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The Black Oracle
Michael, a fiction writer, wrote a 20something profile last year. His book The Black Oracle is now available for purchase. Here’s what he had to say about it:
Humans, you are not alone.
“Joachim is a hunter in the jungle of a post-apocalyptic Earth. Though generations have passed since the Great Death, something has evolved in the trees beyond the giant glowing mushrooms, mutants that want to see human entrails spread along the jungle floor.
And now they’ve taken Joachim’s wife.
To get her back, Joachim will have to give the leader of these demons something in return: immortality. A creature knows when he is going to die, after all. Plunged into a world of magic and darkness, Joachim must find the only woman who knows where the ingredients are. She is a prophetess known as the Black Oracle living in the realm of Zalm, but she’s a little preoccupied at the moment. She leads a rebellion against the ruthless High Council, and when Joachim seeks her out, he too finds himself consumed by her struggle. Read the rest of this entry
Student creates a Lego résumé
You’ve been to the Lego store. You’ve watched the Lego movie. But have you seen the Lego résumé?
Last year, college student Leah Bowman created a Lego-themed résumé for an Account Services internship. Using Lego Digital Designer, Bowman created a Lego version of herself and placed it on her résumé.
Bowman’s résumé also contained “assembly instructions” that highlighted her skills and explained why she was the #1 choice for the internship. Read the rest of this entry
Why millennials value volunteering
Despite stereotypes of being self-absorbed and apathetic, millennials actually care more about volunteering than older generations — at least according to a poll that the Associated Press and GfK conducted. This poll finds that people under 30 are more likely to say that citizens have a “very important” obligation to volunteer.
Why is volunteering so important to millennials? Perhaps because so many of them grew up in a culture that encouraged and even required volunteer work. For 24-year-old Morgan Gress, community service was required at her high school, and there were numerous opportunities to volunteer at her college. Read the rest of this entry
Millennials doing worse than expected after college
Cosmopolitan.com conducted a survey where they asked around 800 twenty-somethings whether their post-college lives were better or worse than what they had expected. The majority of those surveyed — 73% of women and 53% of men — felt that they were doing worse than expected in their careers, savings, or living situations:
Most Millennials Are Doing Worse Than Expected After College (cosmopolitan.com) Read the rest of this entry
What successful people were doing at 25
Last week’s guest post discussed how, in this age of technology where everything’s fast and instant, we expect professional success to come instantly as well.
And it doesn’t help that we’re constantly seeing and hearing about exceptional young athletes, musicians, and actors who have all achieved high levels of success before their mid-20s.
But not everyone who became successful had their careers figured out by their mid-20s, as this Business Insider article proves:
What 18 Extremely Successful People Were Doing At Age 25 (businessinsider.com) Read the rest of this entry
20something entrepreneur starts bridesmaid-for-hire business
Ever heard the expression “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride?” Well, 26-year-old Jen Glantz has been a bridesmaid so many times that now she’s doing it as a profession!
After being a bridesmaid four times in the past year alone (and twice in one week), Glantz posted an ad on Craigslist offering her services as a professional bridesmaid. Her ad went viral: she got over 100 responses within 48 hours, and her new business got coverage on media outlets including the Huffington Post, USA Today, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. Read the rest of this entry
Millennial activist swims with sharks
You wouldn’t think that sharks need to be protected, but 29-year-old marine activist Ocean Ramsey is setting out to change that notion. Millennial magazine profiles Ramsey’s efforts to protect sharks and give their their image as savage killers a much-needed overhaul:
Marine Activist Ocean Ramsey Fights the War on Sharks (millennialmagazine.com)
It’s estimated that humans kill 100 million sharks each year. One reason why sharks are killed is for their fins, which are used to make shark fin soup. Though shark fin soup isn’t tasty or healthy, it’s perceived as a status symbol in mainland China, where customers pay up to $100 per bowl. Read the rest of this entry