New City, New Lifestyle

Hasn’t been all that long in DC but I like it here.  It’s not NYC, more like a city and suburban fusion, but it has its own unique quirks.  The people I work with are amazing and super friendly.  Everyone can talk to anyone and there’s no sense of hierarchy i.e. I’m the manager so I’m better than you sort of thing.  Been learning everyday on the job and honestly, I can say I’m happy here.

This is my life theme song: Ain’t It Fun - Paramore

I don’t mind letting you down easy
But just give it time
If it don’t hurt now then just wait, just wait a while

You’re not the big fish in the pond no more
You are what they’re feeding on

So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you?
So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you?

Ain’t it fun living in the real world
Ain’t it good being all alone

Where you’re from
You might be the one who’s running things
Well, you can ring anybody’s bell to get what you want

You see, it’s easy to ignore a trouble
When you’re living in a bubble

So what are you gonna do when the world don’t orbit around you?
So what are you gonna do when nobody wants to fool with you?

Ain’t it fun living in the real world
Ain’t it good being all alone

Ain’t it good to be on your own
Ain’t it fun you can’t count on no one
Ain’t it good to be on your own
Ain’t it fun you can’t count on no one

Ain’t it fun living in the real world

Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world

Ain’t it fun
Ain’t it fun
Baby, now you’re one of us
Ain’t it fun
Ain’t it fun

Ain’t it fun

Ain’t it fun living in the real world
Ain’t it good, ain’t it good being all alone

Ain’t it fun living in the real world
(‘Cause the world don’t orbit around you)
Ain’t it good, ain’t it good being all alone (oh)

Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
(Down to your mama)
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
(Don’t go crying to your mama)
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
(Oh, this is the real world)
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
(Don’t go crying to your mama)
This is the real world
This is the real world

Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world
Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world

Lifestyle-wise it’s been a change for the better.  There was a reason I was determined to end up in a large city: exercise, whether I liked it or not.  Without a car for transportation it forces you to become healthier.  Pre-DC was a junk food fest of …Golden Corral, Old Country Buffet, Hardy’s, Arby’s, etc sponsored by Mom.  This was me during my brief summer break:

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Of course I couldn’t resist taking pictures of some of my food hehe.

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Beginning to bike to work and everywhere and anywhere I’d want to go in this city has been life changing to say the least.  My Diamond Back has become sort of like my first friend here.  I’ve taking it everywhere with me.  Locking it up right, oiling the chain, maintaining the tire pressures, taking precautions from bike theft, and in return its provided me a cost-free mode of transportation (after the cost of the bike and locks of course) that’s even faster than the cars on the congested roads of the city.  I feel better.  I look better (rarely do pimples decide to make an appearance on my face now).  I now know better.  Time to be healthy and show it.

*insert pic when not lazy*

The first day of work I was enlisted into the company softball team (!) and sent home early to change.  Wooo!  Even got a snazzy red team jersey.  Too bad I struck out during my three battings…but I hadn’t played in six years since P.E. class in 10th grade.  I was a bit rusty, but I did get better each time I was at the plate.  Maybe next time I will be able to score a few points.  The Bud Light Lime A Rita on the side wasn’t all that bad either.  Now that’s the first beer I’ve ever liked, even if it was more like a Mike’s Hard and Bud Light mix :]

After spending more time in the city, the only annoying thing that I run across in DC on a daily basis are the black guys loitering at the corners of intersections and entrances of residential buildings, hollering at any girl that walks, runs, or bikes past them.  I try not to be racist but seriously…why are they always black?  And why do they feel the need to be a nuisance to the public?  Making an ass of themselves and own ethnicity?  There are many negative stereotypes associated with black people, and I know it does not apply to some, but so many conform and reinforce those labels.

Either way, so far I’m happy here and that’s all that matters.  Things and issues that were part of school seem to be in the distant past.  Not yet long forgotten, but too far off to even mull about.

Now if you’d excuse me, I have a happy hour date hehehe ;]

A Snapshot In Time

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship" - Buddha

This blog is not only to connect with friends I am away from but also for me.  For me to be able to go back and read what my 21st year old self did and thought about certain things happening in life at the time.  To be able to view things from how I did during this major point in life.  It may seem far off but I’m sure time will fly faster than we all think and that is the end goal for outskirtsofnyc.

Now this is for the ending impressions of people I’ve interacted with most during my time at UVa.  A record of thoughts, resolutions, and the truth.  No hashtags or names in this post, but keys for me only.

