The Job Search

Graduating soon? Scared you won’t be able to find a job? Well there’s hope for those wanting to land a job after graduation.
The demand for people with bachelor degree’s appear to be growing. In fact, according to a new survey released this month from Michigan State University, the labor market for college graduates hasn’t been this good since 1999.
“There are lot’s of good opportunities out there,” says Phil Gardner, director of Michigan State’s College Employment Research Institute, which conducted the study, Recruiting Trends 2015-2016.
The annual survey on hiring trends found that companies say they are hiring 8% to 18% more college graduates this year over 2014-2015. The most significant increases were for students with bachelor’s degrees in the finance, government, nonprofit, education, and scientific services sectors, it reports.
I think finding a job is the number one thing all graduates worry about. Especially with our current economy. So hopefully this can put you all at some ease as you get out there and begin your job search.

Live, love and laugh!

a card that says "Live, Love, and Laugh!'
“Time may be flying in the speed of light, but one should pause and smell the rose that flourished in the rich soil. Begin to cherish the moments that were used to display you as the person you are today. Live, love and laugh!”
“In this current time, many people are just moving along with time. Once time goes by, you can’t get it back. We only have 168 hours per week, 24 hours per day, and one chance to live. As an individual, I would just treat each day of my life as an ordinary day. This past spring, I participated in a leadership retreat where I not only met new people; but also explored more about myself. By the end of this retreat, I was able to cherish that moment and relive the memories where I’ve accomplished many goals. It’s very important to take one day at a time. Everyday is different, yet you’re the author of your life. Whatever you choose to do will influence your present, and future. Without laughter, love and cherishment, you can’t enjoy your life, loved ones and especially yourself. Remember to live, love and laugh everyday!”
Name: J. Sledge
Age: 20
Major: Accounting

Leading Lines

I often think of life as a mathematical sequence, there is calculation in everything we do. Even so there is maths in photography. I know it, sounds weird but its true. Like finding out the ISO value or the Aperture.

Symmetry; there is something amazing about it in photography. Like looking at trees that are parallel or standing in the middle of a train and allow your eyes to lead you along the lines.


a staircase

“The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.”  Franklin ave Brooklyn, NY 1:02pm

-Samuel Johnson


a hallway of windows

“Our past is like a footprint, it only confirms we were there. No burden on our future does it bear. Bring the rain, clear the pane of clutter.”  Franklin ave Brooklyn, NY 1:10pm

-Jeb Dickerson


a walkway

“Learn to trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t yet figured out.”  Brooklyn Army Terminal Brooklyn, NY 3:30pm

-Skull Segment


the inside of a subway car

“Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference.”  East NY Brooklyn, NY 7:39pm

-Blaise Pascal

Hockey For All

a jumbotron at madison square garden

Image by: Brianna Vasquez

Last week, I had the time of my life as it was the first time going to a hockey game. I love hockey in every aspect, only those truly close to me know of this strong love I have for the sport. I thoroughly enjoy watching it usually at home; from the icing to the powerplays even the desired hat trick. I’ve always dreamed of attending an actual hockey game. And, at the spur of the moment, that is exactly what happened to me last week. Like most sporting events, hockey tickets are very expensive; a center of the ice lower level seat could easily cost over a thousand dollars in New York. I could not afford that nor would I feel remotely okay with saving up that much money to spend on a few hours of fun. So I was left with only four options.

  1. Cry and scream because I would miss yet another season to see a hockey game. Just kidding about the screaming.
  2. Spend a forkload of money for an individual season ticket and regret it later.
  3. Settle for watching the game on my television … yet again (And pretend I’m there by wearing my jersey and a knitted beanie hat).

