Thursday, October 20, 2016

Make Cash Fast

All of us can use some spare change. Whether it’s for spending on snacks or for saving up to our next car, as a college student, money is important. Some of us even need money to pay for our tuition. Not everyone receives financial aid and some simply don't have family help to cover the costs. No matter your situation, being able to make an extra few dollars on a college student's time schedule can be huge. Here are a few ways in which you can make some extra cash on the side.

1. Write
As a college student, you are constantly writing essays and reports. If you do a quick google search for freelance writing jobs, you will find a wide variety of blogs or companies looking for people to write quality articles for them. Once you are writing, why not get paid? If you want to take it a little further, pick a topic that you are knowledgeable in and write about it. Start a blog and gain followers. Eventually, after you have a core following, you can start incorporating advertisements and product placements. Depending on the amount of views you attract, companies will pay a lot of money for the opportunity to be featured.

2. Build A Website!
With the development of the internet, website building has gotten a lot easier. No longer do you need to know how to code in order to build a visually appealing website. Most of us (the younger generation) already have the skills necessary. Often, you will meet people who need a website for their business, but they lack the skills to make it. They end up turning to web design companies who charge an arm and a leg. As a college student, you can build them a website and charge a lot less than the established designers. The more you do it the better you will get and website building will get easier. You can even put it on your personal resume!

3. Tutoring
We sit in class for many hours each day. Some of us sleep, others twiddle their thumbs watching the clock, and a few pay attention. Start focusing and taking notes. When you feel that you have a good grasp on the material, you can begin tutoring! There are always students who are struggling and sometimes they just need someone to go over the material with them outside of the classroom. Get your name out there by hanging up signs, making business cards, and posting on social media.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top 5 Netflix Shows You NEED to Watch!

Let's face it, we all have those days where we binge watch a full season or so of our favorite show. How many of us struggle to find that show that just hooks us? It's definitely a struggle for me. I've watched a lot of shows in my life and some of them are truly relatable and heartwarming. Here are my top 5 favorite shows I would highly recommend if you're an avid "Netflixer" like me.

1. Grey's Anatomy. You don't have to be interested in the medical field to enjoy this show. It follows the lives of medical residents on their journey to become a doctor. They struggle with their personal lives with relationships, family and friends but also their work life inside the hospital. It's extremely relatable, funny, sad, intense, every emotion you can think of. 13 seasons of pure goodness.

2. Parenthood. This is a family oriented show that takes us inside the lives of two brothers and two sisters and their family. Each family have their own struggles but are able to get through it with the help of each other. Juggling a family, a job, sickness etc is difficult, but you have a family to get you through it.

3. How I Met Your Mother. If you think you're struggling to find your perfect woman, you haven't met Ted Moseby. He is your average architect trying to find his purpose in life and get settled down with his one true love. Written in the third person, he is telling his kids about the time he met his mother (implying that he did find his one true love) with the help of his crazy friends. Theres times you want to cry because you feel each characters struggles and times you get so happy because you're so happy with the outcomes. This show is truly innovative and creative. I highly recommend for those who feel like they've lost their purpose in life.

4.One Tree Hill. This show follows the lives of two half brothers and their journey together. Their love for basketball brings them together and connects the whole show. They each start out hating each other and there's so much drama between them and their friends. Drama that is so relatable in our day and age. It's a show that grasps the aspect of friendship and how to get through life not knowing of the future. It also helps that Nathan Scott and Lucas Scott are super cute!

5.Prison Break. Ever wondered how to break into prison...then break out? This show is for you. Michael Scofield  breaks into prison to save his brother from execution for a murder he did not commit. It's not so easy for him as he has to deal with prison guards, other dangerous prisoners and love occurring inside the walls of Fox River Penitentiary. Eventually he does it. he escapes but life outside of prison is even worse than inside. This show keeps you on your toes. Want to know how it ends? You're just going to have to watch the show.

Hopefully you have a few shows that interest you and keep you occupied for a while!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Inktober is Here!