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This girl is sweeter than chocolate.  This girl has a personality that is soothing and pleasant to be in company.  This girl is an all around sweetheart and I see a bright future and a veeery lucky guy.  drift

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This guy is someone I wish I got to know more.  This guy seems fairly easy going and humble.  This guy has seen the worst I’ve gotten (eeks, still embarrassed).  I wouldn’t mind reconnecting with this guy somewhere later down the road.  nc

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This person is someone who presents themselves neatly in public but lives in a complete dump.  This person is also the only person to piss me off (a rather difficult feat given I’m fairly easy going).  This person has an obsession over my homeland.  This person has changed into everything I find annoying: ditsy, attention seeking, promiscuous, and acting dumb.  This thing is something I now find unbearable and choose to no longer be friends with as long as these traits are present.  desperate

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This girl is a cold person.  This girl is the type that goes around with the guys.  This girl never says ‘please’ or ‘thank you’.  This girl is not someone I would be friends with even if she opened up.  stoned

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This girl finds my humor strange, but it is mutual.  This girl likes to over think simple things.  This girl loves to have fun, but also knows when to buckle down and get to work.  This girl has grown considerably in a short amount of time and I am sure she will find what she is looking for soon.  yellow

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This guy seems to have my sense of humor.  This guy is amusing to be around.  This guy is a bit awkward but is well loved by his friends.  battle

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This girl is a guy’s definition of cool.  This girl is laid back and prefers low key things.  This girl and I share a similar portion of childhood.  This girl has a big drive to succeed and I’m sure she will.  chill

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This girl has a personality that is easy to get a long with.  This girl has an admirable sense of dedication.  This girl is fun to be around and I hope she visits soon!  lairon

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This girl has been a good friend since high school.  This girl has a way with hairpins and heating tools.  This girl is a foodie and a picture-taker.  This girl is the person I must visit when I’m back on breaks (no matter how lazy I feel).  This girl will make an awesome nurse someday.  banana

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This guy is a smartass.  This guy is awkward.  This guy has a strong cupid’s bow that I often find myself staring at as I lack one.  This guy has a close relationship with his family, which is the only thing about him that stands out.  faith

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This girl is overly sheltered.  This girl has a strong heart when things don’t go according to plan.  This girl is seriously studious and content with Netflix weekends.  bodos

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This girl speaks her mind.  This girl loves rocking her cowboy boots.  This girl has a serious face but with plenty of humor.  This girl is someone I wish who wasn’t so busy to hang out more.  clark

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This guy is a smartass, but in the best way possible.  This guy shares my humor on Facebook.  This guy should work for Reddit and is all around awesome.  gym

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This girl is quadrilingual.  This girl loves to laugh and is highly curious.  This girl is someone I hope to be able to see more often.  balls

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This girl  understands my adventures with food.  This girl can hold her liquor like no other (even I’m beat…impressive).  This girl loves to shop for international beauty products since Western products just don’t cut it.  This girl is just as I remembered.  frenchies

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This guy is liked by everyone.  This guy has endless ambition, works hard, but still has time to play.  This guy gives a carefree impression, but has a serious and caring interior.  This guy is the type of person I see myself with.  sights

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This girl is fiercely independent.  This girl is relatively easy going and carefree, but also serious and contemplative underneath it all.  This girl is a giant foodie and would try half the things on Bizzare Foods. This girl has a soft spot for animals.  This girl has a skill with makeup and cosmetics.  This girl can’t stand to see friends make dumb decisions or be put in the position to be lied to.  This girl is stubborn, ambitious, and competitive.  This girl has no regrets.  This girl is me.

Getting ready to move to the Capital, but in the meantime memories with the crazy Karls and ‘N Sync!

Sorry Karls, not Facebook but Tumblr will do hehehe :]

DC, Maryland, NYC, Maryland…ba dum tsss

"Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections" - Bob Marley

Interviews…oh god they’re painful.  I use to think traveling all the time would be fun and exciting…it is, but one place after another without any breaks and running low on sleep?  That’s a killer.  Within a week I’ve traveled to downtown DC, Rockville Maryland, NYC, Rockville Maryland, aaand the result: A JOB!!!  Wooo finally!  I’m almost convinced marketing is the toughest field to get into.  But that aside, the job should be fun, stimulating, and engaging.  With that being said, some people/companies try to take advantage of it and I’ve learned quite a few not-so-pleasant things about the darker side.