Or, finally

  1. Search for some affordable tickets.

I had decided to search for some affordable hockey tickets. I had not decided what team I wanted to see between the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers.  I found many websites that were worthy to buy my tickets from to have the opportunity to attend a hockey game for a cost efficient price.

hockey game being played with many players on the rink

Image by: Brianna Vasquez

First, I had visited Ticketmaster which left me feeling completely discouraged as the prices for all the tickets were resale and were outrageously priced. Then, I looked for other reputable sites that guarantee the validity of the tickets. I found StubHub which is owned by Ebay yet was still expensive but had more affordable prices but as the game was only a couple days away and StubHub doesn’t sell e-tickets and only allows for shipping.

I, then, discovered Vivid Seats which is an independently owned secondary ticket resale site that allows for fans to purchase and sell tickets to many events including sports events. Fans who sell tickets can do so free of charge but will receive a 10% commission fee once the tickets are sold. Although service charges will be incurred onto each order varying in price, for buyers the delivery method could differ from email, pick up, instant download, Fed Ex, etc. Vivid Seats even has some ticket offers such as Lucky 7 which allows for a customer who has bought tickets to seven events get one free or the Fan 4 Everything which awards a $50 gift card after you buy four different events.

Finally, I settled on a site which was SeatGeek that is very similar to Vivid Seats but shows a more interactive seat map and allows for both electronic and print tickets. I loved SeatGeek more because the prices they display already have the additional service charges included in the prices so each prices is at its total price with taxes added. And they have a discounted offer that allows first time purchasers to have a $20 off promo code with can be applied before or after the purchase.

All in all, it was a great experience I was able to purchase my tickets the day before the actual game and print them out. I purchased two center of the ice lower level club seats and it came up to a little over two hundred dollars. The experience was amazing and unforgettable because those memories will be cherished forever. It was my first hockey game and my first time being at Madison Square Garden.

**I am not advertising these websites but just simply suggesting them to accommodate to not only the event you want to attend but also to your wallet.

What’s a sport event you want to attend or any other event? Comment Below.

But First…Let Me Take a Selfie

Instagram and twitter are filled with them. Filled with what you ask? Selfies!! Selfies have become so addicting, that there was even a song written about them. But now, it appears taking a selfie, can reward you in a cash reward.

There is now actually such a thing as a Selfie Scholarship! Curious? Well the scholarship is for New York City students, and you could win $500. How? Well, all you have to do is take a selfie, representing your borough in the most interesting way.


Create an Account on

Submit an original Instagram sized selfie responding to the following prompt: What place in your borough best represents you?

One winner will be chosen from each borough!

My Top 5 Favorite Food Blogs

Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

I must admit I am not the most eloquent writer/blogger when it comes to grammar and punctuation, but that’s why I do read a lot or try to make time to read different publications, but most of all food blogs especially my favorite ones. I learn a lot from reading them as well as how other food bloggers write and about their own personal experiences with food.

Today, I’d like to share with you my top five favorite food blogs that I admire greatly and love to read:

screenshot of a foodblog

I Just Want to Eat is a food blog written by Jean-Philippe and his food blog is all about food, information about places he’s eaten in New York, New Jersey, or anywhere he’s traveled and a various information related to food. I like this food blog because not only is it well-written, but I Just Want to Eat is just everywhere on social media. Most food blogs I read are written by females, but it’s nice to read a food blog from a male’s perspective.

screenshot of a foodblog

I started reading Let’s Nom Nom earlier this year and I really enjoy this blog because the blog is a vegetarian focused food blog and even though I am not a vegetarian, I do find the vegetarian foods mentioned on this blog are quite tempting and may be worth trying. I also like the simplicity of this blog between colors, layout, and pictures are so clear!

screenshot of a foodblog

A dear friend of mine has a sister that is owner/food blogger of Feisty Foodie. I absolutely love her blog because there’s just a lot of content to read and this blog has been around for almost ten years – that’s a lot of content! Her food photos are on point, clear, and just makes you salivate. I also love how highly organized Feisty Foodie’s posts are and categorized in different topics.

