Favorite books #topten

Below, I’ve posted my top 10 favorite books. If anyone has free time this summer, I’d highly recommend heading over to the library and checking one of these books out!

  1. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  3. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  4. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Alborn
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  8. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
  9. The Bible
  10.  I am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert


Illustrated Passage: How Businesses Use Your SATs #RayRay

The following New York Times article details that many elite companies such as McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs still ask a job candidate for his/her SAT score when applying for an entry-level position.  Ultimately, the article attributes the desire for SAT scores to help weed out applicants early in the recruiting process.  “They’re most valuable early in the process because we get tens of thousands of applications and we don’t interview tens of thousands of people,” Jennifer Comparoni, head of recruiting in the Americas at the Boston Consulting Group said.

When I recruited for internships last year, I remember both Amazon and McKinsey & Company asking for my SAT/ACT scores.  Yet, most companies did not require them and instead asked for just my GPA, resume, and a cover letter.  A few companies asked me to complete their own standardized mathematics exam and corporate culture survey as a more effective way to evaluate prospective job candidates.  While I do not believe that a SAT/ACT score is a good predictor of success in a full-time job position, I understand the desire of companies to save time in narrowing down their applicant pool.  Instead, I think it’s more effective to use GPAs, recommendation letters, and even the college attended as a better way to evaluate candidates.  And the most effective tool I believe is an internship because over a 10-week period a company gets a really good idea about a candidate’s work potential along with his/her demeanor and attitude.

I’ve chosen the following photo to illustrate my opinion about the New York Times article. Please let me know your thoughts!


Photo Citation: http://www.nfppeople.com.au/recruitment/


Choosing a Website Service #RayRay

Hello fellow minor in writing students! If you’re like me, you are probably a bit unsure of how to go about creating the perfect website. I’m a bit of a tech nerd who is happy to help guide you through the process… Please return to visit my blog posts that will help walk you through each step of the process. Today’s post, cleverly entitled “Part I,” introduces two different website options to consider: Part II will explain how to sign up for Squarespace!


Wix.com (#2) Squarespace.com (#1) BEST
  • Customizable templates
  • Support center (e-mail)
  • Mobile availability
  • Social media connectivity (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Wix learning center
  • Wix app market (many of which are free)
  • 43 M current users
  • Drag and drop editor that sometimes under promises.
  • In the free version, there is a Wix ad bar on the bottom
  • Less flexibility than other versions
  • Very attractive templates
  • Nationally recognized (Target, Cisco, and HBO) use the service to some degree.
  • It’s not free ($10/month) –UMICH gets 50% off.
  • Custom domain
  • There’s a developer’s center where you can fully customize it.
  • Drag and drop website builder
  • Targets portfolio driven (and image based) website
  • It has extensive styling options
  • You’ll need to use some coding to embed a pdf.
  • You can also upload the file to Issuu.
WordPress (#3)

  • Some familiarity from Writing 220.
  • Free
  • Very customizable although there is a steeper learning curve.
  • Mostly for blogging rather than website creating.
  • Dashboard layout and environment
  • Many widgets
  • Drop down bar is easy
  • Simple layouts are easy
  • Some themes are specifically for blogs or websites.


My next video explains how to use Squarespace!





My Self References and MIW Project#RayRay

Self References:

  1. I am like the worker ant that carries 10-times his body weight for the better of the colony.
  2. I am the type of person who always chooses family over anything else.
  3. I am the type to embrace a puzzle. Especially, when it is about business.
  4. In college, I feel like I’m constantly running on a treadmill that is set a notch too fast.
  5. I am the type of person who loves to get lost in music.
  6. I am one who tends to focus on the entire forest rather than a particular tree.
  7. I believe in hard work.
  8. I am a person who always looks for the answers even when there doesn’t appear to be any.

Project Resources: (Note: My project details the rise and fall of the start up Better Place, a company with a mission to end the world’s dependence on motor oil by developing a network of electric cars and battery switching stations. After describing Better Place, I will try to address whether companies in the free-market economy are the best way to solve multi-faceted issues such as freeing the world from its dependence on oil. The alternate hypothesis, of course, is government intervention to solve the world’s most pressing issues.)

  1. Investor reports (by PrivCo)
  2. US Energy Statistics
  3. Better Place Website
  4. BusinessWeek Magazine
  5. Wired Magazine
  6. ERB Institute at the University of Michigan
  7. Website detailing financial backers
  8. Interviews with professors at the Ross School of Business
  9. Interviews & articles published in newspapers

Until next time,