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20 Things Liberal Arts Students Need to Know At a Professional Internship

Reposted from For all you Midd Kids on the summer intern grind…

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So it’s late July, and if you’re a college student packed in a sweaty shoebox-sized city apartment like I am, you’re probably a large portion of your way through the “golden ticket” to post-grad success: the summer internship.

At small liberal arts colleges (hello, NESCAC) like mine, once April rolls around “So what’s your summer plan?” questions start spreading like the flu in January, and if you haven’t landed a summer internship, well, “Yikes!” Now, of course, there are many of us that graduate and lead successful, fulfilling careers without ever achieving intern status (Yes, really!). But we aren’t TOTALLY crazy: According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers 2014 Internship & Co-op Student Survey, about 60 percent of interns received full-time job offers last year.

Unpaid, paid, stipend, free Chipotle under the table — however they’ve lured you in, you’re here: the aspiring liberal arts academic pretending to know something about law, finance, marketing, journalism, you name it. Plus, if you spend the other nine months a year amid farmland like me, you’re probably equally overwhelmed by the subway system (wait, they don’t stop for bikers here?!) as you are by the professional work environment.

But as liberal arts students it seems we are taught just about everything BESIDES professional skills. Sure, we’ve read an (un)healthy amount of Shakespeare, can lead a kick-ass community service project, and can likely spit a random fact or two about anything from quantum physics to Russian history (ask us about our distros, I dare you). But is being “well-rounded” really the key to success when your boss is spitting terrifyingly unrecognizable acronyms and you’re the only one in the room not salivating like Pavlov’s dog (hey, at least we get the reference!)?

We might have some seriously frustrating moments, but we’re doing a hell of a lot better than you might think based on the smirks people give you when you tell them you’re English major. Check out this list for a laugh about everything us lib arts kids know (or NEED to) so we can swim, not sink, among our fellow pre-professional interns this summer.

1. The majority of co-workers don’t recognize your school.

They probably don’t know it by name, or know where it is. Nothing makes you cringe like hearing “Oh I’ve never heard of it, is that a community school?”

2. You should appear totally chill when no other interns know your college.

It’s not the Harvard business major’s fault that the whole world heralds her brand name. Plus, your less-blabbed-about institution just amps your unique flare.

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7 Ways to Relieve Your Ridiculously Awful Weekend Hangover at Middlebury

Your Sunday just got a whole lot easier...

So while many of you have deserted campus for the summer, some of Middlebury’s finest have stayed to soak up those Vermont rays, check out all the best hidden swim spots, and, oh yeah – party (maybe a little too much, but hey, no classes right?!). We’re here to share some tips on navigating your mind-numbing hangover, Midd-style.

1. 11 AM(ish) Proctor. Be there.

What better way to alleviate your morning-after headache-slamin’ sorrows than seeking solace in the masses? Thankfully, there’s a solid chance at least 75% of the dining hall is suffering right along side you. Grab some grub, a good viewing table (beware of proximity to last nights HU, or sit awkwardly close. Whatever works for you), and remember (or try to) all your Saturday night escapades alongside Middlebury’s finest.

2. Shower and change those clothes.

Nothing worse than wearing Grille remains or evidence of last night’s punch. Whether it’s a too-tight dress or a questionably stained T-shirt, a solid wash and switch to Sunday’s best (or just a your favorite sweatsuit) can go a long way to preserve any semblance of personal integrity.

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Holi Celebration SUNDAY

International Cultural Immersion in Vermont, whutup

International Cultural Immersion in Vermont, wowe!

a) Are you interested in Indian “culture”, music and festivals?

c) Do you want to do something really fun on a Saturday afternoon?

d) Do you like colors and water being thrown at you?

If you answered yes to any or all of the questions above, come celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors and welcome the season of Spring on Battell Beach on SUnday. And remember, as the Facebook page wisely warns, it’s best you wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. Great company and great music guaranteed.

