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How “Trainwreck” Was a Trainwreck, But Amy Schumer’s Still Got It

No one cares about my review of comedian Amy Schumer’s big screen debut.

The real reason Schumer deserves our attention right now is due to her immediate reaction and response to the horrific shooting that occurred in a screening of her movie “Trainwreck”. On July 23, about 20 minutes into a showing of the romantic comedy, John Russell Houser opened fire in a Lafayette, LA movie theater, killing two and injuring nine before turning the gun on himself. In response to an open letter written by Sarah Clements, the daughter of a Sandy Hook shooting survivor, Amy Schumer, with a simple tweet, assured everyone that she plans to do more than just offer her condolences. She plans to incite change.

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Today, Schumer joined her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, in a call to action to change gun control laws. Specifically, she called for the toughening of background checks and the stop of firearm sales to individuals with a violent history or a history of mental illness.

“The critics scoff and say, ‘Well, there’s no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,’ but they’re wrong. There is a way to stop them. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible.”

Senator Schumer then proposed an incentive program that rewards states that submit extensive information to the federal databases that are used to prevent those with a history of violence or mental illness from purchasing guns, while penalizing those states that don’t. Overall, his plan aims, not to put new restrictions on gun purchases, but rather improve the system of background checks one needs to pass to buy a gun.

While it’s impossible to say if Houser selected Schumer’s movie as a target due to its feminist ideals (something he was adamantly against), the choice struck a chord with Amy Schumer. She has never been one to shy away from using her comedy as a means of social commentary about today’s world. I can only hope that she continues to use her platform to help right some of the many wrongs we’re facing these days. Someone’s got to.

Another comedian, Rebel Wilson who is from Australia, summed it up perfectly in a tweet following the shooting:

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Lives were lost in this disgusting act of hatred. The least we can do is hope it was not in vain.

Thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims. Let’s make a change.

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I’m Feeling 22, Too…

I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin’ 22 and it feels a hella bit different than Taylor Swift described it.

If you didn’t watch the video that I so conveniently provided for you, basically she notes how fun and carefree being 22 is. It’s a perfect time to party! Wear sparkly clothes! Go swimming! Dress like hipsters. (Period because hipsters don’t do exclamation points.) And SO.MUCH.MORE!!!

My perspective is a bit different. While I’ve loved being 22 so far, it is much more stressful than our girl Swifty would like you to know. For one, it’s the age most of us are when we graduate college. “That’s great,” you say, “No more school!” True, but for the majority of us that don’t get our “dream job” or even an entry-level position that can be worked into our “dream job” right after graduation, it feels like we’ve failed. It also feels like the time that we have to make a lot of hard decisions about where we want to go next, while also being a time that we have steadily increasing debt with rapidly decreasing bank accounts. (Granted, I probably should’ve made fewer trips to Moe’s…but a gal needs her comfort food in times of uncertainty!) Finally, it feels like a time that we need to truly become adults though we might not be ready.

We’ve never had this much freedom to do whatever we want and to make some big decisions, and it’s scary. We’ve always had another year of school to look forward to, to put off the inevitable “real world” of 9-5’s, cubicles, and ugly business attire. But we’re told 22 is the time to hop in, full force, and I just seem to be flailing around.

I’m discovering, however, that it’s ok to not know exactly what is going to happen next, just as long as I keep looking forward. I’m trying to learn to embrace change (I won’t say with open arms though, because we all know I’m not a hugger.) So I guess, in a way, Taylor is right. (UGHHHHHHHHH.) Twenty-two is a time to do what we want to do and work on becoming who we want to be without being so damn stressed out. It’s not going to happen overnight for most of us, and that’s ok.

Mostly though, 22 just feels like a time that everyone who’s anyone is getting engaged, my air conditioning is broken, and I watch a lot of MTV’s “Girl Code.”

The only human interaction I've had today was the people that made my burrito at Moe's. #SOS

The only human interaction I’ve had today was the people that made my burrito at Moe’s. #SOS

 

 

 

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Vol For Life

Well, my time at UT is officially over. (*Cue waterworks*)

I have spent the last four years laughing, crying, stressing, going to class, skipping class, going to football games, learning, teaching, and most importantly, growing to love orange more and more. I could not have asked for a better college experience, and there is not one thing I would take back if I could. The people I’ve met along the way are some of the greatest people I’ve ever known, and I look forward to keeping in touch with them as we go our separate ways and follow our individual paths.

