1,100 Dunkin’ Donuts within a 50-mile radius of Boston

Did you know there are over 1,100 Dunkin’ Donuts within a 50-mile radius of the city of Boston? The first question most people ask is: Why? Why why why why why? It doesn’t make sense. However, what you probably never knew is that Dunkin’ Donuts originated in Boston. That’s the reason it’s so popular and [...]

Teaching and talking

If you can teach someone how to tie a tie without showing them, you might be cut out to be a teacher. One thing I learned as a lab instructor in college was that being a teacher meant more than just knowing your stuff. A good teacher not only knows the material, but teaches it [...]

Job searching: You can do better

If employers are contacting you and not vice versa, you can do better. Nothing absolutely wonderful comes easy. You have to work for it, whether it be grades, a girl/guy, or losing weight. I think the same thing applies to job searching. If you find yourself immediately getting job offers as soon as you put [...]

Brain teasers in interviews: Just say no

Using brain teasers as interview criteria is one of the worst decisions you can make as a recruiter. When I interviewed for internships back in college, many companies tried to test how well you think “outside the box” by asking these brain teasers like: “You have 9 jars that are filled with marbles that are [...]

Invest now or sacrifice and invest later?

Decisions, decisions. Do you buy what you want?… or buy what you need? I’ve run into this situation so many times before. For example, when I moved to Boston, I needed a hand mixer. Naturally, Target had a variety, from basic 5-speed to 7-speed with retractable cords and multiple attachments. You know which one I [...]

Customer service makes a difference

Who knew? Customer service actually makes a difference. Everyone says it: “the customer always comes first”. But you never think about that until you experience the good and bad sides of customer service first hand. When I lived in Rochester, the Wegman’s grocery store pushed the importance of customer service. It was nice… every time [...]

Medical research is a double-edged sword

No matter how you look at it, a lot of medical research will always be a double-edged sword. A few months back I was talking to my brother about my frustration with laws regarding stem cell research. My opinion was that this research could be doing so much more if it weren’t for the fact [...]

Scalping laws need reform

Following my recent post on patent reform, there needs to be a crackdown on scalpers and a reform in scalping in general. Scalping tickets is such a huge business. Back in October, I read a story about tickets for pop star Miley Cyrus being sold out minutes within their release. Who bought so many of [...]

The patent system is embarassing

How many times have you heard or read about a patent and thought to yourself, “What were they thinking?” The patent system is one of many parts of our society that has to be reformed. Even if the dramatic number of patent submissions has been a result of increased litigation amongst companies (especially software companies), [...]

This isn’t going to work out between us

I never realized that turning down a job offer almost feels like breaking up with a girlfriend. If you ever get the unique opportunity to interview with a bunch of companies, you naturally will have to turn down a few offers. Unfortunately, it gets a little awkward because the e-mail conversation sometimes goes something like [...]

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