Date: Sunday, 11th of May*
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Place: Battell Beach

*note the change in date

Middlebrow Presents: BALL

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Middlebrow Improve Comedy will be performing tonight at 10 PM in the Abernethy Room (Axinn) in what will be their final show of the semester.  The show promises to be a great time, but also an emotional evening, as Senior and longest tenured group member Matthew Ball ’14 will be making his final appearance with Middlebrow.  Freshman Jackson Prince ’17 has been feeling pretty shook up as Matt’s final show approaches, “I feel like I just met Mark yesterday.  Like, I barely know the guy!  Why, Mike? Why are you leaving us??”

Take heart Jackson, and all ye faithful Ball-boys and girls.  We still have one more evening to enjoy Matt’s skills as a comedian, improvisor, and competitive eater.

Where: Abernethy Room
When: 10 PM
Cost:  –

TONIGHT: Room 404 Issue 3 Release

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Interdisciplinary publication Room 404 releases its third issue tonight.

Nick Smaller ’14 and Hubert Adjei-Kontoh ’14 to spin jazz/funk vinyl.

Food by the Co-Op.

Contributors to this issue include: Kate Leib ’16, Stephanie Roush ’14, Maddie Dai ’14, Dylan Otterbein ’16, Sally Caruso ’15.5, Sam Tolzmann ’14.5, Izzy Ocampo ’14

WHEN: TONIGHT (Thursday), 8:30
WHERE: Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House
WHY: Copious free food, chillin’ on the porch of Solar D in the balmy nighttime, all your friends (bring them), Estonian synth-funk from the 80s? Also there’s this publication.

The Final WOMP of the Semester!

Ladies and Gentleman, the WOMP is back for one more raucous night of music, food, and good times. Bring your friends, professors, Proctor crushes, or just wander into the Gamut room. Ben Rose ’17.5 says its gunna be the “WOMP of all WOMPs.” Those are bold words– but he’s not one for overstatement. There are tons of people who are planning on performing, so show up early and stay late! Food starts at 9pm, and the music is soon to follow.

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This week there is no headliner. But there are tons of students and groups planning on performing including the 4:30 Jazz ComboLinnea and the Lazy Boyzzz, and many many more!

Place: Gamut Room
Date: Today
Time: 9pm

NOTEIf you are interested in performing with a band or a group that uses more than just acoustic instruments (like drums, keys or electric bass), send an email to cparrish[at]midd or elevy[at]midd to let them know what your tech requirements will be.

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What to do with Privilege?


If you’ve kept up on the news or followed the social media buzz in the past few days, you have no doubt heard about the piece by a Princeton freshman entitled “Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege.” Tal Fortgang’s article originally appeared on the Princeton Tory, a “journal of conservative and moderate thought,” and was published as an opinion piece in Time magazine online on May 2nd. His piece, a manifesto arguing against political correctness and defending his white male privilege, has received a storm of media attention from both critics and supporters of his opinions. As a person who lacks many forms of privilege, his piece and the responses it has catalyzed touch on issues I’ve grappled with my entire life. As a Middlebury student who sees students playing into the myth that we live in a post-racial society constantly, I was honestly excited to see a written piece that challenges this myth within an academic institution that “places a policy of diversity and inclusion at the core of [its] educational mission.”

Amongst the flood of discourse that this student’s manifesto has engendered, one response gets at the core of the issue – his failure to understand what “checking your privilege” really means. A contributor to the Groupthink blog, Violet Baudelaire writes a well-articulated response to Fortgang clarifying what it means to have privilege, what implications that has for interacting with others, and the variant forms of privilege (i.e. white men are not the only people who experience privilege). Here’s just a tidbit from her blog post:

Checking your privilege doesn’t mean anyone is asking you to say “I only have things because I am part of privileged groups”. It does mean someone is asking you to say “By position of a characteristic I was born with, I have been helped, or at least not hurt, more than others without this characteristic”. It does not mean anyone wants you to apologize for it; it does mean someone is asking for an acknowledgement of the implications of it, either for how it is impacted where you are now, how it might be skewing your perspective or level of knowledge in discussing a subject, or for how the lack of that same privilege may have made things different for someone else.

