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Another failed Kickstarter inspires and scares

Arts & Literature Column
Written by Nathan Mattise

I received the following e-mail in my inbox last week:

It’s nothing new. I’ve donated to Kickstarter projects that have sadly failed before: R.I.P. The Mountain Man Fest in Saratoga or the MLAB Renovations for a NYC trip here in ‘Cuse. This one for one reason or another just  hit a little close to home.

Call the folks who wanted to make the All My Friends documentary pretentious if you will (though I’d opt for misguided or over-ambitious perhaps? More on this below…) but they had a musical focus I liked and a D.I.Y. approach I want to one day emulate. Not to mention, their pedigree in multimedia production and storytelling seemed almost attainable (it’s on the Kickstarter bio), making their effort much more inspiring than the latest work from someone like Wes Anderson or Spielberg.

So what does their failure say? Continue reading

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CNY Jobs that hopefully trend across the country

Geography Column
Video and captions by Nathan Mattise

The months leading up to graduating from college are terrifying.  Not only do you deal with all of the emotional weight of leaving behind what essentially is home and the closest friends you’ve had to this age, but the dreaded unemployment lurks around the corner. It seems foolish to think you’ll be graduating with job in hand these days unless you settle for an internship, do some type of fellowship or happen to be involved in the hyper-structured business cycle of student-to-new-employee.

I’m preparing to move on from graduate school this time around… and it might even be worse. Admittedly there’s quite a bit less emotional stress (most of your good friends from undergrad are settled in their first jobs, your relationships won’t be dramatically impact since not everyone is having the same experience) but the pressure for employment is much greater. Simply having a job isn’t going to satisfy anyone this time around. You need the right job. That could be speaking in terms of  location, finances, company merit, type of work or most likely all of the above.

A Syracuse University degree (and probably one from any major institution) promises a lot. I only hope the positions I’ve seen open up around here translate as well as this skillset supposedly will. For the other Master’s candidates in communication related fields out there, check out a few of these local job opportunities that seem ideal (*if you want to stay local that is): Continue reading

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Glimpse into the graduate-with-no-job psyche…

History Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

Back in mid-June I dug out an April e-mail I sent to some close friends that offered what I thought was great perspective into the emotional struggle of graduating from college. Three months later I never thought I’d be offerring up more inbox novellas. This time around the subject matter has shifted slightly. Referring again to that April e-mail, my focus is now on question 1-of-3 rather than 3-of-3.

“Do you have a job?” Continue reading

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Glimpse into the graduate psyche

History Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

After you graduate there are really only three questions you get asked:

1 – Do you have a job?

2 – What’s happening with you and (insert significant other if applicable)?

3 – How does it feel?*

* = This is where the problems arise. It’s impossible to describe all of the thoughts and emotions that go through your head in the weeks leading to and following a life-milestone event like graduation. However, if you’re like me, you have friends or family members you haven’t spoken to often enough through it all. This is an unfortunate situation 99.9% of the time, but when someone asks “How does it feel?” you’re in luck. Those lengthy letters or catch-up e-mails sent to these folks within a few weeks of such an event are telling, and below is an actual one sent by yours truly. It’s like reading a diary entry months after the fact, except this one is for the eyes of many in order to provide an answer to dreaded post-grad question number three. Continue reading

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