What actually is a "writing sample"...

...in terms of applying for internships/jobs? The application just says "writing sample," no further elaboration on length or subject or anything. Should I try to make it relevant to the internship itself? What length am I supposed to be using, since apparently that is a given that I just don't know? Single or… » 3/30/15 7:20pm Yesterday 7:20pm

Thank you Canada and the UK...

For spelling things weird. It's so much easier during my job search to rule out places with "centre" instead of "center" when pouring through lists of organizations that suit my interests. » 3/25/15 1:07am 3/25/15 1:07am

I'm sick and can't get better

I've been struggling with the tail end of a sinus infection/terrible cold/flu for a week or so now. I thought I was getting better but NOPE it's back again. So I woke up this morning with a massive migraine, probably triggered by my low level sinus headache when I went to sleep. I was incredibly nauseous from a) the… » 3/19/15 3:46pm 3/19/15 3:46pm

First Time Tattoo Advice?

I'm getting my first tattoo, finally! I have some spare cash and I've been wanting to do it for a long time and I have a design picked and everything! I'm definitely getting a hummingbird, and I'm trying to decide where to get it still... I'm thinking behind my right ear, on my upper back between my shoulder blades… » 1/25/15 10:54pm 1/25/15 10:54pm

Fuck Excel Forever.

I'm trying to enter times for a swim team I help coach. So the format is either mm:ss.0 or ss.0. Excel keeps converting it to a time of day, making it impossible to do the sorting I want it to. I have tried numerous times to change it to my custom format, but nothing happens. I have also tried converting them to plain… » 12/03/14 1:14am 12/03/14 1:14am

Help me dye my hair please!

So I generally have a go-to color for my hair: it's a bright red, like Florence Welch but slightly browner, and I love it, and it worked really well for a long time. While I had long hair. » 7/27/14 9:35pm 7/27/14 9:35pm

Crowdsourcing Cupcake Ideas!!

I'm in charge of cupcakes for my cousin's wedding shower in mid-July, and I'm kind of freaking out. I know I could make cupcakes that taste good, but I want to make them look nice and be interesting. » 6/28/14 8:33pm 6/28/14 8:33pm

The World Cup, FIFA, and John Oliver

If y'all haven't watched this yet, you should. I love soccer. I think it's a great sport and I think it's wonderful in that all you need to play is a ball, and I think that's why it's basically a religion - almost anyone, anywhere can get a soccer game going. I'm also extremely excited for the World Cup, and am… » 6/12/14 1:49pm 6/12/14 1:49pm

Does anyone know of a good room planning tool?

Mr. Toad is moving into an apartment in DC with his best friend/roommate, and his bedroom is awful small. I'm pissed that they chose this apartment, especially because it's a HUGE win for his roommate and a HUGE loss for him, which seems to be how that relationship works. But they did it, and I'm trying to make the… » 6/06/14 10:17pm 6/06/14 10:17pm

Septa is Striking? Calling Philly GTers!

Apparently SEPTA regional rail engineers are striking, but I can't find what their demands are anywhere, or why they're striking. All I can find are vague references to a "multi-year labor dispute." If anyone could fill me in I would be greatly appreciative! » 6/04/14 8:22pm 6/04/14 8:22pm

So I have a weird little possible troll following me....

They aren't really bothersome, and maybe aren't even a troll, although they're very careful to delete their commenting history after every comment. BUT the circumstances are super weird. » 5/29/14 8:22pm 5/29/14 8:22pm

My Summer of Reading and a Thank You to GT

I have dedicated my summer to rediscovering my love of reading. I'm going to read as much as I can. I have a list of books and I've started with Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid, because I love Girl so much and I think her style is just incredible. And here's the Thank You to GT: I know that there are elements to the book and… » 5/25/14 6:47pm 5/25/14 6:47pm

Anyone have experience with mestizaje?

I'm writing a term paper about (in part) the selective nature of the narrative of mestizaje in Latin America. I have lots of sources, but a lot of them are academic, so I was wondering if anyone on GT had experience with it and how it impacted your lives? » 5/03/14 1:31pm 5/03/14 1:31pm

Fuck economics forever and ever

I am ONLY taking this class because I have to and I hate it so much. Every time I feel like I get it, it turns out that I am completely wrong (like all math-related subjects). I went to office hours today and he just confused me more. I have a million pages of reading to do and three term papers to write - I really… » 4/30/14 4:52pm 4/30/14 4:52pm