I shall be free…of politics

November 6th, 2008 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Now, the man on the stand he wants my vote,
He’s a-runnin’ for office on the ballot note.
He’s out there preachin’ in front of the steeple,
Tellin’ me he loves all kinds-a people.
He’s eatin’ bagels
He’s eatin’ pizza
He’s eatin’ chitlins

 – Bob Dylan, “I Shall Be Free”

After twenty-two excruciating months, the nation has made its choice for president. Barack Obama has proved himself masterfully, almost preternaturally, adept at getting elected – soundly defeating both the Clinton and Bush political machines in one calendar year is no small feat. Now comes the really interesting part: we will now find out how he plans to govern. He has many formative decisions in front of him over the coming weeks and I look forward to seeing the team he’ll be putting in place.

With that settled, this blog will end its admittedly bizarre digression into political discourse and return to its de facto purpose of discussing life, liberty and the pursuit of a job at Smith.

For the interview process is what it’s all about; everything else is little more than busy work. The most important element is getting as much practice in as you possibly can. The more interviews you do, the better you perform. It’s no different than how professional athletes need the preseason to perform at a high level when it counts. My first interview this semester was erratic at best – I could tell that I was a bit rusty, not at the top of my game. But in subsequent interviews, things started coming to me more naturally, I was able to develop a rhythm. So the best advice I can give is simple but vital: practice, practice, practice. Take every mock interview available. If there’s a training opportunity through the Office of Career Management, don’t hesistate to sign up. Interview early and interview often.


“Paper Planes” M.I.A.

Not my usual fare, but I really enjoy this…it’s an outstanding reworking of the Clash’s “Armagideon Time”

“The Promised Land” Bruce Springsteen & the E Band. 

Before the faint flicker of hope is crushed by reality, pragmatism and bureaucracy…

Quote: “Silence is the virtue of fools.” – Sir Francis Bacon

(thanks to V for this quote)

Shameless Plug: The Phyrst, State College, PA. I look forward to quaffing a few beverages at this fine establishment (dive) with old friends next weekend, one of whom has just moved back to the East Coast after 6 years in California. The Phyrst Family is one of the great bar bands anywhere in this fair country….it is a great feeling to walk in after a few years away and find the same lineup singing the same classic songs. And the eternal debate still rages on….Jen Dixon or Connie Fisher?