Today we talked about things NOT to say to your soon-to-be college graduate. You're NOT supposed to say, "What are you going to do with THAT degree anyway". The reason? Liberal arts students will feel bad, often not sure how they'll use their degree. Instead you're supposed to ask about what they like to do and how they might use their education to find a job they're passionate about.
What if your soon-to-be college graduate went to J-School like me? A business producer at MSNBC says it's a useless degree. In fact, it tops the list as the most useless degree! It's even worse than horticulture, agriculture, advertising and fashion design according to the report.
I don't feel bad about that because I have a job. I also feel like I have a lot of useful skills, many I learned in college. In Journalism School at the University of Missouri-Columbia I had a college professor who was also my guidance counselor who told me I'd never work in this business. He said there wasn't anything about me that stood out from all the other kids I was going to graduate with. That did make me feel bad, but I think it also made me decide to prove him wrong.
I graduated with about 50 people in the broadcast division of the J-School. Maybe 5 or so of us are still working in this business. In the end, I think what sets people apart -- and what leads one person to find a job over others -- has more to do with drive, personality and heart.
What do you think? What degree do you think is useless? Be sure to watch today's segment with career advisor Amanda Guralski. She had great tips for graduates and their parents!
2 days ago I wrote that everybody was talking about the rainy, cold spring we're having. It was a real downer of a day. Today's sunshine would probably get a lot more attention --- if it just weren't for that wedding!
Speaking of that wedding -- what a beautiful bride!
I decided to say positive things today since I used up blog space to be negative a few days ago.
Today on The Morning Blend we chatted with our "mom panel" -- a group of three women who are all in different work/home situations. One mom works full-time, one works part-time and the other is a stay-at-home mom. During our conversation, I threw out a tip from the Today Show.
That suggestion is to leave the cell phone alone from 6:30-8pm every night. Leave it in the car. Turn it off. Put it in your purse. Lock it up if you have to. The reason? To give our children our undivided attention. That means no texting, no calls. That means not even checking the phone! I think most of us feel the need to answer a phone that's ringing or read & respond to a text. Most moms also know kids hate when we're on the phone. It seems like my kids' behavior is at its worst while I'm on the phone. Are your kids like that too?
Our executive producer is already trying this technique. I'm planning to give it a whirl. Won't you join me in going phone-free for an hour and a half? I'll let you know how my little experiment goes....
I usually like to keep it positive but I'm struggling today. It's the weather. Reports now say Milwaukee is experiencing its coolest spring in 15 years. Woohoo. That's not a record to celebrate.
I read once that the weather is the #1 most popular subject on a first date. It's not what dating websites RECOMMEND for conversation, but that doesn't seem to make a difference. If that's all you can think of to talk about, that's pretty lame, but I'm making it the subject of today's blog anyway. I can't quite seem to shake a longing for a sunny day.
As I walk into work each day, it's what everybody's talking about. Let's hope there will soon be a sunny reason to talk about something else.
Looks like we have a few new names for our so-called "man panel" -- which is just our word for a group of guys who join us on The Morning Blend and share their thougths about a variety of topics.
Today's group was great. It always amazes me to see guys who've usually never met before do such a great job of interacting. Unlike women panels, they tend to interact with each other much more -- and have an interesting way of talking to each other on the air. Their frankness is always appreciated. Here's the link in case you didn't catch today's show:
The Camo Quilt Project is truly impressive. Here's a woman who started by making her son-in-law a quilt while he was overseas and now she's part of a movement that has handmade 10,000 quilts as of this week for men and women in the service. Check out the segment on The Morning Blend's website. Even better, consider volunteering! Here's more about Linda Wieck and the Camo Quilt Project:
We had two authors on The Morning Blend today who collaborated on a book. Their personal story is as fascinating as the crime novel they co-authored! They are formal romantic partners and now basically can't stand each other, yet they found a way to get along enough to write this book, "Heads You Lose"
Of course my first question was -- are you going to get back together now? They said a resounding "NO!" They were hilarious today on our show -- check out the interview!
Our guest today specializes in addiction medicine from Columbia St Mary's. Dr. James Volberding talked about some of the very serious symptoms of alcohol withdrawl. It's shocking to think that someone who is dependent can experience problems as soon as their "level" is below what they usually drink. Check out his full segment online.
Speaking of that, the number of adults in our country who are risky drinkers is very high and it gives me cause for pause as I think about a glass of wine I might have in the evenings at home. Or maybe 2?
Did you know that -- for women -- 3 drinks a day or a total of 13 in a week is the sign of a problem? Keep in mind, one drink is just 5 ounces of wine. One beer is one bottle - it's 1.5 ounces of liquor. For men, it's just one drink more per day or 14 total in a week.
I'm not trying to preach to anyone. Alcohol is usually part of social engagements and holidays for me. I get it. I just think it's important from time to time to look at our habits and reevaluate. What do you think?
What woman can resist reading something with that title?
I've been on a 12-week fitness journey with Kim Buchanan, the executive producer of The Morning Blend. We both shared a goal of losing 20 pounds during that time. Today Kim jumped on the scale and was excited to realize that goal. It's thrilling for her and she looks great.
I've lost 12 pounds during those 12 weeks and I'm not sure I've ever felt better in my life. It's not just losing weight, it's feeling stronger, having more energy and understanding the important connection between food and my overall well-being. My immediate reaction was to feel a sense of disappointment about not losing 20 pounds, but I know from many years of trying to diet that rapid weight loss is not sustainable.
Sarah Dusseau is the Fit Food Trainer and she's been our guide during this journey. I consider her part personal trainer, part chef and part motivational speaker. What makes her different is the meals she prepares. They're delicious, organic and healthy. I can honestly say I never felt hungry, especially because she suggests having regular, healthy snacks along with the great meals.
So... what's next for me? In the past, I can't wait to finish a diet and go back to eating foods I've been craving -- like chocolate!! I know that doesn't make sense and it certainly doesn't set the stage for long-term success. I don't feel like that now. I can't wait to see what Sarah's cooking next. I can't wait to get back in the gym. I can't wait to see if I can make my original goal a reality. I feel like for the first time I've truly made a lifestyle change. Perhaps that's the most exciting thing of all. What do you think? I'd love to hear from you!
And please tune in today at 9 and see Kim in all her glory and meet Sarah!!
Last night it was my honor to introduce Dr. Brad Riemann at UW-M for a lecture about anxiety disorders and their treatment. He gives talks about anxiety all over the world and has appeared on several national TV shows.
Many viewers of The Morning Blend know that I have struggled with anxiety for years. I lived in fear of panic attacks until about 3 years ago when I finally decided to try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Today I'm going to give you 2 of my best tips for any of you who are struggling with the same thing. At the bottom of this blog I'm going to include a web address for the Anxiety Disorders Foundation. The foundation provides treatment scholarships to people who need help but can't afford it. They've already helped more than 300 people get their lives back -- and that's no small thing. A huge thank you to Brad & Jill Riemann who give so much of their time and attention to this foundation.
1. Don't ever give up on treatment. Keep trying different things until you get better. Whether it's pills, therapy or some combination -- don't give up. See a different doctor. Try a different approach. Consider a new medication if you have to.
2. Don't ever lose hope. Hope is the only thing that gets you through the dark times.
that address: www.anxietydisordersfoundation.org/