Some people are excited about having an excuse to wear pajamas on campus for Halloween,
I'm personally excited that it's Inktober again!
no, the Hannah from this blog did not draw this. Artist here.
You can look up Inktober on just about any social media and find hundreds of pics posted by the hour, thousands by the day, every single day until this joyous month ends. This annual trend originated in 2009 from an artist named Jake Parker and remains really popular. I'm not too crazed on Halloween and the Fall season, but I do love admiring art and artists from every skill level from around the world. I didn't know this before, but there's actually a prompt list for artists that want to follow a guide or don't have ideas. On the official Inktober site.


Here's an example of how much you could progress by just a couple of years. Not ink, but same principle.
Artist & Source.

Same artist! (Source)
So admire, or join in on the fun that's got to the art community. Don't get discouraged. :) I myself just love looking at the art for now. Like lookin' at this lady here.

That smile tho. Artist & Source.
If Inktober isn't your thing, it's also:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Season For Soups!

Fall is here and with that we welcome the cold. The weather this week has been nothing but grey and rainy. To make things that much more happy (insert sarcasm) I am recovering from a cold, which I think everyone seems to be getting this time of year!

When I feel sick one of the first things I like to make for myself is soup! I agree, canned soups are pretty good, but making your own soup is easy, very cheap and you can make enough to last you an entire week!

All you will need when following my favorite soup recipe is a big enough pot, a hand blender and a stomach ready for deliciousness. If you don’t personally own any of these, I am almost certain one of your parents or family members will. This will also give you a perfect excuse to show off your new cooking talent with them once it’s all cooked!

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

If you like something filling, healthy, slightly sweet but mostly savoury this is your kind of soup. The best thing about this soup is that you cannot overcook it, so when it comes to reheating, it tastes exactly the same. I would advise, depending on how many people you are feeding, if you want to make enough for the entire week then double up on the suggested ingredient amounts. The ingredients I have provided are good for a two person serving.

Olive Oil
1 onion, diced
1 potato, peeled and cubed
1 medium/large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of chili flake (optional)
1 litre of chicken stock (you can always add more at the end if too thick)
Salt & Pepper for seasoning

  1. Heat your pot and add olive oil until it covers the bottom of the pot.
  2. Place onions in the oil and cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, butternut squash and potato to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock, and optional chili flakes and boil.
  5. Once your water is bubbling, put the lid on and reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes.
  6. Take your blender to the potato and the butternut squash so it turns to liquid. If you still notice chunks you can cook the soup for longer, you do not need to worry about overcooking it.
  7. Add salt and pepper to season it to your tasting.

I hope you enjoy my favorite soup! There are so many soup recipes out there and they are so easy to make. 

Have a look for some more recipes and get tasting!

Should you Join A Club This Semester?

There’s always something going on at RCC, but it wasn’t clear to me just how much is going on until I went to Club Fest. If there isn’t a club that interests you here, I don’t think you’ll be able to find one anywhere!

CAD Club
The first club I stopped by was the CAD Club. Their table was down the hallway from the main event, so they were easy to talk to. On their table was a bunch of 3D models they’d printed with their 3D printer. Not only were there small figures and designs, but a full helmet from the anime Full Metal Alchemist. They told me they were planning on printing out the rest of the body and creating a full armor set. It looked amazing already, and was only half finished.

Then I went in.

Busy at Club Fest!
It was very clear how much work all the clubs had put into Club Fest. There were handmade posters everywhere, signs, and pamphlets. If you’re ever hungry when Club Fest is going on, I recommend stopping by for the candy alone. It was like Halloween!

The next table I got to talk to was the Robotics Club. They’d already planned to meet with the CAD Club and take full advantage of the 3D printer. There were already tons of projects they were cooking up. I’d never been into mechanics or robotics, but the Robotics Club was definitely hard to walk away from without putting my name on their list.
Dr. Cleary-Langley from Impulse
If you’re a first semester student and didn’t put your own name on a list, I definitely think you should. Clubs aren’t just a great place to meet people. They’re also a way to bring your passion into your education. Maybe you’ll find out just how good you are at gardening this semester. Maybe you’re actually a natural at acting. Maybe you’re kickass at chess?