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This past week has been crazy. For starters, about 30 of my closest friends saw me bawl my eyes out for the first time. I had successfully made it four years with probably only three of them having ever seen me cry. Not a big crier. Sentimental thoughts and fears of the unknown drove me to tears, though. I even allowed people to hug me. #SHUDDER. Then, the next day I got to see one of my very best friends graduate. Valedictorian of the Nursing program. NBD. Not like that’s hard or anything…she was the one who introduced me to Ultimate Frisbee, some of my very favorite people, and being weird as hell. Oh, and Menchies. God love her. She also got her dream job so snaps to her. #Attaguuuurl. (I really think hashtagging within conversations is gonna catch on so I’m going with it.) My family also came in town that night and I got to show them my Knoxville stompin’ grounds. (Shoutout to them for supporting me throughout my college career!) It was a delight to spend time with them and I got to take my brother to The Library, a classy speakeasy with drinks to die fo’. Aaaaand for once I was getting to introduce him to something rather than the other way around. He’s always ahead of the curve. (Except for that one time he asked me if I had heard “that song ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna…five years after it came out.) Thursday was the big day. I graduated wearing the following mortarboard:

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People didn’t want to sit by me…awkwaaaaaaaaaaard.

But whateva. I didn’t fall when I walked across the stage which was my primary concern so all’s well that ends well. That night, another one of my bestiezzz had a graduation party that was a delightful send off to those who I won’t see again for awhile (tear). And finally, on Friday, me and the friend I’m living with in Nashville decided on an apartment and got the paperwork started to move in the first weekend in June! WHEW! (Still debatable whether or not I’ll crash and burn in Nashville, but I’m optimistic.)

Overall, UT was perfect. When applying to colleges, I didn’t ever think I would actually go there, and after my traumatic orientation (blasting “Rocky Top” at 7am in the jail-cell-like Clement Hall (Long live Massey!) with no friends to talk to and a more-awkward-less-outgoing-than-I-am-now personality), I didn’t think I’d survive college. I’m pretty sure I spent about 95% of that weekend pretending to be talking on my phone. Now I only do that in the UTMOST of awkward situations! Like say, 85% of the time. LOLZ JAYKAY NOT THAT OFTEN.

At UT, I got to experience my first time living with a roommate, which truly could not have turned out better, (also my first time living with three roommates, and….seven roommates…and a dog), my first apartment, my first time doing my own laundry (don’t judge…), my first time ruining my own laundry, my first time getting to eat whatever I wanted (CURSE YOU SOPHIES AND PCB FOR ONLY HAVING DELICIOUS PIZZA AND BAGELS! AND PROBABLY PIZZA BAGELS! #Freshman5000), and even my first time having friends of the male species (all-girls middle and high school education REPRESENT!). I did manage to survive without pulling one all-nighter. Came pretttttty close this last semester, though.

As cheesy as this is, we all now know I’m secretly sentimental. So I just wanted to say, I will never forget the teachers, classes, teammates, and friends that made my journey the best it could be. Shoutout to y’all. Love you guise foreva and always.

#VFL

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That Awkward Moment…A List of Things To Never Do In An Interview

I have had my fair share of interviews over the years. I got my first job at 14 and have not stopped working since then. Working keeps me busy and has been a great way for me to meet people and work on myself. With all of those interviews, you’d think I’d be great at them right?!

Wrong.

I’m about 95% sure that the reason I got the job I have now is because my boss talked for the majority of the interview. Now it’s not like I don’t have things to say–oh, I do–it’s just that I get RIDICULOUSLY nervous. I don’t really know why this is, because I’ve always been more of a “performer” than a “practicer” but for some reason I just can’t get past this interview phobia.

As you know if you’ve been reading my blog religiously, I’m planning on moving to Nashville when I graduate to try to break into the big, scary world of Advertising.

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One of my uncle’s was nice enough to pass along my bangin’ resume (no lie, it looks gooooood) to a woman he knows in Nashville who works in Public Relations who said she’d be willing to talk to me about the business there if I gave her a call. So really, this was only an informational interview anyway.

Yesterday I was going to call her around 10, got nervous, and decided to wait until later. So around 1, I picked up the phone, my hands shaking–keep in mind, INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW. As the phone started ringing, I was pleading in my head, “Please don’t pick up, please don’t pick up.” She didn’t pick up! Time to leave my message. This is how it went:

“Hi….this is Lucy………I’m so-and-so’s niece……….he said you might be willing to talk to me……about………….the business..in Nashville????? ………………….If you want….you can give me a call back……………..or not……………………………………it’s whatever…………………alright…. well I would really appreciate it!…………………….But if you can’t, I totally understand! …ok………….oh…here’s my number…….ok……………………………………………………….bye?”

I can’t even leave a message. What is wrong with me?! I’m a very confident person. For some reason though, whenever I interview, my personality doesn’t come across at all, or at least in the way I’m intending. So, I’m taking it upon myself to compile a list of things you should never do (that I’ve definitely done) and things you should do during an interview to help anyone out there, and also for me to look at before I get back up on that horse.

Here it goes:

1) Never. Ever. EVER, when someone asks you what your favorite book is, say “‘Twilight’–but don’t hold it against me!”

-College scholarship interview. My mind went blank. I read a pretty decent amount. And all I could think of was “Twilight.” A real literary piece of genius right there. I was really showing off what a true intellectual I was. At least “50 Shades of Grey” hadn’t come out yet. Gawd.