Discourse surrounding gender, sexuality, and race are commonplace on college campuses, and this year Middlebury has experienced what I view as an active resurgence of dialogues on these important topics. From the Wade Davis talk to the Amy Wax lecture, a variety of critiques have been entertained with the often-implicit undertone of dealing with privilege in a world where most people don’t have it. Regardless of your race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or class situation Middlebury students are unified in an important type of privilege: the opportunity to attend an elite institution of higher education. With that privilege comes the responsibility to consider the different ways that privilege figures into the status of people everywhere and how to eradicate the inequalities it provokes.

Comment below on your thoughts on the Tal Fortgang’s opinion piece, Violet Baudelaire’s response, and anything and everything privilege related.

Tonight: Blackbird Release Party

1797467_10154240207405727_3797078719717674546_nTonight the Blackbird Literary Arts Magazine will be hosting the second iteration of its semiannual release party! Come to Palmer at 9 PM to hear live tunes, original readings and labial performances.  Snacks will be provided.  It was a packed house last time, so come early if you want a good seat.

Date: Tonight, May 3
Time: 9 PM – later
Place: Palmer Basement
Cost: Free


One Dean’s View on a Multicultural Center….what do you think?

Snapshots from the Oberlin College Multicultural Resource Center, one of many potential models for Midd.

Snapshots from the Oberlin College Multicultural Resource Center, one of many potential models for Midd.

This article below is from Dean of the College, Shirley Collado, also published in the Middlebury Campus.  Read and take advantage of the comment box below – Shirley will be reading!

A Space for the Future

There is a discussion underway on campus about whether we should create a multicultural center, and if we do, what it would be like. This is an important discussion for several reasons. First, those who think a multicultural center is necessary are explaining why and sharing their concerns with us, sharing what it is like for them to be here on campus. Second this discussion is forcing the institution to look at itself through a different lens than it normally does. And third, it is obliging us to consider the daily realities of our students as we evaluate our institutional priorities.

As I have been listening to students and thinking about this topic, questions have come to mind that I’d like to share with you.

Can a multicultural center fulfill the need for the “safe inclusion” that students desire? The fact that some individuals struggle to feel at ease here or to feel affirmed and included is something we should all be concerned about. Sometimes these feelings improve when students are able to find a little slice of home somewhere on campus or in town, or a group of like-minded souls to hang with, or people who will listen. I wonder if a multicultural center will allow that to happen more easily. Continue reading

A Call to Consider Public Space

Where do you go on campus when you don’t want to feel like you’re a student? There isn’t any denying that our campus is beautiful; we’re spoiled with breathtaking views, glimmering white marble buildings, and plenty of green (or maybe white, depending on the season) space. But most of Middlebury’s on-campus spaces were created with specific functions in mind, and there isn’t much room for student contribution.

pollOf course, we are at a college, so most of our buildings are academic. But we’re not in class or studying 24/7 – what are the spaces that fill the time between our schooling? Our campus would benefit from more inclusive College spaces that are open to interpretation and spur-of-the-moment gatherings, where we can feel free to personalize or contribute to without fear of vandalizing the space or crossing a disciplinary line. The recent Middbeat poll results speak to this need.

So what can we do? If I need a space to find a moment of quiet or a comfortable seat to mull over thoughts and explore a creative thought, where can I go? A lot of students use their dorm rooms for these purposes (and we’re fortunate to have some really great living spaces at Middlebury), but the solitude of our rooms can lead to us missing out on the beautiful and necessary unexpected interactions that happen in truly public places. Like when you’re sitting out on Proctor terrace intending to finish a reading for your afternoon class, but then five people sit down at your table and suddenly you’ve met a few new friends, talked about a new idea with another friend, and made plans to go for a long hike that weekend – it’s these everyday interactions that enjoyable public spaces can facilitate happening. This is why we want to start exploring the potential of public spaces on our campus, and spaces with more creative student input.

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