Yes, I read the newspaper. There was several articles that where very interesting today.
First, college students are PAYING to get unpaid internships. They pay upwards of $7,000 to have some one secure them an unpaid internship. Seriously? In this current economy, with companies laying off folks, this means everyone has to do more work. So, you are struggling to get all your work done and a college student comes and tells you that they will help you out for free? Trust me, this is a win/win for everyone. So, basically college students are too freakin' lazy to find an unpaid internship themselves.
The thing that struck me was that one woman was raising money to do this. She had gotten a scholarship from her school and was going door to door soliciting money. This kid isn't lazy, just stupid. Instead of doing all that, just do a little research, write up a resume and cover letter, and create a fishing letter. Trust me, if she put the amount of effort into looking for an unpaid internship herself that she has put into trying to finance this company to find one for her, she would be ahead of the game!
Ok, another article. This was a very nice article about a man that sells newspapers in the Downers Grove station. He is going blind because of macular degeneration and a bunch of commuters have stepped up to help him. They did a brief bit about his background, and he served in General Patton's Third Army in WWII. The Third Army liberated the first concentration camp.
My Grandfather, Mac, was the chief medical officer for General Patton's Third Army in WWII. He never shared with us stories of what he experienced liberating the first concentration camp, except to say, that he coordinated their medical care. I wonder if this man knew my grandfather. My grandpa was much older at that time, and I would imagine had a much higher position than this man, but perhaps he knew of him. It makes me want to go to that train station to meet this man. To talk to him about Mac.
Finally, an update on our budget cuts here. Tonight we will have an organizing meeting. It will be interesting to see what happens. I hope we can turn this ship around!!