Archive for October, 2011


As I prepare for a job interview that I have tomorrow morning, I’m rattling through all of the necessary dilemmas:

  • what are my strengths…
  • what are my weaknesses…
  • …I guess I’ll wear this…

And an idea that circulated this past week through several major news outlets requires a fourth consideration:

  • how will I do my makeup?

A recent study released by Procter & Gamble argues that more makeup can equal more competence in the working world. In the study, they released images of women with varying levels of makeup through Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and looked for further assessment of how attractive and capable people found these women to be.

The results? Women should care about their appearance, and how they could potentially be perceived by an employer.

While I initially scoffed at the first several paragraphs of this article, I do see some relevance behind it. For women to put the additional effort to bring their appearance together and look clean for work, it could potentially demonstrate their indirect concern for those they are working with. Many women can also boost so-called levels of “attraction” when they add makeup.

However, there are some concerns that I also have about the article. First, the makers of CoverGirl sponsor the study. Second, the use of makeup (in some cases) can be controversial for individuals because of the use of animal byproducts in the makeup. Third, there are plenty of people who can look good without makeup. Fourth….does it really matter?

I guess it’s hard to come to a concrete conclusion about the issue at hand…does makeup in fact make women more competent? I’d like to think that society doesn’t sink so low to confirm that, but maybe, there is in fact some relevance. I do in fact plan to wear make-up to my interview tomorrow, but it won’t be glamorous by any means.

To read the TIME article, click here.

Read Full Post »

Last week Wednesday, I did something I thought was at least a graduation away. I joined Twitter.

It took the management of three Twitter feeds and two Facebook pages to realize, that just maybe, having a Twitter would somehow be beneficial. I have to admit, I have spent the better part of the Twitter craze wondering why so many people flock to it, why hash tags have slowly migrated to Facebook (hang on…Wordpress doesn’t recognize this word yet??), and why my friends and roommates were constantly updating and “tweeting.”

I don’t think I’ve gathered all of the answers in the first week, but I have at least come to some brief conclusions on why it’s worth my time and a space on my bookmarks bar.

Number 1, it’s incredibly interesting, and therefore quite addicting. Following feeds such as “The Onion” or “The New York Times,” I can get a good laugh or some valuable breaking news squeezed into a small 140 characters.

Onion screen shot

Gerbil growing distant

I can click on National Geographic’s photo of the day, and proceed to click through the rest of the website for the next 30 minutes (and find interesting articles, such as the following).

Inside the Secrets of Illusion

Twitter’s nature of constantly updating its user keeps them engaged and involved, and dare I say, it might have more interaction between users than Facebook. (side note: I still think Facebook is better).

Number 2, Twitter works wonders for good causes. Recently, a organization I am involved with, Camp Kesem, had the opportunity to enter the Chase Community Giving contest to win $1,000,000. It was an exciting chance to spread the word, and get enough voters to pull ahead of the other groups in the Health and Wellness category. Although we did not win, Twitter was a HUGE asset for informing over 25,000 people about a relatively unheard of organization, and having large organizations and mega celebrities re-tweeting our cause. At the end of the voting period, we had well over 30,000 votes, almost twice the amount of the the leading organizations in other categories. Having this experience with the Chase contest and Camp Kesem was the main reason I decided to cash it all and join Twitter.

So really, I’ve only made two conclusions about Twitter. As the weeks and semester roll on, I’m sure I will have some more remarkable discoveries. For now, I shall leave you with this:

onion pic

Area Man Takes Bus

And no, I don’t know what Google+ is trying to pull; and yes, I do have one.

– Elyse

Read Full Post »