Here’s some news - I now work at Buzzfeed, specifically on Ze Frank’s video team. Here’s an article about what we’re up to. I am excited to be surrounded by an entirely new group of incredibly talented people that I can annoy by talking too much about videogames.
Above is a GIF from my first Buzzfeed video, Why Going to Hogwarts Would Actually Suck. Watch it here.
This video is pretty great, but I’m slightly disappointed that the Sorting Hat is referred to as an asshole, and not as an asshat. I mean, this stuff practically writes itself.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
This famous Gandhi quote is often used as inspiration in the volunteer community. It’s one of the mantras we lived by when I served for ten months as a volunteer for the AmeriCorps organization, City Year. Volunteers with City Year provide literacy training to students in communities affected by high drop-out rates. They also do community restoration projects throughout the city.
The employees at SNAP are always eager to find ways to give back to the community. When my coworkers and I met to discuss our next volunteer opportunity I was excited to suggest working with City Year. They love to engage corporations that have a strong sense of social responsibility, like SNAP.
We signed up for City Year’s annual One Harlem event, which was being held at Central Park East Middle School. We met on a beautiful Saturday morning and were assigned a construction project. We were tasked with building two chess tables from scratch that would later be placed in a community center in Harlem. We worked alongside students who attended the school, members of the Harlem community and other employees from local companies.
Hey, I wrote this!
I just think it’s sad that the main places in our culture that we designate to meet new people are bars and nightclubs. I have not had great luck in those spots. I think you’re better off going through mutual friends. The other thing is work and school. Those are the best, I think, because you have repeated, unplanned, in-person interactions where you can really get to know people.
I’m so jealous of people who have crushes on people they go to school with, or work with. That’s such a blessing. You actually get to see them all the time and spend time with them. Most single people I know, myself included, have a difficult time even meeting up with the people they like, be it busy schedules, texting games, or whatever.
The school/work thing is huge, because you don’t have to deal with that. You are automatically given the three factors sociologists have always said you need to build a meaningful connection with someone: 1) proximity, 2) unplanned interactions, and 3) a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other. I read about this concept in another depressing article about how you probably won’t make new strong friendships after 30.