There’s a life outside of classes even at a college.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Justine Reyes at RCC

Justine Reyes is a photographer who lives and works in New York, and she’s shown her work all around the world in countries like Cuba, Spain, and Berlin. She recently held a talk at RCC and her work was incredible.

Early Work

Reyes and her donuts

She began by talking about her earlier work. She was living in San Francisco when she was younger and going to school, and when she came back to New York she began to see her family differently.

To Justine Reyes, objects hold a different meaning. She showed us in her talk by bringing up various pictures of seemingly random objects. Each object was placed in a white space and the photo was solely centered on these objects. She explained what she was conveying: the objects had all been taken from her Uncle Vinnie's dresser. Their placement in a white space had taken them out of reality. In these pictures, the objects were immortal, and in that moment so was her Uncle Vinnie. This trend continued in her work.

This is the first time I’d come across a photo so simple, and yet so full of meaning. It wasn’t until she explained it that I fully understood. Of course paintings are always full of hidden messages. Even stories are trying to tell their audience something. But photos? I’d never imagined there could be so much in so little.

Home Away from Home

Reyes continues using the same themes of immortality in her pictures of her family. She moves on to her Uncle Al, who in every picture is wearing the same type of shirt with the same expression on his face. Because that is who he is. In this series Home Away from Home she turns away from immortality and instead focuses on the new fragility of her family. She explains to us that after her Uncle Vinnie's death, her family needed to move on, and so she captured that. First with them at home, with her mom looking tried and her uncle with eye patches from surgery. They’re both captured in moments of mortality. After that they’re in hotel rooms. Yes, they are moving on, but there is still a fragility there. She captures them looking out of place in a home that is not theirs.

I would never think of how dramatic hotel pictures could seem. She doesn’t use a lot of natural light source in her photos and her family are smiling in very few pictures. The result is a series of photos that are expressing something that cannot quite be put into words. The audience can sense the loss, but they can also sense that the family are moving on. There is a fragility, but also the strength.

Other Work

This gallery spawned from her inability to understand
our obsession with sugar
Her family aren’t Reyes’ only models. She’s done galleries with lighter messages, focusing on food instead of people. There’s a gallery on donuts, a gallery on decomposing food, and a gallery filled with newspaper clippings attached to fruits and vegetables.

My favorite of her work will always be the photos centered on her family though.  How can a few old undershirts mean so much to her, and her audience? It requires a skill not many have. She brilliantly uses simplicity to her advantage.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Let's face it!

Hassan loves you
I’m all about that face. No trouble showing emotions. An expressive face is what the business calls “your money.” Actors may even look in the mirror just to get a face right.There can be subtle differences between positive and negative emotions.

Hassan is upset

Normally, there are natural things our faces do when we feel an emotion. Sometimes we are not conscious of it because our faces are not doing it in an exaggerated way. These are called micro-expressions. They even have experts that read this, sometimes called human lie detectors. Maybe you have heard of the TV show Lie To Me, a show I loved that was cancelled after three seasons on Fox.

Hassan is bored
Back to acting, I mentioned the subtlety of body and face in a previous post. Now let’s focus on the face and take a look at some simple emotion faces. I am using a student of the RCC acting program, Hassan. In these three photos, he could intend a variety of things with each face. However, I have narrowed each down with a caption for you.

See how when Hassan loves you, his eyes are softer and his mouth is in a slight smile. He seems like he is paying attention to your next word. Then when he is upset, his mouth has constricted. Maybe he is trying not to curse. Finally, when he is bored, his eyes droop a little as if to lose interest. Where did all the love go? To think we took these pictures in two minutes. Is Hassan a very moody person or just a good actor?