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The common saying of “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is” definitely applies here.  Two…no, three New York companies turned out to be this way.  They’re EQM Incorporated, Wallace Morgan, B&G Marketing Concepts, and perhaps even 3S Enterprises in Maryland.  I don’t even feel bad for revealing their names as this is definitely something others looking to enter the field should be aware of.  

Their catch is in their job description: promising fast growth from an entry-level position into management in less than two years via a management training program.  What they do is mass hire for one entry-level marketing position, upon the candidate’s acceptance the company is revealed to be a telemarketing company or worse: direct marketing company aka door-to-door sales, send employees out to knock on doors selling telecommunications services aka cell phone plans (they all mention Verizon as a client.  I honestly hope the cellular giant doesn’t resort to these low life companies to increase sales), promise a base salary compensation and then change to commission based only, and pilfering pay from their workers by either flat out refusing to pay them or paying them a laughable amount of what they were to earn (someone got $20 instead of $1000).  The companies then are constantly changing their name to avoid dirt dug up about them and share an “office” with several companies with the same practices: scamming poor job seekers and fresh new college grads.  After finding this out I confronted B&G Marketing Concepts via email (guess I’m still too civilized to tear them down over the phone) since there wasn’t any real hard evidence of scam coming from them (their business and practices were still awfully similar to the other two scammers).  They of course denied any door-to-door sales and excused their lack of a real office as employees are out in the field ALL day EVERY day doing field work.  They also changed what they initially told me: 6 hour second round interview instead of the initial 8 as a “larger window available so that applicants are not in a time crunch if they are held a little longer”.  I call bullSHIT.  They also immediately dropped me from their line up of second interview candidates after my email, which wasn’t rude by any means but direct and questioning.  Sounds like they’re trying to hide something.  Guess someone is afraid of their practice of exploitation of college grads and job seekers will be found out.

There are Ripoff Reports on two of them (EQM and Wallace Morgan) here and here.

You’re probably thinking “I’m smart.  I would never fall for these scams.” and you’re wrong.  I considerd myself above average intelligence attending the University of Virginia aka the Berkeley of the East and almost fell for these types of scams during my job search.  After dodging the bullet(s) I feel relieved but also angry/disappointed with myself.  Why did I see the signs?  Why didn’t I research deeper into these companies?  Why am I so stupid?!

These were all questions I asked myself afterwards: pissed and also humiliated.  I feel I’ve made a fool of myself and lied to myself at the same time.  Who thought of excitedly searching information on a company you will interviewing for and adding the word “scam” at the end of your search subject?  But later I realized these mistakes could’ve been made by any fresh college grad eager, even a bit desperate, to start their own career and make a name for themselves in this world as stories of graduates laying around their parent’s house for months, and even years, of failing to find their first job start to become ever more a haunting possibility.  Lesson learned and I’d also like to list a things that are major red flags for an illegitimate “marketing” company:

- The company’s response to your application is immediate: the next day

- Employees do not have a work email

- Promise of reaching management via their management training program in a too short period of time i.e. 2 years

- Mass hirings for one “entry-level” position.  Everyone there is interviewing for the same position (as many as 20 people waiting for their interview that lasts <10 mins)

   - One of them even interviewed two people at once and had the candidates take turns answering very simple questions.  Stupid me didn’t realize at the time that this was odd and not a part of standard interviewing practices

- They ask you back for a second interview tomorrow or the day after saying they’re moving fast for this position (of course, cause anyone else who took the job before quite within a few days)

- In general, interviews are unbelievably rushed

- You are told the second interview includes a job shadow of the entry-level and will last 6-8 hours (you’re fucking kidding me right?)

   - Found online where it has been reported that you get into a current employee’s car, get driven out into an unfamiliar neighborhood, and forced to start selling door-to-door or risk being stranded in the middle of nowhere or even getting a gun pointed at you)

- Their “office” is noticeably not an office i.e. no desktop work computers, no cubicles, few things most would consider essential and required in a work office

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From my experience these are the telltale signs of a marketing company scam.  Hopefully any of my friends who are reading this and are interested in the marketing or any related field (i.e. sports entertainment, entertainment advertising, etc) can proceed with caution and still go forward avoiding these scams and landing that first marketing job to get their foot in the door.

Isn’t it funny how companies tend to sound a more legit and official with the word “Morgan” in it? Probably due to J.P. Morgan being so well known and successful?

Oh, and p.s. I got a job at Eagle Financial Publishing in DC as their Marketing Coordinator after, according to my future supervisor, my internship supervisor gave an “unbelievable recommendation and review”.  There is good news afterall :]

"Action my not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action" - William James