Posted on January 11, 2012
(Vernon Keeve III) When I was growing up, I used to bob my head to TLC’s “What About Your Friends”. I took a verdant approach to the song—listening to the beat and only the beat. Then one day it dawned on me—not with this song, but another—if I would have just listened to the words of that damn song when I was younger, then
some of that shit I went through would have been fertilizer and not just shit.
I mean, sometimes I get this same feeling with things I remember my parents telling me, but let’s be honest. Our parents planted us, watered us and fertilized us at times, but the media is where we gleaned lessons from the creative works of artists—our initial language is art. Oftentimes, we just notice the sensual aspects of it before we analyze the true message.
So, let’s get back on course with this. This article is about friendship and growing up. The two are parallel lines that grow alongside one another—think of friends as being parallel, too, like STRINGS ON A GUITAR!
Growing up in a small town and going through a fairly small public school system has introduced me to the microcosm of friendship. There are people you meet and their lines will remain parallel with your own, their lines will extend to where ever yours will extend. Life will take both of you places and life will separate you, but a time will never come when that friend will ask you to stop playing your music—even when you and your strings play different notes it is part of the grander scheme of life—you and your friends are part of an instrument that creates the music. And, I used the word friend with the meaning that a friend is someone that you CHOOSE to play music with—a person you choose to give and devote your time to. CHOOSE WISELY.
As far as we know, we only have this one life to live, so why spend your time around people who make you feel bad about the sound you are strummin’?
Along with the other guitar strings that you will meet, you will also meet notes and chords.
-Notes resonate for a moment and they may sounds good now, but they may not work out later on in the song. They may clash with the chords you create in college and beyond.
-You may have thought a person was a string at one time, but with age come wisdom and you may realize that that string was just a bad note, a bad moment you let last for longer than it should have.
Take note: I am giving you power over your instrument and song that you are creating.
Notice what the people you CHOOSE to spend your time with are doing.
Are they helping you build yourself up—challenging the you you want to be? Or, leading you to repetitive ruckus?
There comes a moment in your life where the light just comes on and you will ask yourself: why do I spend my time with this person and that person, when they only bring me down—they only introduce me to feelings that I don’t associate with FEELING GOOD—they aren’t harmonizing with my tune. I’m not saying these notes aren’t good, but they aren’t good for the song you are trying to create.
You will strum the blues for some time, but it is best to let these notes go.
We grow beyond the grounds where our parents’ initially planted our seeds. We meet new people. We go to college, we go into the workforce, we just go and we meet new people and some are people that we feel a resonation with because their note is one that we want to hear for as long as we can hear it—it harmonizes with our own. Whether it be for a mere moment, or for as long as you song is playing. Just remember their song is playing, too; when you remember that their song is also playing—that makes you a good friend. Are your friends remembering that your song plays, too, or are they playing over you?
If only I had listened to that TLC song back in the nineties, oh, the mistakes I would not have made.
“What about your friends?
Will they stand their ground?
Will they let you down again?
What about your friends,
are they gonna be low down?
Will they ever be around,
or will they turn their backs on you? (TLC)”
There is a whole moment in my song where the notes, the chords, just everything was all off—true cacophony. I am only human, so I’m still trying to pull good notes from bad, still trying to get chords right. Just trying to find the harmony where I, too, am looked at as a note amongst someone’s chord, or a piece of someone’s instrument, and not just a bad note on a sheet of music. My song plays alongside yours and either we are going to make some good music or I’m going to have to keep it moving.
No bad notes, no off strings, no abrasive chords, no faulty instruments, and no bad music.
by Vernon Keeve III | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on January 7, 2012
“The hubris of this president to think that he knows what’s best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives,”
the former Pennsylvania senator said in a forum at St. Anselm’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Continue Reading
Posted on January 7, 2012
Every month, Bright Futura will identify songs from amazing popular and completely unknown artist for you to review. It is your own responsibility to complete the assignment.
- John West (feat. Pusha T) – Lovely (mp3)
- Yuna – Someone Out Of Town (mp3)
- Michael Alvarado (feat. Carissa Rae) – Missin’ You Like Crazy (mp3)
- The Weeknd – D.D. (mp3)
- Frank Ocean – Thinking About You (mp3)
- Avicii – Levels (mp3)
- Daughters – Youth (mp3)
- Azealia Banks – 212 (mp3)
- The White Panda – Midnight Life (M83 x Kayne West) (mp3)
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on January 5, 2012
A consequence of the “Great Recession,” states across the country have been mired in debt and forced to make dramatic cuts to higher education. As funding for higher education constricts, fewer tenure track academic positions for recent graduates are opening as universities increasingly turn to economically cheaper adjunct and part-time professors to instruct their ballooning classes.
Amid this reduction in the demand for PhDs is the fact that the United States is producing a record number of doctorates. The result is a job crisis for PhD candidates and ultimately the diminished quality of education in America’s higher education system.
Posted on January 3, 2012
What do college students want out of the presidential elections?
Are they really as apathetic as everyone claims?
What issues do they care about?
