matter who they are, where they are from, or what their past held. There are several camps in the world that YoungLife owns. Each camp hosts hundreds of kids each week. They create a fun, safe place for kids to be themselves. Throughout the week, the kids also learn about the Lord and how strongly he wants to have a relationship with them.

I was fortunate enough to serve as a part of the Work Crew, at Lost Canyon, in the Summer of 2013. Now, I have to admit it was a lot of work, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I served in the Dining Hall: setting up for meals, serving food, and cleaning the Dining Hall after every meal was over. But that was not even close to all that took place. Being at Lost Canyon, I could see the Lord at work in not only my life, but the lives of the people I worked with and the campers that came.

During my month at Lost Canyon, I felt the closest to God I’d ever been in my life. I was really strong in my faith and devoted time read the word and talk to God. I could see the work he was doing around me, experience his love through my relationships, learn about him, and praise him with others.

One of the neatest things about being a part of Work Crew was getting to know the kids that came in, praying for them, and then seeing how God transformed their lives. At the end of each week there was a “say-so” in which all the kids who committed their life to Christ in the week of being at camp got to stand up and “say so.” The most powerful moment at Lost Canyon was on the third week at the “say-so.” All week I had been serving this one table and had really gotten to love them. They were really on my heart and I spent the week asking the Lord to open their minds and let God in. At the end of the week, three of the guys stood up, signifying their commitment to God. In that moment, I felt overwhelmed with joy and excitement. I had just seen God answer my prayers and change these kids’ lives.

Writing At Its Roots

Everybody knows what writing is. Still, somehow, few of us are confident in our own writing. There is fear or expectation that keeps us from standing behind our writing style. Because we are hesitant, we use different words or ideas then initially come to us. Once this decision has been made, the words are not quite our own.  At this point it is hard to be confident in what we have produced. As Stephen King mentions in “On Writing,” it isn’t the grammar used or the form of the writing that changes whether it is good. More than anything, it is being confident and fully committing to your writing.  Stephen King says “…fear is at the root of most bad writing” because it the state of being unsure and self-couscous that makes writers change their initial thoughts. As the focus shifts onto the grammatical correctness of what was written, the natural flow of thoughts is often removed resulting in “bad writing.”

Writing is not a natural skill or pleasure of mine. I do not have confidence in it. I think, first and foremost, I am afraid of how others will judge my writing. I fear people who know more than me will see all the wrongs in my writing and not much else. Over the years, I have been taught what is “incorrect” and “correct” in sentences, phrases, paragraphs, and essays as a whole. It is easy to beginning changing myself and trying to figure out exactly how each phrase “should” be worded. This makes writing far less enjoyable and has a different, need I say, worse result.