screenshot of a foodblogAnother food blog I truly admire and enjoy reading is Chubby Chinese Girl because her blog is filled with lots of content too, just like Feisty Foodie and her food photos just scream deliciousness. She is also highly involved in social media and always posts up lots of delicious foods.  Coincidentally, I am connected to her on LinkedIn and found out who is behind this awesome food blog.

screenshot of a foodblog

Finally, I’ve been following and reading Food Intended for a few months now and man the food featured on this blog is phenomenal! The blog is broken down in different sections like – Hidden Gems, F Train Bites, Food For Thought, Pinky Up and a lot more. I recently got friend requested by one of the co-owners of the blog and that’s very exciting and pleasant at the same time. What I really and truly enjoy about this particular food blog is that in each review that’s done, the owners/bloggers leave little tips for their reader, fun facts and also include a map of where the food establishment is. This is neat!

These are currently my top five favorite food blogs, but I do read a lot more food blogs than this. I also admire the fact that these five blogs are highly active on social media which is always inspiring because I am a social media guru as well. Sometimes these food blogs do make me salivate, they do  inspire me, they teach me, and they motivate me to not only become adventurous in trying new foods, but also motivate me in becoming a better blogger and writer.

Do you have any blogs that you like to read? If so, why do you like them?


Rainy Daze

Only yesterday, my friend and I were conversing about photography. Mainly about good and bad days to capture images. Speaking from experience, there’s really no “bad” day to take pictures; Unless its a bride and a groom at prospect park. That “bad” day turns to good the minute you start thinking outside the box just a little.

There’s a saying that the elder folks usually say: “when it rains it pours” which means from one bad situation to another. However I like to take that phrase and turn it into a positive one. How? “when it rains it pours”, pours causes puddles and reflection right? Think about it, so the next time it rains, look out for the puddles see if you can see your own reflection or of a building or vehicles passing by. What’s also interesting is the vibrant reflection of the street and vehicle lights on the pavement.

orange traffic cones

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11:13pm


“Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!”  Bensonhurst Brooklyn, NY 12:16pm


“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”  Williamsburg Bridge, NY 4:40pm


“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” Borough Hall Brooklyn, NY 5:23pm


“One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” Linden Blvd Brooklyn, NY 6:22pm


“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”  Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn, NY 8:52pm


Hurricane Joaquin Is Coming!

a screenshot of Hurricane Joaquin on a weather map

Its been almost 3 years since Hurricane Sandy hit. 3 years since many lost their homes, power, and many other valuable items. Ever since Sandy, we’ve all been hoping and praying that NY is never hit with such an event ever again.

Now say hello to Hurricane Joaquin! The hurricane that’s being called the new Sandy. Touching down in the Bahamas this past week, it left a huge devastation in its path. It was so big, that the forecast feared that it would hit NY next.

Well you New Yorkers can rest easy…for now at least. Anyone dreading a repeat of Hurricane Sandy can breathe a little easier, since Joaquin is now expected to spin away from the East Coast.

The storm, which weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday night, is likely to turn out to sea after hammering the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Even our mayor made a statement. “”We’re going to wait, obviously, for a while to be able to see more information, but at this moment the news is good,” De Blasio said.

But while the news may look good for now, I don’t think we should take any chances. Stock up, remain indoors, and border up. I for one won’t relax until I know this storm has officially passed.

The Concrete Jungle, Not So Concrete

Really New York City is given many names, one of the most popular names being “The Concrete Jungle” Well it does seems like a concrete jungle if you look at it from the outside, however if you take a look and explore it from the inside,  you will find out that nature is everywhere in New York City.

There are many parks in New York and that is the perfect place where nature can be found in the city. The enormous park that is Central Park is a jungle right in the middle of the city, where one can go to be in more direct contact with nature. But there are countless of other locations in New York City in which nature is a very prominent part of the area. Nature mixes with the urban life , makes the city a more amazing place than it already is.

a colorful cityThe High Line – Manhattan


a horse and carriageCentral Park -Manhattan


row boats on a riverCentral Park – Manhattan


a purple sunset over a city skylineGantry Park Plaza – Queens