Our friends at CampusLIVE found out and made a handy infographic about it. Enjoy below!
Posted on January 2, 2012
I have met people in their second year of college who have resumes that have not been updated since high school. In fact, I can think of a couple instances of people who don’t even have resumes at all. You can guess what their job situation is like.
Not having a strong resume means one of three things:
- You are completely underestimating the value of a resume.
- You are extremely confident that you will win the lottery following graduation.
- You are lazy. Plain and simple.
While I can’t help anyone who falls into the last two categories, I can help people realize the value of a strong resume. Moreover, I know that as long as you don’t fall into that last category, I can help you build a resume that will land you that job or internship you’ve been drooling over.
Because to put it simply…
Resumes (and connections) are what get you a job PERIOD
Simple math problem:
A = Job (which requires knowledge of your past performance)
B = Resume (which are used to show your past performance)
C = Job (which equals cash money$$$)
If A requires B and you require C then you better write your damn resume! Math is stupid anyway. Continue Reading
Posted on December 31, 2011
The person you were last year no longer exists. All that matters is who you are on New Year’s Day and who you become by the end of the year. January 1st is a perfect time to make a personal change, but it’s also a perfect time for students to make big changes to their lifestyle and careers.
The 12 resolutions below are for students hoping to thrive in every way possible in 2012.
#1 Resolve to Finish Every Project You Start
Most young students have so many good ideas, projects, opportunities that it can be difficult finish one project before starting the next one.
Don’t make that mistake this year. If you decide to develop a business, work on an assignment, or take a position, commit to seeing it through completely.
Posted on December 29, 2011
While we at bright futura have only recently come onto the scene that hasn’t stopped us from hitting the ground running. We work hard at making sure that we as college students get the most entertaining and relevant up to date information around the clock. It has taken a lot of trial and error but I think we are beginning to get our footing. So as a bit of a victory lap, we have gathered together a list of our most viewed and shared articles of 2011. Just wait till you see what 2012 will bring (as long as the apocalypse doesn’t destroy us).
Below Is A List Of The Most Highly Viewed And Shared Articles Of 2011
1. My BFF’s GF: The Other Third Wheel
Surviving Your BFF’s Significant Other
Living with your best friend is one of those things in life that most people (at least guys) think is the greatest thing in the world. Nerf wars, gaming sessions, always got someone to split the cost of take-out with; it really doesn’t get too much better.
That’s why most people, after their freshman year at least, opt to share a dorm with whoever they’re closest with. And then you graduate and you hopefully get your dream apartment. You’ll celebrate the joint purchase of a (read more)
Author: Jeffery Giorgi | posted: 12.27.2011
Listen to the full album here.
Odds are you’ve heard of Donald Glover: Writer for 30 Rock, comedian, and Troy Barnes on Community. I can say with certainty that you probably haven’t heard about his rap career: Childish Gambino. Donald started making music in college and that is when it all started. He made a few mixtapes but it all came full circle when he made Culdesac, his first full album by the new Donald Glover, the one who isn’t afraid to tell the real truth about his life. Donald released EP in the spring which featured Freaks and Geeks, a song that has become popular among college kids.
Below is a brief overview of each song off the album. Enjoy (read more)
Author: Matthew Maddock | posted: 11.6.2011 Continue Reading
Posted on December 27, 2011
The Other Third Wheel: Surviving Your BFF’s Significant Other
(Jeffery Giorgi) Living with your best friend is one of those things in life that most people (at least guys) think is the greatest thing in the world. Nerf wars, gaming sessions, always got someone to split the cost of take-out with; it really doesn’t get too much better.
That’s why most people, after their freshman year at least, opt to share a dorm with whoever they’re closest with. And then you graduate and you hopefully get your dream apartment. You’ll celebrate the joint purchase of a television and couch as you both sleep on your futon or air mattress because who needs a real bed when you have a couch and big t.v. It’s pretty exciting and I guarantee some incredible memories will be made, perks of living with a BFF.
yeah, it’s kind of like that.^^ Continue Reading
Posted on December 26, 2011
Despite its modest name, GoodReader is a stunning execution of a simple idea — one program that can import and view any media in any format, from basic .txt files to entire books and even movies. But this robust and versatile app lets you do more than just read. GoodReader’s elegant file management system makes the iPhone/iPad nonsystem seem worse than ever.
Let’s say someone posts a huge report on Google Docs for you to review. Import it, then use GoodReader’s sterling annotation function to mark it up with all kinds of notes and comments.
When you’re done, save it, mark it as read, and send it right back to Google Docs, Dropbox, or an FTP server, or via pretty much any file-sharing method. An autosync function lets you standardize the document in both locations so no one gets confused about which version to use.
Full-screen viewing on the iPad means no more squinting or zooming, and even spread layouts are easily navigated with an intuitive horizontal swipe. (If you want to zoom, though, you certainly can.) A tabbed view, with functions on the right-hand side, provides about the simplest navigation we’ve seen.
GoodReader isn’t free, but its incredible compatibility and flexibility means it can replace many other apps in your toolkit. It’s quite simply one of the most useful services out there.