Practical advice for college students

Determining Your Major

While your major isn’t set in stone, changing it a gazillion times will only keep you in school longer than you’d like.


Seek advice from your professors. Not sure why you got a lower-than-expected grade? Ask your teacher what you did wrong and what you can do to improve. As a college student, it’s your responsibility to do your best and if you don’t know your mistakes, you can’t learn from them.

Learning Resource Centers

Resources are there for a reason. Use them.


Join them. You might think joining a club will overwhelm your reality TV-watching schedule, but in REALITY, you’ll meet new people, make new friends, and have acquaintances with similar interests in and perhaps even the same classes (study buddies).

The Library

Whether you live at home or in the dorms, finding a quiet place to study can sometimes be harder than homework itself. Pack your backpack full of the essential snacks and hit the library for some much-needed peace and quiet.  Your grades will thank you.


Get your feet wet early on. Internships are the key to figuring out what you want to DO for a career (or finding out what you DON’T).

Eek! Where did 2010 go? Gotta get those holiday cards out PRONTO!

Did this year go by much faster than usual? It’s already November which means Thanksgiving decorations will soon be replaced by an overwhelming amount of tree lights, shiny ornaments, candy canes, and bratty kids screaming “I WANT TICKLE ME ELMO” or whatever this year’s most sought after toy is.

So before things get too hectic and insanely difficult to manage, now is the time to order holiday cards to send to loved ones.

The Boyfriend and Robin San Francisco Giants

In my cards, there will be no cute-as-a-button children smiling with their golden retriever. They charge to much to rent and no one would believe they were mine anyways. In my Christmas cards, it’ll just be The Boyfriend, The Cat, and Me. Probably with WORLD SERIES CHAMPS (GO Giants!!) attire on.

The photo Christmas cards I think would look best with two San Francisco Giants fans and a fluff ball on it is the Peace and Love card pictured below. My two runner up cards were Elegance In Damask Holiday Card and the Sweet Chocolate Christmas Card.

I didn’t get cards out last year and thought I’d be too busy to get to it this year but it’s a nice gesture to keep extended family updated that you’re still alive and well, even if you don’t get a chance to say hello as often as you’d like.

Peace Love Dove

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World Series Here We Come!

Lou Seal giving a thumbs up

See ya later Philadelphia. The San Francisco Giants are going to the World Series and I couldn’t be happier! This has been an amazing season and I’m glad it isn’t over yet. Torture has described it perfectly. Between the ups and downs throughout the years and still no World Series to show for it, I am looking forward to a big win that’s been a long time coming.

p.s. I’ve got tickets to Games 6 and 7… golden tickets! Woo hoo 🙂

Silicon Valley Tweetup Pool Party! – Thursday, September 23

Join me for this month’s Silicon Valley Tweetup networking event. Click here to RSVP and see below for details.

Silicon Valley Tweetup is teaming with PRSA to celebrate the end of summer with a pool party! Join us in the cabanas at the Moorpark Hotel for tasty treats, good drinks and, as usual, a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Swimming is not required, but a good time should be had by all!

This month we’re supporting The Role Model Program, a San Jose-based organization that creates a community where all children are empowered with the skills and self confidence to succeed, as well a community where adults reach out to inspire underserved youth. All door donations — we ask for $10 minimum — will go to this wonderfully worthy cause.The minimum $10 donation provides the usual drink tickets, as well as a host of yummy appetizers. We’ll also feature wine pouring from artisan winemakers and growers Flora Springs Winery, based in Napa Valley.

But that’s not all… we’ll also be raffling 25 signed copies of “Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web” by Brian Solis. Mr. Solis himself will be there to sign.

We ask that you please RSVP “yes” or “no”, and if you’re a “maybe” we kindly ask that you later update your RSVP. It helps us to plan a great party and use our resources wisely!

See you there!

Questions? Talk to @gabrielcarrejo, @mediaphyter or @britopian.

Quick Links: otels/moorpark