 

2) Never say that you can juggle fire. Even as a joke. They will look at you with sincere interest, then when you say you were just kidding, give you disapproving looks and write things down on their paper as they shake their heads in disgust. You just flat out lied to them! You’re a terrible person.

-Same college scholarship interview. (Needless to say, I DEFINITELY got it..)

 

3) Avoid chairs that spin AT ALL COSTS.

-Repeat offender right here. I’m a nervous fidgeter. In numerous interviews I’ve caught myself literally spinning in semi-circles as I try to answer questions. I’m truly suprised I haven’t gotten motion sickness yet.

 

4) Always read up on the company and those who work for it before you interview for them. They want to know that you have a sincere interest in their company, not just in finding a job so that you can pay off your student loans (or a wild weekend–no judgement here). It’s really, really awkward when they ask you if you know any of their clients and you can name only one. Or none.

 

5) Be on time (early) and don’t rush.

-I had an internship interview last semester that I scheduled too close to when I got out of class. I sprinted home (waited on the bus to drive me), tried to change into professional clothes (sidenote: always make sure you have professional clothes. My days at Forever 21 might be limited…ahh who am I kidding, that store has my heart..) and was of course running behind. I was getting so stressed about the timing and the interview itself that I started getting extremely splotchy, and ended up having to wear an enormous infinity scarf to cover my blotchiness.

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And let me just say, it was not cold in there. Especially when I started sweating bullets.

 

6) Have answers to questions you know they’ll ask you. Like, “Tell us a little about yourself.” “Uhhh…I go to UT….I’m an Advertising major…..I’m a girl…………..I’m sitting in this interview right now…………..what else do you want to know?’

You should have at least 3 words to describe yourself, you should know your strengths and weaknesses, and you should certainly be able to talk about yourself. I mean, come on, Lucy, you brag about yourself all.the.time. You should also know exactly what you want to do with the company.

 

7) Fake it til you make it. My boss says that all the time, but it really is true. Confidence is key.

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8) If all else fails and you crash and burn, just laugh it off (to stop from crying..). There will always be another opportunity out there for you.

My roommate was watching this very episode of “New Girl” when I got home from my interview last semester:

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Generation Why?

Generation Y has a bad rap.

It is known as the “Me-Generation” and has attributes including narcissism, entitlement, and an obsession with being wealthy. While some of these  traits may be true (for some people, not me of course!), they don’t take into consideration the more positive aspects that sourround our generation. We are inventive, creative, and always strive to be the best. We’ve grown up around technology and its ever-changing world. I literally cannot wait until I can tell my future kids that I was alive when the internet didn’t exist, when the first cell phone was invented (I will never forget the Nokia brick that my mom first got), when Facebook was started (hello, hundreds of hours wasted discovering what my ‘friends’ were up to), and other obvious necessities like Netflix.

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It’s funny how much our generation likes to look to the past. There are countless blogs (my personal favorite is Thought Catalog – it’s perfect for GenYers–uber narcissitic…) and articles dedicated to things/shows/games/etc. 90’s kids should remember. I’ve found myself reading many of those thinking about how much I missed all of that 90’s gloriousness. Well, Internet Explorer just came out with a new commercial targeted at Generation-Y:

It basically contains everything I have ever loved. My Tamagotchi, Lisa Frank, and fanny packs! I love this new commercial and how it is clearly dedicated to reaching our generation. It doesn’t try to mask what it’s about and it touches on all of the magnificence that was the 90’s.

However, I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet who still uses Internet Explorer.

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GIRLS Gone Wild

Lena Dunham is my hero.

At age 26, she has written, directed, and starred in her own award-winning film, Tiny Furniture, that garnered extensive critical acclaim, she has earned herself a $3.5 million book deal with Random House, squared off with Howard Stern, and oh, she created a little show called GIRLS.

For those of you that have been living under a rock, GIRLS is a show about four friends living in New York City after college graduation, trying to figure out how to transition into the “real” world of work and relationships. The show is so painfully realistic that it is often times awkward and cringe-worthy. (I mean that in the best way possible). Nearly everyone can relate to one character or another, (I am personally a Shoshanna. Represent!), which leaves him or her ready for more after each 30-minute episode.

One reason I think Lena has been so successful, is her strong social media presence. She is prominent on Twitter and Instagram and, rather than constantly plugging her show or other business ventures, she acts like a true peer. She is extremely relatable and it translates to the show. HBO has even followed suit and created hashtags like #MistakesGIRLSmake and #ResolutionsGIRLSbreak to get conversations started on Twitter. To be successful today, it is important to know how to connect with your consumer/viewer/target, and right now, social media is the tool that can do that.

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Season 2 of GIRLS premiered this past Sunday on HBO to strong ratings. At the same time, Lena was at the Golden Globes winning 2 awards for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” and “Best Comedy Series.” Not too shabby.

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Way to go, Lena! Two Golden Globes AND my first blog post!

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